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

Welcome to International Day of Pink!

International Day of Pink aspires to create a more inclusive and diverse world. It promotes acceptance, equality, and taking a stand against bullying. Pink shirts are worn in solidarity with the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, who continue to face hate, discrimination, bullying, and violence. Keeping the clock from turning back on human rights, educating youth not to repeat the mistakes of the past, encouraging youth to challenge social norms and ask more of their educators, and demanding more from policymakers are some goals of the day.

David Shepherd and Travis Price, seniors at Central Kings Rural High School near Cambridge Station, in Nova Scotia, Canada, started International Day of Pink after they saw a freshman being bullied and threatened with getting beat up for wearing a pink shirt. They bought 50 pink shirts at a discount store and sent emails to their male friends asking them to wear them to school. Their line of thought was that 50 people couldn't be bullied at once. But the "sea of pink" ended up being much larger than they had anticipated. Not only were the 50 shirts worn, but many other students wore pink as well.

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Syracuse basketball reaches out to 4-star guard transfer Bryce Pope, averages 18 PPG (itlh; Adler)

Syracuse basketball has reached out to UC San Diego redshirt senior guard Bryce Pope, who is in the transfer portal, according to a report from top recruiting analyst Mike McAllister of 247Sports.

Per 247Sports, the 6-foot-3, 185-pound Pope entered the portal on March 26. The current transfer-portal cycle opened on Monday, March 18, and it will run for 45 days.

To date, at least five players on the 'Cuse 2023-24 roster have hit the portal. Orange coaches have reached out to at least nine players who are in the portal this off-season, according to national recruiting analysts and reports.

Pope, who is from San Diego, has scheduled upcoming visits to Maryland and Stanford, per McAllister. Pope is also visiting Southern California in the near future, per On3 national reporter Joe Tipton.

UC San Diego transfer guard Bryce Pope (@bpopesd1) is unofficially visiting USC on April 12, source tells @On3sports.

CC: @SSchraderOn3
— Joe Tipton (@TiptonEdits) April 8, 2024

Since entering the portal, Pope has reportedly heard from a ton of college squads, including Texas, N.C. State, Creighton, Florida State, Louisville, UCLA, USC, Arkansas, LSU, Seton Hall, Maryland, Stanford, California, Virginia Tech and Notre Dame, among many others.

UC San Diego transfer Bryce Pope’s list of suitors is LONG.

NC State
Florida State
Seton Hall
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame
Ole Miss
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) March 28, 2024

Syracuse basketball has reached out to UC San Diego redshirt senior guard Bryce Pope.

In the 2023-24 season, Big West Conference member UC San Diego went 21-12 overall. Per ESPN data, Pope appeared in all 33 games. He averaged 35.6 minutes, 18.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.0 steals per contest, while hitting on 41.8 percent from the field, 33.2 percent from beyond the arc, and 81.7 percent from the free-throw line.

Syracuse Basketball: Former 5-star PG recruit Aden Holloway enters transfer portal (itlh; Adler)

Auburn freshman point guard Aden Holloway, who held a scholarship offer from Syracuse basketball while in high school, has entered the transfer portal, according to various media reports.

Top national analyst/scout Jamie Shaw of On3 was among those to report on Tuesday that the 6-foot-1, 178-pound Holloway has hit the portal.

The current transfer-portal cycle opened on Monday, March 18, and it will run for 45 days. At least five players on the Orange's 2023-24 roster have entered the portal.

Auburn freshman Aden Holloway has entered the Transfer Portal @On3sports has learned Aden Holloway - Auburn Tigers - Combo Guard
— Jamie Shaw (@JamieShaw5) April 9, 2024
Conversely, the 'Cuse has secured at least one commitment so far via the portal, with Syracuse basketball coaches reportedly showing interest in numerous other college players who are in the portal, according to national analysts and reports in recent weeks.

While I'm not suggesting that Orange coaches are necessarily going to pursue Holloway, a likely area of need for the 'Cuse this off-season from the portal is to secure a point guard ahead of the 2024-25 term.

Former Syracuse basketball five-star point-guard target Aden Holloway has entered the transfer portal.

Auburn, out of the Southeastern Conference, went 27-8 overall in the 2023-24 stanza. The Tigers won the SEC Tournament. As a No. 4 seed in this spring's NCAA Tournament, Auburn lost in the round of 64 to No. 13 seed Yale.

‎Locked On Syracuse - Daily Podcast On Syracuse Orange Football & Basketball: Syracuse Basketball is a TOP-10 TEAM + The Orange NEED Malik Mack, Kadary Richmond or Erik Reynolds on Apple Podcasts (; podcast; Locked on Syracuse)
Syracuse Basketball was named a way-too-early top-ten ranked team by The Sporting News. Should Adrian Autry's squad really be ranked that high thanks to the addition of Eddie Lampkin and JJ Starling and Chris Bell returning? Plus, Malik Mack, Kadary Richmond or Erik Reynolds would be excellent replacements for Judah Mintz.

(youtube; podcast; Locked on Syracuse; scheduled to start at 9 am est)

Syracuse Basketball fans shouldn't panic about the transfer portal despite the Orange losing Maliq Brown, Quadir Copeland, Benny Williams, Justin Taylor, and Peter Carey. Adrian Autry's squad has added Colorado Center Eddie Lampkin, and are publicly pursuing Malik Mack, Jyare Davis, Roddy Gail, and others.
Newhouse after Noon 4-9-24 (ESPN; radio; Newhouse after Noon)

Michael Ostrowski, Jackson Holzer, and Jacob Kaye start off today’s show assessing what Syracuse men’s basketball has done, and will do, in the transfer portal. Then, Connor McGahan, James Wildhack, and Dylan Beyer break down last night’s MBB National Championship game before giving their predictions for the Syracuse football season.
Keeping Up With The 315 4-9-24 (ESPN; radio; The 315)
Brian Higgins starts today’s show with Portal Watch Day 23 where he goes over what is happening in the transfer portal, before talking about last night’s NCAA tournament. Next, Brian takes a call from a listener where they dive deeper into the game. To end things, Brian goes to the phone lines once again to talk to another caller about John Calipari’s exit from Kentucky and how NIL may have affected the move, and more.

John Calipari departs Kentucky after 15 years, says program needs ‘another voice’ (PS; AP)

There were too many people for John Calipari to thank by name, and too many moments to single out from one of the most fulfilling chapters of his career.

He used this moment to say goodbye.

Calipari stepped down as Kentucky’s men’s basketball coach after 15 years on Tuesday, saying that the “program probably needs to hear another voice” amid reports that he’s closing in on a deal with Arkansas to take over that Southeastern Conference program.

Calipari posted a video on X, formerly known as Twitter, in which he said that after talking with his wife, Ellen, he decided a change was needed. He added, “We’ve loved it here, but we think it’s time for us to step away and step away completely from the program.”

Calipari leaves a Wildcats program he guided to the 2012 NCAA championship among four Final Four appearances. He went 410-123 in 15 seasons. The past few seasons have been disappointing by Kentucky standards, with a 1-3 mark in its last three NCAA Tournament trips, including first-round losses to No. 14 seed Oakland last month and No. 15 seed Saint Peter’s two years ago.

The Wildcats’ most recent loss set off immediate calls to fire Calipari before athletic director Mitch Barnhart said days later that Calipari would return next season. Firing Calipari would’ve triggered a buyout of more than $33 million under the terms of a 10-year, so-called lifetime contract signed in 2019.

Barnhart said in a statement that Kentucky would work diligently to hire “a proven, highly dedicated coach who embraces the importance of this program to our fans and the state of Kentucky.”

The AD added: “We’re appreciative of John Calipari leading our program for the last 15 years, adding to the legacy of championship success at Kentucky. We’re grateful to John for his many contributions to the university, and our state, both on and off the court.”

Could Sean Pedulla end up at an ACC school in the transfer portal? (; Roche)

It’s been two weeks since Virginia Tech point guard Sean Pedulla announced he was entering the transfer portal. In his announcement on X, the junior from Oklahoma said that he is leaving the door open for a potential return to Blacksburg. In the big picture, that seems unlikely, especially after head coach Mike Young has already got a commitment from Jordan Ivy-Curry who will likely be a replacement for Pedulla.

I will be entering the transfer portal while strongly considering a return to Virginia Tech for my last year.
— Sean Pedulla (@PedullaSean) March 27, 2024

Of course, Pedulla could decide to return to the Hokies, but if doesn’t, could he land back in the ACC for the 2024-25 season?

Could Sean Pedulla end up at Pittsburgh?
Oh my, if this actually happened, then think of the storylines when the Hokies and Panthers play next season. Pittsburgh is coming off a season where they appeared to do enough to get an NCAA Tournament berth but found themselves on the outside looking in. You could have made the case that they deserved at least a First Four game over Virginia, but we’ll never know if they would have fared better against Colorado State than the Cavaliers did.

Pittsburgh is a program that is ready to take the next step under Jeff Capel and get into the NCAA Tournament and be a yearly player in the ACC standings. Adding Pedulla would give them another scoring option and another ball handler to the roster. Pittsburgh has Jaland Lowe to handle the ball, but Pedulla, who had most of the ball handling duties dropped on him at Virginia Tech this past season after Rodney Rice stunningly left the team right before the season started. It wasn’t his fault that he was put into the position he was in that saw a spike in his turnover numbers, something that Young defended.

MBB: Final 2024 AP Top 25 (RX; HM)

MBB: Final 2024 AP Top 25

Now that college basketball season is officially over, it's time for the final AP Top 25 ranking...

AP Top 25
7North Carolina
8Iowa State
10NC State
17San Diego State
21Saint Mary's
22Utah State
23Washington St
25South Carolina
Others receiving votes:
26Texas A&M
31James Madison
32Grand Canyon
33Seton Hall
36Texas Tech
37Indiana State
39Michigan State
T42New Mexico
T44Colorado State

Four ACC teams in the top 15 is obviously unmatched quality depth. Will they remember next year, or will the disrespect continue? We'll see...


Syracuse sets new high temperature, breaking 79-year-old record (PS; $; Alba)

Syracuse has broken a 79-year-old high temperature record for April 9.

A new high of 78 degrees was recorded just before 4 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. The previous record of 77 degrees was set in 1945.

The average high for today would be 43 degrees.

Syracuse’s official weather records began in 1903.

The weather service is forecasting a high of 66 degrees on Wednesday, well short of the record for that date of 82 degrees, also set in 1945.

Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs named top school for public affairs by U.S. News and World Report (DO; Boychuk)

U.S. News and World Report named the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University the top school for public affairs in the nation, according to a Tuesday news release.

U.S. News and World Report has ranked Maxwell number one 13 out of the 14 times that peer surveys in the program have been conducted. Each school is ranked based on its curricula incorporating courses in policy, economics, analysis and management, as well as its ability to lead to a career in public service, according to U.S. News and World Report.

“As the Maxwell School celebrates its 100-year anniversary, we remain as focused as ever on preparing students to be public servants, leaders and scholars who will have a positive impact on their communities and the world around them,” Maxwell Dean David Van Slyke wrote in the release.

Maxwell was also “highly ranked” across ten subspecialty categories: Environmental Policy and Management, Health Policy and Management, International Global Policy and Administration, Information and Technology Management, Local Government Management, Non-Profit Management, Public Finance and Budgeting, Public Management and Leadership, Public Policy Analysis and Social Policy.

“Students come here to learn tools for change, and leave as leaders ready to tackle complex problems, with the courage to challenge the status quo and the preparation to succeed in leading at all levels of government and in the private and non-profit sectors across the United States and around the world,” wrote Colleen Heflin, an associate dean and chair of the public administration and international affairs department.

Maxwell is home to 15 research centers and institutes, and recently added the new Master of Science in Sustainable Organizations and Policy – a joint degree program between Maxwell and the Martin J. Whitman School of Management designed for expertise in business, policy, governance and entrepreneurship – in January.

“Our strength, over the last 100 years and today, lies in Maxwell’s continuing ability to evolve as we leverage an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to address the greatest challenges faced by humanity,” Van Slyke said. “Within the walls of Maxwell and across the globe, our students, faculty, staff and alumni do that work on a daily basis.”

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