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No recent Cali or Iggy awards; Mr Irrelevant
Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to Festival of Sleep Day!

Festival of Sleep Day celebrates all types of sleep. It is a day for sleeping in, taking naps, or not even getting out of bed in the first place. After all, it is a festival, so it should be celebrated to the fullest. It likely happens when it does because the holidays have just ended, and people never seem to get enough sleep during them. This makes it an ideal time for catching up on sleep, especially because some students aren't even back in school yet, and some workers are still on vacation.

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Syracuse football season report card: See our grades, superlatives (PS; Mink)


Bailey: A-
Midyear: B

Syracuse's quarterback play was outstanding over the final seven games, aside from the Notre Dame blowout. After Tommy DeVito helped lead the Orange past North Carolina in double overtime, Eric Dungey bounced back with a season-best passing performance against a Top 25 opponent in N.C. State. Then the senior leader mended quickly from back spasms to put up six touchdowns at Boston College. And he did enough in Orlando to end his career with the bowl victory and 10-win season that he coveted.

Mink: A-
Midyear: A-

You can make the case Syracuse had the second-best quarterback room in the ACC behind Clemson, in terms of depth. Eric Dungey finished his career as the school's all-time passing leader. Only four other quarterbacks since 2000 -- J.T. Barrett, Dan Lefevour, Colin Kaepernick and Dak Prescott -- have put up the all-around numbers Dungey has throughout his career (9,340 passing yards, 58 passing touchdowns, 1,993 rushing yards and 35 rushing touchdowns).

Behind him, Tommy DeVito proved he was more than capable of stepping in at a moment's notice and leading Syracuse's offense.

Carlson: 'Confluence of events' would need to happen to lure Dino Babers from Syracuse - The Juice Online (the juice; podcast; Cheng)

Here are the highlights from the show:

Wesley Cheng: With the 10 wins, Dino Babers is going to become a hot coaching commodity. The Miami job was open for all of 12 hours over the weekend and there were some rumblings that he was going to be linked to that. He’s probably going to be linked to a lot of other openings in the future, even with the contract extension. Do you actually think Dino Babers stays long term at Syracuse?

Chris Carlson: I kind of look at it like this. He wants to win a National Championship. I’m not sure you can do that at Syracuse. But I also think there are only a handful of jobs in the country you can do that at. At those are schools who can pick their coach every single year. Dino Babers has to be the hot coach of the entire coaching cycle in the year that those schools have an opening for him to not be the head coach at Syracuse. To me, the odds are that he stays the coach at Syracuse. The confluence of events for him to get one of those jobs is so unlikely is that he ends his career at Syracuse.


Will Eric Dungey Play in the NFL? – Orange Fizz – Free Syracuse Recruiting News (; Gross)

Eric Dungey walked off the field for the last time in a Syracuse uniform, and he did so in style, passing Ryan Nassib to become the Orange’s all-time passing leader and cementing his legacy as one of the greatest quarterbacks in SU history. Orange fans will always remember his Gerry McNamara-esque grit over four years as the starting gunslinger. But now it’s time to think about the next chapter.

Thank you, @EricDungey.

— Orange Fizz (Orangefizz) December 29, 2018

Earlier today, Dungey signed with an agency. The Oregon product doesn’t appear to be done playing football.

Syracuse QB Eric Dungey has signed with Bus Cook & Don Weatherell at BC Sports

— Sports Agent Blog (@SportsAgentBlog) January 1, 2019

Way too early 2019 Syracuse Orange football predictions - The Juice Online (the juice; Staff)

BRAD BIERMAN (2018 Season Predictions, 10-3): To put it simply, Syracuse is a “football school” again.

The scene in Orlando on TV for the Camping World Bowl with a sea of orange facing the cameras and the Orange rallying to win a back and forth game against the Big XII’s West Virginia with a fourth quarter scoring blitz, was the equivalent of a “Chamber of Commerce” picture postcard of the program’s current status:. Orange Nation coming out in droves to support a 10-3 football team.

And the best is yet to come, thanks to the winning foundation Dino Babers and this year’s departing class of players hand-crafted along with so much returning talent, and a favorable 2019 schedule.

With a softer September of non-conference games at Liberty and Maryland, and hosting Holy Cross and Western Michigan, we see SU going 4-0 in those games, with a yet-to-be determined ACC game or open week also in the September mix.

The league rotation has B.C., Pitt, and Wake Forest also at the Dome, where SU will look to extend a six game winning streak, and we see a sweep adding up to a predicted seven victories.

The much anticipated visit from national finalist Clemson (please ACC, don’t be greedy and put that game exclusively on the new ACC Network), figures to be the most highly anticipated football game on campus in quite some time.

Even with a loss to the Tigers, the Orange, will win conference road games at Louisville, and Duke but fall at Florida State and N.C. State to finish 9-3, and be bumped out of the New Year’s Day Six bowls and settle for the Tax Slayer Bowl in Jacksonville where it will knock off Auburn.

» Related: Eric Dungey takes in, and provides, a memorable final game at Syracuse

WES CHENG (2018 Season Predictions, 9-4): Syracuse’s schedule in 2019 is the most favorable it’s been since perhaps the 2010 season, when the Orange’s non-conference slate was Akron, Washington, Maine and Colgate, and the Orange faced just one ranked opponent (No. 19 West Virginia) all season.

In 2019, SU’s schedule sets up similarly, with four non-conference games they’ll be favored in, and only one team (Clemson) that is a lock to be a top 25 team. With that in mind, here is how I think the season plays how for the Orange:

The Daniel Baldwin Show (; radio; Baldwin)

The guys are back for the New Year and the show starts with Daniel and Paulie talking about whether they were supposed to be on today. Later, Josh joins with “So What?” Then Daniel, Paulie and Seth talk about Syracuse’s win over West Virginia in the Camping World Bowl and what it means. They wrap up the show with some SU Basketball talk.

Did Notre Dame deserve a College Football Playoff spot? (PS; Tylt)

Notre Dame was blown out of the College Football Playoffs, and some people are fuming that the committee wasted a valuable playoff spot on a school that didn't deserve it. The team finished undefeated while sporting the ninth-ranked defense in the country and many felt the Fighting Irish deserved to be in the hunt. Others feel the lack of a conference title and weak schedule should've had Notre Dame on the outside looking in, with a more deserving team taking the spot -- and history is on their side. What do you think?


Say what you will about Notre Dame, but the team finished undefeated while playing the top universities in the country. The Fighting Irish's wins against Michigan, Stanford and Syracuse -- all top-15 teams at the time of their respective games -- are proof that Notre Dame belonged in the playoff.

People are crying over the lack of a conference championship like it is the end all, be all of determining eligibility. Notre Dame was one of the four top schools in the country. They just had a bad day against Clemson. There is no arguing that. But they deserved that spot.


ACC Football Rx: ACCN at a glance (RX; HM)

Here are some things we've previously posted on this blog that I'd like to restate now to try to get the "big picture" of the status of the ACC Network:

"Sources expect ESPN to price the ACC Network similar to SEC Network, which at launch was around $1.30 per subscriber per month in-market and around 25 cents per subscriber per month out-of-market." - Sports Business Journal (SBJ)

The ACC Network will launch on Thursday, Aug. 22nd [LINK]

ACC Network headquarters will be in Bristol, CT (with ESPN HQ) [LINK]

ESPN has already begun running television ads for the ACCN, and they have setup a website for fans to sign up for information. [LINK]

Importantly, there are also promos imbedded within other telecasts [LINK]

So far we know for sure that it will be carried by Altice [LINK] and Verizon/Fios [LINK].

We're pretty sure Sling TV, DirecTV, Hulu, PS Vue and YouTube TV have all signed-up, too [LINK]. These providers are critical because they provide a realistic alternative for fans if local cable companies refuse to sign up.

Next up: AT&T U-Verse and Charter/Spectrum, both of which renew in 2019 [LINK]. You have to figure that Charter - the larger of the two - is a no-brainer given that North and South Carolina are blanketed by that cable provider.

Tri-Partisan: In search of the next Pack QB, Doeren back in familiar situation :: (; Henderson)

NC State's 2018 season came to a screeching halt on New Year's Eve with the Wolfpack falling 52-13 to No. 20 Texas A&M in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl. I could spend this column talking about what all went wrong for NC State, but do I really need to with that type of outcome? Honestly, if you're reading this you probably don't want to think about that game much anyway, so let's look ahead to what is on the horizon for Wolfpack football.

What stands out to me most is that Dave Doeren has been in nearly this exact situation before.

Rewind to December 30, 2015 in Charlotte when NC State was thumped 52-28 by Mississippi State in the Belk Bowl. It wasn't pretty at all, and four days later Doeren decided to fire offensive coordinator Matt Canada, wanting to take the program’s offense in a different direction.

With that Belk Bowl being Jacoby Brissett's final game, NC State also had no clue what they were going to have at quarterback moving forward. So just days after the bowl, Doeren had questions to answer. Who is going to be the new offensive coordinator? What type of offense will be implemented? Who is going to be the next starting quarterback?

As Tom O'Brien once stated, that's a triple play.


Why it’s a waste of time to argue about expanding the College Football Playoff (; Morris)

If nothing else was proved again this college football postseason it is that the seemingly endless discussion about expanding the College Football Playoff should come to a merciful end.

This was the fifth year of a four-team College Football Playoff and the fourth postseason where fans clamored for an eight-team playoff. The fans gain growing support each year from ill-informed sports media folks who draw up intricate details to how it will all work.

To which I say: Give it rest. It is not going to happen.

First, there is no reason to alter the current format because it works. Second, serious talk about an expanded playoff will not occur until 2026, when the current four-team contract with ESPN runs out. Third, there is little reason to believe the participants -- players and coaches -- want more than four teams in the playoff.

Let’s allow Clemson coach Dabo Swinney to address the latter issue.

“I think the more you expand the more that becomes (the norm),” Swinney said at a recent media gathering. “I know that falls on a lot of deaf ears. . . . I love the passion of college football, and I think the more you expand, the less the (regular) season matters.”



CNY’s 2018 weather was so extreme it turned out perfectly normal (PS; Coin)

The weather in Central New York last year was so extreme it ended up perfectly normal.
While the summer was hotter than normal, the rest of the year was cooler, and the average temperature in Syracuse for 2018 was 48.3 degrees. That is precisely the long-term normal.

We got there by wild swings of which averages are made, though, and the year was wetter and snowier than normal. Cloudier, too, which makes sense given all the precipitation that fell.

Here’s a look at 2018, culled from the National Weather Service’s annual climate report.

Hot. And cold. Syracuse had 15 days on which temperatures hit 90, more than double the average of 6.8 days. The number of cooling degree days was 806, compared to the normal of 570. A cooling degree day is the number of degrees the day’s average temperature is above 65.

But we also had 156 days when temperatures reached freezing, which is 27 more than usual.
Wet: Syracuse had 42.1 inches of precipitation, either rain or melted snow or ice. That’s 3.63 inches above normal, which is basically like having a whole extra month’s worth. 2018 ranks as the 23rd wettest year since records began in 1902.

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We will not lose to NCSt. They lose more on offense than any team and do not look like they have replacements anywhere near the level of those leaving.
We will not lose to NCSt. They lose more on offense than any team and do not look like they have replacements anywhere near the level of those leaving.
They lose their OC too. Drinkwitz took the HC job at App State. They have good talent, decent coaching and not much experience returning. It is not a good recipe.

Also, there is the George McDonald at OC factor. If they can get to 7-5, they had a terrific season.
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Regarding whether Notre Dame deserved a playoff spot -- I got an unsolicited guest article about that, and lots of comments too. IMO, the bottom line is this: they played 10 P5 teams and went undefeated. The ONLY thing they didn't do is win a conference championship. Now, if these folks want a "champs only" playoff, I'm fine with that...

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