Syracuse punter to miss Pinstripe Bowl

(Syracuse)  Syracuse University senior punter Rob Long will not participate in the 2010 New Era Pinstripe Bowl due to surgery to remove a benign brain tumor. Long notified the Syracuse University sports medicine staff that he had been experiencing headaches for the past several weeks. An MRI performed on December 2, 2010 revealed the benign tumor that will require imminent surgery. As a result of the impending surgery, Long will not participate in the rest of Syracuse?s practices or the bowl game on December 30. The Syracuse University football team, coaches and staff are keeping Rob in their thoughts and prayers for his full recovery.

Long finishes his Syracuse career ranked second on the school?s career punting average record list (43.3 yards per punt). His career average ranks ninth among active punters in the Football Bowl Subdivision. This season, Long averaged 44.0 yards per punt, which ranks third on Syracuse?s single-season record list.

Syracuse will play Kansas State in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl on December 30.  Tickets are available online (

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