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Josh Black will return to Syracuse for sixth season

Syracuse defensive lineman Josh Black set the record straight Tuesday morning, refuting a report by The Athletic on Monday that he was entering the transfer portal, announcing on Twitter that he is instead returning to SU for a sixth season next year.

In his statement, the fifth-year senior said he’s going to take advantage of the NCAA’s decision to grant an extra year of eligibility because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He also said he considers it his duty to get the Orange, who finished 1-10 this season, back on track. The Athletic report indicated he might have been considering transferring to Indiana, where his older brother is on the coaching staff.

Black was a member of Dino Babers’ first recruiting class in 2016, and had his best season as a junior in 2019, posting 39 tackles, six of them for a loss, including four quarterback sacks. Black had 38 more stops this season, including two QB sacks, and his first career interception.

The Chicago-area native was one of three senior starters on the defensive line this season, and his current start streak stands at 24 consecutive games.