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

Welcome to Corn Chip Day!

Charles Elmer Doolin...was obsessed with Fritos, his daughter Kaleta said.

During the Depression in the 1930s, Doolin had a confectionery in San Antonio. Always an innovator, he got a bug to put some kind of corn snack on his counters. Tortillas staled, so Doolin went on a mission. At a gas station, Doolin found a Mexican man making an extruded corn chip out of masa, frying it and selling little bags of the fried corn chips. They were fritos, "little fried things" — the beach food of Mexico.

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Syracuse Orange guard JJ Starling (2) after getting fouled while shooting and making the shot. The Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team takes on the North Carolina State Wolfpack at the JMA Wireless Dome in Syracuse N.Y. Jan. 27, 2024 (Photographer Dennis Nett )

Next day mentality: How SU basketball bounced back (again) to beat N.C. State (PS; $; Waters)

The Syracuse Orange basketball team has followed up all but one of its losses this season with a win.

The Orange’s only two-game losing streak of the season came on consecutive days against Tennessee and Gonzaga in the Maui Invitational back in November.

Since then, Syracuse has refused to allow one loss turn into two. An up-and-down team has maintained a level of consistency with its ability to put a loss, even a demoralizing or embarrassing one, behind it.

The Orange did it again on Saturday, responding to an 85-69 loss to Florida State earlier in the week with a 77-65 win over North Carolina State on Saturday at the JMA Wireless Dome.

“I feel like we always bounce back,’’ SU sophomore forward Chris Bell said. “We take losses personal, but we don’t ever let it get us down.’’


Syracuse Orange center Peter Carey (23) tries to defend North Carolina State Wolfpack forward DJ Burns Jr. (30). The Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team take son the North Carolina State Wolfpack at the JMA Wireless Dome in Syracuse N.Y. Jan. 27, 2024 ( Photographer Dennis Nett

What was it like for 205-pound Carey to battle 275-pound Burns? (PS; $; Ditota)

With about 12 minutes left in the first half, Peter Carey rose from the Syracuse basketball bench and wandered over to the scorer’s table.

Carey, who is 6-foot-11 and weighs 205 pounds, was being sent into the game to guard the 6-9, 275-pound DJ Burns.

“That’s a big guy,” was how SU’s JJ Starling described N.C. State’s center.

Nobody would dispute that description.

Carey, the Syracuse redshirt freshman, had spent the first eight minutes of Saturday night’s game watching teammate Maliq Brown clash with Burns.

He was unfazed, he said, by what he saw.

“Honestly I was feeling pretty good,” Carey would say later. “With Maliq guarding him, he didn’t show me anything crazy in terms of just mowing down the defense. So, I was like, all right, there’s something there. Once I went in, it wasn’t that bad. I just had to keep my legs strong, planted on the floor so I could battle back.”

Carey played nearly 11 minutes Saturday in Syracuse’s 77-65 win over the Wolfpack. With Naheem McLeod out for the season following foot surgery, Carey will undoubtedly find himself in more situations like Saturday.

He will enter the game to provide Brown with rest and/or relief from foul trouble. SU coach Adrian Autry said Saturday he could not leave Brown on the floor the entire game to battle Burns specifically and N.C. State in general.

He sent Carey into the fray, he said, with specific instructions on how to deal with Burns.

“Move your feet. You can’t battle with him. Don’t arm wrestle with him. Try to get around him,” Autry said. “It’s a lot. You gotta get around him and when he catches it just try to stay in front of him, try to hold your ground as best as possible.”

ACC Power Rankings: 2 bubble teams will pose interesting question for NCAA selection committee (PS; $; Carlson)

With no question who the ACC’s top team is at this point, the conference’s intrigue revolves around the NCAA tournament bubble, where this week’s rankings highlight what will be an interesting consideration for the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee.

Two of the league’s bubble teams, Wake Forest and Florida State, have welcomed key pieces during the middle of the season.

A court order stopped the NCAA from enforcing its traditional rules regarding multi-time transfers putting Wake Forest’s Eftron Reid and Florida State’s Primo Spears on the floor.

Reid, a 7-footer who came from Gonzaga (and before that LSU) has brought the Demon Deacons an interior presence. He is averaging 8.3 points and 8.7 rebounds. Wake Forest went 4-3 without him. It has rolled to a 9-3 record with him in the lineup.

Likewise, Florida State has been a vastly improved team since Spears, a point guard and Georgetown transfer (before that Duquesne) has been permitted to play. The Seminoles went 4-4 without Spears but have gone 8-4 with him in the lineup.

The selection committee can take injuries into account when seeding and selecting teams, although it has generally not allowed that to make a huge difference during the selection process.

While both teams are clearly better with the additions, neither has been so good that it can be assumed their early games would have turned out differently.

Any benefit of the doubt would go a long way for Wake Forest, whose resume already places it on the NCAA tournament bubble. It’s a trickier proposition for Florida State, which has some bad losses to overcome for its resume to be worthy of tournament consideration.

Here’s a look at the ACC this week, where the spots from around 3 to 10 are all looking for strong late-season runs in order to boost themselves into the tournament.

1. North Carolina

Record: 17-3 (9-0)
Last week’s rank: 1
Last week’s results: Win 85-64 vs. Wake Forest; Win 75-68 at Florida State
This week’s schedule: Tuesday at Georgia Tech; Saturday vs. Duke

Why No. 1? Ten straight wins, a top-five defense according to Ken Pomeroy’s adjusted defensive efficiency metric and a star (R.J. Davis) who averaged 30 points over his two games last week. No one else is close right now.

2. Duke

Record: 15-4 (6-2)
Last week’s rank: 2
Last week’s results: Win 83-69 at Louisville; Win 72-21 vs. Clemson
This week’s schedule: Monday at Virginia Tech; Saturday at North Carolina

Why No. 2? The Blue Devils benefitted from a questionable foul call at home and escaped Clemson. No surprise there. Still, it goes down as a win, Duke’s 10th in its past 11 games. That level of consistency has been rare in the ACC this season.

3. Wake Forest

Record: 13-6 (5-3)
Last week’s ranking: 3
Last week’s results: Loss 85-64 at North Carolina
This week’s schedule: Wednesday at Pittsburgh; Saturday vs. Syracuse

Why No. 3? Wake Forest is one of three ACC teams that haven’t lost a home game, along with North Carolina and Virginia. Syracuse will look to change that on Saturday, a Quad 1 opportunity for the Orange and a huge game for both teams’ NCAA hopes.
... (SI; McAllister)

In their third consecutive game at the Dome, Syracuse (14-6/4-4) rebounded convincingly against N.C. State (13-7, 5-4), illustrating that this season is defined by resilience, ensuring that a single loss does not translate into a streak of defeats.

Following a lackluster offensive performance against Florida State, sophomore guard JJ Starling took it upon himself to spark a transformation. The Baldwinsville native delivered an outstanding career-high performance with 26 points, initiating the team's scoring with the first 10 points and showcasing prowess with a 4-9 display from behind the arc.

"I knew right from the warm-up that I was going to have a really good game," Starling said. "I paid attention to detail, ensuring every rep felt clean. My teammates did an excellent job of getting me the ball, and I just felt hot."

Contributing to Starling's success was his backcourt companion, Judah Mintz, who demonstrated an all-around game with 20 points, 14 of which were secured from the charity stripe, along with an impressive 9 assists.
... (SI; McAllister)

Syracuse basketball picked up a big win Saturday against NC State. Here are five takeaways from the victory.

1. JJ Starling

After a poor shooting game against Florida State, Starling came out hot against NC State. He scored Syracuse's first 10 points on his way to a career high 26 points. Starling scored at all three levels including four three pointers and played strong defense for most of the game. It was a nice bounce back for Starling, who had been shooting well lately outside of the loss to the Seminoles.

2. Benny Williams

Benny Williams had one of his better games of the season with 11 points, five rebounds and two blocks in 26 minutes. He was physical inside, played good help defense and attacked the boards. If he can play like that more consistently, it makes a huge difference for this team. He did miss one or two put backs but otherwise had a strong game.

3. Defense

The defense was stellar in the first half. Syracuse held NC State to 22 points on 21% shooting while forcing eight turnovers. For the first eight minutes or so of the second half it was good as well, as NC State scored just 12 points. Over the last nine minutes, however, the Wolfpack scored 25 points. During that stretch, NC State got a lot of good looks from the outside and at the rim. Overall, though, Syracuse was good defensively. NC State shot just 36% and turned it over 14 times. The Orange was aggressive, active and contested. They held NC State's best players, DJ Burns and DJ Horne, to just 10-28 shooting. They are getting closer to putting a full 40 minutes of defense together, but are not there quite yet.

Syracuse shows it is truly a man-to-man team now in win over NC State (youtube; podcast; Axe)

Brent Axe chats live following Syracuse basketball's 77-65 win over NC State on Syracuse basketball postgame presented by Crouse Health. Axe talks about how SU clamped down and played one of its best defensive games of the year, truly coming into its identity as a team that plays man-to-man defense now. You'll also hear locker room reaction from JJ Starling, who scored 26 points against NC State, Judah Mintz and SU head coach Adrian Autry. Brent also reacts to opinions and comments from Syracuse Sports Insiders about the game.

Syracuse men’s basketball: three takeaways from the Orange’s 77-65 win over NC State (TNIAAM; Chiappone)

On a night where “The Blizzard” took over the student section and legend Dave Bing entred the Ring of Honor, the Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team (14-6, 5-4) came out in full force to defeat the NC State Wolfpack (13-7, 5-4) 77-65 on Saturday night.

Following a disastrous home loss to Florida State, Syracuse took a double-digit lead towards the end of the first half and managed to hold on the rest of the way in the bounce back win in the Dome.

As always, here are the three main takeaways from the Orange’s win over NC State:

Backcourt unlocked

A known constant this season is that Judah Mintz can score the ball — he just came off a 28-point performance versus Florida State and he has taken the leap as the primary creator. But it’s clear this team is at its best when Mintz isn’t the lone scorer who has to shoulder most of the offense.

While he’s had his highs and lows on the offensive end this season, J.J. Starling’s career-high 26 points on 9/17 shooting (4/9 from three) proved to be the ultimate deciding factor in Saturday’s win. He looked confident and made shots from all three levels of the court. He scored the Orange’s first 10 points to keep the team alive early, then caught fire alongside with Chris Bell (13 points, 5/9 shooting, 3/6 from three) to spark a 16-2 run that saw Syracuse get out ahead and never look back.

JJ Starling brings the Loud House to its feet!

— Syracuse Men’s Basketball (@Cuse_MBB) January 28, 2024

Particularly for Starling, this was the game that proves how his scoring allows Mintz (20 points, 14/20 from the foul line, 9 assists, 4 steals) to unlock more of his playmaking and gives some insurance for the Orange’s offense when Mintz happens to have an off-shooting night. The backcourt duo combined for 46 points (roughly 60% of the Orange’s total offense) in the win.

Overheard in the SU locker room: 'I play different than a lot of people' (PS; $; Axe)

Why Judah Mintz is so good at getting to the free-throw line, the improved mechanics on JJ Starling’s 3-point shot and what Justin Taylor is doing to bring quality minutes to the floor when he’s not scoring.

Those were just a few things I overheard in the Syracuse locker room following a 77-65 win over N.C. State at the JMA Dome on Saturday night.

Adrian Autry

On Syracuse flexing its man-to-man defense:

“That’s the best defense we’ve played all year. The first half really set the tone for the game. We were clicking on all cylinders and made it tough for them. I thought in the second half, we had our low moments, but we stayed with it and took care of the basketball. We had nine turnovers against a team that causes 14, 15, 16 turnovers a game.”


Nick Luttrell | Staff Photographer Dave Bing’s nonprofit, Bing Youth Institute, has mentored young underprivileged Black men in Detroit, with a 100% graduation rate. He was inducted by Jim Boeheim into Syracuse's Ring of Honor on Jan. 27.

‘A surrogate father’: Dave Bing’s nonprofit encapsulates Ring of Honor induction (DO; Bambini)

In April 2017, Dave Bing brought 18 high-school juniors to his hometown of Washington D.C. Through the Bing Youth Institute (BYI) — Bing’s nonprofit that supports the academic, behavioral and social wellness of underprivileged young Black men in Detroit, Michigan — it was the first time Bing brought a group outside of the city.

Sixteen of them — aside from a BYI trip to Cedar Point Amusement Park in Ohio — had never left Detroit. Seventeen of them had never been on an airplane. And a BYI survey revealed only three of them thought they were college bound, the motivation for Bing’s efforts.

Some of the students were hesitant to go. They didn’t have luggage because they never traveled. So, Bing got them all Samsonite carry-on suitcases and ordered matching BYI pullovers for the trip to the nation’s capital.

“He wanted to eliminate the barrier of kids not feeling the same because some kids come from a more disadvantaged environment,” said David Greenwood, a mentor in BYI who traveled on the trip.

Bing’s life has revolved around changing the path forward for Detroit youth through mentoring. Being a “transcendent” Syracuse basketball player, according to Jim Boeheim, a top 50 NBA player, a successful businessman and the Mayor of Detroit is just the foundation for his latest endeavor in BYI, which was “decades in the making,” Greenwood said.

Approaching the nonprofit’s 10-year anniversary, BYI’s 1-on-1 mentorship model encapsulates his addition to Syracuse’s Ring of Honor Saturday.

“He’d been mentoring all his life in an informal way, but decided that he wanted to really kind of help young men in kind of a more formal way,” said Bob Warfield, Chief Operating Officer for BYI and former Chief Communications Officer for Bing’s mayoralty.

MBB: Results 2024 Jan 27 (RX; HM)

MBB: Results 2024 Jan 27


#3 N Carolina 75 W
Florida State 68

Boston College 61 W
Notre Dame 58

Virginia 69 W
Louisville 52

Pittsburgh 68
Miami 72 W

Clemson 71
#12 Duke 72 W

Georgia Tech 67
Virginia Tech 91 W

NC State 65
Syracuse 77 W


Stanford 71
California 73 W


Southern Methodist 66
North Texas 68

This Week's Ranked Losers:

#7 Kansas lost to #23 Iowa St, 75-79 (SAT)
#8 Auburn lost to Alabama, 75-79 (WED)
#8 Auburn lost to Miss. State, 58-64 (SAT)
#9 Arizona lost to Oregon St, 80-83 (THU)
#10 Illinois lost to Northwestern, 91-96 (WED)
#11 Oklahoma lost to #20 Texas Tech, 84-85 (SAT)
#15 Baylor lost to TCU in 3OT, 102-105 (SAT)
#16 Dayton lost to Richmond, 64-69 (SAT)
#24 Colorado St lost to Nevada, 64-77 (WED)



Julia Carden

More than 100 plunge into icy Skaneateles Lake (photos) (PS; $; Carden)

The Skaneateles Polar Bear Club hosted the 13th annual Polar Plunge at Clift Park on Saturday.

Nearly 150 community members braved the 37-degree waters of Skaneateles Lake to fundraise for local organizations. Hosted by the Skaneateles Sunrise Rotary Club, the proceeds are split between Skaneateles Ambulance Volunteer Emergency Services, the Skaneateles Fire Department and the Skaneateles Education Foundation.

The Polar Plunge is a traditional part of Skaneateles Winterfest, an annual village celebration that features ice sculptures, scavenger hunts and food samples from local restaurants. Many of the teams represented local businesses, like The Elephant and The Dove, The Sherwood Inn, The Skaneateles Bakery and more.

“For the last four years, we’ve been representing our brewery,” Sal Strods, plunge participant and brewer at the Skaneateles Brewery said. “Prior to that, we started with my 80-year-old father. We tried to talk him out of it, and he ended up talking us into it. It’s a family affair.”

“Everyone’s getting together to relieve some stress in their lives. It’s a lot of fun and people like to watch,” Strods said.

The Dollhouse is the 'most inclusive house' for CNY bands (DO; Boyer)

With opera singing, a cowboy hat and a spaceman in a dress, Bobo Doll, an Ithaca-based alternative math rock band, took the stage at The Dollhouse. As the set went on, the band’s members moshed with the crowd, creating a lively energy from entrance to exit.

“The experience has been beautiful. My favorite part about music is that everybody gets to come together, enjoy common space and as much as possible,” said Christopher Dela Cruz, Bobo Doll’s lead singer. “I’d love everybody to have fun and feel comfortable to express themselves.”

The Dollhouse’s first show of the semester took place Saturday with two bands from Ithaca and one from Syracuse: Bobo Doll, Char and Microbes, Mostly. The venue hosted the concert in tandem with Practice At, having the bands perform both in Ithaca and Syracuse over the weekend.

The members of Bobo Doll met when they were growing up in the Poconos. They all went their separate ways but reunited to make music. In their recent shows, they’ve been accompanied by Ithaca-based vocalist Connor Lloyd, who performed a modern dance during the band’s set and an opera-like addition to the songs.

“We play every day, not because we have to, it’s because we love to and we love spending time with each other in that way,” Dela Cruz said. “We all feel very comfortable and very comfortable expressing ourselves with each other.”

Hear from Coach Boeheim as he visits Florida!​

Few people have had a more enduring presence on the Syracuse University campus or more passionately represented the Orange spirit than Coach Jim Boeheim ’66, G’73.
Join us next month as Coach Boeheim sits down for laughter, stories and more as he discusses his commitment to Syracuse University and what it means to be Forever Orange. We’re hosting this program in Boca Raton, Tampa and Naples; please choose the location that works best for you! The Naples registration link will be LIVE later this week.

Boeheim Beyond Basketball: Tampa​

Monday, February 26

6 – 8:30 p.m.
Program led by John Nicholson ’68, Professor Emeritus, broadcast and digital journalism, begins at 6:30 p.m.


Union New American
Upstairs – dining room and terrace
111 N. West Shore Blvd
Tampa, FL
Parking lot available.


$20/person includes program, appetizers, beer and wine, and non-alcoholic drinks.
Special thanks to our co-host for this program, Jonathan Levy ’82.

Boeheim Beyond Basketball: Naples​

Wednesday, February 28

5:30 – 8 p.m.
Program begins at 6 p.m.


Royal Poinciana Golf Club
Poinciana Ballroom
1600 Solana Road
Naples, FL
Valet parking provided.


This is a complimentary program thanks to our co-hosts Syracuse University Trustee Bill Allyn G’59 and proud Syracuse parent Larry Ruston P’86, P’92, P’96. Pre-registration is required.
The registration link for Naples will be LIVE later this week; please check the alumni events listing to sign up, and Naples-area alumni will also receive an email on Friday.

Boeheim Beyond Basketball: Boca Raton​

Thursday, February 29

5:30 – 8 p.m.
Program led by legendary sportscaster Dick Stockton ’64begins at 6 p.m.


Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club
Chart Room
2425 W Maya Palm Dr
Boca Raton, FL
Valet parking will be offered to all guests.


This is a complimentary program thanks to our host, Syracuse University Trustee Douglas A. Present ’86. Pre-registration is required.

We look forward to seeing you! GO ORANGE!


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