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- Aug 15, 2011
National Metric Day is October 10. Why? Because it’s 10/10 and the number 10 is pivotal to the metric system of course. National Metric Day is part of National Metric Week which runs October 10-14 this year (always the week that contains 10/10).
The metric system has its roots as far back as 1586 when Flemish mathematician Simon Stevin published a small pamphlet called De Thiende (“the tenth”). Stevin declared that using decimals was so important that it was only a matter of time before the world would standardize using decimals. But the metric system would have to wait until 1799 when it was first introduced by the French and it wasn’t sanctioned for use in the US until 1866. Still, it wasn’t popular until 1988 when US Congress passed the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act designating the metric system as the preferred system of weights and measures.
Syracuse football midseason report card: See our evaluation, give your grades (PS; Mink and Bailey)
Syracuse football is 4-2 at midseason.
Our writers Stephen Bailey and Nate Mink hand out grades through the season's first six games and look ahead toward the second half.
All told, Eric Dungey has been who he always has been, a tough player who can hurt you with his arm and legs. A constant hiccup in the passing game has been developing chemistry with a green receiver group, putting Dungey in some tough spots at times as a thrower.
Backup Tommy DeVito came in relief against Florida State and provided a glimpse of the future.
This may come across as harsh, but let's take a look at some numbers. Take out performances against the two worst opponents (Wagner and UConn) and Dungey's passing performance has been just OK: 58 of 111 for 704 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions.
This isn't to say that Dungey isn't productive -- he has seven rushing touchdowns, and lit up lesser competition -- but he has yet to show improvement with his accuracy and that mitigates the opportunities opened up by his mobility and playmaking. He still throws with his arm, often without a weight transfer from his back foot.
A shoulder injury surely hasn't helped, and neither did the blurred vision that forced him out of the Florida State game. But over the last two weeks, Clemson and Pittsburgh provided a solid model for defending Dungey: leave an extra defender in the box and make him exploit 1-on-1 matchups with his balanced, but unspectacular cast of wideouts.
Including Dungey, four players have gotten a majority of the carries on offense, and all four players average at least 4.5 yards per carry.
Dontae Strickland and Moe Neal are comfortable catching the ball and have been good in pass protection. Dungey has been sacked six times this season after being sacked more than 20 times each of the previous two seasons (neither lasted 10 games).
Credit to junior Neal, who is one of the most improved players on the team this year. He addressed a weakness within his game -- pass protection -- and that put him in place to take the lion's share of the snaps over the first six games.
Strickland has taken a step back in usage, but has flashed his power at times. Freshman bowling ball Jarveon Howard has already gone past the four-game redshirt threshold and could be poised to take on a larger role down the back half of 2018.
Six up Six Down: How Does This Syracuse Squad Stack up With the Past? – Orange Fizz – Free Syracuse Recruiting News (orangefizz.net; Singer)
Well, we’re halfway through. Syracuse has played six of its 12 regular season games as it enters a bye week. The Orange dropped a tough one to Pittsburgh on Saturday, but can still be proudafter its first six games.
Syracuse had one of the better starts to a season in program history, going 4-0 for the first time since 1991 and nearly ending a 17-year absence from the AP Top 25. Even after two straight losses, the Orange still sits at a respectable 4-2, but a look back at program history would suggest that the rest of this season may be hard to predict.
Syracuse has been here before, but has finished with mixed results. With that, here’s a glance at past Syracuse teams to start 4-2. Which side of history will this year’s squad end up on?
First, some fast facts. In its history, the Orange is 68-38-4 after starting a season 4-2, a position it’s been in 24 times total. Despite an encouraging overall record, past Syracuse teams have ended with mixed results that range from bowl game victories to no more wins all year.
More recent Orange teams to start 4-2 haven’t always kept up with squads from further in the past. Syracuse has started 4-2 four times in the 2000s, going a combined 13-13 after doing so.
Now, here’s a look at some notable individual Syracuse teams that began their seasons 4-2. Below are the first, last, best, and worst finishes by Orange squads to start 4-2:
Syracuse Football Recruiting: 2019 recruit decommits from the Orange (itlh.com; Carey)
After committing to the Syracuse football team earlier this year, 2019 recruit Cornelius Nunn has decided to re-consider other schools outside of central New York.
Cornelius Nunn, a high-end three-star safety prospect from Miami, Florida has decided to re-open his recruitment process after originally committing to the Syracuse football program back in June.
According to Sports, Nunn is the 500th-best player in the country in the class and a top 50 player at his position.
In addition to his offer from the Orange, he also has been offered scholarships from the likes of Alabama, Auburn, and Miami among others.
After officially visiting the campus, Nunn committed to Syracuse back on June 23rd. But since committing to the Orange, his recruitment has blown up, seeing offers by Alabama and interest from top Florida schools like Miami has grown.
It’s tough for the Syracuse staff, who is concentrated on winning football games right now, to compete with a school like Miami, which is just a short drive away from the prospect’s high school stadium.
Ryan Nix: Syracuse Football Creative Director TradeMark Podcast: Syracuse Football podcast (player.fm; podcast; Marona)
Today on the Show I have on Ryan Nix of Cuse Football department. He handles all the graphic design, and getting commits to cuse. He was an awesome interview, and loves the program. We speak about how he does what he does, and why he is the biggest factor in recruiting (not). At any rate it was a treat to have him and we have more good stuff to come. If you enjoy the show go to www.trademarkpod.com to get more info on the Orange. Enjoy!
Otto Needs Crew Members! (syr.edu; Staff)
Otto is reaching out to friends around the world as he faces his toughest mission yet—to inspire 5,000 members of our Orange family to support Syracuse University in just one day.
Watch this video, join his crew, then look for full mission details to be released next week!
3 ACC football coordinators due for a head coaching opportunity - ACCSports.com (accsports.com; Powell)
Which ACC football coordinators are the strongest candidates for a head coaching opportunity? We take a closer look at three top-flight assistants who will soon be in line to lead programs of their own.
Brent Venables (Clemson)
Though he has tried to shake off the rumors for years, many are pegging Venables as the likely successor to Bill Snyder at Kansas State. Venables is a Kansas native and KSU grad who played under Synder for the Wildcats, and served as an assistant coach at his alma mater for six seasons from 1993 to 1998. He was part of the KSU defensive staff that led the Wildcats to an undefeated regular season in 1998.
Venables then spent over a decade at Oklahoma, helping the Sooners win a national championship in 2000 before making his way to Clemson. With the Tigers, Venables won the Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach in 2016 – the same year Clemson won the NCAA title. Only 47 years old, Venables probably won’t be able to wait out Dabo Swinney, who is just one year older than him. If he wants to become a head coach, he’ll ultimately have to leave Death Valley.
This offseason, Clemson showed its commitment to Venables by making him one of the nation’s highest-paid assistants. He will be making head coach money while serving as Clemson’s defensive coordinator. Venables’ newly-negotiated $11.6 million contract pays him hefty retention bonuses of up to $1.6 million if he stays at Clemson through 2022, with no buyout if a head coaching job he desires comes calling. Talk about the ideal situation to be picky, and wait for the perfect opportunity.
Manny Diaz (Miami)
Diaz overcame a rough stint at Texas in 2012 and 2013 with successful runs at Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State, and Miami. Before his time at Texas, Diaz was gaining a reputation as and up-and-comer in the ACC with successful tenures at Florida State and N.C. State. He won a national championship at FSU, his alma mater, as a graduate assistant in 1999. Then he went to Raleigh and helped the Wolfpack become a top ten defense nationally with a future No. 1 NFL Draft pick, Mario Williams.
Clemson, NC State top ACC football power rankings (technicianonline.com; Harrington)
1) Clemson (6-0, 3-0 ACC)
After looking extremely vulnerable vs Syracuse, Clemson found its way with the rushing game. Three different backs carried the ball exactly 10 times each against Wake Forest, each one of them going over 100 yards and scoring at least one touchdown a piece as the Tigers demolished the Demon Deacons, 63-3. The fourth best team in the nation has a bye this week ahead of a ranked showdown with No. 20 NC State.
2) NC State (5-0, 2-0 ACC)
NC State is getting the job done, winning all its contests albeit unimpressively. In ACC play, the Wolfpack’s defense has emerged as a force to be reckoned with, with the 15th best rushing defense in the country as well as only allowing 16.8 points per game, good for 14th best in the nation. NC State has a bye this week before it travels to Death Valley to take on No. 4 Clemson.
3) Miami (5-1, 2-0 ACC)
Miami managed an impressive comeback down 20 points to stun their rival Florida State and maintain a joint lead of the Coastal division with Virginia Tech. The Hurricanes will travel to Virginia this week, and N’Kosi Perry will duel with Virginia’s star quarterback Bryce Perkins.
4) Virginia Tech (3-2, 2-0 ACC)
The Hokies got spanked at home against college football playoff hopeful Notre Dame 45-23 in a game that wasn’t as close as the score indicates. Defensive coordinator Bud Foster will look to get the defense back on track this week as they travel to UNC-Chapel Hill to take on the struggling Tar Heels.
5) Boston College (4-2, 1-1 ACC)
Boston College nearly pulled off an upset in Carter-Finley Stadium last week, but without A.J. Dillon, they couldn’t get the run game going, losing 28-23. Dillon, who didn’t make the trip to Raleigh, is improving according to head coach Steve Addazio, but it is uncertain if he will be healthy in time to play Louisville this week.
6) Duke (4-1, 0-1 ACC)
Duke comes off its bye week looking to rebound from a 31-14 loss at the hands of Virginia Tech. The Blue Devils are looking to find their first conference win in Atlanta as they take on Georgia Tech.
ACC Football Rx: Bowl Projections - 10/9/18 (accfootballrx.com; HM)
Both have 9 ACC bowl teams, not including Notre Dame (which is projected into a playoff spot).
Neither currently projects an ACC at-large NY6 bowl team (Peach or Fiesta).
They also both project that the Music City Bowl will take Virginia Tech, while the TaxSlayer (aka Gator) bowl takes a Big Ten team this year.
They disagree on whether Syracuse or Boston College will be in a Tier 1 bowl (with the other relegated to Tier 2).
This year there is also a Tier 3, but neither CBS nor SI project the ACC having enough teams to fill that tier.
Onondaga County IDA will take over ShoppingTown Mall if owners don't pay taxes (PS; Knauss)
ShoppingTown Mall, the failed DeWitt retail center, won't be sold at a tax auction even if the owners fail to pay the back taxes. Instead, the Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency would take over the property and seek a developer.
County legislators today unanimously approved a transfer of ownership to OCIDA if the property becomes eligible for tax foreclosure. Legislature Chairman Ryan McMahon said he proposed the measure in hopes of exercising some control over the mall's future.
The gambit is consistent with previous initiatives from McMahon, who has shown a willingness to use OCIDA aggressively to resolve thorny development problems.
The effort will be moot if Moonbeam Capital Investments LLC, the mall owner, pays the back taxes by Oct. 22. ShoppingTown owes $7.74 million in back taxes and was among hundreds of properties scheduled to be auctioned by the county that day.
Moonbeam can avoid tax foreclosure by paying 25 percent of the delinquent taxes, or $1.94 million, and entering into a 24-month payment program for the balance.