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Welcome to Teacher Appreciation Day!
Look, every story about Teacher Appreciation Day or Teacher Appreciation Week is going to espouse the same platitudes. It's a day for celebrating teachers, who are, generally, under-appreciated. But those platitudes shouldn't ring hollow. Teachers are great and they simply aren't given the credit they're due as politicians try to use schools, teachers, and teacher unions as pieces in a game of chess that ignores the tremendous value teachers provide.
So, today, of all days, show a little appreciation to the educators in your life. Restaurants across the country will be doing it by offering free and cheap grub to teachers and other school staff. Below you'll find deals from national chains like Chipotle, Buffalo Wild Wings, Bruegger's Bagels, McAlister's Deli, and many others.
Syracuse Football: Expert says SU “got lucky” in 2018 with their success (itlh; Esden Jr)
Syracuse football had their best season since 2001 last year. Although one expert says the team just “got lucky” in 2018 with their success.
I won’t lie, Syracuse football has been mostly atrocious during the 21st century. The Orange have been .500 or worse in 13 years out of 18 possible opportunities.
So when SU went 10-3 and had their best year since 2001 last year, it made the victory and the moments that much sweeter.
Although apparently everyone didn’t feel that way. ESPN College Football Columnist David Hale in one of his latest posts suggests Syracuse “got lucky” in 2018:
“But there was another big reason for the huge turnaround, too, and it might also prove to be a huge red flag for 2019: Turnovers. Historically, turnovers are an incredibly volatile statistic. Luck plays a huge role, and it’s rare that one team manages to keep a high turnover margin year after year. It’s one of the stats most prone to regression to the mean.
Which leads us to Syracuse.
In 2017, Syracuse’s defense ranked 115th nationally in takeaways with just 12. The Orange were 113th nationally with a -52 margin in points off turnovers. And they were 121st nationally with a turnover margin of -12.
In 2018, Syracuse was 5th in turnover margin (+13), sixth in points off turnovers margin (+65) and third in takeaways (31).
Eric Dungey must beat out these 2 quarterbacks to make Giants’ roster (PS; Mink)
Eric Dungey completed his first rookie minicamp this weekend, embarking on an NFL journey with the New York Giants which will be unlike any other year in his football career.
The former Syracuse football record-setting quarterback has been asked by his new coach, Pat Shurmur, to be more than a quarterback, and Dungey’s development in myriad areas will help dictate whether he sticks with the Giants this fall.
Former Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey is now with the New York Giants, who began rookie minicamp Friday.
Dungey will be in quarterback meetings and work alongside first-round draft choice Daniel Jones and the other quarterbacks, but Dungey is also expected to get a look at tight end and may be asked to contribute elsewhere as the Giants determine whether he can find a role on their team.
Syracuse Football: 5 Freshmen that will make an impact in 2019 (itlh; Carey)
Heading into 2019 here are the five names to keep an eye out for that will make the biggest impact next season for the Syracuse football squad.
Syracuse football had their best season in 17 years under Dino Babers in 2018. Led by seniors Eric Dungey, Jamal Custis, Koda Martin, Cody Conway, Dontae Strickland, Ravian Pierce, and Chris Slayton; Syracuse went on to beat West Virginia in the Camping World Bowl. All seven of those former Orange are now on active NFL rosters.
Although Syracuse still returns 15 of their starters from last season, so there is still the opportunity for promising young guns to earn playing time.
Dino Babers and staff put together another solid recruiting class in 2019, with 20 commits.
ACC commissioner tight-lipped about league's network being on Comcast (pittsburghnow.com; Northam)
When asked by Pittsburgh Sports Now if Comcast customers will be able to find the ACC Network on their dial when the channel launches, Swofford said, “I can’t answer that yet.”
The commissioner cited some ongoing negotiations that ESPN and Disney are working through regarding distribution. Swofford did mention negotiations with Spectrum and AT&T, but didn’t provide many details. He was even more tight-lipped regarding Comcast.
“We don’t think we could be in any better shape for that than we are right now. I would say everything is on schedule,” Swofford said. “You’ll be able to get the network one way or another just about anywhere. … Mickey Mouse carries a lot of weight.”
In March, ESPN announced it had signed distribution deals with DirecTV, Verizon FiOS, Hulu, Playstation Vue and other smaller cable and streaming services.
“The linear distributors, it’s set up right now on when their deal is over with Disney, with ESPN, those are the ones where ESPN has been concentrating at this point and time,” Swofford said. “All of those will have the opportunity to come on board before the launch.”
ACC Network's push for content could mean a televised future for Virginia Tech's spring game (roanoke.com; Nikiolek)
The ACC envisions spring football getting more exposure next spring.
The launch of the ACC Network in the fall has the conference mapping out a content plan for next year that includes a push for more member schools to air their annual spring games.
“The simple answer is yes,” ACC commissioner John Swofford said, when asked if they wanted to air more spring football.
The commissioner spoke with reporters at a regional meeting for the Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) association held at the ACC headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Virginia Tech was one of six ACC teams not to televise their spring game in 2019. It’s been that way since Justin Fuente took over the program since 2016. Tech’s spring game was broadcast on ESPN3 for the last few years of Frank Beamer’s tenure.
Clemson’s spring game aired on ESPN2 this year. Boston College, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, NC State, North Carolina and Virginia streamed their games on the network’s digital platforms. Syracuse’s spring game aired on local television.
ACC commissioner John Swofford on NCAA transfer portal: 'I don’t think it’s the end of the world’ (roanoke.com; Niziolek)
The ACC’s commissioner John Swofford wants to give the NCAA’s new transfer rules more time before making more changes.
The commissioner shared his thoughts on the NCAA transfer portal as a guest speaker at a regional meeting for the Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) association held at the ACC headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina.
The NCAA made changes to the transfer rules last April that loosened the guidelines for immediate eligibility for Division 1 athletes. The previous standard required student-athletes seeking a general waiver to prove “egregious behavior” by their previous school.
This has helped high-profile quarterbacks like Justin Fields (Ohio State) and Tate Martell (Miami) become eligible for the 2019 season at their new schools.
Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente has likened the current system to free agency in professional sports. He’s not the only coach that feels that way, but the commissioner isn’t in that camp.
“I don’t think it’s free agency, we have to give it more time and see how it all plays out,” Swofford said.
Swofford offers ACC Network update, talks college basketball and betting (greensboro.com; Wilkerson-New)
The offseason is coming, but it’s anything but smooth sailing into summer for Commissioner John Swofford and the ACC.
With the league full-speed ahead toward the launch of the long-awaited ACC Network in August, there’s plenty on Swofford’s plate as he and the league continue to navigate the changing world of college athletics.
Here’s what was on Swofford’s mind as he met with journalists today during the Associated Press Sports Editors’ annual regional meeting at the ACC headquarters:
With just more than three months until its launch on Aug. 22, the ACC Network remains the top focus of those around the league as distribution deals are worked out, programming decisions are made and talent is hired.
“We don’t think we could be in any better shape for that than we are right now,” Swofford said. “I would say everything is on schedule.”
The ACC made a splash in March when it rolled out the first of its carriers and already has deals in place with DirecTV, Google Fiber, Hulu Live TV, Optimum, PlayStation Vue, Suddenlink and Verizon Fios, among a host of local carriers.
Among the big-name national carriers that have yet to reach a deal with Disney, parent company of ESPN, for the ACC Network are Comcast, Charter, Dish Network and AT&T U-verse.
Because of the nature of television carriage deals, it’s likely several of those deals could be announced near the launch date, and that’s something for which Swofford and the ACC are prepared. One thing the conference learned from watching other conferences launch their networks was ensuring they had proper leverage in the marketplace, and Swofford feels that the ACC Network has that in partnering with ESPN.
"Mickey Mouse carries a lot of weight,” he said.
ACCN Links, news and rumors - 5/7/19 (RX; HM)
The ACC Network launches in three months. Will it be available on cable in North Carolina?
The ACC Network is set to launch on August 22, a long-awaited television home for the conference. But will fans in North Carolina, the heart of the ACC, be able to view the network when it hits the airwaves?
The ACC Network, a partnership between the conference and ESPN, does not yet have a carriage agreement with any of the major cable systems in North Carolina (Charter/Spectrum/Time Warner and AT&T) and is still missing at least one major system in the ACC footprint (Comcast). The network does have deals with DirecTV and several cable providers elsewhere on the East Coast.
Let the sweating begin - on BOTH sides of the negotiating table!
I missed this back in March: "ESPN’s ACC Network will launch this August. Here’s what you can expect."
It covers the announcement of the Mark Packer/Woody Durham hire, as well as the season-opening ACC basketball games and the one-hour documentary "The Class That Saved Coach K" (about the 1982 Duke class) and the multi-part film "The Tournament: A history of ACC Basketball".
Then, they slid this in at the end:
The ACC Network will launch on Aug. 22. It is expected to bring at least $10 million in revenue for each ACC school.
Athlon Ranks All CFB Coaches (RX; HM)
From "Ranking All 130 College Football Coaching Jobs for 2019"
Here are the ACC-related rankings (click the link for the rest):
70. Wake Forest
Good coaches have been able to win some games at Wake, but no one has been able to sustain success: Since the inception of the ACC in 1953, only twice have the Demon Deacons been able to string together three straight winning seasons, and they’ve never done it in four straight.
Duke struggles with some of the same issues as Wake — lack of tradition, small fan base (as a private school), competition for players (as one of four ACC schools in the state) — but it has a better brand nationally, thanks to the success of the basketball program and the superior reputation of the school.
61. Boston College
Boston College is a program with a better history than most realize, but the Eagles have made only one appearance in the national rankings in the last 10 seasons. Location is a huge issue. The recruiting base is not good, and the school will always have a tough time beating out other schools in the ACC for players from the South.
A national power in the 1950s and ’60s and a consistent top-20 program in the ’80s and ’90s, Syracuse has tumbled down the college football food chain since the turn of the century. It obviously can be done — Dino Babers won 10 games last season — but the Orange have too many built-in disadvantages when compared to many other programs in the league.
The move to the ACC has not been ideal for this program. The Panthers can compete — they’ve been to a bowl game in all but one season since joining the league in 2013, but they’ve also never won more than eight games over that stretch.
Football Links, news and rumors - 5/7/19 (RX; HM)
Football Links, news and rumors - 5/7/19
From CBS Sports: Teams with the best quarterback succession plans in place
The article focused on just the next QB, but honestly there are two programs which stand head and shoulders above the rest over the last 3 AND the next QB.
Tahj Boyd -- Deshaun Watson -- Trevor Lawrence (now) -- DJ Uiagalelei (future)
There's not much that needs to be said about Lawrence. He and his long hair are quickly gaining legendary status, but sometimes we all need a reminder that the rest of college football has two more seasons to deal with him. That includes at least one year of Uiagalelei sitting and watching.
Let's make the easy assumption that Lawrence is gone after his junior season. Let's then assume that Uiagalelei wins the job as a redshirt freshman over Taisun Phommachanh. Under that scenario, we're looking at the fall of 2023 as the first possible season that Clemson is quarterbacked by anyone other than the No. 1 quarterback prospect in the nation. Maybe Uiagalelei likes the Clemson campus as much as Clelin Ferrell and Christian Wilkins did and sticks around until 2023. Then we're talking 2024 before we see Clemson without a top-ranked quarterback.
Links, news and rumors - 5/6/19 (RX; HM)
The top 10 Heisman Trophy candidates in college football after spring practice
by Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY (Updated May 3, 2019)
1. Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence
Lawrence now leads after capping his unbelievable freshman season with 347 yards and three scores in Clemson's romp against the Crimson Tide in January. Three factors in Lawrence's corner: Clemson's going to be very good, he is perhaps the trendiest name in college football and he's already been anointed one of the great quarterback prospects in recent history. Don't underestimate how that perception can fuel the Heisman debate.
2. Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa
3. Texas QB Sam Ehlinger
4. Georgia QB Jake Fromm
5. Nebraska QB Adrian Martinez
6. Oregon QB Justin Herbert
7. Clemson RB Travis Etienne
Etienne could match last year's gaudy totals (1,658 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns) and still find himself on the outskirts of the voting, thanks to Lawrence's presence in the same backfield. If on the second tier of candidates, Etienne is still a strong contender to earn significant Heisman attention as Clemson marches toward another ACC title.
8. Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts
9. Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor
10. Ohio State QB Justin Fields
FSU Football: Ranking Willie Taggart as worst ACC coach is ridiculous (chopchat.,com; Parker)
FSU football seems to be on the side of their second year coach, but one outsider took it to the next level and ranked him as the worst coach in the ACC.
After the first losing season for the FSU football team in over four decades – man, I can’t wait to stop writing that sentence again – the fanbase for the Seminoles has seemed to start to turn things around for the second year head coach of the Noles, Willie Taggart.
No, there are very few people who are so blindly loyal to the Seminoles that they still think the garnet and gold will be in the College Football Playoff when this season comes to an end – but after breaking down what took place last season, there are a growing number who are willing to give Taggart and the “do something” mindset one more chance.
Add that to the fact that the team looked slightly more organized in the spring and plays a schedule this season that is easier than what FSU football had to deal with in Taggart’s first season and there is a lot more confidence that the Seminoles will be bowling again after this upcoming season is done.
I mean, everyone is starting to turn around and be on Team Taggart for a second season – well, almost everyone.
During a recent article where he ranked the coaches from the ACC and SEC, Gene Sapakoff from the Charleston (SC) Post and Courier didn’t just rank Taggart as the worst coach in the ACC…he ranked him No. 28 out of the 28 coaches in both conferences COMBINED.
Get a taste of Syracuse’s Salt City Market at upcoming pop-up event (PS; Pucci)
Salt City Market, the expansive food hall in downtown Syracuse planned by the Allyn Foundation, isn’t slated to open until fall 2020.
But hungry Central New Yorkers will get an early taste later this month.
The food hall will feature nine or 10 food stalls designated for budding food entrepreneurs. Eight of the many candidates for the coveted food stall spots will be serving samples of their food to the public at the first in a series of pop-up audition events, scheduled for Saturday, May 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Rail Line, 530 S. Clinton St.
Tickets are $10 and will be available at saltcitymarket.com starting Friday, May 10, at 10 a.m. Only 300 tickets will be available.
The event is co-hosted by My Lucky Tummy, the soon-to-end series of pop-up home-cooked dinners that feature cuisines from around the world. Adam Sudmann, who started My Lucky Tummy and formerly led With Love, the North Side teaching restaurant run by Onondaga Community College, manages the food hall.
The Rail Line overlooks the food hall’s future home of 484 S. Salina St. The food hall will be on the ground floor of the planned five-story building, while non-profit offices and 37 mixed-income apartments will occupy the top four floors. Along with the food stalls, the 24,000-square-foot food hall will have grocery store, cafe/bar, event space, play space and community kitchen.
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