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No recent Cali or Iggy awards; Mr Irrelevant
Aug 15, 2011

Welcome to National Seat Belt Day!

National Seat Belt Day is observed annually on November 14th to help encourage people to buckle up. The event was originated in 2019 by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), rideshare service Uber, and Volvo to celebrate the invention of the three-point seat belt in 1959 and promote the importance of using one every time they get in a vehicle.

While seat belts are easy to take for granted, they can make a huge difference between minor injuries and severe, life-threatening injuries or fatalities in a crash.

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Syracuse basketball vs. Colgate: 5 Key Things to Know (PS; $; Waters)

The streak is on the other foot.

Two years ago, Colgate upset Syracuse, 100-85, at the then-Carrier Dome. It was Colgate’s first win over the Orange since the 1961-62 season. The win snapped Colgate’s 54-game losing streak against its Upstate foe.

Then last year, Colgate did it again. The Raiders knocked off the Orange 80-68 to forge their own winning streak in the rivalry.

Can Colgate make it three in a row? The Raiders will for a third straight win over Syracuse when the two teams meet at the JMA Wireless Dome on Tuesday night.

This is just the third game for rookie Syracuse coach Adrian Autry. Meanwhile, Matt Langel is in his 13th year at Colgate where he has turned the Raiders into a Patriot League power.

Colgate won its six Patriot League title last year. That marks three years running for the Raiders, matching Holy Cross’ three straight league titles back in 2001-03. In the last four full seasons, Colgate has won 24, 25, 23 and 26 games.

Syracuse (2-0) comes into the game after notching wins over New Hampshire and Canisius. Colgate is 1-0 after beating Brown, 72-70, in its season-opener a week ago.

Game time is 7 p.m. at the Dome. The game will be televised on the ACC Network.

Here are 5 Key Things to Know about the matchup:

SU plays Colgate on Tuesday. Orange basketball players are focused on one thing (PS; $; Ditota)

Colgate has beaten Syracuse two straight times.

The Raiders defeated the Orange by a combined score of 180-153 in those games. Syracuse lost by double-digits both times. In 2021-22, Colgate scored 100 points in the dome.

Let’s just say Syracuse basketball players are aware.

A few were asked in the aftermath of their win over Canisius last week to consider the Colgate game, scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the JMA Wireless Dome.

“Honestly, just getting revenge,” said SU guard Justin Taylor. “They shouldn’t have beaten us the last two games. We’re going to be ready for it. We’re going to treat it like any other game, but definitely it stings a little from last year.”

“We want our get-back for the program,” SU point guard Judah Mintz said. “It’s not normal to be losing to Colgate. No knock to them, they’re a good program. But we want to get to 3-0, whether we have to go through Colgate or Duke.”

Keegan Records and Braeden Smith imagined Orange players might feel that way.

Nobody likes to lose, the two Colgate stars said last week. Nobody likes to lose at home. And nobody likes to lose to a program they had beaten 54 consecutive times before the 2021-22 season.

“We know they’re going to be up for the game,” Smith said. “We’re going to be up for the game. Should be good.”

The Raiders have been good for a few years.

Colgate, the class of the Patriot League, has played in four of the last five NCAA Tournaments, the only exception during that period the 2019-20 season, when Covid shut down the entire tournament. The Raiders were upset in the Patriot League Tournament final and would not have qualified to play had the NCAA Tournament been held that year.

Colgate, saddled with a 14 or 15 seed each of those years, has bumped up against some of the best college basketball programs in the nation in the NCAA Tournament. It has yet to win a tournament game.

That’s part of the reason the Raiders appreciate playing Syracuse. These days, when programs are reluctant to schedule Colgate, the Orange, Illinois and Arizona will provide the Raiders with the kind of athleticism, size and skill they won’t see in the Patriot League.

Beat writers predict Syracuse will defeat Colgate for 1st time since 2019 (DO; Staff)

Despite dominating in its head-to-head matchup by a dominant 127-47 margin, Syracuse hasn’t defeated Colgate since the 2019-20 season.

Two years ago, the Orange gave up 18 3-pointers in a 100-85 loss. And last season, the Raiders bested their prior performance by notching 19 makes behind the arc in an 80-68 victory. Following the most recent of both defeats, then-head coach Jim Boeheim said the Orange had “no chance to play them (Colgate) man-to-man.”

But now, Syracuse has the length and athleticism to contain Colgate’s trigger-happy shooters. Adrian Autry has made that clear since the preseason. The Raiders also lost star guard Tucker Richardson, who registered a game-high 30 points in the JMA Wireless Dome in 2022.

Here’s what our beat writers expect to happen when Syracuse takes on Colgate:

Cole Bambini (2-0)

Revenge, finally
Syracuse 84, Colgate 70

Colgate’s caused a lot of problems for Syracuse, mainly from beyond the arc. Fortunately, for the Orange, Richardson, who made eight of them, graduated and both squads have different makeups compared to a year ago.

I think Syracuse needs to stick to man-to-man as much as it can throughout. The 2-3 is still new to many players and the Raiders exposed the corner shot last year. With man, there will be tighter perimeter defense by Judah Mintz and J.J. Starling. Autry also tends to go deeper into his bench, reducing any fatigue and foul trouble.

Offensively, Syracuse needs to be aggressive. When it settled for quick, perimeter shots, it allowed New Hampshire and Canisius to trickle back into the game. But staying inside and scoring in the paint — where Syracuse has scored at least 55% of its points in both games — will be the most effective. I think this game will follow a similar trend to the first two, with Syracuse pulling away with a 3-0 start before heading to Honolulu.

Henry O’Brien (2-0)

Squeaking by
Syracuse 74, Colgate 72

Oddly enough, this game will be a litmus test possibly for the rest of the season. It might be silly to say because Syracuse hasn’t played a single conference game. But Colgate has beaten the Orange two years in a row after not winning since Jim Boeheim was a college student.

Over the past three seasons, the Raiders have been one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the country. This can be the achilles heel of a 2-3 zone.

But now SU is playing a man-to-man defense, and I believe there will be an improvement in defending from deep. The Raiders no longer have their best 3-point shooter in Oliver Lynch-Daniels and their best overall player in Richardson. Braeden Smith is still around, but the Orange’s superior talent will overcome Colgate.

There still will be struggles in stopping 3-pointers, though. Syracuse gave up 10 3-pointers to Canisius and Autry said his team needs to defend the line better. But expect Mintz, Starling and Justin Taylor to have impressive offensive outputs. There’s a world where they lose, though. This game is a coin flip in my eyes, and it will go in the favor of the Orange.

Tyler Schiff (2-0)

A real defensive test
Syracuse 85, Colgate 78

Syracuse receives its first real test Tuesday hosting Colgate. Yes, the defense looked shaky at times against New Hampshire and Canisius, but SU never really looked threatened. Now, it faces the historically sharpshooting Raiders, who have canned 37 combined 3-pointers in consecutive wins over the Orange.

Opponent Preview: What to know about Colgate (DO; Bambini)

Syracuse improved to 2-0 with an 89-77 win over Canisius, spearheaded by a 14-0 second-half run that gave the Orange a 20-point lead. Judah Mintz, who had the first 10 points in the run, notched a career-high 26 points as Chris Bell, Justin Taylor and J.J. Starling all scored in double-figures.

Head coach Adrian Autry still said the offense hasn’t been performing the way he wants it to, while the defense has been the area to improve as it sits ranked 175th in adjusted defensive efficiency, per KenPom. The Orange allowed the Golden Griffins to shoot 48.4% from the field and just over 45% from deep.

SU now welcomes Colgate, an in-state foe which has beat it the past two seasons. Syracuse also returns Benny Williams, who had previously been suspended for violation of team rules.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Raiders (1-0, 0-0 Patriot League):

All-time series

Syracuse leads 127-47.

Last time they played

Once again, it was 3-pointers that sparked Colgate’s 80-68 upset over Syracuse last November, shooting 19-of-39 from beyond the arc. A season earlier in November 2021, Colgate made 18 3-pointers in a 100-85 victory over Syracuse.

Last season, Tucker Richardson notched a game-high 30 points with eight 3s while Ryan Moffatt and Oliver Lynch-Daniels added four. Colgate led by as much as 18 points in the second half, and Syracuse couldn’t cut the deficit to single digits in the second frame.

Mintz led the Orange with 20 points, while Jesse Edwards, Joe Girard III and Williams all scored in double-digits. But Syracuse’s 38 percent mark from the field and 32 percent from deep wasn’t nearly enough to counteract the Raiders, who found numerous ways to get corner 3s against the 2-3 zone.

Colgate has dominated the Patriot League. How high can the Raiders fly? (PS; $; Ditota)

Back in 1999, when Matt Langel was a senior guard at Penn, his Quakers played in the West Regional of the NCAA Tournament in Seattle.

Penn was the 11 seed. The 10th seed that year was a private Jesuit university from Spokane, Washington. Gonzaga, then a program on the rise from the West Coast Conference, went on a tournament tear that March, reaching the NCAA regional final before Connecticut ended its season.

Soon thereafter, then-coach Dan Monson departed for the head coaching job at Minnesota. Gonzaga elevated its assistant coach, Mark Few, to the top spot.

In the ensuring years, Few has taken the Zags to the stratosphere of college basketball. Gonzaga has made the NCAA Tournament every season since he was installed as head coach. His record going into the 2023-24 season was 689-134 overall and 333-34 in the WCC. In the last six seasons, Gonzaga has been a 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament four times.

What Langel saw in 1999 was the scaffolding of a meteoric program build.

“That was the beginning of, for their institution, what became a prominent jewel for their school,” Langel said. “That’s what their institution wanted.”

Making a connection from Gonzaga to Colgate in modern basketball parlance might be a reach, but it’s worth asking how big the program that has dominated the Patriot League in recent years can get.

Colgate hired Langel in 2011 to rescue its flailing basketball program. In each of the past five seasons, the Raiders have won the Patriot League regular-season title. In four of those five seasons, Colgate has been the Patriot League representative in the NCAA Tournament because it won its tournament title, too.

The Raiders are 44-4 in the Patriot League over the past three seasons. They have beaten neighboring Syracuse two straight years and will visit the JMA Wireless Dome tonight at 7 hoping to extend that streak.

Langel, a Wharton School graduate, measures much of his program’s basketball ambitions against Colgate’s prestigious academic brand and its education-driven philosophies.

“I’m always grounded in whatever our institution has in plan,” he said last week, during a conversation in his office. “If you look at our history and what we’ve been about and what we want to be about in the future, I don’t spend too much time thinking about how do we make Colgate the Gonzaga of the East.”

(youtube; podcast; The Field of 68)

Ian and Johnny are joined by Joe Puccio to talk SU-Colgate and the two new members of the Orange family, Elijah Moore and Donnie Freeman.

Syracuse Basketball: Colgate vs. Syracuse prediction, odds, spread, more (itlh; Adler)

Syracuse basketball is set to host top Patriot League team Colgate from Hamilton, N.Y., on Tuesday evening at the JMA Wireless Dome, as the Orange looks to snap a two-game losing streak at the hands of the Raiders.

As I noted in another recent post, the ‘Cuse (2-0) and Colgate (1-0) will get going in their non-conference affair starting at 7 pm, with television coverage on the ACC Network.

Tuesday night’s battle will represent the sternest test to date in the young 2023-24 season for Syracuse basketball, which so far has registered double-digit victories over Canisius and New Hampshire.

The Raiders, a group that has made four straight NCAA Tournament appearances, will not be fazed by the Orange or by playing at the Dome. Colgate, in defeating the ‘Cuse on consecutive occasions, has produced at a high level from beyond the arc, so the Syracuse basketball defense, which has proven so-so in 2023-24 at this juncture, had better be ready for a dogfight.

In the current term, the Raiders have suited up just once, defeating Ivy League team Brown at home in a nail-biter, 72-70, on November 6.

ACC Power Rankings: Should Syracuse men’s basketball climb after its perfect start? (PS; $; Carlson)

The ACC didn’t have a particularly strong opening week with its expected powerhouse losing a home game and two teams expected to bring up the rear already looking like they might serve as an anchor to the rest of the conference.

While I’m not too worried about Duke losing a close game to a talented Arizona squad to open the year, I can’t say the same about Louisville and Kenny Payne.

Despite all of the advantages in Louisville, Payne’s team shockingly managed to win just four games last season. The Cardinals started this season with an uninspiring split against the University of Maryland-Baltimore County and the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. Things could get toxic quickly.

The ACC currently ranks only sixth on Ken Pomeroy’s list of the strongest conferences in the country. That list will eventually provide a pretty good guess as to how well those conferences will be represented in the NCAA Tournament.

Here’s how I’d rank the ACC this week.

1. Duke

Record: 1-1

Last week’s ranking: 1

Last week’s results: Win 92-54 vs. Dartmouth; Loss 78-73 vs. Arizona

This week’s schedule: Tuesday vs. Michigan State at Chicago; Friday vs. Bucknell

Why No. 1? I’m not going to go too crazy about a loss in the toughest game that any team in the ACC played last week, especially since it could have gone either way. Still, it will be interesting to see either Duke or Michigan State with two early losses.

2. Miami

Record: 3-0

Last week’s ranking: 2

Last week’s results: Win 101-60 vs. New Jersey Institute of Technology; Win 88-72 vs. Central Florida; Win 86-80 vs. Florida International:

This week’s schedule: Friday vs. Georgia in in Bahamas; Sunday vs. Providence/Kansas State in Bahamas

Why No. 2? There was lot of chatter about Wooga Poplar being one of this season’s biggest breakout players and he has lived up to the billing by averaging 20.7 points over Miami’s first two games. The Hurricanes are poised once again to combine strong guard play and excellent big man Norchad Omier.

3. North Carolina

Record: 2-0

Last week’s ranking: 3

Last week’s results: Win 86-70 vs. Radford; Win 90-68 vs. Lehigh

This week’s schedule: Friday vs. California-Riverside

Why No. 3? Armando Bacot is still in school thanks to the ability of college athletes to get paid and he averaged 16.5 rebounds over UNC’s first two games. He’ll help the Tar Heels play with their usual strong inside-out pairing.

4. Virginia

Record: 2-0

Last week’s ranking: 4

Last week’s results: Win 80-50 vs. Tarleton State; Win 73-70 vs. Florida in Charlotte, N.T.

This week’s schedule: Tuesday vs. North Carolina A&T; Thursday vs. Texas Southern

Why No. 4? The win over Florida on a neutral court is a fine result and probably the ACC’s best of the opening week, but it wasn’t exactly a vintage Tony Bennett defensive performance either.

5. Clemson

Record: 3-0

Last week’s ranking: 5

Last week’s results: Win 78-56 vs. Winthrop; Win 77-76 vs. UAB in Asheville, N.C.; Win 68-65 vs. Davidson in Asheville, N.C.

This week’s schedule: Sunday vs. Boise State

Why No. 5? While UAB and Davidson aren’t powerhouse programs they are good teams and the fact that the victories came on neutral courts makes them solid wins. Joe Girard III started the three games and averaged 8.3 points.

6. Syracuse

Record: 2-0

Last week’s ranking: 6

Last week’s results: Win 83-72 vs. New Hampshire; Win 89-77 vs. Canisius

This week’s schedule: Tuesday vs. Colgate

Why No. 6? Syracuse took care of business without much stress in its opening two games despite opening the season without Benny Williams, who has now returned to the team. Judah Mintz is tied for fourth in the ACC averaging 23 points per game. Only Duke’s Kyle Filipowski, Bacot and Georgia Tech’s Miles Kelly have scored more.

7. Virginia Tech

Record: 1-1

Last week’s ranking: 8

Last week’s results: Win 100-55 vs. Coppin State; Loss 79-77 vs. South Carolina in Charlotte

This week’s schedule: Wednesday vs. Campbell; Sunday vs. Wofford

Why No. 7? The Hokies have a pair of veterans at guard in Sean Padulla and Hunter Catoor but they seem likely to be streaky when shots aren’t falling.

Syracuse Orange men’s basketball 23-24 player profiles: William Patterson (TNIAAM; Williams)

The Syracuse Orange men’s basketball season is fast approaching, and we’re continuing our player profiles for each scholarship player. Let’s get to one member of the freshman class: William Patterson

Position: Center

Class: Freshman

Vitals: 7’2”, 220 lbs.

Stats (2022-23): For his senior year, Patterson transferred to The Patrick School in New Jersey, Prior to that he played for New Heights and Bishop Walsh High School, which played in the National Interscholastic Basketball Conference.

Syracuse was Paterson’s preferred choice, despite attracting interest from two Big 12 Conference teams - Oklahoma State and TCU. Ranked as a three-star prospect by both On3 and Rivals, Patterson is considered the 33rd best in the nation and 10th best in New York State by On3.

Strengths/Weaknesses: While Patterson may require some development offensively, he possesses the necessary skills to excel as a rim protector and rebounder in the ACC. Continuing to develop new moves, he shows promise as a post-scorer due to his size and agility. Right now, he has decent mid-range shooting abilities; with additional moves at his disposal while operating closer to the hoop, however, this ability could become significantly more threatening. Essentially, Syracuse welcomes an untapped 7-foot-2 resource capable of transforming defensive play while molding him into an offensive dynamo over time.

Ceiling: Patterson’s height and length can make him a key player in Coach Autry’s man-to-man defense. For his size, he displays remarkable agility while guarding the paint. As an assertive center with immense potential, Patterson excels at defending the rim and grabbing rebounds, while further advancing his low post-scoring abilities.

Floor: As a shot blocker and rebounder, Patterson’s potential is evident. With the program’s guidance, it is anticipated that his offensive skills will improve as he grows and advances in his career.

First AP Top 25 men’s basketball poll drops: How many top teams will Syracuse play this season? (PS; $; Ditota)

The first AP top 25 men’s basketball poll dropped today. This is not to be confused with the preseason Top 25, which was compiled before teams played a single game.

There was some drama in the first week of the poll, which could be expected. Lots of teams are trying to figure things out on November 13.

The big riser this week was, of course, Arizona, which knocked off previous No. 2 Duke in Cameron Indoor Stadium. That result will turn a lot of heads.

You might notice that Syracuse will play at least six teams in the Top 25 this year. The Orange opens with No. 7 Tennessee, then plays either No. 2 Purdue or No. 11 Gonzaga. They could also, theoretically, play No. 4 Marquette or No. 1 Kansas, depending on how the tournament shakes out.

At any rate, here’s the latest poll.

My ballot is below the official ballot. (Team, record, total points, number of first-place votes)

1) Kansas (2-0)1530 (51)
2) Purdue (2-0)1464 (7)
3) Arizona (2-0) 1356 (3)
4) Marquette (2-0) 1311
5) UConn (2-0)1301 (1)
6) Houston (2-0) 1180
7) Tennessee (2-0) 1146
8) Creighton (2-0) 1130
9) Duke (1-1) 1088
10) FAU (1-0) 1004
11) Gonzaga (1-0) 825
12) Miami (2-0) 778
13) Texas A&M (2-0) 728
14) Arkansas (2-0) 719
15) Baylor (3-0) 578
16) USC (2-0) 573
17) Kentucky (2-0) 549
18) Michigan State (1-1) 516
19) Texas (2-0) 513
20) North Carolina (2-0) 501
21) Villanova (2-0) 406
22) Alabama (2-0) 264
23) Illinois (2-0) 170
24) James Madison 91
25) Colorado (2-0) 78


Memphis 53, Virginia 49, St. John’s 47, UCLA 36, TCU 34, San Diego St. 33, BYU 32, Saint Mary’s 20, Mississippi St. 19, Iowa St. 10, Wisconsin 6, Auburn 5, Michigan 2, Weber St. 2, Drake 1, Boise St. 1, Clemson 1.

The Juice Online - Syracuse in the NBA: Jerami Grant averaging 22.8 ppg so far (; Dagostino)

The new NBA season is nearly three weeks old now.

And while Buddy Boeheim is still searching for his next possible NBA team after being waived by the Detroit Pistons on Oct. 21, there are still currently three former Orange hoopers in the league.

Here's a look at how they have fared thus far:

Oshae Brissett. After signing with the Boston Celtics in the offseason for $2.1 million (with a player option next season), Brissett has a legitimate shot at an NBA title, something only two former Syracuse players (Marty Byrnes and Dion Waiters) have done. And even though the Celtics have championship aspirations, their bench is somewhat thin, which should provide opportunities for Brissett. In six appearances so far, Brissett has averaged 11.2 minutes per game. He has scored in four of those six games, topping out at five points in 20 minutes in a 51-point win over Indiana (his former team) on Nov. 1.

Jerami Grant. Still wearing a Portland Trail Blazers jersey (for now), Grant has seen a lot of changes to the Portland roster since last season. Damian Lillard was traded away to Milwaukee weeks before the season began. Jusuf Nurkic was sent off to Phoenix as part of the Lillard trade. At 29 years old, Grant is the second oldest player on the team, behind Malcolm Brogdon (who was sent from Boston to Portland when the Blazers re-routed Jrue Holiday to the Celtics after getting him from Milwaukee for Lillard...still with me?) Both Brogdon and Grant are likely to get traded at some point this season as Portland builds around Shaedon Sharpe and newcomers DeAndre Ayton and No. 3 overall pick Scoot Henderson. In the meantime, though, Grant has produced at his career norms so far, scoring 22.8 points per game and pulling in 4.9 rebounds a contest. In four November games, Grant is averaging 28.8 points, including a 38-point effort against Sacramento.
Cole Swider. Bouncing from the Los Angeles Lakers to the Miami Heat this offseason, Swider is again on a championship contender. Swider has played on just one game so far and logged just two minutes in that game. But, boy did he take advantage of those minutes! On October 28 against Minnesota, Swider put up three shots, making a 2-pointer and a 3-pointer and grabbed a rebound in just two minutes. That game featured five injured rotation players for Miami, though. It seems like it will take nights like those for Swider to see the floor for the Heat.



Lights on the Lake, a 2-mile display of lights along Onondaga Lake in Liverpool, N.Y., has been named one of the best holiday light displays in the United States.The Post-Standard file photos

Lights on the Lake in Central NY named one of the best holiday light shows in US (PS; House)

One of the best holiday light displays in the United States glitters in the heart of Central New York, a new ranking has declared.

Lights on the Lake, a drive-thru show at Onondaga Lake Park, has been named one of the 35 most magical Christmas light displays in the nation by Country Living. The display was one of two light shows in the Empire State on the list; the other display, Holiday Lights at the Bronx Zoo, is in New York City.

Set up along Onondaga Lake in Liverpool, Lights on the Lake is a 2-mile-long, drive-thru show full of twinkling lights. It features towering light arches, a Land of Oz, a fantasy forest and more — all enjoyed from the comfort of a warm car.

Lights on the Lake, a 2-mile display of lights along Onondaga Lake in Liverpool, N.Y., has been named one of the best holiday light displays in the United States.Scott Schild | sschild@syracuse.

Lights on the Lake was ranked No. 8 on Country Living’s roundup, making the dazzling roundup alongside Christmas at the Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina and Candy Lane at Hersheypark in Pennsylvania.

There is plenty of time to enjoy Lights on the Lake before and after the holiday season: It starts Nov. 13 and runs through Jan. 12.

Tickets must be purchased online and reserved in advance. Cars with the capacity to hold 16 or fewer people cost $10 Monday through Thursday and $20 Friday through Sunday; tickets are also available for minibuses and motor coaches.

Discounted tickets — costing just $5 — are available on Lights on the Lakes’ seven charity nights, spread throughout the season. For more details, visit

A Micron status report: Where do we stand on plans to build a chip plant in Central NY? (PS; $; Coin)

It’s been more than a year since Micron Technology announced it would build the country’s largest semiconductor manufacturing plant in the town of Clay.

None of the promised four fabs have been built. Construction hasn’t started.

That’s not a surprise: There are mountains of prep work to tackle before the first bulldozers can arrive on site, and that work, much of it behind the scenes, is happening.

Micron is compiling environmental reports and filing applications. Unions are opening new training centers for the deluge of construction workers expected to build the plant. Colleges are adding new programs and building classrooms. A committee is meeting to guide how to spend $500 million in workforce training and community programs.

None of that guarantees Micron will spend the $100 billion it has promised to build all four fabrication plants, or fabs, it plans through 2043. There’s a lot that can go wrong: Government funding doesn’t come through, technology changes, competition from overseas cuts into Micron’s sales, the chip war with China heats up.

Even with Micron’s promises and the government’s pledges of billions of dollars, the challenges are daunting. A Micron-fueled population boom could exacerbate an already severe housing shortage. Tens of thousands of workers will need specialized training to work in the fabs and at suppliers. And several other big fab projects are being built, from Ohio to Arizona, that will compete for those trained workers.

What Micron is building is bigger, more complex and higher tech than our past factory experiences like Carrier and GM. Syracuse knows how to build things, but this is new territory.

With that in mind, here’s a look at what’s happening in key areas of the Micron plan, and what comes next:

Federal money

What’s happening: Micron has applied for an undisclosed amount of the $39 billion set aside in the federal CHIPS Act for domestic semiconductor manufacturing. More than 400 companies have applied; the U.S. Commerce Department concedes the program is “vastly oversubscribed” and not every company will get what they’ve asked for.

Why it matters: Micron has said it can’t build the fabs without federal dollars; it’s just too expensive to build here rather than overseas, primarily in Asia.

What’s next: The U.S. Department of Commerce will announce awards in the first round of funding, but has not said when. For now, all the decision-making for this vital piece of Micron’s future in Clay is in the hands of the feds – and those decisions will be made behind closed doors.

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