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Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to Sacagawea Day!

Sacagawea (also spelled Sacajawea and Sakakawea) is believed to have died on today's date in 1812, and today we honor her contributions and courage. The daughter of a Shoshone chief, and part of the Lemhi band of the Shoshone tribe, she was born in May 1788 in the Lemhi Valley, near the Salmon River and the Rocky Mountains, in present-day Lemhi County, Idaho.

The Hidatsa tribe was enemies of the Shoshones, and they kidnapped Sacagawea in 1800 and brought to a Hidatsa-Mandan settlement in North Dakota. In 1803 or 1804, she became the property of fur trader Toussaint Charbonneau, who took her as one of his wives. Sacagawea's name means "bird woman" in the Hidatsa language—"sacaga" means bird and "wea" means woman. But, the Shoshone and some others claim that her name means "boat pusher" in the Shoshone language.

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State, WPIAL champions highlight Trib 25 football all-star team - Trib HSSN (fox news; Schallhorn)

When it came time for high school football player Cooper Dawson to choose his future school on national signing day, he turned to his best friend, Kingsley Feinman, to make the announcement for him.

“I told Kingsley I would announce it to him before anyone else,” Dawson, a three-star defensive end from Hanahan, South Carolina, said before leaning over and whispering in his grinning friend’s ear.

“He’s going to Syracuse!” Feinman exclaimed as Dawson, 18, placed an orange baseball cap on his head – a touching moment that has since gone viral.

Dawson and Feinman, who has cerebral palsy, have been best friends ever since Dawson said he “saw a kid rolling down the hallway with a big smile” as a freshman at Hanahan High School.


Syracuse football roundtable: Looking ahead at SU’s 1st bowl game since 2013 (DO; Staff)

No. 16 Syracuse (9-3, 6-2 Atlantic Coast) plays in its first bowl game since 2013 on Dec. 28 against No. 16 West Virginia (8-3, 6-3 Big 12) in the Camping World Bowl. In the month leading up to the game, several interesting storylines have developed including WVU star quarterback Will Grier deciding to not play in preparation for the NFL Draft and the possibility of Syracuse graduate transfers playing in their first games for SU.

Below our beat writers address pressing questions leading into the Orange’s bowl game.

How much of a difference will the absence of Will Grier make in the game?

Andrew Graham: A rather big one. Grier is most definitely NFL bound, which is why he’s sitting this game out. Head coach Dino Babers said he’s not entirely sure what to expect from the Mountaineers’ other quarterbacks, though. The backup is Jack Allison, a redshirt sophomore with 10 attempts to his name this season. With no tape to scout, there’s no “book” on Allison or WVU’s other QB’s, he said. Babers brought up the other quarterbacks because he alluded that WVU may even bring out two quarterbacks, try to run from the QB position or throw other wrinkles out. While this does create a bit of a game planning black hole, none of the quarterbacks on this roster are as talented, polished or accomplished as Grier, and that’s going to show.

Matt Liberman: Over the past two seasons, West Virginia quarterbacks have combined for 888 pass attempts. Grier has thrown 788 of those, and the backup, Jack Allison, has thrown just 10 passes this season. West Virginia wins its games through the air. Grier is top-5 in the nation in touchdowns, passing yards and passer rating. The Mountaineers rank third in the nation in passing yards per game and 75th in rushing. Without its star, who came into this season as a favorite to be a Heisman finalist, West Virginia will likely have to rely on its run game. Barring a Grier-like performance from whomever backs him up, that doesn’t bode well for WVU.

2019 EARLY SIGNING DAY SPECIAL - Dan Tortora With Drew Tuazama, Syracuse Orange Football Signee / DE Out Of North Carolina Wake Up Call With Dan Tortora podcast (; radio; Tortora)

2019 EARLY SIGNING DAY SPECIAL - Dan Tortora with Drew Tuazama, Syracuse Orange Football Signee / DE out of North Carolina (; McCartney)

If you define "watchability" by stakes, the ACC's 11-game bowl slate has you covered. Clemson -- in the College Football Playoff for the fourth straight year -- is the No. 2 seed, the same place it held in winning the title two years ago.

If you define "watchability" by stars, the conference's slate has that covered, too. ACC games feature five of the top seven rushers in the country, two top-10 passers.

Oh, and there's also the finale for Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech's three-time ACC Coach of the Year.

So with your precious TV-watching time in mind, here's a ranking of the ACC's postseason games, by watchability.

11. Independence Bowl: Duke vs. Temple, Dec. 27

Which Duke will see? Is it the one that rolled up 629 yards vs. North Carolina and 619 yards against Pitt? Or will it be the one that had a season-low 251 in scoring just seven points vs. Wake Forest in the regular-season finale?

This could be the last game of quarterback Daniel Jones' Duke career, and he has a chance to go off on an Owls team that allowed 409 yards per game in the last month of the season.

On signing day, Georgia cleans up and Georgia Tech stays afloat (; Cunningham)

By the end of the day Wednesday, the first day of college football’s early signing period, the people who follow recruiting closely declared Georgia’s class second-best in the country. UGA’s reign as recruiting champ lasted for one cycle. Alabama is back on top, as usual.

That’s the picture from Wednesday. The longer view is that, if Georgia doesn’t match Alabama in player talent, it comes closer than any other program.

The difference on the field between the teams the past two seasons was a handful of plays: first in the last national championship game, then in the recent SEC Championship game. The difference between the programs is negligible because Georgia coach Kirby Smart is building a foundation of player talent that rivals that of his old boss, Nick Saban.

Smart was at it again Wednesday. He and his staff convinced Michigan prep quarterback Dwan Mathis to sign with Georgia after once he said he would play at Ohio State. It could end up being a swap: Georgia freshman QB Justin Fields reportedly is considering transferring to Ohio State.

Nolan Smith, the nation’s top prospect per the 247Sports Composite rankings, also signed with the Bulldogs. He said he would do so a while back, but you never know.

Former Auburn RB Asa Martin signs with ACC school (; Rodriguez)

Another Auburn transfer has signed with a new team.

Former Tigers running back Asa Martin joined Miami on Wednesday in the first hours of the Early Signing Period. Around the same time, Colorado State announced it had signed former Auburn receiver Nate Craig-Myers.

The running back room just added a BEAST!#WelcomeToTheU, @TheAsaMartin_. #Surge19

— Canes Football (@CanesFootball) December 19, 2018

Martin opted to transfer after the regular season, with his family alleging that Auburn coaches unknowingly burned his redshirt despite a new rule allowing players to appear in four games and still maintain a year eligibility.

The little-used running back visited Miami last weekend and apparently liked what he saw enough to sign with the Hurricanes and coach Mark Richt as soon as possible. As a 4-star recruit out of high school, Martin rushed for 2,228 yards and 33 touchdowns in his senior year en route to Alabama Gatorade Player of the Year recognition.
... (; Wang)

The Virginia football team announced 19 players signed at the start of the early signing period Wednesday, including Gonzaga linebacker Hunter Stewart, an Alexandria resident who helped the Eagles claim the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title this season.

Stewart is rated a four-star recruit by Rivals and a three-star by 247Sports. He had been the Cavaliers' highest-rated early signee until four-star defensive tackle Jowon Briggs announced his commitment.

Steward selected Virginia over Boston College, Maryland, Missouri, Pittsburgh and West Virginia, among others, citing the school’s demanding academics as well as the resurgence of the football program under third-year Coach Bronco Mendenhall.

Virginia’s class of early signees is rated sixth in the ACC, marking a third straight year of improvement.

“Really pleased with our efforts and results of the 2019 class,” Mendenhall said during a news conference Wednesday afternoon. “We addressed needs that had to be addressed and met at a high level. I am encouraged and excited.”

ACC Recruiting Early Signing Period Rankings, Stars, Needs, All-Star Team (CFN; Staff)

ACC Early Signing Period Team Rankings
14 Louisville Cardinals
There just aren’t enough commitments for Scott Satterfield. He got a a few offensive linemen, but the Cardinal recruiting season will come in February.

13 Boston College Eagles
The Eagles came up with a great BC style of class with a strong running back in Patrick Garwo and a slew of terrific linemen. It’s a big class of good enough talents who fit what they do.

12 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
There have been some lost parts of the puzzle with the pivot from the Paul Johnson system to what Geoff Collins is bringing, but the receivers are on the way, a few good running backs stayed on, and all things considered, it’s a solid class.

11 Syracuse Orange
Dino Babers is building himself a defense. Almost all of the top players are for the D side with a whole lot of scary-good pass rushing prospects and a few outstanding-looking linebackers.

10 Wake Forest Demon Deacons
For Wake Forest, it’s really, really strong, lading a few great pass rushing prospects and cranking it up for the receiving corps, starting with Donavon Greene and Nolan Groulx. The passing game will be infused with young stars.

9 North Carolina Tar Heels
Okay, Mack Brown. The era is off and running with a slew of strong defensive backs and just enough good skill guys – RB Josh Henderson and receivers Emery Simmons and Khafre Brown – to get through the transition okay. Flipping QB Sam Howell from Florida State was a huge, huge moment for Brown.

... (; Connolly)

Clemson is losing perhaps the best senior class in school history in 2018 as Christian Wilkins, Hunter Renfrow and several others will graduate and move on after being the winningest class in ACC history.

Tigers coach Dabo Swinney feels that Clemson met all of its “critical needs” to replace Wilkins, Renfrow and others with the class it signed on Wednesday.

Clemson signed 26 recruits during the first day of the early signing period, headlined by five-star cornerback Andrew Booth and five-star receiver Frank Ladson. The class includes two five-star recruits and 10 four-star recruits, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. It is currently ranked No. 6 in the country.

“I think this group will turn out to be special. I can’t wait to see what they do over the next four or five years,” Swinney said Wednesday. “Obviously we’ve got some very talented individuals that are leaving and it’s critical that we bring in a great group to replace them. I think that we’ve done that.”
... (; Geisinger)

Early in the morning on Wednesday, at the outset of the early signing period, North Carolina football and Mack Brown were able to flip 3-star offensive tackle Triston Miller. Previously an NC State commit, Miller has signed with UNC.

BIG NEWS. Triston Miller just announced his commitment to #UNC. Story:

— InsideCarolina (@InsideCarolina) December 19, 2018

A product of Charlotte (NC) Country Day, Miller initially committed to Wake Forest last December. A few months later, in February 2018, Miller decommitted. After taking official visits to UNC and NC State in back-to-back weeks, Miller committed to NC State in late June.

Former Wake Forest and N.C. State commit signs with #UNC. He was a Duke commitment shy of the what we call the big four way.

— Ross Martin (@RossMartin_IC) December 19, 2018
... (; Niziolek)

Clemson has the No. 1 class in the ACC after early signing day, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. The class includes a pair of five-star players that signed national letters of intent on Wednesday.

The Tigers nabbed the highest ranked player in the conference in Archer (Ga.) defensive back Andrew Booth, who is ranked No. 19 nationally. They also signed South Dade (Fl.) wide receiver Frank Ladson, who is ranked No. 27 nationally.

Florida State is ranked No. 2 in the conference. The Seminoles signed the only other five-star recruit headed to the ACC in Palm Beach Central (Fl.) defensive back Akeem Dent.

If Clemson holds onto the No. 1 spot after national signing day on Feb. 6 it will be the second straight year the Tigers led the conference in recruiting.

Virginia Tech finished the day ranked No. 4 in the ACC and ranked No. 29 nationally. The program is looking to finish with a top 30 recruiting class for a third straight year under coach Justin Fuente.
... (RX; HM)

Today we have a guest article from a long-time reader who goes by the venerable name "Bill Dooley"* Bill must be a closet Gator Hater (aren't we all?) based on this post... but while the main thrust is a breakdown of the Gators' aversion for playing true OOC road games, he also looks at other teams with the same penchant. Good stuff, Bill! - Hokie Mark


“Hoodwinked” means “to deceive by false appearance” or to misrepresent. For example, playing football schedules for decades which appear more challenging than they actually are or that appear as challenging as the schedules played by the vast majority of other Power 5 teams.

Florida’s quality of non-conference football games over decades has been a point of contention for the last several years. As this criticism has grown, various individuals have researched Florida’s football schedule going back over decades. A confirmation and expansion of that research has revealed the following:

1) Florida football has not played a non-conference game at an out of state opponent’s home field since 9/21/91 (yes 1991) FLA 21 @ Syracuse 38 [27 years]

2) Florida football has not won a non-conference game at an out of state opponent’s home field since 9/23/89 (yes 1989) FLA 38 @ Memphis 13 [29 years]
... (RX; HM)

PSA: Winter officially begins next week, which means many of you will soon be in the market for a TV contract to watch your favorite sporting events... here are some "best deals" as of 12/19/2018 - courtesy of CSNBBS user SoloHawks:

From a sports fan perspective (English Language Only). This does not include any temporary promotional prices

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The cheapest price point available to get all ESPN Networks, TBS, and TNT with some other specialty sport networks.
... (RX; HM)

Playoff Expansion Update - 12/19/18
From Brett McMurphy:
In a survey of all 11 members of @CFBPlayoff Management Committee, @WatchStadium asked members if they favored 8-team playoff: 3 yes, 3 undecided, 1 no & 4 abstained. This is a huge change from last year when committee unanimously wanted to stay at 4 teams
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 19, 2018

So it seems like it's now in the realm of NCAA politics, as the conferences which are pushing for expansion don't have enough votes yet to pass it (see Making Playoff Expansion Sausage).

Assuming the SEC is quite happy with the status quo, they will need the votes of the ACC. What should the conference ask for in return?

1. A guarantee that the ACC champion gets included in the playoffs regardless of ranking - this makes the ACC CG a de facto playoff game itself, which raises the value of the game tremendously. While we're at it, ask ESPN to modify the contracts so that instead of putting all of the new value on the CFP, put some of it on the CCGs.*

2. A guaranteed spot for the top-ranking G5 champion. This may seem counter-intuitive at first, but the goal here is to limit the true at-large bids to only 2 -- thus "encouraging" Notre Dame to join ACC football. If they make it too easy for the Irish to get in, they'll never see a reason to join for football.**

3. Renegotiation of the Orange Bowl contract. Why would this be connected to playoff expansion, you ask? Simple. Once the playoffs start taking twice as many teams (and all of the P5 champs!), the value of the Orange Bowl relative to the value of the other two contract bowls would go up. After all, the Orange Bowl hasn't had the true ACC champion yet, and it's still beating the Sugar Bowl in ratings... imagine if the Sugar Bowl was bumped even further down the food chain? Ditto the Rose Bowl, which at least has gotten the Pac-12 champ most years and, recently, the Big Ten champ too. So no way would those bowls continue to be work $25 million more than the Orange Bowl - if they ever were.

BOTTOM LINE: If the ACC ends up holding the winning cards - and it looks like they might - then Swofford needs to play them correctly (and yes, based on his track record I'm worried!)
... (; Alexander)

When Mack Brown was hired in November, he said he wanted to put a fence around the state and make the University of North Carolina the “cool” place to be for in-state recruits.

The problem was, he had less than a month to convince recruits that UNC was it. The early signing period began on Dec. 19, less than a month after he was hired. Roughly 80 percent of recruits signed during the Early Signing Period last year, according to data by 247sports.

But Brown managed to sign 18 recruits on Wednesday, including the No. 2 player in the state Sam Howell. Brown is also expected to sign another in-state recruit, four-star wide receiver, Khafre Brown, on Thursday.

Some of the players who had committed to UNC when Larry Fedora was coach, stayed.
... (; Degnan & Wilson)

Last February after National Signing Day for the Miami Hurricanes, that highly touted #Storm18 class was rated as high as No. 5 in the nation by and No. 8 by ESPN and 247Sports.

By sunset Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period for the 2019 UM recruiting class known as #Surge19, the newest class was ranked no higher than 37 by 247 and ESPN, and as low as 45 by Rivals — not to mention the day-marring report by 247Sports that Canes freshman quarterback Jarren Williams, a former national prep star, is transferring.

“I’m not ready to make a comment on that right now,’’ UM coach Mark Richt said at his news conference Wednesday evening.

Approached by the Herald after practice Wednesday, Williams, escorted by quarterbacks coach Jon Richt, did not answer when told, “There’s a report you’re transferring. Is that true?’’

Before that, Jon Richt stayed on the field chatting with Williams for at least 20 minutes.
... (; Zemek)

Hyperbole is to be avoided at all times. Websites, columnists, reporters, pundits — everyone under the sun — must steer clear of it.

Is it hyperbolic to say that Florida State and Miami are punting on 2019? Not if you have high standards… which is a very simple and brief way of saying that the Seminoles and Hurricanes are not in position to reach high standards next season.

What is the standard FSU and Miami set for themselves? At minimum, it is to compete for division and conference championships, with high-end bowl games being regular — if not annual — occurrences. FSU and Miami should consistently reach nine wins and normally hit 10. Sure, Clemson is the big, bad bully in the ACC, and a challenging non-conference game against Florida (FSU) or LSU (which Miami scheduled in 2018) might not break the right way, but let’s look at the rest of the ACC, shall we?

Pitt won the 2018 ACC Coastal with a 7-5 overall record. No team other than Clemson made a New Year’s Six bowl. No team other than Clemson recorded 10 regular-season wins. This was a BAD ACC, folks. This was not 2016, when the league kicked butt up and down the field in both the regular season and especially the bowls.

In a bad ACC, even the worst Florida State or Miami team should win seven or eight games.
... (; Falk)

Six Shore Conference football players officially signed National Letters of Intent with NCAA FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) programs Wednesday.

Wednesday was the start of the early-signing period for scholastic football players. There will also be a late-signing period beginning on Feb. 6.

The early signing day in the Shore has a distinct Boston College look as three players signed with the Atlantic Coast Conference program to give BC four players from the Shore in its program.

Congratulations Steve Lubischer Boston College and MJ Wright Fordham University signing a NLI to continue their football careers

— CaseysSports (@CaseysSports) December 19, 2018

Congratulations Lube! You are an Eagle now

— diane lubischer (@DianeLubischer) December 19, 2018

Joining former St. John Vianney star Anthony Brown - the Eagles' redshirt sophomore starting quarterback - are Red Bank Catholic quarterback Steve Lubischer and Mater Dei Prep's defensive tackle Izaiah Henderson and Seraphs' outside linebacker Shitta Sillah.

When he dons a BC uniform, Lubischer, who helped Red Bank Catholic go 10-0 and win the NJSIAA Non-Public Group III championship with a 14-10 win over Mater Dei Prep, will become the third member of his family to play at BC. His father, Steve, and his uncle, Nick, both played at BC in the 1980's.
... (; Meyer)

Today is Early National Signing Day for college sports and there are huge ramifications for Louisville football. How will the Cards day turn out? Stay tuned as we provide updates.

Today is typically one of the most fun days of the year if you are into college football recruiting like myself. The Early National Signing Day in college football is still pretty new, and up until this year there really hasn’t been much that’s had any major impact on the Cards. But today as other programs are signing 12-15 of their committed kids, and receiving commitments from big time targets that they’ve been after for years, Louisville football is left with a recruiting class barely holding on.

It’s been one hell of a ride through recruiting the last six months under Bobby Petrino and now Scott Satterfield. We’ve seen some big commitments who ended up walking away from the program like QB Jaden Johnson (now signing with Southern Miss) and Jamari Williams. The States most talented class in quite some time, including eight four stars, ended up at schools like Kentucky, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Stanford, and Virginia Tech, while only one player in the 15 ended up with Louisville (Aidan Robbins). A class that once looked to have some potential under BP ended up crashing in flames due to his ineptitude and unwillingness to do the grit work on the recruiting trail.

New Louisville head coach Scott Satterfield currently has three players committed for the 2019-20 in a class that once had as many as 12 players under Bobby Petrino. Since the firing of Petrino several notable players have decomitted and chosen to pursue their college football careers at other University’s and Scott Satterfield & his staff let others know that their scholarships would not be honored.
... (; Parker)

FSU football lost the one quarterback commit in the 2019 class when the North Carolina native decided to stay home and play for the Tar Heels.

While the first day of the early signing process for college football recruits has been a decent success for the FSU football team – who saw their standing skyrocket to No. 14 according to 247 Sports after flipping several commits – the world of #Tribe19 did take an admitted hit in the afternoon when a long time commit decided to take his talents elsewhere.

Sam Howell, a four star prospect from the state of North Carolina, announced that he was signing with the flagship university of that state.


— Sam Howell (@Sam_Howell2) December 19, 2018

It was not a move that was unexpected in the coming weeks considering that his primary recruiter had been former offensive coordinator Walt Bell – now the head coach at UMass – and he took a recent visit to Chapel Hill despite denying that such a visit was taking place.

Needless to say, this move happening on signing day has put the Seminoles in quite a position with just two scholarship quarterbacks on the roster – James Blackman and Deondre Francois, with no word on whether Francois will stay or leave for another school as a grad transfer or test the waters of the NFL draft.
... (; Bartlett)

here’s how the nation’s Top 25 recruiting ranks look:

  1. Alabama
  2. Georgia
  3. Texas A&M
  4. LSU
  5. Oregon
  6. Clemson
  7. Michigan
  8. Oklahoma
  9. Texas
  10. Penn State
  11. Auburn
  12. Ohio State
  13. Notre Dame
  14. Florida State
  15. Washington
  16. Florida
  17. Tennessee
  18. Stanford
  19. Mississippi State
  20. Arkansas
  21. USC
  22. South Carolina
  23. Ole Miss
  24. Nebraska
  25. Purdue



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