Mike's Mailbag: Doesn't Syracuse have a trademark on Carrier Classic?

By: Mike Waters
Source: http://blog.syracuse.com

The Carrier Classic began at Syracuse in the 1977-78 season. Syracuse beat Le Moyne and Michigan State to win the early season tournament.

Interestingly, the Carrier Dome itself didn’t open until three years later.

The last Carrier Classic at Syracuse was played in the 2000-01 season. Syracuse defeated Akron and Virginia Tech to win the championship.

The Syracuse version of the Carrier Classic was named for Carrier Corp., the tournament’s sponsor. The game between North Carolina and Michigan State on Friday night aboard the USS Carl Vinson was dubbed “the Carrier Classic” for completely different reasons.

“We never protected it,” SU associate athletic director for marketing Marc Donabella said. “Carrier was already a company’s registered trademark.”

It’s a moot point, but even if Syracuse was still holding the Carrier Classic, Donabella didn’t think it would be a trademark infringement with pursuing.

“Honestly, I don’t think there would be any confusion in the marketplace,” Donabella said.

I’m surprised that such a heralded player, such as Trevor Cooney, may redshirt this year. Given the team’s lack of consistent outside shooting last year, I assumed Trevor would have a role in this year’s team. What is your take on Trevor and his role (or lack thereof) this year?
— Jeremy in Basking Ridge, N.J.

After the team’s practice on Friday, I asked Jim Boeheim if Cooney would redshirt. Boeheim said they had not made a final decision yet.

That tells me the idea is at least being considered by the SU coaching staff and also by Cooney and his family.

Cooney is a tremendous shooter, but more than that, I think he’s a very good all-around player. He’s strong and athletic. He puts the ball on the floor better than I had thought.

But he’s got two guys ahead of him at the two-guard position in Brandon Triche and Dion Waiters.

Personally, I like the idea of redshirting Cooney because I think he’s very good, will get better and will have more opportunities in the future. I would love to see him get the benefit of a fifth year.

Source: http://blog.syracuse.com/orangebasketball/2011/11/mikes_mailbox_doesnt_syracuse.html