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"The Ocho" 2018 programming schedule
(ESPN2, all times Eastern)
- Midnight: "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story" (film)
- 2 a.m.: SkyZone Ultimate Dodgeball Championship
- 3 a.m.: US Open Ultimate Championships
- 4 a.m.: Spikeball East Tour Series
- 5 a.m.: Cornhole: ACL Pro Invitational
- 6 a.m.: 2006 Johnsonville Brat Eating World Championship
- 6:30 a.m.: 2006 Krystal World Hamburger Eating Championship
- 7 a.m.: World Championship of Ping Pong
- 8 a.m.: 2007 World Sport Stacking Championships
- 9 a.m.: Amazing Games: Spain
- 9:30 a.m.: Amazing Games: Korea
- 10 a.m.: Premier League Darts
- 11 a.m.: E:60 on ESPN8
- Noon: SportsCenter on ESPN8
- 12:30 p.m.: Amazing Games: England
- 1 p.m.: Kabaddi
- 2 p.m.: The Saber Legion 2018: Awakening
- 3 p.m.: World Sumo Challenge
- 4 p.m.: Women's Flat Track Derby
- 5 p.m.: Best of Chess Boxing
- 6 p.m.: Moxie Games
- 8 p.m.: 2018 Dodgeball World Cup
- 10 p.m.: Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (film)
Syracuse's Eric Dungey evidences Wyoming offensive coordinator Brent Vigen's eye for QBs (trib.com; Foster)
Brent Vigen’s reputation as a quarterback guru is growing. Wyoming’s offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach and associate head coach was recently ranked second by Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel among Group of Five assistant coaches in line for a head coaching job.
That’s a direct result of two quarterbacks Vigen successfully recruited and coached: Carson Wentz, the North Dakota State product who was drafted second overall and now starts for the Philadelphia Eagles, and Josh Allen, a preseason all-conference gunslinger for Wyoming who is now considered a potential top selection in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Need further proof that Vigen knows his stuff? Try looking in upstate New York.
In late 2014, the Wyoming coaching staff expected Lake Oswego, Oregon, quarterback Eric Dungey to commit to Wyoming. Instead, Dungey chose to play at Syracuse.
To say Wyoming landed on its feet would be an understatement, as the Cowboys instead signed Allen, who, like Wentz, has proven to be a diamond in the rough.
Dino Babers on 1st day of full pads: Some owies, but no serious injuries (PS; Mink)
Full pads came on for the first time Tuesday at Syracuse football practice.
The Orange has three more practice sessions this week before holding a closed scrimmage Saturday in preparation for the 2018 season.
A few players, including projected starting defensive ends Alton Robinson and Kendall Coleman, are dealing with minor injuries, but coach Dino Babers said after practice they should be cleared up by the start of the season.
Long snapper Matt Keller (ankle) may not be ready for the Aug. 31 opener at Western Michigan, Babers said.
Check out the video above to hear more from Babers following Tuesday's practice, including his thoughts on the young linebacking group.
Syracuse figures to play a lot of nickel-based defense this fall, partly because of the turnover at the linebacker position from last season and because of the offensive spread systems prevalent throughout the ACC.
http://www.espnsyracuse.com/category/30-minutes-in-orange-nation/ (espnsyracuse.com; radio; Steve and Seth)
Today’s show picks up right where yesterday’s left off. Steve and Seth debate whether it is better to start your rookie quarterback week one or let him sit until he’s ready to play. The second segment of the podcast today features more Syracuse football talk. What we can expect from the team, specifically on the defensive side of the ball.
'Cuse football put on the pads (spectrum.com; North)
Syracuse football opened training camp last week, but Dino Babers said real camp starts on Tuesday.
The Orange participated in live drills for the first time in 2018. For players, it's fun to add hitting, but for coaches, they have to pace the team so noone gets hurt.
"First week in camp was basically just the ones and twos showing how well they've practiced over the summer, the stuff that they knew. Going into the second week, we've got to get ready for the first scrimmage, said Babers."
Tom's Time: Rout of Syracuse Prompts Lofty Projections for '83 Huskers (hailvaristy.com)
The referee was Vincent Price. Not THE Vincent Price. But the name, or at least its association, was appropriate from Syracuse’s point of view on the first day of October 1983.
Syracuse’s visit to Memorial Stadium on that warm afternoon was a little like something from a movie based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe you might say: a horror story.
Nebraska used 91 players, 14 of whom carried the ball at least once. The Huskers scored touchdowns on nine of their first 11 possessions. And won 63-7.
Syracuse didn’t score until 10 minutes remained.
In the issue of Sports Illustrated that followed the game, dated Oct. 10, a headline read: “STAKING A CLAIM TO THE BEST EVER.” And writer Douglas Looney presented a case for that. “Not that they will finish 13-0, although they will,” he wrote of the top-ranked Huskers.
“And not that they will be national champions, although that is so.”
Looney quoted LSU Coach Jerry Stovall as saying Nebraska’s first team should be No. 1 in the polls and its second team should be No. 2, “with everyone else fighting for third . . .”
The Syracuse game “had provided more evidence” that the Huskers were the best ever, he wrote. He even quoted Husker monster back Kevin Biggers saying as much. The junior college transfer had seen action late in the game. He had one tackle, though not in that game – for the season.
Syracuse Football: Orange acquire polished 3-star wide receiver (itlh.com; Caray)
The Syracuse football squad has courted the services of a talented receiver from Pennsylvania. Here’s why he brings a special element to the Cuse.
Nazir Burnett, a wide receiver from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania committed to Syracuse last Friday, concluding a big recruiting weekend for the Syracuse coaching staff.
Burnett stars at Bishop McDevitt high school in Harrisburg, where he is a three star athlete, according to 247sports.com. In addition to the Syracuse offer, Burnett also has received offers from the likes of Michigan State, Pittsburgh, and West Virginia. He joins Courtney Jackson, another Pennsylvania product, as the two receivers committed to Syracuse in the 2019 class.
At 6-foot 1 and 170-pounds, it is likely that Burnett will play outside receiver at Syracuse. Burnett brings the Syracuse recruiting class up to 12 commits. With limited scholarships available for this years class, expect the Syracuse staff to be more selective in recruiting down the stretch.
Syracuse Football: Jamar McGloster has new opportunity with Detroit Lions (itlh.com; Esden Jr)
Former Syracuse football offensive lineman Jamar McGloster has signed on with the Detroit Lions. Here’s why this is a perfect fit in the NFC North.
Former Syracuse football offensive tackle Jamar McGloster is on a new NFL team after signing on with the Detroit Lions. Previously he had signed on as a priority undrafted free agent with the San Francisco 49ers.
That relationship lasted a few months, but ultimately didn’t materialize into an opportunity. While certainly McGloster is a raw prospect, he also obviously has the tools (6-foot-7, over 300 pounds).
When you have 90 man rosters during the offseason and eventually 53 by the time everything is said and done, you can afford a project on the bench. McGloster is the perfect developmental right tackle for the Lions, with the hopes that one day he can take the position and be a full-time starter.
For jersey purchasing purposes, McGloster will be wearing No. 67 for the Lions this season.
While at Syracuse, McGloster wore No. 65 and also was the starting right tackle for the past two seasons. Now the Orange will have to try and replace that, fortunately they had a special rainy day fund just in case.
Wake Forest Football 2018 Preview (scacchoops.com; video; webmaster)
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons are a team on the rise after last season's 8-5 finish that ended with a win in the Belk Bowl. The Deacs return 15 starters including one of the ACC's most explosive offensive weapons, Preseason All-ACC wide receiver Greg Dortch. ACC Digital Network host Wes Bryant sat down head coach Dave Clawson as Wake Forest prepares for the 2018 season.
ACC Panic Room: One potential upside to UNC's football suspensions :: WRALSportsFan.com (wralsports.com; video; Brownlow and Ovies)
Lauren Brownlow and Joe Ovies discuss North Carolina's football suspension and the possible one benefit that could come out of it.
DG on UNC football suspensions: "It goes past what went wrong, and it goes to: how bad did it get? - ACCSports.com (accsports.com; radio; Glenn)
On Monday, North Carolina handed down suspensions to 13 members of the football team for the sale of school-issued sneakers. Among those suspended: quarterback Chazz Surratt (seven starts in 2017) and defensive end Malik Carney.
David Glenn explains on his radio show how what happened at UNC differs from previous scandals/issues with college athletes selling gear — for instance, NC State basketball in the late 1980s.
According to DG, the NCAA wants to assess: How bad did things get? In a broad sense, that’s evaluated along two points: one being size and scope; the other relates to how/what school employees — coaches, administrators, etc. — do to stop the problem. How quickly did you catch the scandal? What was the punishment?
Click below to listen to the remainder of Glenn’s segment on what happened this week in Chapel Hill, and why it differs from NC State in the 1980s.
Clemson Football: Trevor Lawrence Adjusting to the College Game (rubbingtherock.com; Spencer)
Clemson football freshman QB Trevor Lawrence is adjusting to the College game. According to the coaches, he will be ready to play a ton this fall.
The biggest question surrounding Clemson football circles in 2018 is the quarterback situation.
The Tigers have senior and returning starter Kelly Bryant going up against the 5-star freshman phenom Trevor Lawrence.
Lawrence showed up and showed out in the spring game, which only helped amplify the QB competition talks throughout the summer.
Now that we’re in fall camp, all eyes have been on the quarterbacks.
The Tigers are through just three practices, but Lawrence is already adjusting to the College game.
Ready to play…
When the coaches talk about Lawrence, they talk about him as if he’s not a freshman. He’s that good.
ACC Football Rx: ACC Value of WVU vs Maryland (accfootballrx.com; HM)
ACC Value of WVU vs Maryland
Regarding teams often mentioned by fans as possible future ACC expansion candidates, JRSEC asks:
What is it that the ACC is in need of? More markets? Or, Content?
We are about to move out of a market driven world of college sports and into a content driven model of college sports. Actual eyeballs are what's going to matter the most. So having competitive additions, preferably ones with some branding will be what you need.With that in mind, who should the ACC be looking to add? JR goes on:
Batteries, thuggery, and arson aside, West Virginia looks pretty good for adding content value to baseball, basketball, and most importantly football... their average attendance is higher than that of the ACC. Their gross total revenue figures would rank 3rd or 4th in the ACC, and they have great animosity for [many/most ACC teams] which will raise viewer interest, and I'm not joking on this one. They'll make everyone in the ACC more money. I'm not sure any of the others mentioned would.I agree... if/when the ACC expands again it MUST be for content. That said, WVU is a no-brainer.
Beyond the 'Eers you have Notre Dame (obviously), but they may be in as far as they're going to come for now.
So who's #16 if not the Irish? Well, it's really not all that far from Tallahassee to Dallas/Fort Worth... Hello, TCU!
One UNC fan suggested that if the ACC had West Virginia it wouldn't need Pitt - but is that the right way to think about it in a post-cable-bundle world? If market were what mattered, Cincinnati (in the populous state of Ohio) would be a shoe-in -- but it isn't.
The new model is CONTENT (i.e. games that non-ACC fans will actually tune it to watch). People may not tune in to see WVU vs. Kansas State and they may not tune in to watch Pitt vs. UNC either, but they WILL tune in to watch Pitt vs. WVU (as well as VT vs. WVU, Syracuse vs. WVU, BC vs. WVU, etc.). That is why WVU is valuable to the ACC - lots of ACC teams have dormant rivalries with them that could easily be reawakened. That gets ratings, which gets TV money.
If the ACC expands again, it needs to add FOOTBALL RIVALRIES as much as possible. That's what makes Notre Dame (BC, 'Cuse, Pitt, GT, Miami) and WVU (BC, 'Cuse, Pitt, VT) so valuable to the conference.
ACC Football Rx: Clemson Renews with Nike, 2018-28 (accfootballrx.com; HM)
Last week Clemson Director of Athletics Dan Radakovich announced that Clemson Athletics and Nike have reached an agreement for a 10-year, $58 million extension to their all-sport partnership.
The Key Elements:
Money to Clemson
The new agreement more than doubles the annual value of the previous agreement between Clemson and Nike, including a cash increase from $115,000 to $400,000 annually.
How does this compare?
$400K X 10 years = $4 million, which jumps Clemson to the top of the ACC and puts them right behind Michigan in third place on the public universities list (private schools like Notre Dame and Southern California don't have to reveal such things). For more comparisons, click this LINK.
The new agreement extends the Clemson-Nike footwear, apparel and equipment partnership through 2027-28. Clemson & Nike have been partners dating back to 2002.
The new agreement provides that Nike's marketing team and Clemson's Creative Solutions team meet annually to collaborate on innovative projects that promote the two brands.
How does this help the Tigers?
Think such things don't matter to recruits? Then I challenge you to explain the rise of Oregon Ducks football! That was a program created by Nike. Clemson doesn't need creating, but if Nike can come up with ways to boost recruiting - and sales - I'm sure the Tigers won't mind...
http://allsportsdiscussion.com/2018...-12-networks-mistake-by-emphasizing-football/ (allsportsdiscussion.com; JFann)
One benefit of being the last conference to launch a network is that the ACC can learn from SEC, Big 10 and Pac 12 and avoid some of their pitfalls. Jon Wilner covers the Pac 12, and he’s one of the best in the business. He recently tweeted this in an article he wrote.
Schools urge Pac-12 Networks execs to place a greater emphasis on football, and Pac-12 Networks execs listen: Strategy shift: Football the centerpiece of Pac-12 Networks programming plans
Executives seemed determine keep football in check, lest the beast swallow whole the conference’s beloved Olympic sports.
In 2018, however, we’ll see the beginnings of a revamped approach fueled by the campuses themselves and implemented by a new management team.
“The universities and the athletic directors have told us they want to emphasize football,” networks president Mark Shuken told the Hotline.
Since I don’t have the Pac 12 network, nor follow what’s being televised on a daily basis there I found this really odd. There’s not a TV exec or football administrator that won’t tell you football drives the the Television viewing and revenue bus.
The Pac 12 Network even missed live covering the December 2017 Football signing day. That’s inexcusable. The ACC cannot make these kinds of obvious mistakes. I’m not suggesting we should have football replays during basketball season, but if anything football related is live, it probably should trump any Olympic sport. I have nothing against the Olympic sports either. I watch a lot of them, but it is just the nature of the business.
Now that the ACC is established as one of the premier football conferences, the programming certainly needs to reflect that. In the end just as we learned in the past where football drove the television contracts, and football helped establish the ACC Network – the Olympic sports will in the end benefit with better ACC Network distribution if football is emphasized. The ACC Network is still going to going to increase exposure for the Olympic sports, it just can’t go the route of the Pac 12 Network.
This means ACC Network coverage on signing days, NFL draft day, football coaches shows even from time to time during the off-season, and following former ACC players in the NFL.
Frontier to start non-stop flights from Syracuse, Albany to Fort Myers (PS; Moriarty)
Low-fare Frontier Airlines will begin seasonal non-stop flights from Syracuse and Albany to Fort Myers, Fla., in November.
The airline said it will operate the service between Syracuse Hancock International Airport and Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers three days a week -- Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday -- starting Nov. 15.
It will offer the service between Albany International Airport and Fort Myers two days a week -- Wednesday and Saturday -- starting Nov. 17.
Syracuse and Albany are among six new cities that Frontier will fly to from the southwest Florida city on a seasonal basis. The others are Las Vegas, Phoenix, Portland and Salt Lake City. All the flights will be on Airbus A320 jets.
Currently, no airline operates non-stop flights from Syracuse and Fort Myers, a popular destination during the winter.
"It's a big market for us," said Syracuse airport director Christina Callahan. "I can't tell you how many times I've heard, 'I wish we had non-stop flights to Fort Myers."
Southwest already offers seasonal service between Albany and Fort Myers.
Frontier began serving Syracuse July 2 when it launched non-stop service two days a week to Denver and Raleigh/Durham, N.C. On Aug. 12, it will begin offering non-stop service to Chicago's O'Hare airport three days a week and to Orlando, Fla., two days a week.