Co 2020-21 Iggy Award Winner MPG (special again)
- Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to International Panic Day!
The word panic is derived from the ancient Greek word Pan. Pan was the Greek god of shepherds, woods, and pastures, and when he would awake from a nap he would let out a yell that caused flocks to stampede. Greek authors coined the word “panikon” from this, which meant “sudden fear”. Panic is “a sudden sensation of fear, which is so strong as to dominate or prevent reason or logical thinking, replacing it with an animalistic fight-or-flight reaction.” Panic can happen in an individual or it can happen in large groups. It is not healthy for people to be in a constant panic, as stress levels are raised which can be detrimental to health. This day is dedicated to this sensation of panicking.
International Panic Day is being observed today! It has always been observed annually on June 18th.
http://orangefizz.net/2019/06/syracuse-hosting-five-big-name-targets-this-weekend/ (orangefizz.net; Leonard)
Syracuse football picked up some big momentum recruiting wise this past weekend by landing two new 2020 commits, and now the Orange looks to keep it going with a ton of big name targets coming to campus for visits this upcoming weekend.
Based on rankings, this is one of the biggest SU football recruiting weekends in awhile. Five high-priority targets have scheduled visits this weekend on campus. Four of the five have rankings above 87 overall on 247sports.com. To put that in perspective, here’s the short list of just nine players in the past four recruiting cycles to commit to Syracuse with a rating above 87 on that site.
2019: Cornellius Nunn, Mikel Jones, Geoff Cantin, Lee Kpogba
2018: Trill Williams, Qadir White, Ed Hendrix
2017: Tommy DeVito, Ravian Pierce (transfer)
Here’s everything you need to know about this five targets that could soon be picking the Orange.
WR: Bryce Gowdy (Deerfield Beach, Deerfield Beach, FL)
Size: 6-2, 180
Ranking: 342nd, 4-star, 89 overall (via 247sports.com)
Other Offers: Florida State, Florida, Arkansas, Oregon, Tennessee, Penn State, WVU, GT
Fringe ESPN300 receiver. Coming to Syracuse Thursday to tour campus. Just finished up an OV at West Virginia last weekend and Georgia Tech at the end of May. Syracuse was his very first offer. He’s really risen since then and SU now has to compete with offers from elite level schools across the nation. Super speedy and shifty. Would be an instant playmaking threat on the outside. Think Taj Harris (almost the exact same build) but maybe even more impactful as a freshman.
Gowdy is the highest rated player and the only four-star target on 247sports.com that is coming this weekend. The Orange have only landed two recruits with the same rating as him at 89 overall (Trill Williams and Tommy DeVito) in recent memory. Simply put, he would be one of the biggest commitments of the Dino Babers era.
WR: Kentron Poitier (Miami Palmetto, Miami, FL)
Size: 6-3.5, 205
Ranking: 607th, 3-star, 87 overall (via 247sports.com)
Other Offers: Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Oregon, Florida, Miami, Michigan
Coming June 21st (Friday) along with high school teammate and fellow 2020 target Robert Hanna (see below). Both guys go to the same HS as top 2019 recruit Cornellius Nunn did. Fringe 4-star with great athleticism and size. Could basically go anywhere he wants. Feels like SU has realistic shot because there was mutual interest early on. Main recruiter, Nick Monroe, visited him on May 18th, 2019.
Poitier has an absolutely loaded offer sheet. Syracuse is his only visit planned though right now, according to 247sports.com. More proof wide receiver could be Dino Babers’ position of the future in regards to recruiting.
S: Robert Hanna (Miami Palmetto, Miami, FL)
Ranking:1275th, 3-star, 83 overall (via 247sports.com)
Other Offers:Miami, Louisville, Liberty, Pitt, UCF, USF, UAB
He’s coming up Friday with HS teammate and WR Kentron Poitier (see above). Already unofficially visited SU back on April 13th. Has picture of him rocking Syracuse jersey as his Twitter avatar pic, which can’t be a bad sign. One of his only other visits was hometown Miami. Could be between the Orange and the Hurricanes for this play-making safety from Miami Palmetto HS in FL (remember what happened last time that was the case). We’re looking at you Cornelius Nunn.
Lowest rated player coming this weekend but still would be a very solid get and, of course, you’d think would increase the chances of getting Poitier as well.
ROBERT HANNA HIGHLIGHTS
OLB: Tirek Austin-Cave (Camden, Camden, NJ)
10 teams who could make their first College Football Playoff in 2019 (fansided.com; Villano)
The Syracuse Orange are ranked in the late teens and 20’s in most post-spring rankings, so it’s an uphill battle to make the College Football Playoff, especially with Clemson in their conference.
But, Syracuse has played the reigning national champions as tough as anyone not named Alabama in recent seasons. Last season, Syracuse went into halftime with a 16-7 lead on the road against the eventual National Champions. They went into the fourth quarter with the lead. Then, Clemson did Clemson things and came out with a 27-23 win.
This season, they play Clemson at home in September. They could catch Clemson by surprise while they are still trying to replace some of their best players, especially on the defensive line where multiple players left to go play in the NFL.
New quarterback Tommy DeVito looked really good in the spring game.
Syracuse is still a long shot, but with a great quarterback with very little tape to scout, a coach that has the program going in the right direction, and an early-season matchup to build confidence through the rest of the season, Syracuse could be one of the biggest surprises this decade.
https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/video/leon-lowery-one-on-one-clips-from-syracuse-camp/ (cbssports.com; video)
Leon Lowery One on One Clips from Syracuse Camp
Syracuse Commit Shows Pass Rushing Skills
https://sujuiceonline.com/2019/06/17/syracuse-football-has-sold-more-than-4000-new-season-tickets/ (the juice; Robinson)
Syracuse football has gained momentum over the past two decades, and 2019 is no exception given the data on the tickets already sold for this coming SU football season. More than 4,000 new tickets have already been sold, and in addition, the fan base is sticking around with the Orange because more than 90% have renewed their tickets.
Andrew Goodrich, the Syracuse Deputy Director of Athletics and Chief Marketing Officer, has said that they are truly inspired to see alumni and fans from Syracuse and other different cities like Rochester, Utica, and the Southern Tier supporting their football program. He added that they will work toward having a motivated team and excited fan base by creating an exceptional college football atmosphere inside Carrier Dome.
The team’s performance
The Orange won the Camping World Bowl over West Virginia University last year. Syracuse returns 13 starters on offense and defense from last year’s team, which went 10-3 and finished ranked number 15. The team is known for its high-quality game, and you cannot miss out on their action in the upcoming season.
Speaking of great performances on the pitch, high levels of training and bodybuilding are required for football. Athletes can also include anabolic products such as HGH and peptides to supplement their exercise and boost performance. You can get these products conveniently online from Steroidsfax by checking out the new address since recently the Steroidsfax address changed.
How to get the tickets
https://mlsportsplatter.podbean.com/e/syracuse-footballbasketball-insider-paul-esden-joins-the-platter/ podbean.com; podcast; ML)
ML brings in Paul Esden from Inside the Loud House to chat Syracuse uniform possibilities, what's next for SU football in 2019 and how good they can be, the big Week 3 contest against Clemson, the Orange's outlook on the court without OB and Tyus Battle and more!
https://insidetheloudhouse.com/2019/06/17/syracuse-football-orange-summer-kickoff-details-new-uniforms-released/ (itlh; Esden Jr)
Here are all the details on “Orange Summer Kickoff” and what it is all about. Plus the potential of new uniforms being revealed at this event.
The Syracuse football season is set to kickoff on August 31 vs the Liberty Flames. While that is still far away, we’re getting closer every day.***UPDATE*** The Syracuse football Twitter confirms that new uniforms will be revealed this Friday, June 21.
Although there is a really cool event coming up that could help pass the time and it’s called “Orange Summer Kickoff”.
It takes place this upcoming Friday, June 21 at the Turning Stone Resort’s Lava Nightclub and all Syracuse fans are encouraged to attend.
This event is designed to kick off the official start of Summer. It’ll be a two-hour event that starts at 7 p.m. and will be broken down into several segments:
- The first hour is a networking opportunity that will feature some entertainment and a cash bar, per the official press release.
- While the second hour (which starts at 8 p.m.) will be an engaging event involving professional sports personality, Taylor Rooks, who will be hosting.
- Appearances will be made by Syracuse football head coach Dino Babers and SU Athletic Director John Wildhack.
- “Examples of prohibited clothing include: Athletic wear, shorts, baggy attire, torn or cut-off clothing, hats, work boots, and excessive jewelry. Management reserves the right to have the final say.”
- Must also be 21 years or older and have a valid identification to be admitted.
https://insidetheloudhouse.com/2019/06/17/syracuse-football-path-for-zaire-franklin-steve-ishmael-wont-be-easy/ (itlh; Esden Jr)
Things won’t be easy for Syracuse football alum Steve Ishmael, Zaire Franklin. Making the Indianapolis Colts roster has never been more difficult than now.
We’ve got good news and bad news.
The good news is two former Syracuse football teammates (Steve Ishmael and Zaire Franklin) were reunited on the Indianapolis Colts in 2018 and are both still on the roster in 2019.
The bad news according to Colts second-year head coach Frank Reich is it won’t be easy to stay on this team:
“Everyone knows this team is going to be much harder to make than it was last year.”
The Colts got a lot better in the 2019 offseason:
- Currently, the Colts have the most cap space in the NFL (over $55 million), the next closest team is the Houston Texans with $40 million, per Over The Cap.
- Indianapolis didn’t spend a ton of their cap space in March, but they did add a few pieces.
- The team added 10 draft choices from the 2019 NFL Draft including two more linebackers and a wide receiver.
- There are nine linebackers on the roster including Zaire in total.
- Zaire was one of six linebackers who made the initial roster last year.
- Plus there are 13 wide receivers on the roster with Steve Ishmael in that group.
- On last year’s team, only five wide receivers made the initial roster (most NFL teams keep somewhere between five and six).
https://athlonsports.com/college-football/ranking-accs-toughest-non-conference-schedules-2019 (athlonsports.com; Kinne)
Duke opens against Alabama and hosts Notre Dame in November
Scheduling continues to be a major talking point in the college football world. The conferences that have had teams left out of the College Football Playoff have been leagues with nine-game conference schedules. Of course, it helps that the SEC and ACC — the two conferences that play eight conference games — are led by Alabama and Clemson, two programs that would have made the four-team field over the past few years no matter what league they were in.
As things stand, Clemson remains a part of the Atlantic Coast Conference and that group plays eight conference games. Well, except this year when two ACC members play nine conference games, though only eight of those will count in the standings.
Here is from top to bottom the most difficult non-conference ACC schedules.
Aug. 31 vs. Alabama (Atlanta)
Sept. 7 vs. North Carolina A&T
Sept. 14 at Middle Tennessee
Nov. 9 vs. Notre Dame
By opening with Alabama and then facing Notre Dame in November, the Blue Devils will battle two of last season’s four playoff teams. Plus, the trip to Murfreesboro, Tennessee, to play the Blue Raiders won't be easy.
2. Florida State
Aug. 31 vs. Boise State (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Sept. 7 vs. ULM
Nov. 16 vs. Alabama State
Nov. 30 at Florida
The Seminoles always have that season-ending clash with the Gators and this year it will be in the Swamp. But Florida State usually lines up another big non-conference game and this year it's the opener against Boise in nearby Jacksonville.
Sept. 7 vs. Texas A&M
Sept. 21 vs. Charlotte
Nov. 2 vs. Wofford
Nov. 30 at South Carolina
For the fourth year in a row (and the 10th time in 12 years), Clemson double dips with SEC games. The Tigers go to Columbia this year while A&M comes to Death Valley after nearly knocking off Clemson in College Station last September.
Aug. 31 at Liberty
Sept. 7 at Maryland
Sept. 21 vs. Western Michigan
Sept. 28 vs. Holy Cross
Power 5 teams hardly ever open the season with two true road games, but that is exactly what the Orange will do this fall. Maryland should be improved under new head coach Mike Locksley and Western Michigan gave Syracuse trouble in last year's opener.
https://247sports.com/college/virginia-tech/Article/Virginia-Tech-Hokies-Football-Composite-four-five-star-ACC-Review-Comparison-132927884/ (247sports.com; Watkins)
Last week, we looked at how Virginia Tech is layering 247sports Composite four-star depth at various positions. While seeing how many former Composite four-star prospects are on the roster is a good starting point, comparing the data across the conference can help paint a broader picture about Virginia Tech’s recruiting efforts under Head Coach Justin Fuente.
Coach Fuente arrived at Virginia Tech following the 2015 season, two months ahead of National Signing Day for the 2016 class. While the 2016 cycle is considered a transition year, it is the starting point of the analysis as other programs have gone through similar coaching changes over the past four cycles and are similarly included in the result set.
Over the past four recruiting cycles (2016-19), the ACC has signed a total of 15 247Sports Composite five-star recruits, with 60-percent of them signing with the Clemson Tigers. 33-percent have signed with Florida State, who hasn’t signed a five-star prospect since 2017, and the remaining 7-percent have signed with Miami.
Osceola 360: Volume III-A look at news from around the ACC and beyond - The Osceola (theosceola.com; Burnham)
The Osceola360 looks at some of the news, note and nuggets from across the landscape of college football over the last week. Here is the latest:
Former FSU offensive lineman Landon Dickerson, who entered the NCAA Transfer Portal earlier this offseason, has reportedly found his new home and it will be in the SEC. Dickerson, who will have two years of eligibility remaining, made his decision after considering Alabama and Texas A&M. Please click on the following link for more on Dickerson’s transfer: https://247sports.com/college/alabama/Article/Alabama-Football-Recruiting-Tide-lands-grad-transfer-OL-Landon-Dickerson–132495055/.
The Sporting News released its 2019 rankings of all 130 FBS head coaches last week. Their rankings for the head coaches are as follows, with last year’s ranking in parentheses for context. FSU head coach Willie Taggart is ranked as the 48th best FBS head coach heading into the 2019 season after being ranked 35th last season.
2. Dabo Swinney, Clemson (2)
8. Dan Mullen, Florida (21)
34. Dino Babers, Syracuse (81)
35. Dave Doeren, NC State (39)
45. Dave Clawson, Wake Forest (46)
47. Bronco Mendenhall, Virginia (51)
48. Willie Taggart, FSU (35)
CAN ANYONE IN THE ACC CATCH THE CLEMSON TIGERS
CLEMSON IS THE OVERWHELMING FAVORITE TO WIN THE ACC AGAIN IN 2019. CAN ANY OTHER TEAM IN THE ACC CHALLENGE THEM THIS FOOTBALL SEASON? ARE THE MIAMI HURRICANES READY TO RETURN TO TOP 10 FORM? WILL FLORIDA STATE REBOUND FROM A TERRIBLE 2018 SEASON?
https://rubbingtherock.com/2019/06/17/clemson-football-tiger-ol-will-nationally-elite-2019/ (rubbingtherock.com; Spencer)
The Clemson football offensive line has the potential to be one of the best in the nation in 2019 because of the returning experience and talent.
For the first part of last season, there were times where the Clemson football offensive line was inconsistent.
It seemed, though, that the group got better as the season progressed and that they became more confident when Trevor Lawrence took over as the starting quarterback.
All of this culminated in the unit firmly controlling the game against both Notre Dame and Alabama in the CFB Playoff.
As we head into 2019, there’s a chance that the Clemson football offensive line is even better than the unit was in 2018.
The Tigers will lose two key starters, though, in LT Mitch Hyatt and C Justin Falcinelli. Though the two veterans will be gone, there is reason to believe that this group should be much improved.
Louisville football: Three offensive statistics you need to know for 2019 (bigredlouie.com; Lane)
2018 was a year of poor statistical performances across the board for Louisville football, but three, in particular, stand out when transitioning to a new look offense under Scott Satterfield.
Over the last couple of decades, Louisville football fans have become accustomed to high-powered, dynamic offenses featuring dangerous playmakers at just about every position.
First, it was the Brian Brohm-led Bobby Petrino offenses that featured superstar playmakers like Harry Douglas and Michael Bush.
A few years later, Charlie Strong brought run-heavy offenses with Teddy Bridgewater, Bilal Powell, and Jeremy Wright, as well as receivers like DeVante Parker and Damian Copeland.
Most recently. Lamar Jackson and company led offenses that broke nearly every Louisville record.
More often than not, recent Louisville offenses put up big numbers and built the brand of Louisville football into a respectable program on the verge of becoming an upper echelon team in the ACC.
Then came 2018.
Last season, Bobby Petrino was without arguably his most important player in his decades of coaching in Lamar Jackson and knowing he had a staff that wasn’t capable of coaching up talent he had to figure out a way to continue the growth of the program. Clearly, we know how that went and it produced statistics that were mind-bogglingly bad.
On the other hand, new Louisville football head coach Scott Satterfield and his Appalachian State offense continued to produce at a high rate. His run-heavy attack that featured high powered offenses year after year was part of the reason he ultimately had a career breakthrough and was hired at Louisville.
https://accfootballrx.blogspot.com/2019/06/new-accn-hire-dalen-cuff.html (RX; HM)
New ACCN Hire: Dalen Cuff
Unless I'm forgetting someone (possible), this is the first non-ACC-alumnus hired by the ACC Network...
An ESPN college basketball in-game and studio analyst since 2016, Cuff will continue in that role along with handling play-by-play duties for soccer games on ACCN, as well as anchoring in studio. Throughout his career, Cuff has had the opportunity to work across a number of different broadcasting disciplines for various networks. In addition to his work at ESPN, Cuff has also served as a studio host at CBS Sports HQ when the network launched. Additionally, he continued to pursue his passion for soccer covering the National Women's Soccer League and USL in play-by-play, sideline reporter and host roles.
Prior to joining ESPN, he was a college basketball analyst for NBC Sports Network, and a host and reporter for NBC Sports Boston. Highlighting his time at NBC was reporting from the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Cuff learned Portuguese in the two years leading up to the games and worked as a feature reporter providing American audiences an inside look at the unique Brazilian culture and history. He has also held positions at Madison Square Garden Network and MSG Varsity, as well as serving as the radio voice for the Columbia men’s basketball team. Cuff was a four-year letterwinner on the Columbia men’s basketball team from 2002-06 and served as a team captain his senior season.
https://accfootballrx.blogspot.com/2019/06/accn-live-sports-schedule-first-3-weeks.html (RX; HM)
Why the SEC is the best CFB conference (or is it?)
From 247Sports: "9 reasons why the SEC is college football's best in 2019" by Brad Crawford
I'll tell you what he wrote, then I'll tell you why he's WRONG!
Here are nine reasons why the SEC deserves the title of 'college football's best league' this fall:
9. BEST COLLECTION OF COACHES
That's nice, but who are the other three? Dabo Swinney (Clemson, ACC), Mack Brown (UNC, also ACC) and Butch Davis (FIU, C-USA). Now you might discount Brown as someone who will never win another one - but for all I know neither will Fisher! Now there are plenty of active head coaches who won championships as assistants - and the SEC has more of those to be sure. I'll give a slight edge to the SEC here, but only slight.Only five active head coaches have won national championships and two of them currently lead SEC programs: Nick Saban, who is one title away from most all-time... and Jimbo Fisher [at Texas A&M].
8. NFL TALENT
However, consider this from FootballScoop:The SEC produced a record-setting 64 draft picks in April, eclipsing its own previous high. For the 13th consecutive year, SEC led college football in total selections with nine coming in the opening round. The nearest conference in the 2019 draft was the Big Ten with 40 picks...
Over the decade of NFL drafts
‘Fight like a girl?’ Syracuse Mets are all in (PS; Kramer)
The visit by three rehabbing New York Mets to Syracuse last week was a real smorgasbord of delights for their temporary Triple-A teammates.
Pitcher Justin Wilson, outfielder Brandon Nimmo and second baseman Robinson Cano all thanked their hosts in the customary baseball manner by treating to special team meals.
Wilson splurged for a postgame ribs spread from Galloway’s BBQ and catering, Cano bought a pregame snack from Popeyes and a postgame meal from Texas de Brazil and Nimmo opened his wallet for a pregame offering from Chick-fil-A.
“It’s just common courtesy. We’re very fortunate to be in the position that we’re in,” Nimmo said. “So you come down, they allow you to play and take some at-bats away from them. It’s our common courtesy to give them a little it of a meal.”
Syracuse home clubhouse manager Jody Pucello rightfully takes pride in his wide-ranging offerings from Nikos, but the temporary menu expansion was appreciated by the hungry Mets.
“Time to feast, man. It’s good food,” said Syracuse first baseman Travis Taijeron.
The cost of the meals was not revealed. Nimmo makes almost $600,000 this season, Wilson is pulling in $5 million and Cano is banking $24 million.
“They’re all making enough up there. So you come down here, obviously guys really appreciate a little bit better food. Everyone came through for the boys in Syracuse,” said Mets reliever Ryan O’Rourke.
Such generosity is a tradition among rehabbing big-leaguers that can take many forms. O’Rourke recalled a similar surprise when he played with Rochester and Trevor Plouffe came down from Minnesota.
After a game in Lehigh Valley, O’Rourke said the players came out their clubhouse to the sight of a couple of food trucks parked outside. Plouffe had paid for them to drive up over from Philadelphia and deliver some Philly cheese steaks.