No recent Cali or Iggy awards; Mr Irrelevant
- Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to The Summer Solstice!
The summer solstice is the longest day of the year. Solstices are opposite on either side of the equator, so the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere is the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere, and vice versa.
Some believe that Stonehenge (2500 BCE) in England was built to help establish when the summer solstice occurred.
June Solstice in Syracuse, New York, USA is on
Friday, June 21, 2019 at 11:54 am EDT
Syracuse Football: Star-studded recruiting weekend is key for SU (itlh; Esden Jr)
Syracuse football will be welcoming in a slew of stars this upcoming weekend. Here’s why this recruiting weekend is key to SU future success.
After a dormant last couple of months, the Syracuse football squad has awoken from their slumber. Several key players have verbally committed to the Orange:
- 3-star DL Leon Lowery (full film breakdown here).
- 3-star ATH Justin Barron (full film breakdown here) and why his goal is to “win a National Championship here on the hill.”
- Another 3-star prospect, this time on the offensive line, Garth Barclay joined the Orange this week.
- Although one of the highlights was the first 5-star recruit (per Kohl’s Kicking) at Syracuse since 2001. 2020 punter James Williams is joining SU’s amazing special teams unit. Here’s when it can become official and why this is a big deal (click here).
- WR Kentron Poitier
- 247 Sports has yet to slap an official rating on Kentron, but take this for what you will, he has received some big-time offers including Alabama, Florida State, Auburn, and Oregon.
- 6-foot-3, 205 pounds.
- 3-star Maryland safety Charles Bell VI
- This upcoming visit will be the second in three months, per Stephen Bailey. Bell holds offers from Maryland, Boston College, and East Carolina.
- Nearly 6 foot (5-foot-11), 195 pounds.
- 3-star Brooklyn RB Israel Abanikanda
- ACC schools are all in on Israel Abanikanda: Duke, Boston College, and Pittsburgh have all thrown offers his way. He’s a top-10 recruit in the state of New York.
- Credit Syracuse coach Nick Monroe who has been Israel’s primary recruiter. SU was the first to offer the talented running back. He plans on making his decision at the end of June.
- 5-foot-11, 197 pounds.
- 2020 North Carolina lineman Josh Ilaoa
- This is the lone “unofficial”visit of the group visiting this weekend. Although this will be the first time Josh has visited one of the schools that have offered him. Speaking of he holds offers from Alabama A&M, East Carolina, and Colorado State.
- 6-foot-3, 280 pounds.
- 3-star Florida DB Robert Hanna
- Interesting nugget to consider, Hanna goes to Miami Palmetto, the same school that SU signee Cornelius Nunn attended, per Stephen Bailey.
- Robert holds several offers including Boston College, Bowling Green, and Liberty.
- 6-foot, 170 pounds.
- 3- star 2020 Florida DE Latarie Kinsler
- Stephen Bailey has reported that the Louisville de-commit has already been on campus once this year, in late March. Getting any recruits on the Orange is great, but stealing a talented player from an ACC rival? Tasty.
- He also holds offers from LSU, (still from Louisville), Oregon, and Texas A&M.
- 6-foot-2, 204 pounds.
- Stephen Bailey has reported that the Louisville de-commit has already been on campus once this year, in late March. Getting any recruits on the Orange is great, but stealing a talented player from an ACC rival? Tasty.
https://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/sports/high-school/football/2019/06/20/york-suburban-garth-barclay-verbal-commit-syracuse-orange-acc/1512460001/ (yorkdispatch.com; Rose)
Once Garth Barclay stepped onto the Syracuse University campus, he knew he found the place he would call home for the four years after high school.
After he performed well at a camp held by the school, the York Suburban High rising senior lineman received an offer from Syracuse, and less than two weeks later decided to commit to the university on Wednesday.
Barclay said that after spending some time with the coaching staff, he realized they created an atmosphere he wanted to be a part of.
“The family vibe they give off,” Barclay said of why he chose Syracuse. “I am going to be spending a lot of time with the coaches and everybody there, so it’s important to feel welcome and loved wherever you’re committing.”
Football family: The 6-foot-7-inch Barclay is familiar with football families. His father, Pete, played football at Princeton, while his brother, Gavin, is an offensive lineman at Lafayette. His mother, Kate, was on the rowing team at Princeton as well.
Barclay said that the end of the recruiting process was as much of a relief for his parents as it was for him. After taking unofficial visits to multiple schools, including Baylor, Rutgers, Virginia and Syracuse, Barclay was ready to make his decision.
Also, Barclay said that the schools he was interested in were going to start to conclude their recruiting cycles at the end of June and he wanted to make sure he had a spot at the school he felt was a perfect fit for him.
A surreal moment: Less than 24 hours after he announced his verbal commitment to Syracuse, the meaning of accepting an offer from an Atlantic Coast Conference team that finished last season at 10-3 and ranked No. 15 in the nation hadn’t hit Barclay yet.
“I still don’t think the reality has set in yet, but it’s crazy to think about that,” Barclay said. “I never really thought that would be a thing that I did. I just worked hard, and it came with working hard.”
That work ethic is one of the reasons Barclay is ranked as the No. 20 recruit in Pennsylvania by 247Sports and received offers from multiple universities. It also didn't hurt that he's gained nearly 70 pounds and grown four inches since his freshman year.
Barclay spends a lot of time in the gym to build on his large frame with his trainer, Ali Johnson, and will continue to do so at Syracuse. He said that his favorite part of his visit to Syracuse — besides the scholarship offer— was the weight room.
He said with a laugh that he would be spending a lot of time in the gym and that it was a beautiful facility. Barclay added that he would likely redshirt his first year at Syracuse, but that will depend on how his body develops through next summer.
Position Breakdown: Linebackers — 2019 Syracuse Football preview - The Juice Online (the juice; Cheng)
As we countdown to kickoff in August, we’re going to be doing a unit-by-unit preview each week over the summer. This week, we’re taking a look at the linebackers, who will need to replace both starters from 2018.
Syracuse will need to replace both of its starting linebackers, and it loses three others.
At the top of the list was JUCO transfer and middle linebacker Ryan Guthrie, who earned All-ACC Second Team honors after leading the ACC with 107 tackles (66 solo) in 13 games at middle linebacker. Guthrie found his footing in the second half of the season, with 70 tackles and 12.5 tackles for loss in his last seven games.
Also gone is weak-side linebacker Kielan Whitner, who finished second on the team with 100 tackles. The converted safety also finished eighth in the ACC in tackles per game (7.7).
Though Syracuse operated mostly out of a 4-2-5 alignment in 2018, in the games where they came out in 4-3, they started Shyheim Cullen at strong-side linebacker. He finished with 31 tackles, but was suspended for the spring due to academic reasons, and ultimately decided to enter the NFL supplemental draft instead of trying to return for his redshirt season.
Two linebackers who will not return are redshirt junior Tim Walton (appeared in four games) and junior Nadarius Fagan, who appeared in four games on special teams as a freshman, but didn’t see the field in 2018. Both entered their names into the transfer portal.
https://sujuiceonline.com/2019/06/20/boston-college-eagles-2019-syracuse-football-preview/ (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 ACC schedule when it hosts Boston College on Nov. 2.
SEVEN WINS (AGAIN)
The 2018 season seemed like it was finally going to be a breakthrough year for head coach Steve Addazio.
The Eagles raced out to a 7-2 overall record and a 4-1 conference record. Rising to No. 20 in the polls, College Gameday visited Chestnut Hill when it hosted then-No. 2 Clemson with a shot at the ACC Championship game on the line.
But like so many seasons before that under Addazio, the Eagles fell back to earth. A 27-7 rout on Nov. 10 was followed by two more losses to close the season. Boston College lost to a 5-win Florida State team, and then was handily defeated on its home field by Syracuse, 42-21, on Senior Day.
Addazio’s bid for his first 8-win season was further thwarted in the 2018 First Responder Bowl against Boise State, when the game was cancelled after repeated delays due to lightning storms in Dallas. It was the first postseason game at the FBS level that was canceled because of weather.
It also continued a stagnant trend for the Eagles. Since Addazio arrived on campus in 2013, he’s guided BC to seven wins in five of his six years (the exception in 2015, when the Eagles went 3-9), but never more than that. The bowl results haven’t been good either, with just one win (the 2016 Quick Lane Bowl) and three losses.
The tepid results led to a modest contract extension for Addazio through 2022.
“While all of us wish our regular season in football had ended with more victories, we took important steps in the right direction this year,” athletic director Martin Jarmond said in a statement. “Returning to the national rankings for the first time since 2008, capturing the nation’s attention with ESPN’s College GameDay on-campus, being in the running for the conference championship in November and playing in another post-season bowl.”
Syracuse football snags 1st 5-star recruit in over 18 years (itlh; Esden Jr)
Syracuse football has snagged their 1st 5-star recruit in over 18 years. Here are all the details and why when it rains it pours in college football.
Syracuse football head coach Dino Babers has officially arrived in year No. 3. No, it’s not the 10-3 record or the bowl win that did it, it’s the recruiting.
SU has *unofficially* locked in their first five-star recruit since 2001 (more on that later). This man picked the Orange over four other offers and interest from the Alabama Crimson Tide, per 247 Sports.
We dug through the record books on a year-by-year basis and the first five-star recruit that popped up was five-star quarterback Cecil Howard out of Mckeesport, Pennsylvania.
He was supposed to change the program and maintain the excellence that had preceded him throughout the 1980s and 90s. Sadly he never delivered on the hype as “one of the nation’s most physically-gifted prep quarterbacks” and transferred several times before disappearing off the face of the Earth, Chico Harlan of the Daily Orange has the full report from 17 years ago.
The only other five-star player that we know of via 247 Sports:
- Johnnie Morant, WR (2000)
- 6-foot-5, 225 pounds
- Played at Syracuse from 2000 through 2003.
- Finished 10th on the all-time receiving yardage when he left the Orange.
Preview 2019: CFN All-ACC Team, Top 30 Players (CFN; Staff)
2019 PRESEASON CFN ACC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
QB Trevor Lawrence, Soph., Clemson
There’s no wrong answer between Clemson’s superstar quarterback and its superstar running back. Travis Etienne has 2,000-yard potential behind a terrific Tiger line, but … nah. The guy under center with the fantastic flowing hair is the ACC’s star of stars. All Lawrence did was throw 30 touchdown passes with four picks on the way to winning the national title as a true freshman. Expect more of the same.
– 2019 CFN All-ACC Top 30 Players
2018 PRESEASON CFN ACC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
LB Shaq Quarterman, Sr. , Miami
No, the leader and rock of an interior linebacker wasn’t a part of the early 1990s rotation of Jessie Armstead, Michael Barrow and Darrin Smith, but it seems like he’s been around that long. Quarterman was one of the key parts of the rebirth of Hurricane football, starting as a true freshman and holding his own while the guys up front get the glory in the Turnover Chain-creating backfield.
CFN Preview 2019 College Football Rankings, Previews: No. 1 to 130
2019 Preseason CFN All-ACC Offense
QB – Trevor Lawrence, Soph., Clemson
RB – AJ Dillon, Jr. , Boston College
RB – Travis Etienne, Jr., Clemson
WR – Tee Higgins, Jr., Clemson
WR – Justyn Ross, Soph., Clemson
TE – Brevin Jordan, Soph. Miami
OT – Tremayne Anchrum, Sr.
OG – Evan Adams, Sr. , Syracuse
C/OG – Sean Pollard, Sr., Clemson
OG – John Simpson, Sr.
OT – Mekhi Becton, Jr. , Louisville
2019 CFN College Football Preview: All 130 Team Previews, Win Total Predictions
2019 Preseason CFN All-ACC Defense
DE – Alton Robinson, Sr., Syracuse
DT – Jason Strowbridge, Sr., North Carolina
DT – Marvin Wilson, Jr. , Florida State
DE – Rashad Weaver, Jr., Pitt
LB – Michael Pinckney, Sr., Miami
LB – Shaq Quarterman, Sr., Miami
LB – Isaiah Simmons, Jr., Clemson
CB – Essang Bassey, Sr., Wake Forest
S – Andre Cisco, Soph., Syracuse
S – Jarius Morehead, Sr. , NC State
CB – Bryce Hall, Sr., Virginia
2019 Preseason CFN All-ACC Special Teams
PK – Andre Szmyt, Soph., Syracuse
P – Logan Tyler, Sr., Florida State
KR – Maurice Ffrench, Sr., Pitt
PR – Sean Riley, Sr. , Syracuse
Clemson Football: ACC Network revenue could provide money boost (rubbingtherock.com; Spencer)
Not just the Clemson football program, but the entire Clemson Athletic Department could receive a boost from the newly-launched ACC Network.
While most fans won’t see a great deal of change when the ACC Network is launched later this summer, the revenue is expected to give the Clemson football program- and the entire Athletic Department- an added money boost.
From the fans’ perspective, there will only be a couple of differences when the ACC Network is launched. First, there will be more content shifted over to that network, which will include live games. Second, it will give fans more opportunities to watch different sports on live television without streaming due to it being an actual cable/satellite channel on their television.
NBA Draft 2019: Way too early Rookie of the Year
Of course, there could be a small raise in cable/satellite packages for those that have the ESPN family of networks as part of their subscriptions.
With that being said, the Athletic Programs will see a major rise with the network.
For reference, the SEC Network paid out $43.1 million to each program in the conference last season. Likewise, the ACC’s average distribution to its full-time members was $26.6 million. Clemson made the most, in terms of revenue, with $30.8 million.
Not having that extra revenue source certainly hasn’t helped the conference- or Clemson football for that matter. Though there is plenty of money to go around at Clemson, the revenue is was still $13 million left than what each SEC school made. That hurts the football program, in some ways, but it also hurts the other sports like basketball, baseball, softball and the Olympic sports.
Adding the ACC Network- though it may not generate as much revenue as the SEC Network- is going to be a big help to the Tigers’ athletic department. Upgrades for facilities and raises for budgets will both be things that happen due to the extra revenue.
NEXT: What to Expect from the RBs in the summer
Though it may not seem like a big thing, the ACC Network is going to help provide revenue for the Tigers and the rest of the conference unlike anything we’ve seen before.
Ranking the ACC's College Football Coaches for 2019 (athlonsports.com; Lassan)
The ACC has one of the easiest calls to make atop the league when it comes to coach rankings. Clemson’s Dabo Swinney is the unquestioned No. 1 coach, but the league features a lot of tough calls in the middle and bottom.
Success with any college football team starts with coaching. Even if a program doesn’t have the resources of the nation’s elite jobs, a good coach can elevate a program into national title contention. However, similar to any position on the field, statistics may not tell the full story when judging a coaching tenure.
How did we compile the rankings for the ACC coaches? For starters, it’s an impossible task. However, we tried to weigh every possible factor into this ranking. This is not simply a list of coaches ranked by accomplishment or wins. While those aspects are important, it doesn’t provide a complete picture of how successful coaches are. Winning 10 games at Alabama is different than winning 10 games at Kentucky.
Every team has a different variety of built-in resources available, and hierarchy in college football also plays a vital role in how successful programs are. Those factors, along with career biography/resume, success in developing talent and landing prospects on the recruiting trail factored into the ranking. Additionally, how well programs value staff (is the head coach better as a CEO or hands-on approach) and the facilities or program resources matter into forming an outlook of how coaches have performed at different stops throughout their career.
Again, wins and the career biography to this point are important. But our rankings also take into account a blank slate. If you start a program from scratch, which coach would you hire knowing what they accomplished so far and their career trajectory? Remember, you don't get the assistants - only the head coach. And head-to-head wins do not matter for this ranking. Athlon's editorial staff has voted on a ranking of coaches for all 10 conferences. Here are the results for the ACC:
3. Dino Babers, Syracuse
In just three years at the helm, Babers has elevated Syracuse into one of the ACC’s top teams. The Orange went 4-8 in back-to-back seasons (2016-17) under Babers, but the foundation set in those two years paid off in 2018. Syracuse finished second in the ACC Atlantic with a 6-2 mark in league play, along with a 10-3 mark overall. Additionally, the Orange finished No. 15 in the final Associated Press poll. That was the program’s first top 25 ranking since 2001. Babers previously had successful stints as a head coach at Bowling Green (18-9 with a MAC title) and Eastern Illinois (19-7). He’s also regarded as one of college football’s top offensive-minded coaches.
2. David Cutcliffe, Duke
Duke is one of the toughest Power 5 jobs at the FBS level, but Cutcliffe continues to reel off winning seasons. The Blue Devils are 67-72 with six bowl trips under his watch and claimed the 2013 ACC Coastal title. While Cutcliffe’s overall record in Durham is under .500, Duke is 52-39 over the last seven years. Also, the No. 23 final ranking at the end of the 2013 season marked the program’s first top 25 finish since 1961. Of the Blue Devils’ 14 bowl appearances, six have come under Cutcliffe’s direction. The veteran coach is also one of the top quarterback gurus in college football. Cutcliffe also went 44-29 from 1998-2004 at Ole Miss, which puts his overall record at 111-101 going into the 2019 season.
1. Dabo Swinney, Clemson
Swinney’s resume at Clemson continues to get better with each season. Since taking over as the program’s interim coach in 2008, Swinney is 116-30 overall and has led the Tigers to two national championships (2015 and ’17). Clemson has made the CFB Playoff in each of the last four years and recorded eight consecutive seasons of 10 or more victories. Swinney has guided the Tigers to four straight ACC titles and lost only two league games over the last four years. After a 19-15 start to his tenure, Swinney is 97-15 since 2011.
Pitt Unveils Aaron Donald Football Performance Center - Pitt Panthers #H2P (pittsburghpanthers.com)
The University of Pittsburgh officially unveiled the newly dedicated Aaron Donald Football Performance Center on Wednesday evening, with the two-time reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year in attendance.
The ground floor of the Duratz Athletic Complex, Pitt Football's daily home and practice facility, was renamed in honor of Donald after the Pitt legend and current Los Angeles Rams star recently pledged a historic seven-figure commitment to the program.
"It was a dream come true to play for the University of Pittsburgh," said Donald, who starred at Pitt from 2010-13. "My experience as a Panther is something that influences my life every day and I want to pay that forward. I believe in what Coach Narduzzi is building at Pitt and this was an opportunity for me to make a difference for our current and future players. Pitt will always be my school and I'm honored to be able to support the Blue and Gold."
Poll: Through six seasons, who is Pitt's ACC rival? (post-gazette.com; Bittner)
Penn State is (voluntarily) rotating off Pitt’s football schedule after this season. That will leave a rivalry-shaped hole in the Panthers’ slate for a couple of years until a four-year Backyard Brawl series with West Virginia begins in 2022.
That makes now as good a time as any to take stock of what Pitt has in its ACC schedule, entering its seventh season of conference membership. Is there a rival in the bunch?
Below are breakdowns of seven annual opponents — six from the Coastal division and one protected series from the Atlantic — for your consideration. Let us know your thoughts in our attached poll, the comments section, on social media and via email — firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. We’ll include some of the best responses in a follow-up post.
North Carolina — If your rival is your nemesis, then no other team is close. The Tar Heels have beaten Pitt each of the first six times they’ve played as conference opponents. The games have been frustratingly close, too, with none being decided by more than a touchdown. The nadir was a 34-31 home loss to a 2-8 North Carolina team in 2017. It probably should have been a gimme that would have made the Panthers bowl eligible. Instead, they blew it in a prime-time matchup and went on to miss the postseason for the first time since 2007. So there’s plenty of reason for animosity from a Pitt perspective, but that doesn’t seem likely to be reciprocated until the Panthers win a few games.
Duke — It’s been a different story for Pitt on the other side of Tobacco Road. The Panthers are 5-1 against the Blue Devils as conference opponents. It’s not a simple story of domination, though. The games have been *wild,* featuring scores that resemble those of the conference’s rough-and-tumble hardwood circuit. The first meeting in 2013 was a 58-55 slug fest of a Pitt victory in Durham, then Duke returned the favor by prevailing in a 51-48 double-overtime shootout at Heinz Field the following year.
Last season, Pitt began a four-game winning streak that clinched a division championship by erasing deficits of 11 and 10 points in the second half to hold Duke off by a 54-45 margin. So the series isn’t lacking for entertainment value. Still, the Blue Devils might have to deal a few more humbling defeats before Panthers fans begin caring about them.
Syracuse — Speaking of wild games, the first of three old Big East foes on this list was the opponent for one no Pitt fan will soon forget. The Panthers and Orange combined for a whopping 137 points and 20 touchdowns in a 76-61 Pitt win at Heinz Field in the 2016 regular-season finale for both teams. It shattered a lot of records and defines this series — at least the ACC portion of it.
Historically, the series has been pretty even; Pitt has a 39-31-3 edge. The last 30 years have been pretty lopsided. Syracuse dominated through Pitt’s dark days in the 1990s, and the Panthers have gotten the better of play since. Perhaps the Orange’s resurgence last season to finish 10-3 could be a signal of more of a back-and-forth to come between these teams, who meet every year despite playing in different divisions.
Then there were back-to-back thrillers in 2015 and ‘16 in which Pat Narduzzi got two of his grittiest wins as Pitt coach. Sometimes the quirky, odd-ball grudge matches are the best in college sports, so don’t rule this series out simply because it doesn’t seem like a natural fit.
Virginia — The Cavaliers have been mostly garbage since Pitt joined the conference, and the series reflects that, as the Panthers own a 5-1 mark. The best you can say is that their 2018 meeting was pivotal in the Coastal race. Pitt’s 23-13 win in the Charlottesville rain put them in commanding position to meet Clemson for the ACC title.
If they’re ever good at the same time, proximity could add some flavor to the teams’ matchups. That, however, will require Virginia to put together more than one decent season.
Through six seasons in the ACC, who is Pitt's conference rival?
Based on 510 responses
ACC Network: 10 to know two months before it launches | Bladen Journal (bladenhournal.com; Wooten)
ACC fans have waited, sometimes impatiently.
But in two months, on Aug. 22, the league with history dating back to 1953 will launch its linear television network. If it seems as though it has taken awhile, well, it has.
The Big Ten Network, a successful cash cow for its league, launched Aug. 30, 2007. The SEC Network, another league economic engine, came to fruition Aug. 14, 2014.
For member schools of each league, there’s been substantial differences in television revenue as compared to the ACC.
Fans of the league, however, are mainly interested in what it means for them as viewers moreso than the financials for the leagues.
In that perspective, here’s 10 to know from the way the ACC answers them. For more information, go to getaccn.com.
What will the Network be called?
The Network will be called “ACCN.” The formal name is “ACC Network.” ACC Network Extra (ACCNE) is the Network’s digital platform available on the ESPN App.
How is this different than other conference or single-school networks?
This collaboration between the ACC and ESPN will bring together unparalleled content from one of the most competitive conferences in the country, with the highest quality, most innovative production partner in the sports industry.
Will ACCN be 24 hours a day, seven days a week?
ACCN will have 24/7 programming; it’s a dedicated linear and digital platform for all things ACC.
What kind of shows will I see on the ACCN?
ACCN will offer live ACC sports and related studio programming 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Approximately 450 live televised 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 will be televised annually, plus a complement of news and information shows and original programming. Together, ACCN’s TV and digital platforms, ACCNE, will feature more than 1,300 ACC events in its first year.
How many football games will be aired on ACCN?
ACCN will televise approximately 40 football games per season and multiple spring games.
How many basketball games? Baseball? Women’s sports?
At least 450 events will be televised on ACCN each year. Of the 450 events, there will be more than 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. ACCNE will include hundreds of live events and will be available to ACCN subscribers across a range of devices. ACCN will also be available via the ESPN App.
Will ACCN be able to re-air games that were shown on other ESPN networks or Raycom?
Will ACCN air bowl games? ACC Conference Championships?
There are no current plans to air bowl games on the ACCN. ACCN will provide coverage of the ACC Championships for all sports.
How can I get ACCN in time for the August 2019 launch?
ESPN is working hard to ensure that ACCN will be broadly available via pay TV video providers across the country. Carriage agreements are already in place with the following providers: DIRECTV, Google Fiber, Hulu Live TV, TVision, Optimum, PlayStation Vue, Suddenlink, and Verizon Fios. It is also with a number of other more regional options. Go to getaccn.com for a full listing.
How will this impact my cable bill?
ESPN negotiates wholesale rates, and retail prices are determined by each distributor. Services like the ACC Network add tremendous value, and given the popularity of ACC programming, the network will have broad distribution.
Fans ready for unprecedented coverage of the ACC
Butter Pecan (Gannon's)
We ate 38 different ice creams at Gannon's Isle in Syracuse. These are the best (PS; Pucci & Miller)
Summer means ice cream, and for many in Syracuse, ice cream means Gannon's.
Since 1982, Gannon's has been dishing out homemade ice cream by the cone or cup.
Gannon's serves more than 200 different flavors on its rotating menu. On our visit, they had 38 available.
We tried them all.
Welcome to Gannon's Isle
Food writer Jacob Pucci and Best of CNY journalist Charlie Miller tasted every flavor of homemade ice cream available on the day of our visit.
While we ordered school-sized cups of each flavor, the $2 scoops were very generous. We bought six at a time to prevent melting.
We brought along a few friends to finish the leftovers. It's not worth crying over spilt milk, but it is worth crying over wasted ice cream.
We each ranked the ice creams from first to 38th. The scores were averaged to create the overall ranking.
Gannon's makes its own hard ice cream in its store at 1525 Valley Drive. They've been in this spot since 1982 when Eileen Gannon and family opened a custard stand. They also have a stand up the road in Shady Brook Plaza on McDonald Road.
In the summer they spend about eight hours a day, five or six days a week, making ice cream.
Did you know? Gannon's uses no food coloring in all its ice cream EXCEPT one flavor: mint chocolate chip. "For some reason, kids can't get past a white mint ice cream," Eileen Gannon said. "They want it to be green."
All ice cream starts with a sweet cream base, and they build it up from there.
While we each had our own favorite, we did come to a consensus on our top five flavors at Gannon's:
No. 1: Butter Pecan
Jacob: I might sound like an old man, but wow, did I love this butter pecan ice cream. The ice cream was loaded with pecans that were salty, sweet and buttery, as if they'd been lightly candied. The ice cream itself amped up the butter flavor. An absolute treat.
Charlie: I always considered butter pecan a favorite among the oldsters. My dad always ordered this when I was a kid ordering rocky road. He probably still eats the stuff. Well, I must be getting old because this is easily in my top 5. It's just so tasty.
No. 2: Sea Salt
Jacob: A Gannon's specialty, the sea salt ice cream may look like vanilla, but take one bite and you won't be fooled. This is legitimately salty with a caramel backdrop. Sweet and salty at its finest.
Charlie: I fell in love with this flavor the first time I had this flavor a few years ago at the Shady Brook location after dinner/drinks at Kelley's Bar & Restaurant. And we're still in love. I love the contrast between sweet and salty.