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- Aug 15, 2011
Administrative Professionals Day, also known as Secretaries' Day or Admin Day, recognizes the work of secretaries, receptionists, administrative assistants, and other administrative support professionals. Employers and supervisors organize events for these workers on the day, and workers are often given cards, flowers, chocolate, and lunches. In the United States, the day takes place during Administrative Professionals Week, which occurs during the last full week of April. The holiday is celebrated in work environments around the world.
After the United States entered World War II, there became a shortage of skilled administrative workers. This was because there had been a lowered birth rate during the Great Depression, and because of a new booming economy with many open jobs. In 1942, the National Secretaries Association was formed to recognize the contributions administrative personnel gave to the economy, to bring workers into the field, and to support their development. The National Secretaries Association changed its name to the Professional Secretaries International in 1981, and to the International Association of Administrative Professionals in 1998.
Ifeatu Melifonwu poses in front of the Grafton High School football field where he used to play.LANE TURNER/GLOBE STAFF
Grafton’s Ifeatu Melifonwu is on the verge of realizing his NFL dream - The Boston Globe (bostonglobe.com; Volin)
Playing sports was always important for Ifeatu Melifonwu and his four older siblings, but so were their studies.
Before Melifonwu signed up to play football at Syracuse in 2017, his mother, Tina, made coach Dino Babers promise that her son would focus first on education.
“His mom is so serious about his education that he wasn’t going to sign with a college that didn’t red-shirt him,” Babers said. “It was very obvious after one practice in August that he was one of our top three cornerbacks. I called his mom, and she was like, ‘Remember what you told me …' ”
Melifonwu’s economics degree will help him down the road, but in the immediate future, he has a chance to become one of the highest Massachusetts-born NFL draft picks in the last two decades.
Melifonwu, who turns 22 in May, was born in Boston, lived in Framingham, then moved to Grafton when he was in first grade, eventually graduating from Grafton High in 2017. He grew up rooting for Tom Brady and the Patriots.
Orange Watch: The modern era history of Syracuse football first round NFL draft selections - The Juice Online (the juice; Bierman)
Item: The annual NFL Draft begins a week from Thursday (April 29) in Cleveland, with the first round, followed the next day by rounds two-four and the final three rounds (five-seven) to be announced on May 1. While most pre-draft predictions have two to three ex-Orange players likely to hear their names called; defensive backs Andre Cisco, “Iffy” Melifonwu, and Trill Williams, none are expected to be first-rounders, something that has not occurred for a Syracuse player in eight years.
The answer to the trivia question to name the last Syracuse player to be a first round NFL draft choice is: Justin Pugh by the New York Giants as the 19th player selected in the 2013 draft. Pugh played five seasons with the Giants and is now beginning his fourth season with Arizona.
Since the Common Draft Era from 1967-69, and the Modern Era when the NFL and AFL merged in 1970, there have been 16 former Syracuse players, including Pugh, drafted in the first round.
Here is a capsule look at those players:
1967 Floyd Little-Denver. The college and pro football Hall of Fame member died on January 1, 2021 after battling cancer. He retired in 1975 as the Denver Broncos all-time leading rusher, a mark since broken by Terrell Davis.
1968 Larry Csonka-Miami. Also, a pro football Hall of Famer, Zonk ran for over 1000 yards in a season three times in his 11 NFL campaigns with Miami and the New York Giants. He has enjoyed a post-playing career living in the wilds of Alaska.
1969 Art Thoms-Oakland. Thoms played seven seasons on the defensive line with the Raiders and one with the Philadelphia Eagles, recording one touchdown on a fumble recovery in his under the radar pro career.
1973 Joe Ehrmann-Baltimore. The NFL’s first Ed Block Courage Award recipient in 1978 (to support victims of abuse, violence and neglect), Ehrmann, who was on the Colts DL, currently heads the InSideOut Initiative that “connects male and female student-athletes to transformational coaches, in a culture of belonging, for their social-emotional and character development.”
SU athletes to hold Black-Athlete Lives Matter March Wednesday on campus (cnycentral.com)
Syracuse University student-athletes are holding a march Wednesday on campus.
The event is meant to empower black athletes and educate non-black attendees.
The walk will start at noon and run until 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
People will walk in separate designated groups, times, and routes from South Campus to Coyne Stadium to ensure COVID safety.
During the event Student-athlete will speak representing these sports:
- Women's soccer
- Women's track
- Men's track
- Men's lacrosse
You can watch the speakers live here.
Can Andre Cisco’s Draft Stock Help Syracuse Recruiting? – Orange Fizz – Free Syracuse Recruiting News (orangefizz.net; Amendolara)
Andre Cisco is one of the most important players in recent Syracuse history. Not only was he tabbed by The Fizz as a top 100 athlete the school has ever seen, he holds in his hand the possibility of helping change SU football. Cisco has many draft evaluators drooling over his potential, and had he not suffered a season-ending injury, he may have been a first-round pick.
One of the analysts that is impressed by Cisco is the NFL Network’s Brian Baldinger. He calls Andre a “ball-hawking safety” and a “plug and play” athlete, ready to compete in the NFL from Day 1.
“If the ball’s in the air, it’s his ball. Guys got skills. Coming back from an ACL now. Andre Cisco’s going to be a good player in the NFL.” – Brian Baldinger, NFL Network
Cisco’s injury will likely make him a second day pick, and two mock drafts have him pegged in the middle of the third-round. CBS Sports has him going #75 to the Cowboys, while Dane Brugler at the Athletic predicts #79 to the Raiders.
The Pro Football Network has the most comprehensive breakdown of Cisco anywhere. “Cisco has more than enough production on tape to justify confidence. He’s a potential steal in the middle rounds if he can come back as the same athlete he was in college.”
...“He’s undoubtedly one of the best safeties in the 2021 NFL Draft if he can return to full strength. The good news for Cisco is that he’ll only be 21 years old in March. If he needs some time in the NFL to acclimate first, he has the time he needs. If the leg injury proves to be a non-factor long-term, then Cisco is unquestionably a playmaker worthy of a Day 2 selection.” – The Pro Football Network
On College Football: Who would make 15-team super league? (AP; Russo)
Long before the Big Ten had 14 teams and the Pac-8 had grown to the Pac-12, there were folks in college sports tossing around the idea of a national football conference.
Back in the 1950s, Pittsburgh athletic director Tom Hamilton proposed Southern California, UCLA, Stanford, California and Washington join up with Army, Navy, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Penn State and Air Force to form an Airplane Conference.
Nowadays, there is constant speculation about the Power Five conferences and their 65 member schools breaking away from the NCAA. Despite all the chatter and threats, the chances of that happening soon are slim. Though a broad restructuring of Division I and r e-imagining of the way schools align their sports programs is probably a good idea.
But what if college football’s most powerful programs tried to do what is happening now in European soccer, where a group of the wealthiest and most successful clubs are in the process of forming a 15-team Super League?
When decades of conference allegiance go out the window for the all mighty dollar, which schools would make the of cut?
Big Ten expansion candidate: Syracuse (thegazette.com)
The 10th installment in a series looking at 12 different universities that could potentially join the Big Ten
Location: Syracuse, N.Y.
Current League: Big East Conference
Number of sports offered: 20
Academic profile: Member of the Association of American Universities; 58th overall in the U.S. News and World Report National Universities rankings
Why it would fit: Syracuse adds upstate New York to the Big Ten's profile, and the school is popular in the New York City metro market. The school's men's basketball program is elite, and the football program has tradition. The school fits academically.
Why it wouldn't: Syracuse doesn't automatically carry New York City, which is vital for an Eastern school. Syracuse doesn't bring much in football, which is the driving force behind Big Ten expansion
Final verdict: If the Big Ten expands beyond 12 schools, Syracuse is in the mix. It's geographically contiguous and could help gain access to the New York market. It likely will compete with fellow Big East schools Rutgers and Connecticut should the league expand to 16 schools.
YouTube moment: A highlight reel of Syracuse basketball past that appears inside the Carrier Dome before tip-off.
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Boston College Football Spring Game to be held this Saturday (bcinterruption.com; Staff)
The Jay McGillis Memorial Spring Game will return to The Heights this Saturday, April 24 at 11 AM, giving BC fans an early look at the 2021 version of the Eagles.
The game will be televised live on ACC Network (so much like during football season, this is your time to figure out how to get a trial or brief subscription to a streaming service that carries ACC Network if you still have Comcast/Xfinity in the Boston area). Chris Cotter and BC legend Mark Herzlich will call the game for the ACC Network.
According to BC’s press release, attendance at the Spring Game will be limited to relatives of the players. However, they are moving forward with their intention to welcome fans back to Alumni Stadium this fall and remain in the process of actively selling season tickets.
The spring game has bounced around in terms of format, attendance, and whether it actually even happens at BC in recent years, with the game being canceled last year amid the onset of the pandemic.
Coach Jeff Hafley has described his intention of having this year’s spring game be “game-like” with a normal game flow and scoring system, rather than the points system and situational setups that became a common sight during Steve Addazio’s tenure at BC.
5-Star Recruits, by P5 Footprint (RX; HM)
Breakdown by conference footprint* (overlapping states prorated based on number of P5 teams in state):
The reason for SEC football dominance has little to do with money and a lot to do with recruiting (which, okay, may be somewhat impacted by money). If you want to know how the poorest P5 conference has the second most playoff appearances and national championships in football, look no further than this table. If anything, it really makes you wonder hos Pac-12 football can be so bad..
UConn Football Reschedules Home Game with Indiana - University of Connecticut Athletics (uconnhuskies.com)
The UConn football team has rescheduled its meeting against Indiana, originally set to take place on September 26, 2020, to September 26, 2026, as announced on Tuesday. The contest, which will take place at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn., was rescheduled as a result of the teams being unable to meet during the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Huskies lead the all-time series 2-1, including a 34-10 victory over the Hoosiers in the opening game at Rentschler Field on August 31, 2003.
August 28 at Fresno State
September 4 HOLY CROSS
September 11 PURDUE
September 18 at Army
September 25 WYOMING
October 2 at Vanderbilt
October 9 at UMass
October 16 YALE
October 23 MIDDLE TENNESSEE
November 13 at Clemson
November 20 at UCF
November 27 HOUSTON
August 27 at Utah State
September 3 CENTRAL CONNECTICUT
September 10 SYRACUSE
September 17 at Michigan
September 24 at North Carolina State
October 1 FRESNO STATE
October 8 at FIU
October 15 at Ball State
October 29 BOSTON COLLEGE
November 12 LIBERTY
November 19 at Army
September 2 DUKE
September 9 at Georgia State
September 23 NORTH CAROLINA STATE
September 30 UTAH STATE
October 14 FIU
October 28 at Boston College
November 4 at Tennessee
November 11 at Liberty
TBD SACRED HEART
August 31 at Maryland
September 7 ARMY
September 14 at Duke
September 21 FAU
September 28 BUFFALO
October 5 TEMPLE
November 2 GEORGIA STATE
August 30 CENTRAL CONNECTICUT
September 6 at Syracuse
September 13 at Purdue
September 20 BALL STATE
September 27 at Buffalo
October 4 FIU
October 11 at Army
October 18 at Ohio State
November 15 at Liberty
September 5 LAFAYETTE
September 12 MARYLAND
September 19 at North Carolina
September 26 INDIANA
October 3 at Syracuse
October 10 at Temple
November 21 at FAU
September 4 TEMPLE
September 11 OLE MISS
September 18 NORTH CAROLINA
October 2 at FIU
November 6 SYRACUSE
November 27 ARMY
Syracuse's Public Safety Building on South State Street, home to the police and fire department administration.
Police union and city agree on proposal that would require new cops to live in Syracuse (PS; $; Baker)
The city and the police union are prepared to move forward with an agreement that would require newly hired officers to live in Syracuse for their first five years on the job.
Both sides will head to arbitration next month, where a third party arbitrator will determine terms for a contract for police officers.
Heading into arbitration, though, they have a general agreement on those terms, including residency, according to Corey Driscoll Dunham, the city’s chief operating officer who is negotiating the contract.
“We have kind of a framework of things we’ve agreed to with PBA,” Dunham said. “There really, in our mind, wasn’t any reason to go back to the drawing board and start all over again.”
The city and the union reached a contract deal in 2019. But the Common Council rejected that contract, which would have added $19.5 million to the police budget over four-and-a-half years.
That original agreement included five years of residency as well as incentive bonuses for officers with military experience, higher education or proficiency in a second language. It also included big pay bumps for officers who stay with the department more than 20 years.