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- Aug 15, 2011
Signing on the dotted line of the National Letter of Intent means three things:
Your student-athlete has committed to one year at the university. They do not need to sign an NLI after their first year. The school is required to let student-athletes know if their scholarship is being renewed after the first year.
The university is promising to provide an athletic scholarship for that year. The NLI and financial aid package are two separate documents. Your student-athlete will need to sign both.
Your student-athlete’s recruiting journey is over. No other schools can continue to recruit them.
An NLI is a legal, binding contract. So, it is something you are going to want to fully understand before signing it. Your athlete’s new coach and representatives from the school can help answer your questions or concerns when it comes to signing the NLI.
Syracuse football recruiting 2019: Live updates from National Signing Day (PS; Mink)
Syracuse football will add to its 2019 recruiting class Wednesday on what is the second signing period for high school seniors.
The Orange has two players who have previously announced their intention to sign with SU.
Other targeted prospects are expected to make their decisions today.
We'll update this post as recruits sign with the Orange.
We also include a refresher on the 17 recruits signed in December.
Position: Defensive end
School: St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.)
Weight: 211 pounds
Munoz had previously signed with Miami (Fla.) but was released from his letter of intent following a coaching change.
School: St. Joseph High School (Conn.)
Weight: 205 pounds
Summers was previously committed to Maryland.
Syracuse football recruiting: Arizona LS Joey Kelly commits as walk-on (PS; Bailey)
Class of 2019 long snapper Joey Kelly committed to Syracuse football as a preferred walk-on late Tuesday night.
He announced the decision on Twitter.
Kelly, who attends Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix, Ariz., received the offer from Orange special teams coordinator Justin Lustig on Friday, he said previously. He’s been on the Orange’s radar for about three weeks and was contacted through private coach Adam Tanalski of Hammer Kicking Academy.
Lustig, Kelly said, flew out to do a firsthand evaluation of Kelly’s snapping on Monday before returning to Central New York and deciding to extend the opportunity.
Updating Syracuse’s Future Schedules – Orange Fizz – Free Syracuse Recruiting News (orangefizz.net; Hoppe)
Looking at future college football schedules is always fun. While most games are pre-determined by the ACC, Syracuse has freedom to schedule pretty much whoever it wants to in the other four weeks of the season.
Earlier this week, Syracuse football announced its home-and-home series with Ohio University, starting with a 2021 matchup in Athens.
FUTURE SCHEDULE ALERT
Our home-and-home series with @OhioFootball is now official. The 2021 game will be the first time in years that we'll play the Bobcats!
Orange to Play Ohio in 2021 and 2024 - Syracuse University Athletics
The teams will then follow up with a showdown in the Carrier Dome in 2024. Even though it’s been 100 years, the Orange have historically dominated the Bobcats. In fact, Syracuse has outscored Ohio 111-0 all time.
OU plays in the Mid-American conference, the same league that Dino Babers coached in with Bowling Green before accepting the Syracuse job in 2016.
Scheduling non-conference games can be tough. The goal is to win the games, but the goal is to also get ready for conference play. Here’s what the Orange have lined up in the early months of the next few season.
Three Syracuse University students weigh in on the Super Bowl telecast - Sports Broadcast Journal (sportsbroadcastjournal.com; Hamilton, Jackson, Kriley)
Three students at Syracuse University, a school known for its success spawning some of America’s finest sports announcers, assessed the Super Bowl telecast from a younger lens.
The 2019 Super Bowl was the worst one that I’ve ever watched. (I’m a senior in college so I obviously haven’t see everyone.) It was even more difficult to watch than the Seahawks massacre of the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. Sunday’s game had no storyline. It was just plain boring.
This said, CBS did a decent job of salvaging the telecast. The broadcast duo of Jim Nantz and Tony Romo did their best to keep fans engaged. They made watching the game a little less painful and kept the punt clinic somewhat stimulating. Only in his second year in the booth, Romo is a natural. He and Nantz did what they could to keep the defensive show entertaining.
Boring Super Bowls are predictable problems. They are what they are and out of the control of the televising network. But there was still plenty left to be desired.
From a production perspective, CBS had the opportunity to spice up the game with new content like Next Gen Stats. It could have debuted a new technology system but it missed the mark. The network approached the Super Bowl as though it was just another regular season game. Honestly, if it wasn’t the Super Bowl, even passionate NFL fans would have turned it off.
Louisville football recruits to watch on National Signing Day (bigredl.ouie.com; Lane)
With National Signing Day being Wednesday it’s time to take one final look at the recruits who could end up being members of the 2019 Louisville football recruiting class.
I don’t know about you but it feels like we’ve been in the 2019 recruiting cycle for the last four years, seeing as how technically there’s been two different “classes” for Louisville football.
Former Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino and his staff put together a fairly average recruiting class during their time on campus for 2019, one that featured mostly 2 and 3 star players. It looked like the star of the class was going to be Jaden Johnson, a three star QB out of Memphis, TN, who was all Cards all the time. But after Petrino was let go, Johnson and several others opted out of their commitments shortly before the early signing period, leaving new head coach Scott Satterfield with just three recruits and a lot of work to do.
Here we are almost two and a half months later, and the new staff has casted nets far and wide looking for the type of players who will fit their new scheme at Louisville. There was a rather large concern from the fans before Satterfield was hired about recruiting and whether the former Appalachian State coach would be able to get the type of players that would allow the Cards to compete annually with the likes of Clemson and Florida State in the ACC.
After the hiring of elite recruiters like Cort Dennison, Frank Ponce, Dwayne Ledford, and Bryan Brown, Louisville is ready to go for the future.
The scholarship limitations that were left behind by Bobby Petrino have made the class of 2019 rather unique, but one that was extremely important for this staff to get right as multiple positions have been depleted of all depth, specifically TE and OL.
ACC Football Rx: Let the Rebranding of GT begin! (RX; HM)
From SI: Why Geoff Collins's Georgia Tech Rebuild Starts With a Rebrand
While at Temple, Collins hired Santino Stancato away from the Brooklyn Cyclones (a Class A Mets affiliate) to manage the Owls’ football brand... the Yellow Jackets’ program as its first brand manager. In fact, he’s the first person to hold that particular job title at a Power 5 program.
Why focus so much on brand? Simple, Collins says. “In the NFL, players choose based on contract length and dollar amounts,” he says. “But when high school players choose a school, they’re choosing based on brand. So you create the strongest brand and strongest culture you can.”
...To energize the fan base, the Yellow Jackets needed to look different. Basically, they needed to be cool. And a program located in the capital of the South—surrounded by talent in metro Atlanta—can be cool even if it’s attached to an engineering school that isn’t the easiest to get into or stay in.
Collins knows that... While Collins and Stancato have worked to educate recruits and potential recruits about what Collins plans to do, they also have been busy trying to remind everyone that Georgia Tech wasn’t always a niche program. The bio on the program’s official Twitter feed now reminds visitors that the Yellow Jackets have won four national titles...
Morning Coffee: Winners and losers on football's national signing day (courier-journal.com; Estes)
Hey, sports fans, guess what day it is?!?
It's national signing day!
Well, sort of.
The recent introduction of an early signing period in college football has forever changed the first Wednesday in February, which for years was a national holiday for college football fans as recruiting classes became official.
Now it's anticlimactic. Most of the prospects sign on the early date in December. Signing Day as we know it will never be the same, and we can only look back with nostalgia.
Good players, however, will sign today. And that makes it an enormous day for Louisville's new coaching staff. The Cardinals entered the late signing date needing a lot of help in a class that was gutted during the end of the Bobby Petrino era. As of Tuesday morning, U of L's class was rated 14 out of 14 teams in the ACC and a woeful 123rd nationally, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
That can happen when you only have nine commitments, but it's unrealistic to expect this program to be competitive on a Power Five level unless things improve quickly under Scott Satterfield, who to be fair, deserves little to no blame for the current state of Louisville's recruiting.
Satterfield's former program at Appalachian State – with 17 commits as of Tuesday – ranked 94th nationally. That means Satterfield and his assistants, with a notable exception in quarterback Evan Conley, didn't raid the Mountaineers' class after taking the Louisville job. That is admirable, especially given the Cards' desperate circumstances.
Meanwhile, here's a primer on signing day for Kentucky football, which has already secured much of its 2019 class.
And here's a look around the college football landscape on signing day:
(IMPORTANT NOTE: All 247Sports recruiting rankings referenced below were as of Tuesday morning. They can and will change as uncommitted players make decisions.)
The same teams as usual
The fact we continue to see the same group of schools perform at the sport's highest level each season is not an accident. It all goes back to recruiting.
Alabama's 2019 class was rated No. 1 (because of course it is), followed by Georgia, Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, LSU, Michigan, Oregon, Clemson, Penn State, Florida, Auburn, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Tennessee to round out the top 15.
Of those 15, only four — Texas A&M, Michigan, Penn State and Tennessee — have not reached a national title game in the past 11 seasons. You wouldn't exactly call any of those four minnows (though we see you, Tennessee).
How the transfer portal took over the college football offseason and rejuvenated Miami (miamiherald.com; Wilson)
Manny Diaz insists there isn’t anything too complex behind his social-media strategy — he just uses a Google keyboard to sift through GIFs to find whatever best fits the Miami Hurricanes’ latest hype-inducing announcement — but, man, what a find he discovered to Tate Martell’s transfer.
A bleach-blond, headband clad Barry Bostwick from “Megaforce,” a 1983 nominee for the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Picture, is a bizzaro ringer for Martell. It’s still not exactly clear how Diaz even found the GIF, unless he has an encyclopedic knowledge of bad ‘80s action moves, which bombed at the box office.
“I like to amuse myself,” Diaz said earlier this week.
In turn, he has amused Miami Hurricanes fans all offseason. As Jan. 15 bled into Jan. 16, Miami pulled Martell through the transfer portal from the Ohio State Buckeyes and kept wide receiver Jeff Thomas from following through on a planned transfer to the Illinois Fighting Illini.
This came less than a week after former Southern California Trojans safety Bubba Bolden, a four-star recruit in the Class of 2017, and former Buffalo Bulls wide receiver K.J. Osborn both announced they would transfer to the Hurricanes. Less than a week later, defensive lineman Chigozie Nnoruka said he planned to transfer to Miami from the UCLA Bruins.
This could have been an offseason from hell for the Hurricanes. They went 7-6. Their star defensive coordinator left to become the coach of the Temple Owls. They got throttled in the Pinstripe Bowl. Their coach abruptly retired. They hired the defensive coordinator back as coach. Their recruiting class sits outside the top 30 in the 247Sports.com composite rankings entering National Signing Day on Wednesday.
And, somehow, Miami seems to be excited about the Hurricanes again.
2019 recruiting classes close with 2nd football signing day :: WRALSportsFan.com (wrapsportsfan.com; AP; Russo)
Signing Day Part II is here and while nobody is catching Alabama for the recruiting crown, there is still some work to be done and a few blue-chippers to sign.
About 80 percent of available scholarships in FBS were scooped up during the early signing period in December. The traditional February signing period, which begins Wednesday, is more of an afterthought.
Some drama might be drummed up around the few remaining unsigned five-star prospects. Darnell Wright, an offensive lineman from West Virginia, is expected to choose between Tennessee and Alabama. Jerrion Ealy, a running back from Mississippi, will pick between Clemson and Ole Miss.
Miami and Southern California are trying to recover from underwhelming Decembers, and Florida State looks to finish strong after a disappointing first season under Willie Taggart.
ACC Football Rx: Drool-worthy P5 OOC Games, 2021-30 (RX; HM)
Drool-worthy P5 OOC Games, 2021-30
There are good P5 non-conference games every year. Some are just better...
According to FBSchedules, these are Drool-worthy: 12 future non-conference home-and-homes to look forward to. Here's the whole list, along with comments for just the ACC-related games (i.e. Clemson and Notre Dame):
AUBURN vs. PENN STATE
OKLAHOMA vs. NEBRASKA
ALABAMA vs. TEXAS
NOTRE DAME vs. OHIO STATE
When: 2022 (in Columbus) and 2023 (in South Bend)
Despite their campuses being only 250-miles apart, these two giants have only met six times previously with only four coming in the regular season.
The two-last clashed in the 2015/16 Fiesta Bowl (a 44-28 Buckeye win). Prior to that it was the 2005/06 edition of the Fiesta – another OSU win. Then there were home-and-homes in 1995 and 1996 (both Buckeye wins) and 1935 and 1936 (Notre Dame’s only two victories in the series).
NOTRE DAME vs. TEXAS A&M
When: 2024 (in College Station) and 2025 (in South Bend)
The Irish and Aggies last met in a home-and-home in 2000 and 2001, the host team winning on each occasion. The balance of the five-game series came in three Cotton Bowls played in a seven-year span. Notre Dame won in back-to-back appearances in 1993/94 and 1992/93 and Texas A&M was victorious in the 1987/88 game – also the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
CLEMSON vs. LSU
When: 2025 (in Clemson) and 2026 (in Baton Rouge)
The 2025 game between Clemson and LSU will mark the first time the two Tigers have during the regular season. The three previous matchups came in the 2012 Peach Bowl (a narrow 25-24 Clemson victory), the 1996 edition of the Peach Bowl (a 10-7 LSU win) and then the 1958/59 Sugar Bowl (a 7-0 LSU win). The Sugar Bowl win over Clemson sealed the deal on LSU’s first-ever national championship.
OHIO STATE vs. TEXAS
MICHIGAN vs. OKLAHOMA
ACC Football Rx: OT: Fastest-Growing 2019 Jobs by State (RX; HM)
In the ACC footprint, the fastest-growing jobs are...
Computer & Mathematical jobs:
Kentucky, Massachusetts - Statistician
Virginia - Information Security Analyst
Construction & Extraction jobs:
Florida, North Carolina - Solar Panel Installer (also in Maryland)
Healthcare Support jobs:
Pennsylvania - Home Health Aide
Personal Care & Service jobs:
Georgia - Costume Attendant
New York - Gambling Industry
Transportation & Material Moving:
South Carolina - Dredge Operator
Winter Fair, Syracuse lacrosse: 13 things to do in CNY this weekend (PS; Pucci)
Lacrosse has returned and so has the state fair; well, a winter version of it. Whether you're thinking summer or embracing winter, there's something for you around Central New York this weekend.
Syracuse Auto Expo
Whether you're planning for a future purchase or just want to ogle the latest in car, truck and SUV technology and features, there will be something for everyone at this annual expo.
Where: The Oncenter, 800 S. State St., Syracuse.
When: Thursday, Feb. 7 and Friday. Feb. 8, from 4 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 9, from noon to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 10., from noon to 5 p.m.
How much: Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, $3 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for children 5 and under.
Spafford is back in Syracuse to jam with its funky, improvised genre-bending sound that drew rave reviews when the band performed at the Westcott Theater last year.
Read: Spafford's electro-funk therapy clears the mind (review, video)
Where: Westcott Theater, 524 Westcott St., Syracuse.
When: Thursday, Feb. 7, at 8 p.m.
How much: Tickets start at $20.
It's a taste of the New York State Fair in winter. There will be midway rides, live music and other entertainment and of course, plenty of food, including fair favorites like sausage sandwiches, wine slushies and Pizze Fritte.
Where: New York State Fairgrounds Expo Center, 581 State Fair Blvd., Geddes.
When: Friday, Feb. 8, from 3 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 10, from noon to 8 p.m.
How much: Advance tickets are $4 for adults, $2 for teens and seniors and free for children under 12. Tickets at the door are $6 for adults and $4 for teens and seniors
Syracuse lacrosse vs. Colgate
Syracuse will open its 2019 season with a home game against CNY rival Colgate. The Orange is ranked No. 10 in the preseason Inside Lacrosse ranking.
Where: Carrier Dome, 900 Irving Ave., Syracuse.
When: Friday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m.
How much: Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.
Country "Ho Down" Drag Show
Winter can be a drag, but this show promises to be a hoot. All proceeds benefit Oswego Industries, a non-profit agency that provides help and career opportunities to disabled individuals, for the prom the organization will hold in May for people with special needs.
Additionally, used prom dresses will be accepted to donate to those in need.
Where: The American Foundry, 246 W. Seneca St., Oswego.
When: Friday, Feb. 8, at 8 p.m.
How much: Tickets are $8.
Cupid's Chase 5K
Run for a good cause at the annual Cupid's Chase 5K. Held in Onondaga Lake Park, this race benefits Community Options, a non-profit agency that provides aid to those with traumatic brain injuries and other disabilities.
Where: Onondaga Lake Park, Liverpool.
When: Saturday, Feb. 9. Registration opens at 10 a.m. Race starts at 11 a.m.
How much: Individual registration is $30.