Co 2020-21 Iggy Award Winner MPG (special again)
- Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to Juneteenth!
Although Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation went into effect on January 1, 1863, it was not until after the war was over that slaves became free in Texas, possibly because the Proclamation could not be enforced there, or because news of the Proclamation had not been spread there. The war ended in April of 1865, but word did not reach Texas until the following month, and it was not until June that the Confederate Army in the area surrendered. On June 19th, Union General Gordon Granger read “General Order No. 3” in Galveston, which said all slaves were free. The next year freed slaves began celebrating not only the proclamation, but the freeing of all slaves in general, and gave the day the name Juneteenth. Over time the celebrations spread to other parts of the country.
Orange Watch: Success of Syracuse football spurs renewal of Nike apparel deal - The Juice Online (the juice; Bierman)
Item: With a partnership that dates back to former athletic director Jake Crouthamel and the 1982-83 academic calendar year when the basketball team wore Nike sneakers, it was no surprise that current athletic director John Wildhack announced last week that the university has extended its partnership with Nike, with undisclosed financial figures and length of the deal. The goal of the renewal is to both captivate on the success of the football program’s rise nationally, and ensure all 20 men’s and women’s programs benefit with plenty of top-line performance products, the latest technology behind it, and a few other perks.
June is the one month each year that college football and basketball fans crave information. So far this month Syracuse has delivered with news about ongoing logistical changes to the athletic department’s operations because of next year’s Dome roof renovation, non-conference basketball games being added to the schedule, promotion of Friday night’s open-to-the-public “Orange Summer Kickoff” at Turning Stone Resort, and the Nike deal which means more revenue, the latest performance gear, new fan merchandise choices, and important annual summer internships for SU athletes at the company’s Beaverton, Ore. headquarters.
The Nike extension is also huge because while Syracuse is not Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, or Oklahoma as an elite Nike football program, it is on the verge of an ongoing ACC breakthrough that combined with the basketball tradition made the ‘Cuse a very attractive client to keep in Nike’s portfolio.
After all, according to Wildhack, research shows that the men’s basketball team was the first school Nike partnered with in hoops during an ’83 season which resulted in a second-round NCAA loss to Ohio State in Hartford.
“It’s very important to us,” Wildhack said last week in announcing the renewal, “That all 600 of our student-athletes will benefit (from this deal) was a priority. It increases product for each sport, which will allow individual sports to better dedicate their resources, operational areas, and recruiting.”
For those occupants of Orange Nation, there’s good news as well. From a desire to purchase orange football jerseys and assorted other basketball regalia, to perhaps a new look on the field or court, Wildhack told cuse.com that all figured into his negotiations.
“Our fans want to be associated with premier brands, and Nike certainly fits that criteria,” Wildhack explained. “I encourage our partners to be creative, whether that’s special dates that we do, commemorative jerseys, special recognition, making the most popular product available for our fans to buy is important. And fan feedback went into a lot of the negotiations we had with Nike.”
Orange ACC Moments - Syracuse University Athletics (cuse.com)
July 1, 2019 will mark six year since Syracuse joined the Athletic Coast Conference. In that short time, Orange teams and individuals have enjoyed tremendous success and created many lasting memories for all of Orange Nation. Throughout the summer we will take a look back at some of those top "Orange ACC Moments."
This summer also marks another important date for the Orange and the ACC: the launch of the ACC Network on Aug. 22. The 24-hour linear channel will bring more Syracuse and ACC action to audiences around the country. For a complete list of TV providers signed up to carry the network go to GetACCN.com. If your provider is not listed, contact them and demand ACCN!
ACC Network FAQs & TV provider contact info
ML Sports Platter: Syracuse football could do damage in 2019. on Apple Podcasts (apple.com; radio; ML)
ML says Syracuse could be special in 2019 but it all comes down to the QB and OL.
Clemson Football: Tigers with All-ACC potential for the 2019 season (rubbingtherock.com; Spencer)
Just as we’ve seen the past few seasons, Clemson football is expected to dominate the All-ACC teams when they’re released this summer.
The 2019 Clemson football team is expected to be one of the favorites to get back to the CFB Playoff. The Tigers are coming off a year in which they went 15-0 with an ACC Championship and an impressive 44-16 win over Alabama in the National Championship.
For obvious reasons, Clemson is the favorite to win the ACC Championship again. If the Tigers do go on to win the ACC this year, they will have won the conference for the fifth-straight season.
When there is a team that is strongly favored to win the conference, it’s clear that there are a lot of All-Conference level performers in the program, as well.
Here’s a look at the Clemson football players that have All-ACC potential on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.
We’ll start with the offensive side of the ball, where talent is loaded. The Tigers will have several clear first-team All-ACC talents led by QB Trevor Lawrence, RB Travis Etienne, WR Justyn Ross and WR Tee Higgins. I would also expect that OT Tremayne Anchrum and OG John Simpson are first-team All-ACC caliber players.
An argument could be made for Gage Cervenka on the first-team, as well. After that, you’ve got Sean Pollard and Derion Kendrick (depending on what position he plays). By the end of the season, I think Jackson Carman could emerge as a first-team All-ACC candidate and I think you could see one of the freshman wide receivers on the team at some point, as well.
Defensively, the Tigers will not fill up the All-ACC team like they did last season, but there is certainly still plenty of talent to go around.
Isaiah Simmons, AJ Terrell and K’Von Wallace will all be on the preseason All-ACC team. I also think Xavier Thomas, Justin Foster, Nyles Pinckney and Tanner Muse all have potential to be on there. By the end of the season, it’s our expectation that Thomas will be the conference’s sack leader and that Pinckney could emerge as one of the best defensive tackles in the country.
Combined Blue Chips, last 4 classes (RX; HM)
VT Scoop compiled the table shown here, which lists all 4 or 5-star football recruits for each ACC team over the last 4 years:
All Blue Chips 2016 2017 2018 2019 Total
Florida State 18 12 13 9 52
Clemson 12 10 12 13 47
Miami 9 10 15 7 41
Virginia Tech 1 5 7 7 20
North Carolina 1 4 7 4 16
NC State 0 0 6 4 10
Louisville 2 3 4 1 10
Pittsburgh 3 4 1 0 8
Duke 2 1 1 1 5
Georgia Tech 0 1 2 1 4
Virginia 0 0 0 2 2
Wake Forest 0 0 0 2 2
Syracuse 0 0 1 0 1
Boston College 0 0 0 0 0
source: ACC Overview: How Virginia Tech stacks up landing top talent
Let's dive in and break this down a little more...
FSU Athletic Dept Changes 2019 (RX; HM)
FSU Athletic Dept Changes 2019
Florida State moved last week to erase another advantage that the Florida Gators have enjoyed over them in recent years. It's time we took a look at that change now...
From Tallahassee.com: Florida State Athletics Department, Seminole Boosters, Inc. now under one entity From the article:
The Florida State Athletic Department and Seminole Boosters, Inc. will be working more closely together than ever before after Friday's Board of Trustees meeting. Seminole Boosters, Inc. will now be under the umbrella of the Florida State University Athletics Association (FSUAA), but will still maintain its Direct Support Organization (DSO) status...
The FSUAA will be headed by a five-member board. The members of the board include the FSU President as chairman, FSU's NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative, and the Chair of Seminole Boosters, Inc. The FSU Athletic Director will serve as CEO of the FSUAA and will report directly to the President and the FSUAA board chair.
The organization will oversee all aspects of FSU's athletic program, approve budgets and strategic plans, develop policies regarding scheduling and financing facilities, and prioritizing projects and programs. It also will be responsible for hiring, evaluating and compensating the Director of Athletics, according to a release provided by FSU.
What are the benefits of this change?
From the above article:
1. substantially improve coordination and planning between boosters and AD
2. savings in back-office functions such as finance/budget, communications, and marketing,
3. more in line with the way the University of Florida handles their athletic department and booster organizations (it's a state government thing).
4. fewer issues when FSU needs to approve budgets or build new facilities.
From a similar article in Sports Illustrated [LINK]:
5. remains tax-exempt (it's still a non-profit organization)
6. can take advantage of public/private partnerships and similar entrepreneurial collaborations that are sometimes difficult to pursue in a public university setting.
7. can be a “self-supporting entity” that “receives no direct state funds” but instead be “funded through event ticket sales, booster contributions and... conference revenues.”
8. retains sovereign immunity, which protects public entities, including state schools, from having to defend against lawsuits.
9. largely exempt (though not entirely immune) from having to comply with public records requests.
Links, news and rumors - 6/19/19 (RX; HM)
First, from FBSchedules: 4 college football teams on a winning streak vs. their entire 2019 schedule
Whether it’s total domination or weak scheduling, the following programs are enjoying a string of victories against each and every FBS opponent on their 2019 slate.
Here are the teams, along with their comments on the one ACC team, plus a few observations of my own:
2019 schedule: at Vanderbilt, FCS Murray State, Arkansas State, Notre Dame, at Tennessee, South Carolina, Kentucky, vs. Florida (at Jacksonville, Fla.), Missouri, at Auburn, Texas A&M and at Georgia Tech.
BOISE STATE: 45-0
2019 schedule: vs. Florida State (at Jacksonville, Fla.), Marshall, FCS Portland State, Air Force, at UNLV, Hawaii, at BYU, at San Jose State, Wyoming, New Mexico, at Utah State and at Colorado State
The Broncos get onto this list on a technicality...
The opener vs. Florida State is the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
2019 schedule: Georgia Tech, Texas A&M, at Syracuse, Charlotte, at North Carolina, Florida State, at Louisville, Boston College, FCS Wofford, at NC State, Wake Forest and at South Carolina
Clemson claimed a win the last time it played Syracuse, two-straight vs. Texas A&M and three-straight vs. North Carolina. It’s on a four-win run vs. Georgia Tech and Florida State and a five-win run vs. Louisville and South Carolina. That leaves a seven-game winning streak vs. NC State, an eight-game run vs. Boston College and a 10-win streak vs. Wake Forest. The Tigers have never lost to Louisville and have never played Charlotte previously.
Their most recent loss to a team on the 2019 slate came in 2017, when ranked No. 2 and 23-point favorites they visited unranked Syracuse and lost, 27-24.
5 Things Every Hoos Fan Should Know About the New ACC Network (virginia.edu; Reid)
Like a Hoos’ defensive possession that culminates in a shot-clock violation, the anticipation has been building for years.
Now it’s finally here.
In a little more than two months, the ACC Network – a cable and satellite channel owned by ESPN dedicated to 24/7 coverage of Atlantic Coast Conference – will debut.
Ever since ESPN partnered with the Southeastern Conference to form the SEC Channel in 2014, ACC fans had wondered when they would get their own smorgasbord of content to satisfy their sports cravings.
Here are five things every Hoo fan should know about the new network, which will begin broadcasting on Thursday, Aug. 22.
What can I expect to see on the channel?
There will be approximately 450 live events, including 40 regular-season football games, 150 men’s and women’s basketball games, and 200 other regular-season competitions and tournament games from across the conference’s 27 sponsored sports that will be televised annually, plus a complement of news and information shows and original programming.
When combined with ACCNE (the channel’s digital platform), there will be more than 1,300 events broadcast in the first year.
Which UVA football games will be on the network this fall?
The Hoos’ first three games of the season – at Pittsburgh on Saturday, Aug. 31; vs. William & Mary on Friday, Sept. 6; and vs. Florida State on Saturday, Sept. 14 – will be broadcast exclusively on the channel.
Will there be any UVA-focused shows?
Yes. Many are still in the planning stages, but one of the more notable pieces of Hoos-related programming will be a documentary on the basketball team’s journey to an NCAA championship.
How do I get the ACC Network?
As of now, the channel will be offered on DIRECTV, Google Fiber, Hulu Live TV, Layer3 TV, Optimum, PlayStation Vue, Suddenlink, Verizon Fios, as well as to members of the NRTC and Vivicast Media and more.
For the latest list, click here. If you don’t see your provider listed, you can contact your provider and make a request that they carry it.
Customers receiving the channel from their pay TV provider will also have access to it on computers, tablets, mobile phones and TV connected devices via the ESPN app.
If I’m currently a UVA student, can I get involved?
Yes! All ACC students will have the chance to apply for ESPN internships. Production opportunities also exist across all 15 schools to work on ESPN telecasts as part of the school control room project. At UVA, this has already been taking place through the media studies department.
Behind the Landmark Theatre, a growing feud (PS; Cazentre)
John Vigliotti insists he likes the Landmark Theatre and appreciates its role in bringing visitors to downtown Syracuse.
But, as the owner of a restaurant a block down South Clinton Street from the theater’s back entrance and loading dock, he has several gripes:
-- The large trucks (tractor-trailers) that bring the sets and other heavy equipment to the theater often park directly in front of his place, Peppino’s Neapolitan, for the duration of a show. That can be up to a week for some of the touring Broadways-style shows. Even though the trucks are not used between load-in and load-out, Vigliotti says, they block the view and hinder the access to his restaurant for days at a time.
-- The Landmark frequently sets out its trash containers near his outdoor patio for extended periods, he says, in violation of city ordinances.
-- Last year, he said, Landmark officials posted a “sidewalk closed” sign in front of his entrance during business hours, and refused to move it.
“They haven’t done that again, but it shows the mentality -- they think they own the whole street,” Vigliotti said.
Although a meeting with Syracuse city officials last year resulted in some concessions, Vigliotti said the inconveniences and frustrations continue. He has posted a litany of complaints (with photos) on Facebook over the past few days, including one that accused Landmark Theatre executive director Mike Intaglietta of “lies."
Despite the tone of those posts, Vigliotti said he just wants a chance to work out a solution.
“I’ve only asked to have a seat at the table to explore ways in which we can minimize the encroachment and increase our visibility,” Vigliotti said. "Never demanded.”
Intaglietta, reached by phone Monday, declined comment. “We’re consulting our attorneys,” he said.
A spokesman for the theater’s board of trustees, who asked not to be named, said the theater has tried to accommodate Vigliotti’s concerns, including several meetings last year at which some compromises were made.