Syracuse coach Babers to players after stabbings: Do not travel alone

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Syracuse coach Babers to players after stabbings: Do not travel alone
Wednesday April 20th, 2016

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Syracuse head coach Dino Babers held a team meeting Tuesday in the wake of the stabbing of two players on Saturday, reports’s Stephen Bailey.

The incident involved Orange redshirt junior defensive backs Corey Winfield and Chauncey Scissum, who were stabbed with a pocket knife by former teammate Naesean Howard. Howard was charged with two counts of assault and criminal possession of a weapon for the incident. He left Syracuse’s football program as a freshman in 2014 and was readmitted to the school early this year, though he was not allowed to rejoin the football team.

According to the report, Babers told his players to travel together and not to identify themselves with Syracuse football apparel in public in case Howard’s affiliates are looking to pursue them.

However, Babers refuted the report during his Wednesday morning teleconference. 

“I actually told them to put their Syracuse ‘S’ on and wear it proudly around the campus,” Babers said.

Winfield has since been released from the hospital, while Scissum is in stable condition at Upstate University Hospital​.

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