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

Welcome to Random Acts of Light Day!

Started by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), the world's largest voluntary health agency for blood cancer, Random Acts of Light Day exists to bring light to those suffering from the darkness of cancer. Celebrities often make surprise visits to patients and survivors of blood cancer, to lift them up and bring them a random act of light. Some participants have included baseball star Lance McCullers Jr., and Charles Esten of the television show Nashville. But there is no need for one to be famous in order to participate—anyone can do so!

The day creates awareness and educates the public about the need to fund research for blood cancer so that patients will have access to lifesaving treatments. It is an annual reminder to fight for a world without blood cancers. These cancers are the third most common deadly cancers in the United States, with someone dying in the country from them every nine minutes, or about 160 deaths a day. About 1.3 million people in the country suffer from blood cancer. The three main types are leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma. Leukemia is a cancer of the blood, as well as of marrow, the material inside of bones where blood cells form. There is both acute leukemia, which moves quickly and chronic leukemia, which progresses at a slower pace. Leukemia is the most common cancer of those under 20. However, the disease is most common with people over the age of 60.

SU News

Are lost credits a growing cause for concern as more athletes transfer? (Mike’s Mailbox) (PS; $; Waters)

The transfer portal continues to dominate the discussion here at Mike’s Mailbox.

The topic is of interest to Syracuse basketball fans since the Orange lost seven players off last year’s team to the portal and, as a result, brought in four transfers through the portal.

This week’s Mailbox includes portal-related questions involving academics, summer workouts and the deadline for transfers to sign with their new school.

(If you have a question for the Mailbox, email it to

Q: The students who transfer to other universities – has any thought been given as to the amount of credits that will transfer? Won’t they theoretically be in school longer?

Tim C.

I’ve heard many people, including coaches, administrators and parents, express concern that the proliferation of transfers could lead to some players losing ground academically when some credits don’t transfer to their new school.

This would be especially true in the case of a player who transfers multiple times.

However, athletes do have the option and the ability to take a full schedule of classes during summer school to make up for any lost credits. Most scholarships do cover the costs of attending classes in the summer.

By taking just two classes in each session, an athlete could earn 12 credits in one summer.

Q: Now that the portal closed, what is the deadline for bringing in any more of these transfers?

Donald G.

The NCAA doesn’t have an arbitrary deadline for signing a player out of the transfer portal. Nothing like the signing window for high school recruits or anything like that.


Symir Torrence, a Syracuse native and former SU basketball player who took advantage of the transfer portal to see more playing time, is gearing up for his final season at Binghamton University. Photo taken at the Events Center in Binghamton. July 13, 2023. Dennis Nett |

Torrence working out, preparing for next phase of basketball career (PS; $; Ditota)

Symir Torrence is working toward a season abroad.

The Syracuse native played his fifth and final college basketball season at Binghamton in 2023-24. There, he finished fifth in the nation in assists per game at 7.2. He played in 24 of Binghamton’s 30 games, a nagging heel injury to blame for the missed games and practices.

These days, Torrence is fully healed and working toward a professional playing career in Europe. His agent, AJ Mahar, said he is looking for the “best opportunity” that will allow Torrence to display his overall game.

That opportunity likely will come at a lower-level European country. There, Mahar said, Torrence can lay the foundation for the rest of his professional career.

“Sy is a very capable scorer. I think that’s something that didn’t happen for him at the college level,” he said. “I don’t think it was a lack of talent or ability. I think maybe just the confidence level that adjusted from when he was doing it at a high level in high school. It’s just basically trying to help him get back to that self, where he’s confident he can do it, he knows he can do it and he can be the one shooting as opposed to just setting up his teammates.”

Syracuse Travels To Tennessee For 2024 SEC/ACC Challenge - Syracuse University Athletics (

Syracuse will play at Tennessee on Tuesday, December 3, in the 2024 SEC/ACC Challenge. The event features 15 contests between the two conferences.

The Syracuse-Tennessee Series:

  • Tennessee owns a 4-3 advantage in the all-time series with Syracuse.
  • The Volunteers won the most recent encounter, a 73-56 victory in the 2023 Maui Jim Maui Invitational.
  • Syracuse three wins in the series came consecutively in a run that began with a 93-88 triumph in the 1977 NCAA Tournament.
  • The two teams first met in the 1972 Volunteer Classic. Tennessee won, 87-83.
First-year coach Adrian Autry guided the Orange to a 20-12 record last winter, the program's first 20-win, regular-season campaign since 2013-14. Syracuse also posted 11 ACC wins, the team's best showing since its first season in the league (2013-14).

The Orange welcome back returning starters Chris Bell (12.0 ppg., 2.3 rpg.), a forward, and guard J.J. Starling (13.3 ppg., 3.2 rpg.).

The Volunteers were 27-9 and reached the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight last season. Tennessee was defeated by eventual NCAA runnerup Purdue. Veteran coach Rick Barnes enters his 38th campaign as a head coach and ninth at Tennessee this fall.

Syracuse In The SEC/ACC Challenge
Syracuse defeated LSU, 80-57, in last year's SEC/ACC Challenge contest at the JMA Wireless Dome.

2024 SEC/ACC Challenge Schedule

Dec. 3:
at Tennessee
South Carolina at Boston College
Cal at Missouri
Kentucky at Clemson
Florida State at LSU
Georgia Tech at Oklahoma
Ole Miss at Louisville
Arkansas at Miami
Notre Dame at Georgia
Wake Forest at Texas A&M

Auburn at Duke
Texas at NC State
Alabama at North Carolina
Pitt at Mississippi State
Virginia at Florida
Vanderbilt at Virginia Tech

Sadiq White, Others On SU Radar Impress At Top 100 Camp (; Papillo)
It’s no secret that recruiting for Adrian Autry and Syracuse basketball is on the rise. With two top recruits on the way in Elijah Moore and Donnie Freeman for 2024 and the landing of 2025 five-star Sadiq White last week, you can’t say the future isn’t bright in the 315. You know what though, it can always get brighter. The NBPA is holding its Top 100 Camp this week down in Florida, and a lot of names Syracuse has interest in have shown out in a big way. Let’s dive into some of the notable prospects.

Sadiq White (Class of 2025, Syracuse)

The official commitment of White to the Orange last week marked a major turning point for the program. With one major star heading towards Syracuse, fans are hopeful a domino effect might begin. Either way, White has proven at camp so far why he is so highly touted out of high school. Through two days, the 6’8 forward has averaged over 28 points per game, including showcasing his bounce any chance he can get. The junior has also shown his ability on defense, notching three blocks and two steals in the first two contests. You can’t be disappointed with the showing from White thus far if you’re a Syracuse fan.

Kiyan Anthony (Class of 2025, Undecided)

The son of SU icon Carmelo Anthony has been linked to his father’s alma mater his entire athletic career. As he draws closer and closer to a decision, hopes are high that the four-star recruit will follow in Melo’s footsteps. But in his own right, Anthony has had an impressive camp thus far. The guard has exploded on offense, scoring a camp-high 42 points on day one. There have been a lot of social media comparisons between Kiyan and his father’s NBA play this week, as he took 39 shots in one game during the tournament with just one assist. Anthony continues to turn a lot of heads, and Syracuse has scouts at the camp taking note of it.

Chris Cenac Jr. (Class of 2025, Undecided)


Syracuse Basketball: Chance Westry is putting in work, will be pivotal player for SU (itlh; Adler)

Assuming Chance Westry is fully healthy in the 2024-25 campaign, I believe that he will prove a key contributor for Syracuse basketball in the upcoming season, due to his athleticism, defensive instincts and positional versatility on both ends of the court.

It's been a rough go so far in his collegiate tenure for the Harrisburg, Pa., native. Westry, a top-40 national prospect in the 2022 high school class, didn't play all that much as a freshman at Auburn due to an injury.

A long-time recruiting target of the 'Cuse coaching staff, Westry moved to the Orange for his sophomore season and was rated a four-star transfer prospect.

However, in the 2023-24 season, as Adrian Autry took the reins from the Hall of Famer Jim Boeheim as the Syracuse basketball head coach, the 6-foot-6, 190-pound Westry suffered a lower-body injury before this past term began, and he didn't up playing at all.

Drafting the SU basketball all-time starting 5 (podcast) (PS; podcast; Axe)

Picking the all-time Syracuse basketball starting five is a fun exercise that an SU hoops fan has surely done at some point.

It’s even more fun to do it on the fly, draft style!

On the latest episode of “Syracuse Sports”, Brent Axe, Eric Devendorf and Syracuse Sports Insider Frankie Saraceno pick their all-time Syracuse basketball starting five (and one bench player) draft style!

BAS: 2024 ACC/SEC Challenge Matchups (RX; HM)

BAS: 2024 ACC/SEC Challenge Matchups

From ESPN: Auburn-Duke, Alabama-UNC highlight 2024 ACC/SEC Challenge

The first edition of the series between the two conferences ended in a 7-7 tie last season, with Arkansas upsetting Duke to complete the SEC's comeback from a 7-4 deficit...

Here are the 2024 match-ups:

Visiting TeamHome Team
Tuesday, Dec. 3rd, 2024
South CarolinaBoston College
Florida StateLSU
Georgia TechOklahoma
Ole MissLouisville
Notre DameGeorgia
Wake ForestTexas A&M
Wednesday, Dec. 4th, 2024
TexasNC State
AlabamaNorth Carolina
PittMiss. State
VanderbiltVirginia Tech
Byes: SMU, Stanford

Times and television designations are yet to be announced.


Duke, NC State, and UNC all play at home this time. The biggest travel advantage for the ACC is probably S. Carolina at Boston College; the biggest disadvantage is Cal at Missouri.
SMU might be pretty good this year in basketball, but it's probably good for the ACC that they don't have to run Stanford out on the court just yet (8-12 in 2023-24, playing in the Pac-12).
These games will be played between the end of the football regular season and the conference championship games. That seems nuts to me, but with the 12-team playoffs, it's not like they have the whole month of December anymore...


Bear spotted roaming Onondaga Hill yards, cemetery, busy intersections (PS; Alba)

A black bear has been spotted roaming yards and a busy intersection on Onondaga Hill Tuesday, forcing one nearby middle school to briefly delay dismissal and a hospital to warn employees.

The bear was first seen Tuesday morning by neighbors along Skyline Drive.

Chris Piering’s dog’s barking alerted him to the bear in his backyard around 7:30 a.m. He opened his windows to yell and clap his hands at the bear. He said it ran off and five minutes later was in his neighbor’s yard.


A REAL ID driver's license is pictured in this video still from the New York State DMV.

NY Mobile ID: You can now put your driver’s license on your phone (and go through TSA) (PS; Herbert)

Want to put your driver’s license on your phone? There’s an app for that.

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has launched the New York Mobile ID, a highly secure digital version of New York driver’s licenses, permits or IDs that can be stored on your smartphone. Mobile ID, or MiD, is a free app that can be voluntarily downloaded through the App Store for Apple devices or Google Play for Android.

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