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FORT DRUM — The Syracuse University football team will return to post in August for a week of training camp, as it prepares for its first football season in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The team will be on post from Aug. 12-16, according to a spokesman with the post’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team, where players and coaches will work at the post’s facilities for practices and team-building exercises.

Like last year, the team will partner with the brigade during its time on post. The brigade on Thursday received orders to deploy to Afghanistan this fall, where they will operate for nine months.

The brigade recently entered a block leave period, and its commander, Col. Samuel E. Whitehurst, was not available for comment.

However, Col. Whitehurst said at the start of training camp last August that the school’s athletics program and his brigade had a “two-way relationship” in which both parties benefited.

Both the football team and the post have seen changes in leadership since last year.

In January, Scott Shafer took over the head coaching role from Doug Marrone, who left the program to coach the NFL’s Buffalo Bills. Maj. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend assumed command of the post and 10th Mountain Division from Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley in December.

The Orange, along with the University of Pittsburgh, formally joined the ACC on July 1. Syracuse will open its season on Aug. 31 at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J., against Penn State.

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