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- Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to National Meteor Watch Day!
National Meteor Watch Day is observed every year on June 30th. Also known as National Meteor Day, on a cloudless night, people turn their eyes to the heavens in hopes of spotting the glow of a falling star.
Daily there are millions of meteors that occur in the Earth’s atmosphere.
When space debris, such as pieces of rock, enter the Earth’s atmosphere the friction causes the surrounding air to become scorching hot. This “shooting star” streaking through the sky surrounded by flaming hot air is a meteor.
The majority of the meteoroids that cause meteors are only the size of a pebble.
Meteors sometimes occur in showers. It’s an excellent time to plan for a meteor-watching party. Whether we catch a few stray falling stars or witness an entire meteor shower, this day calls for an evening with friends and family under the stars. Identify the constellations while waiting to make a wish or two. Sounds like a romantic night, as well.
Orange Watch: New ACC leadership has distinct Syracuse Orange flavor - The Juice Online (the juice; Bierman)
Item: John Swofford’s recent announcement that he is retiring as ACC Commissioner at the conclusion of the 2020-21 academic year provides a unique opportunity for the 67-year old, Southern-legacy league to make a statement. The newly configured ACC Board of Directors, the 15 university president/chancellors, led in the initial year by Syracuse’s own Kent Syverud who was named Chair of the Board, will be spotlighted over the next several months as it undergoes the task of hiring the best qualified candidate to become the fifth commissioner in conference history.
Two predictions about the next ACC commissioner: The individual will come from a current position at an ACC institution (and not the ACC office), and the hire will have a personal and/or professional Southern cultural background.
Here’s a look at the first half of of each ACC school’s athletic director (in alphabetical order), and thoughts on who might succeed John Swofford, with the second half to be released tomorrow:
Boston College – In a glimpse of athletic director musical chairs, new AD Patrick Kraft is just arriving from Temple, succeeding Martin Jarmond who replaced the retiring Dan Guerrero at UCLA. (Longtime Penn/Temple basketball coach Fran Dunphy is the interim AD at Temple.)
Clemson – We think one of the favorites for the position among current ACC ADs is the Tigers Dan Radakovich, who’s done a herculean job in just under eight years in which the Tigers have played for the football national championship five times. We witnessed Radakovich introducing himself to Jim Boeheim in the Dome press box prior to the 2013 SU-CU football game.
» Related: Breaking down Syracuse’s 2020 wide receivers
Duke – An athletic director since 1982 (Loras College) with stops at Maine, Tulane, Arizona State and Notre Dame, Kevin White’s record speaks for itself. At Duke he’s been with Mike Krzyzsewski for two titles, and football has played in six bowl games, winning three-straight. We see White, who turns age 70 in September, eventually retiring at Duke. ...
Kevin Mital leaves Syracuse football program (247sports.com; McAllister)
Wide receiver Kevin Mital has left the Syracuse football program and will head back to Canada to play for Laval University, according to a report from Charles-Antoine Sinotte of TA Sports utilizing Twitter's translate function. Mital joined Syracuse at the end of preseason training camp last season and redshirted during the 2019 campaign. Syracuse Athletics subsequently confirmed the news of Mital's departure from the program.
The tweet, when translated to English, says: "The receiver star of Grasset Kevin Mital returns to Quebec. After committing to Syracuse football in the NCAA he'll be back to football university RSEQ. Laval was his 1st choice in Quebec before leaving, but Mr. Iaduluca (UdeM) was in Grasset with him. To be continued!"
Sinotte followed that up with the linked quote tweet, which stated he confirmed Mital will be joining Laval. In a response to a question on his initial report, Sinotte stated (via Twitter's translate function) that the "current situation has contributed a lot" to his decision. That would suggest the coronavirus pandemic was at least part of the reason he left to play in his home country.
ACC Football & Beyond - Complete team breakdown of Syracuse & Duke - Chris Landry Football (landryfootball.com; podcast; Landry)
ACC Football & Beyond – Complete team breakdown of Syracuse & Duke
Episode 234- Syracuse Football: Buncha Cuse Football Talk With @TylerMarona! (podcast; Cuse Militia)
Episode 234- Syracuse Football: Buncha Cuse Football Talk With Tylermarona!
NY6/BCS Bowl Win% Since 2013 (RX; HM)
NY6/BCS Bowl Win% Since 2013
I found this interesting on twitter:
Sure he was trying to promote the American Athletic Conference, but he ended up promoting the ACC as much if not more...NY6/BCS Bowl winning percentage by conference since 2013
AAC: 60% (3-2)
ACC: 59% (10-7)
SEC: 56% (14-11)
Big Ten: 55% (11-9)
Pac 12: 40% (4-6)
Big 12: 33% (4-8)
— Christian Simmons (@ByCASimmons) June 26, 2020
...NY6/BCS Bowl win% by conference since 2013
Conf. W - L Pct AAC 3 - 2 60% =================== ACC 10 - 7 59% =================== SEC 14 - 11 56% ================== B1G 11 - 9 55% ================== Pac 4 - 6 40% ============= XII 4 - 8 33% ==========
100 Things (2020 CFB) (RX; HM)
100 Things (2020 CFB)
Back on May 26th, CBS Sports published an article called "100 Days Out: College football names, games, storylines as we count down to Week 1 of the 2020 season". Perhaps you were a little distracted by something like, oh, I don't know, a once-in-a-century global pandemic. I certainly missed it, but it's as good a time as any to talk about it now...
2. Trevor Lawrence vs. Justin Fields: It's the most basic, boiled-down launching point for any conversation about college football in 2020, enhanced by the instant-classic Fiesta Bowl semifinal between their two teams in 2019. The "who ya got?" factor extends across several major realms: the Heisman Trophy, the national championship, he No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Fans, media, fantasy draft gurus and anyone else with a six-foot reach to the sport of football is interested to see how these two quarterbacks fare in 2020 and will have an opinion on who has the edge over the other.
Ranking the 5 best Cornerbacks in the ACC for 2020. (scacchoops.com; Fann)
Ranking the 5 best Cornerbacks in the ACC for 2020.
Let's take a look at the top cornerbacks in ACC Football.
1) Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech’s Caleb Farley and Jermaine Waller, who will see later on this list, form the ACC’s best CB tandem for 2020. Farley was 2019 1st team All-ACC that led the conference in passes defended with 16. He is projected as a 1st round NFL pick, and some NFL scouts think he could be the first CB taken in the 2021 NFL draft.
2) Derion Kendrick, Clemson
Derion Kendrick was switched on an emergency basis to CB in the spring of 2019, and turned into 2nd team All-ACC selection. He had 51 tackles last season with 2 interceptions. With a full year to continue learning the CB position, he could become another 1st round NFL pick for a CB from the ACC. After just 1 year playing the position he was projected as a 2nd or 3rd rounder.
3) Asante Samuel Jr., Florida State
Asante Samuel Jr. was a 3rd team All-ACC performer last season. He led the ACC in pass breakups, with 48 tackles on the season. DraftScout.com has Samuel’s projected as 2nd round NFL Pick. Samuel’s has great bloodlines, his father played in the NFL. Asante Samual was a 4-time pro-bowler.
4) Tre Swilling, Georgia Tech
Tre Swilling is son of Georgia Tech legend Pat Swilling, but he’s making a name for himself as one of the best CBs in the ACC. He had 10 passes defended last season, to go along with fumble recovery and interception. Scouts love his ball skills, and as a RS JR, is already projected to be a mid round NFL pick looking to move higher.
5) Jermaine Waller, Virginia Tech
When you have 2 players among the top 5 CBs in the ACC, then you are doing really well. That’s what Virginia Tech has with Caleb Farley and now Jermaine Waller. The 2019 Honorable Mention All-ACC player had 3 interceptions last season to go along with 13 passes defended. He’s only had 1 year starting at CB, but is a definite NFL prospect down the road.
FSU Football: Most Players on ACC All-Decade Team (SI; Visser)
Clemson is currently the undeniable standard banner of ACC football, having won all five conference championships in the second half of the 2010s as well as a pair of national titles. But Florida State was the class of the decade's first half, with three conference crowns and a natty of its own. The two programs have been the unquestionable faces of the conference in the last 10 years.
And ACC Network personality Mark Packer's conference All-Decade Team reflects that dominance. Packer, the cohost of "Packer and Durham," today tweeted his ACC All-Decade team, which features more Seminoles than players from any other school, taking seven of the 25 spots.
'Noles on the offense: running back Dalvin Cook and offensive linemen Cameron Erving and Tre Jackson. On the defensive side of the ball, Packer essentially makes FSU's case for DBU, as three of the four defensive backs are 'Noles: safety Derwin James and cornerbacks Jalen Ramsey and Lamarcus Joyner, along with defensive tackle Marvin Wilson.
So--disagreements? The first thing that catches my eye is the quarterback position. It's tough, because there's only one spot to fill, but I don't even think Watson has been the best QB from his own program of late, let alone the conference's best across the span of the last decade. And, of course, a case could definitely be made for FSU's Jameis Winston.
Here's the representation, by program:
- Florida State: 7
- Clemson: 6
- Boston College: 3
- Pittsburgh: 2
- North Carolina: 2
- NC State: 2
- Virginia: 2
- Duke: 1
Ranking the ACC's College Football Coaches for 2020 (athlonsports.com; Lassan)
Ranking the ACC coaches for 2020 starts with Clemson's Dabo Swinney at No. 1. The Tigers have emerged as a consistent threat to win the national title under Swinney and rank as the No. 1 team for 2020. There's a gap between Swinney and the next tier, which features North Carolina's Mack Brown, Duke's David Cutcliffe, Virginia's Bronco Mendenhall and Wake Forest's Dave Clawson. Louisville's Scott Satterfield and Florida State's Mike Norvell could rise up this list significantly over the next couple of years.
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 or 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:
Ranking the ACC's College Football Coaches for 2020
14. Jeff Hafley, Boston College
Hafley is a rising star in the coaching ranks and isn’t stepping into a complete rebuild at Boston College. The Eagles have made a bowl game in each of the last four seasons and return a strong foundation to push for a winning mark in 2020. Hafley comes to Chestnut Hill after a successful one-year stint as Ohio State’s co-defensive coordinator. The New Jersey native was instrumental in helping the Buckeyes show marked improvement on that side of the ball. After finishing seventh in the Big Ten in points allowed, the defense jumped to first in Hafley’s only year in Columbus. Hafley spent time as an assistant at Albany (2002-05), Pitt (2006-10), and Rutgers (2011) before spending seven years in the NFL with the Buccaneers, Browns and 49ers. Although he doesn’t have any experience as a head coach, Hafley is regarded for his work on the recruiting trail and on the defensive side of the ball.
13. Manny Diaz, Miami
Diaz had a rocky debut in 2019, but the return of 12 starters and help through the transfer portal could allow Miami to take a big step forward in his second year at the helm. The Hurricanes finished 6-7 – the program’s third losing mark since 1998 – after ending 2019 on a three-game losing streak with defeats to FIU, Duke and Louisiana Tech. Diaz’s side of the ball (defense) more than held its own last fall, but the offense averaged only 25.7 points a contest and struggled to find consistency. The second-year coach hopes changes to his offensive staff provide a spark in 2020, which would allow Miami to contend in a wide-open Coastal Division. Diaz started his on-field coaching career at NC State in 2002 and was hired at Middle Tennessee as defensive coordinator in ’06. After four years with the Blue Raiders, Diaz called the plays at Mississippi State (2010), Texas (2011-13), and Louisiana Tech (2014) before a one-season return to Starkville (’15). After three successful years as Miami’s defensive coordinator (2016-18), Diaz was hired as Temple’s head coach. However, he didn’t stay in Philadelphia for long after Mark Richt decided to step down after the bowl loss to Wisconsin. Year 2 is a critical one for Diaz.
12. Geoff Collins, Georgia Tech
The top 10 players in the ACC (247sports.com; Marcello)
The ACC is all about the pass.
The conference has some of the better quarterbacks in the country and some of the better pass rushers (statistically) as a result. It’s no surprise quarterbacks and pass rushers dominate our list of the top 10 players in the conference. Does Clemson dominate the list? Not necessarily.
Clemson is the best and deepest team in the conference, but the stars shine bright across the east coast, where Miami, Pitt and North Carolina will provide some household names this season in the Atlantic and Coastal divisions.
The players you will see in the rankings will make you wonder if Miami might be able to contend for a divisional title. You might also wonder if Clemson will be challenged at any point before facing Notre Dame in the non-conference schedule or the winner out of the Coastal Division in the ACC Championship Game.
Let’s get to the countdown of 247Sports’ top 10 players in the ACC.
10. QB D'Eriq King, Miami
If D’Eriq King can’t turn around Miami’s offense, maybe no one can in the immediate future. The former Houston quarterback sat out most of the 2019 season and decided to transfer to Miami, where he units with newly-hired offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, a hurry-up, no-huddle aficionado who knows how to utilize dual-threat quarterbacks after stays at Auburn and SMU.
ACC football split into two different divisions--Atlantic and Coastal--in 2005 when they raided the Big East to get Boston College, Miami and Virginia Tech. Since then, the Atlantic division has dominated the conference, winning all but 4 ACC Championship Games. In this video, I talk about why the ACC should realign their divisions within the conference and how to better balance out the divisions to create more regional rivalries. Let me know what you think down below in the comment section!
Sports Illustrated's 'America, Realigned': How Does NC State Fit In? (SI; Friedlander)
The college sports landscape is changing, in many cases permanantly, because of the coronavirus crisis and the financial implications it has brought about.
Already, we've seen schools eliminate sports as a means of addressing budget shortfalls and conferences such as the Sun Belt and Conference USA entering into scheduling agreements as a means of lessening travel expenses.
On Monday, Sports Illustrated senior writer Pat Forde took things a step further by proposing a hypothetical conference realignment that would completely change the current college sports landscape. The project divides the country into 10 conferences consisting of 12 teams each to create what it calls the "Forde Bowl Subdivision."
It will never happen, of course. There are too many moving parts, too many contracts in place and too many other hoops to jump through.
But with no actual sports to discuss and argue about, what's the harm of a little fantasy speculation?
So here goes:
Under Forde's plan, NC State would be part of the Mid-Atlantic Conference, not too far of a departure from the current ACC. And there would be some familiar faces in the league as well, with state rivals North Carolina, Wake Forest and Duke staying together in one happy family.
The realignment still wouldn't free the Wolfpack of having to play Clemson every year. Forde's Mid-Atlantic Conference also includes the Tigers, as well as current ACC members Virginia and Virginia.
But that's where the similarities stop.
The Tragic Stories of Tom Bloom, Ernie Davis, and Don Fleming (brownsnation.com; Donahue)
Looking back through the lens of history, one could say that the Cleveland Browns were blessed in their early years.
After all, how many other NFL clubs can boast that they only had one losing season in two decades?
From 1946-1966, the only season Cleveland didn’t have a winning record was a 5-7 finish in 1956.
Added to that accomplishment are 14 playoff appearances during the same time period.
In other words, nothing really fazed the franchise.
They drafted well, played well, and were coached by some of the best minds in the game.
During those early years, the Browns were the definition of success.
Very little went wrong for Cleveland and it wasn’t often that the team was in the press for something awry.
That changed in the early months of 1963.
From January through June of that year, three Browns players all tragically died, two of whom had yet to suit up for the organization.
This is the story of how Tom Bloom, Ernie Davis, and Don Fleming became a sad footnote in team history.
Benny Mardones ‘Into the Night’: 5 little-known facts about Syracuse legend’s hit song (PS; Herbert)
As music fans in Central New York and the rest of the world mourn the death of Benny Mardones, many are revisiting the ’80s singer’s songs.
Mardones, also known as “The Voice,” died at his California home on Monday after nearly two decades of struggling with Parkinson’s disease. He was 73.
He was best known for “Into the Night,” one of the few songs to reach the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 twice. The rock ballad appeared on his 1980 album “Never Run, Never Hide,” and hit No. 11 that year; nine years later, an Arizona radio DJ’s “Where Are They Now?” special helped propel the song back to popularity, ascending to No. 20 in America in 1989.
Between those nine years, he struggled with cocaine and alcohol, and stopped performing after his 1981 album flopped. After his son was born in 1985, he moved to Syracuse to get clean. He successfully kicked the drug habit and began performing again with a local band, The Hurricanes, drawing large crowds of 15,000 at Long Branch Park and 24,000 at Weedsport Speedway.
“When I was addicted to drugs, Syracuse opened its arms to me,” he told syracuse.com in 2017, before playing his final show at the Turning Stone Resort Casino. “It gave me my life back. The fans never wavered. The radio stations played my songs.”