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No recent Cali or Iggy awards; Mr Irrelevant
Aug 15, 2011

Welcome to National Jerky Day!

National Jerky Day is observed annually on June 12th. National Jerky Day was created to celebrate the rich history, immense popularity and nutritional benefits of dried meat snacks.

“In many ways, jerky is an ideal snack. Naturally packed with protein, jerky will keep you satiated between meals; but since it’s low in fat, calories and carbs, it won’t sabotage a healthy diet,” said Jeff LeFever, director of marketing for Jack Link’s® Beef Jerky, the No. 1 U.S. meat snack brand.

This nutrient-dense meat has been made lightweight by drying. A pound of meat or poultry will weigh only about four ounces once it is made into jerky, and it can be stored for months without refrigeration because most of the moisture has been removed. Salt is added to the meat before it is dried, to prevent bacteria from developing.

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Connect with fellow Crusaders before the HC-Syracuse football game!
All alumni, parents and friends are invited to a pre-game tailgate 90 minutes before kickoff (time TBA). Join us for food, fun and football!

Sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations,
the HC Club of Central New York & the HC Club of Eastern New York.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

TBA – Pre-Game Tailgate Reception
Goldstein Alumni & Faculty Center
(located off the Quad, a short walk from the Carrier Dome)

Kickoff TBA – HC-Syracuse Football Game
Carrier Dome
Syracuse University Campus

Pre-Game Tailgate Pricing:
$20.00 per Adult
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Tailgate pricing includes hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken, assorted salads, dessert & non-alcoholic beverages. Beer/wine available as cash bar.

Tailgate space is limited - register today!

The ACC has produced some of college football's most ferocious defensive players. The type of players who instilled fear and wrecked any gameplan on any given Saturday. Virginia's Chris Slade, FSU's Derrick Brooks and Marvin "Shade Tree" Jones, UNC's Julius Peppers and Dre' Bly and Boston College's Luke Kuechly are just some of the most fearsome defensive players to strap it up in the ACC. Check out The ACC's Most Feared Defenders Since 1990, if you dare!

Miami football 2019 strength of schedule huge discrepancy overall and Non-conference (; Rubenstein)

In recent rankings by a pair of media outlets, there is a huge discrepancy between the Miami football program’s 2019 overall strength of schedule and the non-conference games they have scheduled.
The prevailing thinking would be that the 2019 overall strength of schedule for the Miami football program should be stronger than what the Hurricanes non-conference schedule would be ranked. Miami opens with Florida and then plays Bethune-Cookman, Central Michigan and Florida International later in the season.

Oklahoma City newspaper the Oklahoman, college football writer Berry Tramel ranked the 64 power five teams, non-conference schedules for 2019. Matt Smith of ranked the Power five programs overall strength schedule for 2019. The discrepancies of those lists were surprising.

Miami will host Virginia, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech and Louisville in their ACC games this season. The Hurricanes travel to North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Florida State and Duke in 2019. The analysis of the outlook for Miami contending in the ACC Coastal has pointed to their favorable schedule this season as a major reason.

Tremel ranked Miami’s 2019 schedule one spot higher than the middle of the 64 power five teams. He suggests in his short synopsis that if the Miami football program wants to return to past glories that they have a non-conference schedule to match.

33. Miami: Florida in Orlando, Bethune-Cookman, Central Michigan, Florida International in Miami. The Hurricanes need a better schedule than this to resurrect their brand.

Canes Warning examined the need for teams from the FBS in general and the ACC and Miami football program more specifically in 2017 to stop scheduling games against FCS programs.

MUST READ: Time for Miami, ACC, FBS to end Games Against FCS Teams
SouthernPigskin.Com and Smith have a drastically different outlook for the strength of schedule for the 2019 Miami football team than Tremel and the Oklahoman. Although no analysis was written about the strength of schedule provided by Southern Pigskin it is obvious they have no respect for the ACC Coastal Division.

Miami is ranked 61st out of 66 power five teams that include BYU and Notre Dame with the 64 teams in the power five conferences. North Carolina State, Virginia and Virginia Tech are ranked from 62-64 in their strength of schedule rankings.

The low rankings for Miami, Virginia and VaTech’s schedules are a clear indication of Southern Pigskin’s projections for North Carolina, Duke, Pittsburgh and Georgia Tech. The Tar Heels, Blue Devils, Panthers and Yellow Jackets are hard to read entering 2018.

UNC has Mack Brown returning to Chapel Hill in his first season. Duke has to replace quarterback Daniel Jones who was the sixth pick in the NFL: Draft. Pittsburgh is coming off a surprising run to win the ACC Coastal in 2019 despite an overall record of 7-7.

Georgia Tech is finally switching out of the triple option offense under new head coach Geoff Collins. The projected bottom half of the ACC Coastal Division clearly brings down the schedules of the Cavaliers, Hokies and Hurricanes. The latter three teams are the favorites to win the Coastal.


Mendenhall's extended U.Va. contract assures him $4.45M in 2024 (; Teel)

Virginia football coach Bronco Mendenhall’s extended contract echoes his original with $150,000 annual increases in supplemental pay, assuring him $4.45 million in total compensation for the deal’s final year, 2024.

Hired in December 2016, Mendenhall’s first contract called for him to make at least $3.7 million in 2019, $3.85 million in 2020, $4 million in 2021 and $4.15 million in 2022. The amended pact does not change those minimums and guarantees him $4.3 million in 2023 and $4.45 million in 2024.

ACC head football coaches contracted to make more than Mendenhall in 2019 include Clemson’s Dabo Swinney ($10.25 million), Florida State’s Willie Taggart ($5 million) and Virginia Tech’s Justin Fuente ($4 million).

Signed in April, Swinney’s new 10-year pact averages $9.3 million in guaranteed compensation. He’s making more in 2019 because of a $1 million retention bonus paid in March and a $1 million insurance premium due in September.

After a 2-10 finish in Mendenhall’s 2016 debut, Virginia has progressed steadily. The Cavaliers went 6-7 in 2017 and qualified for postseason for the first time in six years. Last year they finished 8-5 and defeated South Carolina in the Belk Bowl, the program’s first bowl victory since 2005.

Mendenhall won 99 games in 11 seasons with Brigham Young before succeeding Mike London at U.Va.

Mendenhall’s $500,000 base salary and following bonuses remain the same in his extended contract.

ACC championship game appearance: $50,000
ACC championship: $100,000.
Bowl appearance: $75,000.
Making the College Football Playoff: $500,000.
National championship: $1 million.
Final AP or coaches ranking of 16-20: $75,000.
Final ranking of 11-15: $100,000.
Final ranking of 6-10: $125,000.
Final top-five: $150,000.
Stadium sellout: $20,000 per game.
Team GPA > 3.0: $50,000.
GPA 2.95-2.99: $30,000.
GPA 2.90-2.94: $25,000.
GPA 2.80-2.89: $10,000.
ACC Coach of the Year: $50,000.
Regional Coach of the Year: $75,000.
National Coach of the Year: $100,000.
The bonus categories are not cumulative.

If Mendenhall leaves U.Va. prior to Dec. 4, he owes the university $3 million. That amount decreases $600,000 annually.

If Virginia fires Mendenhall without cause, it owes him all remaining guaranteed salary through 2024, offset by his income from subsequent employment.

Four Cardinals Named to Phil Steele's All-ACC Team - University of Louisville Athletics (; Gasparro)

Highlighted by offensive tackle Mekhi Becton, four University of Louisville football standouts have been named preseason All-ACC by Phil Steele in his 2019 College Football Preview.

Becton earned first-team honors, while wide receiver Dez Fitzpatrick, linebacker C.J. Avery and kick returner Hassan were named to the fourth team.

A 6-foot-7,368-pounder, Becton started all 12 games for the Cardinals last season at left tackle, while starting 22 in his career. The native of Highland Springs,Va.,scored his first career touchdown when he plowed in from one yard in a win over Indiana State.

Fitzpatrick was second on the tem with 31 receptions for 422 yards and three touchdowns, while averaging 13.6 yards per catch. The product of Farmington Hills, Mich., caught a season high five passes for 62 yards at Virginia and had three other contests when he caught four passes. In 25 career games, Fitzpatrick has caught 76 passes for 1.121 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Moving to linebacker last season, Avery was second on the team with 56 tackles in nine games. The native of Grenada, Miss., led the team in interceptions with two -- the first of his career. He posted a career high 15 tackles in a loss at Boston College and added seven stops versus Wake Forest and Kentucky.

Hall, a true freshman last year, proved to be one of the top kick returners in the country. The Atlanta, Ga., product finished with 818 kick return yards, the sixth-most in school history. Hall averaged 24.1 yards a return, which ranked 35th nationally. The 6-foot-0 rising sophomore returned a kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown versus Clemson.

Clemson football's Travis Etienne among 10 best college football running backs for 2019 (; Myerberg)

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USA TODAY Sports is getting ready for the 2019 college football season by breaking down the best players at each position in the Bowl Subdivision. Up next: the running backs.

The list includes an AJ (Dillon), a J.K. (Dobbins) and a CJ (Verdell) but just one senior, a former Power Five transfer who might lead the SEC in rushing. As at quarterback, it's a top-heavy group: Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor and Clemson's Travis Etienne are the consensus top players at the position.

1. Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin (Jr.)
Taylor has cracked 100 yards in all but five of his 27 career games and has run for 4,171 yards across his first two seasons, setting the All-America product on pace to become the leading rusher in FBS history. He'll shoulder an even bigger load in 2019 as the Badgers break in a first-year starting quarterback.

2. Travis Etienne, Clemson (Jr.)
Etienne is no longer flying under the radar after his sophomore successes, which included an FBS-best 24 rushing touchdowns on 8.13 yards per carry during the Tigers' perfect season. He combines with sophomore quarterback Trevor Lawrence to give Clemson the best backfield in college football.

3. D'Andre Swift, Georgia (Jr.)
Swift's talent has outweighed his touches across his first two years with the Bulldogs, though his production saw a significant uptick across the second half of last season. He's in line for even more carries as a junior, which should give Georgia another Heisman Trophy contender to go with Jake Fromm.

4. AJ Dillon, Boston College (Jr.)
Injuries slowed Dillon in 2018, though he still ended up edging Etienne by a hair to lead the ACC in rushing yards per game. The centerpiece of the Eagles' offense — and a tone-setter for the program's physical approach — Dillon is in line for 1,500 yards and double-digit scores behind a line that's inexperienced but loaded with potential.

5. Eno Benjamin, Arizona State (Jr.)


Clemson Football: Amari Rodgers making a speedy recovery (; Spencer)

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It was reported that Clemson football WR Amari Rodgers was making a speedy recovery from his torn ACL, being months ahead of schedule.
Clemson 247’s Anna Hickey first reported that Tiger wide receiver Amari Rodgers was on pace to be two months ahead in his recovery following an ACL tear earlier this spring.

Rodgers, a junior wide receiver for Clemson football, tore his ACL during spring practice in March and was expected to miss the majority of the 2019 season due to the injury.

With the news that Rodgers is on pace to recover nearly two months earlier than what was originally expected, it is certainly conceivable that he could be back on the football field before the end of the regular season.

The typical recovery time for an athlete to be back at 100 percent following ACL surgery is 9-12 months. There have been rare cases where an athlete is able to return before that timeframe, but that is the normal amount of time it takes.

For Rodgers to be ahead of schedule, it means he is taking his rehab seriously and is working the muscles to get better sooner rather than later.

However, I still wouldn’t expect him to be back on the field much earlier than that nine month window. With recovery and rehab going from April to November, that would put him right at eight months.

It’s certainly possible that Rodgers could return for, perhaps, the South Carolina game to end the regular season and then participate in postseason activity, which could include the ACC Championship game and a berth in the CFB Playoff if the Tigers are able to get back there for a fifth-straight season.

Rodgers could play in up to four games and still redshirt, saving a year of eligibility.

Currently, it’s still early in the process to know when Rodgers will return to the field. He is clearly making great progress and is putting in the work to get back as soon as possible. Right now, I’d expect to see him back on the field before the 2019 Clemson football season comes to a close, but how soon still remains a question mark.


ACC Avengers: 2019 (RX; HM)

ACC Avengers: 2019

The 2016 ACC football season was a resounding success!

The 2017 season didn't go as well, but still not bad.

Then the SEC and B1G snapped their fingers and "poof!" 2018 happened.

Given the way 2018 unfolded, there are quite a few ACC teams seeking REVENGE!

ACC Avengers - assemble!

Which 2018 losses do I most look forward to seeing them avenged?

USF at Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech's football team knew the USF Bulls were no pushovers, but the Yellow Jackets were winning on the road when the home team erupted for 21 points in the 4th quarter.

Old Dominion at Virginia Tech
The Hokies already held the record for one of the worst upset losses in college football history (James Madison), but VT had no reason to think that a winless C-USA team would hand them their first loss of the season... right? That game was in Norfolk, this one is in Blacksburg - and it's personal!

...and while I'm not holding out a lot of hope, I'd like to see last year's losses avenged in these games, too:

Florida State at Florida
It had been 6 years since the Seminoles lost to the Gators, but last year UF came into Doak Campbell and beat the home team by 27; now it's payback time, if not this year then as soon as possible.


Best Rematches of 2019 (RX; HM)

Best Rematches of 2019

From BR: 10 Most Anticipated Rematches of the 2019 College Football Season

Honorable Mentions

Clemson at Syracuse (Sept. 14)
Clemson is 17-1 against the ACC over the past two seasons, and 15 of those wins came by at least a 14-point margin. Syracuse has been the exception to the rule, upsetting the Tigers two years ago when Kelly Bryant suffered an injury in the first half and darn near knocking off Clemson in Death Valley last year when Trevor Lawrence got hurt late in the second quarter. Could the Orange do it again despite losing quarterback Eric Dungey?

Notre Dame at Stanford (Nov. 30)
If either the Irish or the Cardinal are still in the playoff hunt by the end of November, this will be one of the most important games—perhaps the singularly most important one—of the year. Conversely, if both teams are hovering at 8-3 and this is merely a non-conference showdown between teams on the outer fringe of the New Year's Six conversation, it wouldn't even be one of the five most intriguing games of the day.
And the latter scenario is more likely, given the difficulty of each team's schedule leading up to this point.

5. Notre Dame at Michigan (Oct. 26)
What happened in 2018: In a Week 1 showdown with massive season-long implications, Notre Dame jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first eight minutes of what then became a defensive grind. Aside from a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and a relatively meaningless 80-yard drive in the closing minutes, Michigan never got going in a 24-17 Notre Dame victory.

What's changed: It was Shea Patterson's first game with Michigan and Ian Book didn't even take a snap for Notre Dame in last year's contest, so the quarterback situation is different on both sides. And each team lost critical starters from all three levels of the defense, making it tough to know if either, both or neither will be great on that side of the field again. We're fairly confident Michigan will be, but Notre Dame is a tougher call.


Week 1 Point Spread Lines 2019 (RX; HM)

Week 1 Point Spread Lines 2019
ACC football

BetOnline has released spreads for the first week of the college football season:

Saturday, Aug 31st
NC State -20 vs. East Carolina
Alabama -30.5 vs. Duke
Virginia Tech -2 @ Boston College
Syracuse -17.5 @ Liberty
South Carolina -7.5 vs. North Carolina
Florida State -3.5 vs. Boise State
Virginia -1.5 @ Pittsburgh
Monday, Sep 2nd
Notre Dame -20 @ Louisville


ACC favored in 3 games:
NC State/ECU
Florida State/Boise St
ACC underdog in 3 games:
S Carolina/UNC
Notre Dame/Louisville
In other words, ACC teams are only favored over G5 teams. In every ACC vs. P5 game (all vs. SEC)


Inner Harbor Outdoor Movie Night

Father's Day, Juneteenth: 19 things to do in CNY (PS; Hernandez)

All-CNY High School Sports Awards

Father's Day weekend is here and there is no lack of activities to be had from hikes to clam bakes. This weekend also marks 30 years of celebrating Juneteenth in Central New York.

Awards will be given to elite male and female high school athletes, teams and coaches from Section III. They will be invited to walk the red carpet in June for the second All-CNY HS Sports Awards.
Where: Landmark Theatre, 362 S Salina St, Syracuse, N.Y. 13202
When: Thursday, June 13 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
How much: $10 advance/$15 at the door

Chris Young

"Nashville Star" winner Chris Young brings his 'Raised On Country Tour' to St. Joe's Amp. Opening acts include Chris Janson and Dylan Scott.
Where: St. Joseph's Health Amphitheater at Lakeview, 490 Restoration Way, Syracuse, N.Y. 13209
When: Thursday, June 13 at 7 p.m.
How much: $30-$84.75

Coleman's Block Party

Coleman's weekly block parties have begun. This Thursday's live music will feature Mere Mortals.
Where: Colemans Authentic Irish Pub Inc, 100 S Lowell Ave, Syracuse, N.Y. 13204
When: Thursday, June 13 at 7 p.m.
How much: Free

Rock the Block

The Marriott Syracuse Downtown and are teaming up to bring a series of six block parties to Syracuse. This Friday is a bonus block party featuring Scars N’ Stripes FIRE(fest) party with Fire Chiefs and Big Awesome BBQ.
Where: S. Warren Street between Harrison and East Onondaga in Syracuse, NY 13202
When: Friday, June 14 at 5 p.m.
How much: Free

Inner Harbor Outdoor Movie Night

The Syracuse Inner Harbor Outdoor Movie Series presents "The Express" at Iron Pier. The movie is based on college football hero Ernie Davis. Under the guidance of Syracuse University football coach Ben Schwartzwalder, Davis overcomes poverty and prejudice to become the first black man to win the Heisman Trophy. Food trucks, local breweries, and trivia with prizes will be on site.
If Syracuse can win all 4 non-conference games (do-able, though @Maryland will be a challenge), I don't think it matters what happens against Clemson - the Orange will be ranked in week 7 when they play NC State.
Lose any one of those games + Clemson and you're unranked; one good win (Clemson) won't make up for a bad loss in the eyes of poll voters, IMO - so beat Liberty, Maryland, W. Michigan and Holy Cross, please!
if we are 6-1 with a clemson loss we will be ranked as there wont be all that many 1 loss teams and none with that good a win unless clemson were to lose to A&M as well

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