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No recent Cali or Iggy awards; Mr Irrelevant
Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to Drop Everything and Read Day!

Drop Everything and Read Day, or D.E.A.R. Day, encourages families to set a time aside to "drop everything and read" at home today for at least 30 minutes, and reminds and encourages families to read together on a daily basis. Drop Everything and Read (D.E.A.R.) is similar to sustained silent reading (S.S.T.), and Drop Everything and Read Day brings it into the home with parental involvement and aims to get people to make reading a regular part of their life, whether by reading alone or with others. Not only does reading take place in homes today, but events are held at libraries, schools, and bookstores. Many organizations have been partnered or involved with the day over the years, including the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) (a division of the American Library Association), First Book, the General Federation of Women's Clubs, HarperCollins Children's Books, the National Education Association (NEA), the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA), The Newspaper Association of America Foundation, Read Kiddo Read, Reading Rockets, and Walden Media.

SU News

Syracuse Basketball: North Texas big-man transfer plans to officially visit (itlh; Adler)

Syracuse basketball coaches are mining the NCAA’s transfer portal to potentially land an experienced center, after senior Jesse Edwards said on Tuesday that he is entering the transfer portal.

College basketball insider Adam Zagoria said on Twitter that North Texas transfer Abou Ousmane plans to take an official visit to the Orange next week.

The 6-foot-10, 230-pound Ousmane, a power forward/center who is from Brooklyn, N.Y., had a solid junior season during the 2022-23 stanza for the Mean Green, which went 31-7 overall and captured the NIT title last month by defeating UAB, 68-61, in the championship game.

On April 2, North Texas associate head coach Ross Hodge was named the team’s head coach, replacing Grant McCasland. On July 1 of this year, the Mean Green will move from Conference USA to the American Athletic Conference.

Brooklyn native and North Texas transfer @IamAbouOusmane will take an official to @SetonHallMBB on Thursday and to @Cuse_MBB next week
He had a Zoom with @LSUBasketball this morning & is working on dates
Also heard from Providence, Xavier, DePaul
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) April 11, 2023

Ousmane said via Twitter on April 2 that he was going to enter the transfer portal.

Syracuse basketball will soon host North Texas big-man transfer Abou Ousmane on an official visit.

Per ESPN statistics, in 2022-23, Ousmane averaged 24.3 minutes, 11.1 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.3 blocks per game. This past season, he connected on 48.7 percent from the field and 70.4 percent from the free-throw line.

Syracuse Basketball: 4-star Philly targets, Melo’s 4-star son ball out in AAU (itlh; Adler)

With the 2022-23 high-school season wrapped up, attention turns to Syracuse basketball recruits and upcoming grassroots-basketball competitions.

In fact, the AAU circuit got an early start this past weekend, as several Orange targets suited up at MADE Hoops’ East Warmup in Manalapan, N.J.

According to comments from national recruiting analysts and scouts, three high-school prospects who hold Syracuse basketball scholarship offers received praise from experts for their play at this event in New Jersey.

Feeling very good about launching our @madehoops 2024 national rankings with Jalil Bethea at #18. Just had an absolutely scorching performance for Final against City Rocks. The rest of the industry will adjust after EYBL S1 & S2.
— Eric Hampford (@eric_hampford) April 8, 2023

Specifically, I’m talking about 2024 four-star guard Jalil Bethea, 2024 four-star big man Thomas Sorber and 2025 four-star shooting guard Kiyan Anthony.

Syracuse basketball recruits shined at an AAU event in New Jersey.

We’ll start with 6-foot-3 Anthony, who is the son of Orange legend and long-time NBA star Carmelo Anthony.

Kiyan Anthony, in grassroots basketball, competes for the Baltimore-based Team Melo in Nike’s EYBL league. In 2023-24, he will be a junior at the powerhouse Long Island Lutheran High School in Brookville, N.Y., which is a member of the loaded National Interscholastic Basketball Conference (“NIBC”).

Why did Jesse Edwards’ options evaporate in Syracuse? How does NIL work with international athletes? (PS; $; Ditota)

Jesse Edwards has entered the transfer portal. His dad said Edwards wanted to return to Syracuse for a fifth year, but a “satisfactory” NIL deal could not be worked out to keep him here.

Edwards’ situation is complicated by Jesse’s F-1 visa status. Because of that student visa, he is prohibited from making NIL money while he is physically in the United States. Since NIL came into existence two summers ago, the plight of international athletes has been a thorny issue that everyone from lawyers to members of Congress has tried to address.

Thus far, there has been no real resolution.

“It’s a fundamental fairness issue,” said Amy Maldonado, an immigration lawyer who deals with athletes said. “The top athletes who are international athletes can’t benefit from NIL the way U.S. athletes can, and that’s not fair.”

There are workarounds, though, that would allow international student-athletes to get paid through NIL.

One of those workarounds involves switching an athlete’s visa to a P or O status. A P-1A visa is generally used by professional athletes, but could potentially include high-profile college athletes. The O visas generally are unavailable to college athletes, who must prove they are people of extraordinary international renown. Universities, as a rule, do not advise their international student-athletes on anything other than the F-1 visas they need to enroll in college.

Former Syracuse center Jesse Edwards hears from more than a dozen schools after entering transfer portal (PS; $; Waters)

It hasn’t taken long for a host of schools to reach out to Jesse Edwards since the Syracuse center entered his name in the NCAA’s transfer portal this morning.

Edwards, a 6-foot-11 center, led the ACC in blocked shots with 2.9 per game. He ranked second in the league with 10.3 rebounds per game. He finished 19th in the conference in scoring at 14.5 points per game. His play earned him All-ACC third-team honors.

He has one year of eligibility remaining.

In a text message with, Edwards’ father, David, provided a list of schools that have expressed interest in talking to Edwards about transferring.

The list consisted of 13 schools: Georgia, LSU, Arkansas, West Virginia, BYU, Gonzaga, Seton Hall, Missouri, Vanderbilt, Florida, North Carolina State, Memphis and Kansas State.

Edwards was a senior last season, but he had been expected to return to Syracuse next season, taking advantage of the extra year granted to student-athletes as a result of the Covid-impacted 2020-21 season.

Syracuse Basketball: Jesse Edwards hearing from a ton of top-notch teams (itlh; Adler)

Potential suitors are already lining up for Syracuse basketball senior center Jesse Edwards, who said on Tuesday via social media that he is entering the NCAA’s transfer portal to explore other opportunities for his fifth and final year of collegiate eligibility.

The 6-foot-11 Edwards, who hails from Amsterdam, Netherlands, blossomed into one of the best centers in the Atlantic Coast Conference over the past two seasons, so it’s no surprise that he’s already garnering interest from numerous impressive squads.

Per a tweet from ESPN’s Jeff Borzello, teams that have contacted Jesse Edwards include Georgia, LSU, Arkansas, West Virginia, BYU, Gonzaga, Seton Hall, Missouri, Vanderbilt and Florida.

Syracuse transfer Jesse Edwards tells ESPN he’s been contacted by Georgia, LSU, Arkansas, West Virginia, BYU, Gonzaga, Seton Hall, Missouri, Vanderbilt and Florida since entering the portal.
Averaged 14.5 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2.7 blocks. One of the best bigs in the portal.
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) April 11, 2023
... (SI; McAllister)

Tuesday was an eventful day for Syracuse basketball. Jesse Edwards entered the transfer portal and it was reported by both Neil Adler and Brent Axe that Adam Weitsman was no longer involved with the NIL program at Syracuse. I want to examine the Weitsman situation a bit to give my thoughts on that divorce as well as how Syracuse navigates the NIL space moving forward.

Adam Weitsman/Syracuse Divorce

Neil Adler of Inside The Loud House reported that Adam Weitsman would no longer be participating in NIL arrangements with current Syracuse athletes or recruits. That was followed up by Brent Axe of confirming the news. Obviously losing your most high profile booster who was getting more involved with NIL is not a great thing. Before we dive into the specifics, let's take a a slight detour for a moment to provide context.

That detour is to Miami women's basketball. Less than two months ago, shortly after it was reported that the NCAA was going to start looking closer at NIL related activities with recruits and transfers, Miami's women's basketball program was punished due to violations related to the transfer recruitment of Haley and Hanna Cavinder. Why did the NCAA look into Miami in the first place? Booster John Ruiz posted a picture of himself with the Cavinders on social media just eight days before they committed. Keep that in mind as we circle back to Syracuse.

Keeping Up With The 315 4-11-23 (ESPN; radio; The 315)

There are two big developments in the SU basketball world with Jesse Edwards entering the transfer portal and Adam Weitsman no longer contributing to NIL deals. Brian Higgins ponders the two reasons why he thinks Jesse might have left, and says people may be blowing the Weitsman news out of proportion.

The Impact of Jesse Edwards Leaving (; Simone)

Welp. After reports to the contrary last week, Jesse Edwards will not return to Syracuse for a fifth season of eligibility. The center’s decision has to do with NIL potential. He can’t sign NIL deals the way most athletes can because of his status as an international student, and the visa he has that allows him to study and play in the United States.

It’s hard to overstate how big of a loss this is for SU. Edwards averaged a doubled-double, with 14.5 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. Both marks represented career highs. Beyond the numbers, Edwards was Syracuse’s best player at times, and was consistently one of the three, along with Judah Mintz and Joe Girard, that the Orange needed to play well to be successful.

Edwards’ career at Syracuse ends with an incomplete feeling. He was a backup on the 2021 Sweet 16 team, but his two years as a focal point ended in disappointment. Edwards never started an NCAA tournament game.

‎Locked On Syracuse - Daily Podcast On Syracuse Orange Football & Basketball: Jesse Edwards Is Entering The Transfer Portal - What Does This Mean? on Apple Podcasts (; podcast; Locked on Syracuse)

Jesse Edwards Is Entering The Transfer Portal - What Does This Mean?



The Syracuse Food Truck Association is holding a "takeover" of space at Great Northern Mall in Clay each Wednesday night from April 12 through late September. (Charles Wainwright photo)

Food truck season in Central New York: Mall gatherings, a downtown rodeo and a big battle (PS; Cazentre)

Temperatures are rising. Flowers are starting to bloom. The sun is peaking out more often.

And that means the time for big food truck events in Central New York is about to get underway.

“The season is here,” said Nick Sanford, president of the 40-plus member Syracuse Food Truck Association (and owner of Toss & Fire Pizza, which has both brick and mortar locations and mobile trucks). The food truck group coordinates the events and gatherings.

This season includes the return of some popular events and a new wrinkle or two.

Weekly events

· Great Northern / Clay: It all starts this week with the year’s first food truck “takeover” at the Great Northern Mall property on Route 31 in Clay. It runs 4 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday, starting April 12 and ending in late September. Each week will feature about 20 different trucks. (See this week’s lineup below).

The location at Great Northern is new this year: Due to ongoing work on the property, the food trucks will park near the Dunk & Bright on the opposite side of the mall from where it has been in recent years, Sanford said.

· Everson Museum of Art: Friday April 21 will mark the first weekly food truck rodeo behind the Everson Museum of Art in downtown Syracuse. It features from four to six trucks each week, and rinds 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The weekly events will continue each Friday through mid-August.

· Long Branch Park: Starting May 18, food trucks will roll into Long Branch Park in Liverpool from 4 to 8 p.m. each Thursday. That event also includes an “art in the park” feature. It’s also likely to host about 10 trucks each week.


The bourbon burger from Bear Creek in Brewerton is among the best burger in the state. (Photo courtesy of Michael Piraino)

10 CNY burgers advance to next round in statewide contest (PS; Miller)

Ten of the 30 bars and restaurants nominated to compete in The New York Beef Council’s seventh annual “Best NY Burger” competition are from Central New York.

The contest seeks out 100%-beef burgers prepared in restaurants throughout the state. Residents throughout New York last week nominated their favorite. Fourteen CNY spots have advanced to the next round.

The public can now vote over the next 10 days for their favorite to advance to the top 10. The final round of voting is April 22-29, where people pick one from the top 10.

The final four advance to an in-person cookoff on May 8 at Onondaga Community College. A panel of judges votes on the winner following a blind taste-test.

You can cast your ballot here.

The 10 local competitors are:

  • Ale & Angus, Syracuse: “Bacon Grilled Cheeseburger”
  • Angry Garlic, Baldwinsville: “Hot Mess Burger”
  • Bear Creek, Brewerton: “Bourbon Burger”
  • The Blarney Stone, Syracuse: “The Blarney Mac”
  • Bull & Bear, Liverpool: “Beam Burger”
  • Brewer Union Cafe, Brewerton: “Irish Hand Grenade”
  • Craftsman Wood Grille & Tap House, Fayetteville: “Wood Grille ½-pound Burger”
  • Kofta Burger, Syracuse: “The Kofta Burger”
  • R Diner, Central Square: “Bacon Mushroom Swiss Burger”
  • Talking Cursive Brewery, Syracuse: “Pub Pretzel Burger”
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