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Former Iggy Winner. I used to be somebody special
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Aug 15, 2011

Welcome to National Wear Purple for Peace Day!

On National Wear Purple for Peace Day, people don't wear purple to stop nuclear war or a particular conflict, and they don't aim for world peace just for the sake of it—they have a reason behind it. The day was made to get aliens to visit earth! Whoever thought it up believed that humans are too violent towards each other and that if we ever are going to get aliens to visit us, we better clean up our act. They also believed that wearing the color purple would help us achieve world peace, and would signal to aliens that we are on our way to reaching our goal.

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Syracuse football prioritizing Canadian QB Christian Veilleux in 2020, coach says (PS; Bailey)

Syracuse football was beaten out by Miami for the verbal commitment of one priority quarterback in the Class of 2020, Tyler Van Dyke.

To land another, Christian Veilleux, the Orange coaching staff faces a different type of competition.

Veilleux is an Ottawa native who enrolled at Canisius High School in Buffalo last August. He threw for 1,699 yards and 17 touchdowns in the fall, adding 268 rushing yards and another four scores, according to He took home MVP honors at the Elite 11 Ohio Regional in March.

About a dozen programs have offered Veilleux while the majority of Power-Five schools have at least shown interest, according to Canisius head coach Rich Robbins. Coaches from more than 20 teams have come to Western New York this spring to watch him throw; West Virginia was the most recent attendee on Tuesday.

The twist: some schools view Veilleux as a 2021 prospect -- the class he’s listed in by recruiting outlets as well as his Twitter bio. Others, SU included, have offered him as part of the current recruiting cycle.

In June, Veilleux plans to sit down with his family and Robbins, potentially, to make a decision, Robbins said. At that point, he could elect to narrow his focus to 2020 opportunities or lean toward reclassifying and exploring prep school options following his senior year.


Western Michigan Broncos — 2019 Syracuse Football preview - The Juice Online (the juice; Cheng)

As we countdown to kickoff in August, we’re going to be doing a team-by-team preview each week over the summer. SU will continue its homestand when Western Michigan comes to the Carrier Dome on Sept. 21.


Former Syracuse offensive coordinator Tim Lester had quite an up-and-down 2018 season.

After starting the season 0-2 against two Power 5 teams that finished inside the top 15 (Syracuse and Michigan), the Broncos went on a six-game winning streak with three key MAC wins by a margin of seven points or less. The offense was humming during that streak, with the Broncos averaging 41 points per game.

Quarterback Jon Wassink was off to an auspicious start to the season, throwing for 1,994 yards and 16 touchdowns through the first eight games.

But disaster struck against Toledo, with Wassink injuring his ankle in the first quarter of a critical matchup against Toledo. Western Michigan never looked the same after that, losing to the Rockets 51-24.

That started a three-game tailspin for the Broncos, with losses to Ohio and Ball State. True freshman backup quarterback Kaleb Eleby was thrown immediately into action, and the results were varied. He threw for 1,092 yards and four touchdowns (plus three interceptions) in the final four games of the season, but was wildly inconsistent.

On the one hand, he threw for 285 yards on 19 of 35 passing in a thrilling 28-21 win over eventual MAC champion Northern Illinois to close the season. On the other, he completed just 10 of 19 passes for 152 yards and two interceptions in a 59-14 rout at the hands of Ohio.

But it was the defense that struggled during that streak, allowing 50.6 points per game during the losing streak. It led to the dismissal of former Syracuse assistant and then-defensive coordinator Tim Daoust.

Lou Esposito was promoted to defensive coordinator but didn’t improve the defense much. His defense was gashed for 490 yards in a 49-18 loss in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl to BYU.


Syracuse Football: Pressure is on for the Orange to be perfect (itlh; Esden Jr)

With the Syracuse football vs Clemson news breaking, the pressure is now on the Orange. Here’s why there’s so much pressure and what it means.

ICYMI the Syracuse football Twitter account officially announced the news that the Week 3 SU vs Clemson game will be set for primetime.

Also to recap, the Orange have put all their eggs in this Week 3 basket: with a legendary player having his jersey retired (Tim Green), homecoming weekend, single-game tickets are already sold out, the ACC and home opener for SU.

So it’s not that farfetched to say that Syracuse’s 2019 hinges on the result of this SU vs Clemson game. Bold move Cotton, let’s see if it pays off.

But hold your horses, everyone, before we rally for College GameDay to come to the salt city (which we did a full breakdown of here), Syracuse does have some other business to take care of.


Syracuse Football: Alton Robinson is a 2020 Senior Bowl target (itlh; Esden Jr)

Syracuse football defensive lineman Alton Robinson continues to earn praise. Jim Nagy labeled Alton Robinson as a 2020 Senior Bowl target.

Nearly every season 30 percent of the NFL is comprised of Senior Bowl alum. Perhaps a Syracuse football star could join that prestigious list next season?

Alton Robinson is a Texas boy born and raised. After spending his freshman season at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, he made the transfer to come cross country to play at Syracuse.

He’s had immediate success in his two seasons thus far with the Orange with one more to go, but it hasn’t always been easy for Alton.

Matt Liberman did the full story here for the Daily Orange documenting Robinson’s journey from dream school (committing to play at Texas A&M) to facing up to 20 years in prison for a second-degree robbery charge to coming cross country for a chance at redemption with the Orange.

Now everything has come full circle, with Robinson being labeled as one of the top guys to watch out for next season by a pretty notable NFL Insider.

The new Executive Director for the Reese’s Senior Bowl Jim Nagy gave fans a sneak peek “at the loaded 2020 edge group” to keep an eye out for:
16 players were listed in no particular order:
Jabari Zuniga, Florida
Alton Robinson, Syracuse


100 days until college football! (RX; HM)

100 days until college football!
You didn't expect another "100 days until" post this soon, did you? But it's true... just 2 days after the ACC Network launches, the season begins with an ACC/SEC non-conference game: Miami vs. Florida. The game itself will be televised by ESPN, but if you don't think the ACCN will cover it in some way you're nuts!

Kickoff time has been set for 7:00 PM, and the venue is the Camping World Stadium in Orlando, FL.

Countdown to Kickoff:

100 days 11 hrs 31 mins 49 secs
First game of the season: Miami vs Florida Saturday, August 24th from Orlando, FL! The series is close, with the Canes holding a 3-game lead:
Miami Hurricanes 29 wins (52.7%) 26 wins (47.3%) Florida Gators
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(series win statistics from
Miami also leads in national championships (5 to 3) but trails in Heisman Trophy winners (2 to 3). __________
Other points, from "College football is just 100 days away" (although they jumped the gun a bit)
1. Florida vs. Miami, Boise State vs. Florida State... Not a bad way to kick it off, huh? 4. Breaking down the Heisman Trophy race: Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne... 5. If ACC Player of the Year honors go to anybody other than Lawrence or Etienne, it’ll be a huge upset. 12. Syracuse, which was one of the best stories in the ACC last season (improving to 10-3 under coach Dino Babers after going 4-8 in 2017), is suddenly the next best thing to Clemson in the ACC’s Atlantic Division. In a related story, fans are lining up to pound the panic button in Tallahassee. 13. Must-see national games: Notre Dame at Georgia (Sept. 21), ... Texas A&M at Clemson (Sept. 7). 14. Biggest ACC games: Clemson at Syracuse (Sept. 14), Virginia Tech at Virginia (Nov. 29), Florida State at Clemson (Oct. 12), Virginia Tech at Miami (Oct. 5), Miami at FSU (Nov. 2). 17. Mack is back in North Carolina, but will coach Mack Brown’s return translate to wins? 18. Coach Scott Satterfield is tasked with extinguishing the dumpster fire Bobby Petrino left behind in Louisville when he was fired, and it might take a while to fix what was broken on defense (gave up 44.1 points per game). 20. Miami was a mess last season under third-year coach Mark Richt, who retired after going 6-7. Now, Manny Diaz will look to get the Hurricanes back on track, likely with Ohio State transfer Tate Martell at quarterback. 25. Clemson, Oregon, Alabama and Texas A&M may have the nation’s most opulent facilities, but believe it or not, Kentucky is within shouting distance for that distinction after spending more than $160 million in the last three years to upgrade. 36. Is this finally the year? UVa is looking to snap a 15-game losing streak against Virginia Tech, which comes to Charlottesville on Nov. 29. 63. Despite finishing with a losing mark (6-7) last season for the first time since 1992, Virginia Tech is appearing in many of the early top-25 lists churned out by college football pundits. Coach Justin Fuente is definitely has some pressure on him to get things turned around.


Syracuse University Ranks First, Second in ACC for RecycleMania Competition (

Syracuse University placed first among participating Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) institutions and—for the third straight year—first in New York state in the Total Recycling category of the 2019 RecyleMania competition. The University also came in second among ACC institutions and third among the 15 participating New York colleges and universities in the competition’s Diversion category, as well as first in the ACC and fourth among 18 New York colleges and universities in the Per Capita Classic category.

The 2019 RecycleMania competition featured more than 300 colleges and universities. Each year, the University competes in three different categories: Total Recycling, Diversion and the Per Capita Classic. Rankings are determined by the amount of recycling, trash and compost collected over the two-month competition period. Each week, Sustainability Management gathered the information and submitted the amounts of recycling, trash, food scraps and donated food to be ranked with other colleges and universities.

Total Recycling recognizes institutions with the highest gross tonnage of combined paper, cardboard, bottles and cans. Syracuse University recycled 645,206 pounds of recyclables on campus during the competition, which secured the University’s national ranking of 19th out of the competing 251 colleges and universities. The University recycles using a single-stream system, meaning all recyclable materials—such as bottles, cans, paper, and cardboard—are combined into one bin.

The Diversion category combines trash, recyclables and food organics to determine the recycling rate. This year, the campus community held steady to a 48 percent diversion rate, which actually increased the University’s national ranking in the competition to 40th, up from 43rd in the 2018 RecycleMania competition.


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