Former Iggy Winner. I used to be somebody special
- Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to Daniel Boone Day!
Today is Daniel Boone Day! Daniel Boone was a famous US frontiersman and the first American to discover present day Kentucky. He also created a path to open up the frontier for future American settlers.
In 1769, Boone led an expedition through the Cumberland Gap, which he later transformed into the Wilderness Road, to provide others access to the western frontier. In 1773, Boone moved his family to this newly found settlement in present day Kentucky. He faced great opposition from Native Americans and British Soldiers in his newly-founded settlement. The Shawnee, a Native American tribe, captured Boone in 1778, but he escaped to protect his settlement. In the end, Boone moved further west (present day Missouri) and spent the rest of his life peacefully living off of the land until he died at age 85.
Exclusive: Syracuse quietly rewarded ex-AD Daryl Gross after NCAA violations (PS; Carlson)
In March 2015, just after the NCAA released a report punishing Syracuse University, athletic director Daryl Gross resigned, appearing to take the fall for a national embarrassment.
Behind the scenes, however, Syracuse was rewarding him financially.
Far from punishing him, the school gave Gross a new three-year contract worth more than $1.5 million -- all for a vague, newly-created job that involved little public responsibility.
When Gross wanted to leave that new job just one year into the arrangement, Syracuse paid him $675,000 to help him accept a job across the country.
The details surrounding Gross' departure and his financial arrangement with the school were revealed in legal documents obtained by Syracuse.com and shed a new light on his departure from the school.
"If I wanted to (be at Syracuse), I could be," Gross said in sworn testimony. "I had the opportunity to stay there as long as I want. As (Chancellor Kent Syverud) said, 'Daryl, as long as I'm here, you can be here with me, as long as you want to.' "
Syracuse Basketball: I want Buffalo and Butler in our bracket! (itlh.com; Adler)
Joe Lunardi has released his latest version of bracketology, and you’ll find a ton of familiar foes in the Syracuse basketball squad’s region.
Now that the deadline has come and gone for underclassmen to either remain in the NBA Draft or head back to school (hi, Tyus Battle), college-hoops prognosticators are starting to update their pre-season polls and projected fields of 68.
With Battle returning to the Hill, SU is feeling the love from a handful of folks who have slotted the Orange in their top-25 – or, even better, in their top-10 – rankings for the 2018-19 campaign.
Of course, it’s super early, but these sorts of things are fun to discuss.
That brings me to ESPN’s Joe Lunardi, who always seems to catch a lot of grief from ‘Cuse Nation. Honestly, a lot of the time, such whining from the Syracuse fan base about him is fairly misguided.
In any event, Lunardi unveiled his most-recent bracketology on Tuesday, and SU is placed as a No. 4 seed in the Midwest Region, where it would face off with the No. 13 seed, the always-dangerous Stephen F. Austin, in the 2019 NCAA Tournament’s opening round.
Duke basketball 2018-19: Roster analysis (greensboro.com; Wilkerson-New)
With the deadline for decisions on the NBA Draft set, rosters for ACC basketball teams are set for next season, pending any surprise departures or arrivals over the summer.
A look at the players on Duke's roster and how they might fit into Coach Mike Krzyzewski's vision for the Blue Devils:
Tre Jones | 6-2, 175 | Freshman
Floor general and most important player
How he fits: Jones has the keys to the Blue Devils’ offense and national title hopes, and if his mental makeup is anything like that his brother, Tyus, that’s a good thing. Coach Mike Krzyzewski has been effusive in his praise of the younger Jones, saying that he’s further advanced at this stage than his brother. Tre has demonstrated similar leadership qualities, but his game is more penetration-focused than Tyus’ sharpshooting.
R.J. Barrett | 6-7, 200 | Freshman
How he fits: The top-ranked recruit in the class, Barrett has all of the physical tools to one day be an NBA All-Star. He’ll be Duke’s top offensive option, using his athleticism and a good handle to get to the bucket, where he controls his body and finishes well in traffic. A suspect shooting motion is being rebuilt this summer and would add an entirely different dimension to an excellent repertoire.
Cam Reddish | 6-7, 210 | Freshman
Post NBA Draft deadline, ACC Basketball Rankings, Part 1: Starting from the Bottom - ACCSports.com (accsports.com; Feisinger)
It’s the first week of June, and you know what that means: it’s time to talk college basketball! I say that in half-jest, but with the deadline to remain in the NBA Draft in the past, and the transfer market near completion, it’s worth taking a look at how the league’s teams stack up.
We have a better idea of the rosters now; for instance, Tyus Battle is back; Jerome Robinson is headed pro. (The NBA Draft is two weeks away.)
So in reverse order, here’s an early look at all 15 ACC teams — placed into semi-arbitrary tiers. In Part 1 of this exercise, we will look at team 9-15.
Chilling in the ACC Basketball Basement
Few leagues, if any, in college basketball are as unforgiving as the ACC. The constant travel and pressure that comes with 18 games in 10 weeks is a grind. That’s the life. As a result, some teams will absolutely struggle.
No. 15 Georgia Tech
In each of the last two seasons, Georgia Tech has had all kinds of issues scoring the basketball. Last year, the Yellow Jackets ranked No. 197 nationally in adjusted offensive efficiency: 103.6 points per 100 possessions. It was worse the year prior.
When Georgia Tech has won under Josh Pastner, it’s been because of the team’s plus-defense. However, with Josh Okogie (2.9 steals per 100 possessions) and Ben Lammers (8.6 percent career block rate) headed pro, Tech is without its top two defenders — who also doubled as the team’s best options offensively, too.
Along with Tadric Jackson, Georgia Tech will be without three of its top four scorers from the 2017-18 season, and its three most heavily-used players. (Gulp)
What the return of Torin Dorn means for NC State Basketball - ACCSports.com (accsports.com; Geisinger)
Over the weekend, Torin Dorn announced his decision to withdraw from the NBA Draft — days before the deadline — and return to NC State for his senior season.
This was always the move for Dorn, who had nothing to lose by going through the pre-draft workout process.
— Torin Dorn (@TorinDorn2) May 27, 2018
Dorn averaged a career-high 13.9 points per game — good for second on the team — in 2017-18. He snagged 6.3 rebounds per game, and posted a defensive rebound rate of 15.7 percent, according to KenPom; this is why he was the perfect lynchpin for Kevin Keatts and NC State. Dorn is a decent outside shooter who can also create off the dribble and rebound well for a 6-foot-5 small-ball power forward.
This affords Keatts and the Pack the lineup flexibility they desire: NC State can space the floor with at least four perimeter threats offensively (spread pick-and-roll opportunities) and switch screens on the defensive end of the floor, too. With Dorn returning, NC State has a half-dozen of like-sized wing players. That’s critical for the new style of play in Raleigh.
Invest Syracuse Progress: Syracuse University Launches Signature Hires Initiative (syr.edu; Boll)
Syracuse University has launched a new Signature Hires Initiative to strengthen teaching and research capacity through the addition of 100 new faculty over the next five years. A critical component of the University’s $100 million Invest Syracuse: Advancing Academic Excellence and the Student Experience, this major investment is designed to advance the University’s educational initiatives and further propel its already dynamic research enterprises to the cutting edge of their respective fields.
Research is one of the areas that will be bolstered through the Signature Hires initiative.
The additions will involve a combination of signature hires and cluster hires seeking to build a more diverse faculty, elevate the University’s national and international reputation in signature areas and enhance interdisciplinary collaboration through cluster hires.
“This initiative aligns solidly with the overarching goal of Invest Syracuse, which is to provide all students with a distinctive, world-class learning experience to prepare them for professional and personal success,” says Chancellor Kent Syverud. “These strategic hires will advance our capacity to provide a state-of-the-art 21st century education by enhancing professor-to-student ratios and generating significant new research opportunities for our students.”
Provost Michele Wheatly says the Signature Hires Initiative will advance the University’s Academic Strategic Plan while also strengthening the University’s Carnegie classification as an R1 research university. “As an international, student-focused research university, we are committed to growing the research enterprise; increasing discoveries, innovation and impact; diversifying our faculty; and enhancing our national and international reputation,” says Provost Wheatly. “This hiring initiative will leverage our existing cross-cutting strengths to facilitate interdisciplinary research that expands our capacity to address some of the most complex global challenges of the day.”
To initiate the signature hiring process, each school and college was asked, if given the opportunity, how they would distinguish themselves through signature hires. For example, one school noted in its signature hire proposal the desire to build a critical mass of faculty able to generate high-impact intellectual capital in key areas, such as entrepreneurship, to better distinguish the school among its peers.