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Welcome to National Nurses Day!
National Nurses Day honors and celebrates nurses. The holiday is part of National Nurses Week. It opens the week, and the week concludes on May 12 with Florence Nightingale's birthday. National Student Nurses Day and National School Nurse Day are also a part of the week.
In 1953, Dorothy Sutherland of the newly-founded U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare sent a proposal to President Eisenhower urging him to proclaim a "Nurse Day" in October 1954. He didn't, but a National Nurses Week was held that year from October 11–16, marking the 100th anniversary of Florence Nightingale's mission to Crimea. It wasn't until twenty years later that another National Nurses Week was held after President Nixon proclaimed it in 1974.
In 1978, Brendon Byrne, Governor of New Jersey, declared May 6 as Nurses Day, at the urging of Edward Scanlan, who came up with the idea for the day and hoped it would become nationalized. Scanclan chose May 6 as its date because it preceded National Hospital Week and Florence Nightingale's birthday. As Scanlan had hoped, his idea spread around the country.
In 1981, Carol Lewis, a registered nurse at Lovelace Medical Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, initiated a resolution to have May 6 declared as National Recognition Day for Nurses. It was sponsored by Congressman Manuel Lujan (R-NM) and promoted by the American Nurses Association (ANA). The joint resolution was adopted by Congress and President Reagan proclaimed May 6, 1982, to be National Recognition Day for Nurses. The ANA recognized the day as National Nurses Day and it has continued to be observed since. The ANA also created National Nurses Week in 1990.
Position Breakdown: Quarterbacks — 2021 Syracuse Football preview - The Juice Online (the juice; Cheng)
As we countdown to kickoff in September, we’re going to be doing a unit-by-unit preview each week over the summer. This week, we’re discussing three major storylines around the quarterbacks.
WHO WILL START?
Syracuse has five quarterbacks in the room, but the competition really focuses on its top two players: Incumbent starting quarterback Tommy Devito and Mississippi State transfer Garrett Shrader.
Devito, like most of the Syracuse offensive, struggled when healthy in 2020. He threw for just 525 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions across four games before his season ended with a lower body injury, and only completed 50.6 percent of his passes.
Syracuse’s success in 2018 came in part because of the fierce competition between Devito, then a redshirt freshman, and Eric Dungey, a senior who ended up leading the Orange to a 10-3 season.
“I think that competition is healthy,” Syracuse head coach Dino Babers said. “I think that any time you have competition, you’re going to make people better.”
And that’s exactly what Babers is hoping happens with Shrader, a former four-star quarterback int the class of 2019, who was ranked 238th in his class, and the No. 7 dual threat quarterback.
After appearing in 10 games with four starts as a freshman, Shrader lost the quarterback battle to Stanford transfer K.J. Costello in 2020, and decided to enter his name into the portal in the offseason.
His arrival in Syracuse will make for the most compelling storyline heading into summer practices, with Babers likely not to name a starting quarterback until the weeks leading up to SU’s opener against Ohio in September.
“Competition brings out the best in not only football players, but media people, teachers, professors and businessmen,” Babers said. “I think that competition is what everyone embraces.”
Takeaways, standouts and storylines from most physical spring ball of Dino Babers era (247sports.com; $; Bailey)
Syracuse football completed its sixth spring practice of the Dino Babers era with hardly more than a murmur. The head coach spoke with media at the start and end of the 15-session slate, after which a roster was released. No depth chart or significant personnel notes were made public.
After outlining early takeaways and standouts five days into the spring, SyracuseOn247 conducted more background conversations in an attempt to learn how the spring went and what it means for the 2021 Orange.
Former Syracuse tight end Aaron Hackett transfers to Kent State (DO; Smith)
Former Syracuse tight end Aaron Hackett announced his intentions to use his final year of eligibility at Kent State on Wednesday. Hackett will join former SU offensive coordinator Sean Lewis, who has been the Golden Flashes’ head coach since 2018, and former Orange teammate Nykeim Johnson, who transferred in January. Hackett started in 19 games at Syracuse, and had 45 career appearances at tight end and on special teams.
Hackett played in at least nine games every season during his four-year career at Syracuse. His nine career touchdown receptions are tied for the school’s all-time lead, with six coming during the 2019 season, the most by an Orange tight end since 2011. In 2019, the Venice, Florida, native received Syracuse’s Bill Maxwell Award as the team’s most improved offensive player after starting in six games and catching 23 passes for 205 yards.
After his junior season, Hackett lost about 13 pounds between the spring and start of 2020 due to a torn pectoral muscle. His father said Hackett was planning to opt-out of his senior season because of the injury, but once the NCAA offered an additional year of eligibility to all athletes, the tight end decided to return. Hackett recorded just 10 receptions for 63 yards and two touchdowns in 2020.
Garden State Linebacker Sets Syracuse Official Visit (SI; McAllister)
One of Syracuse football's top linebacker targets in the 2022 class is Wayne (N.J.) DePaul Catholic backer Q'yaeir Price. Price, a 6-2 245 pound prospect with more than a dozen offers, has scheduled an official visit with the Orange.
"I have an official visit set for June 18th-20th," Price said.
In addition to Syracuse, Price holds offers from Boston College, Buffalo, Connecticut, Indiana, Kansas, Kent State, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Rutgers, Temple and West Virginia. Price is expected to visit West Virginia the following weekend. After those trips, a decision could come afterwards.
"Once I visit a couple campuses, I'm looking to make it (decision) around mid or late summer hopefully," Price said.
Indiana, Maryland, Pittsburgh and Rutgers are among the schools also in contact with Price. Syracuse, Price says, is in regular contact.
"I talk to Cuse like every other day," Price said. "The relationship we have is pretty strong."
Price added that Syracuse is one of the schools standing out to him.
Liberty Flames: CFN College Football Preview 2021 (CFN; Fiutak)
Liberty College Football Preview 2021: Keys To The Season
Liberty Biggest Key: OffenseScore whenever there’s a chance. Liberty didn’t have too many problems putting points up on the board – doing a better job of holding on to the ball, though, is a big deal – but five of its games were decided by six points or fewer, winning five of them. The Flames can’t afford a bunch of missed opportunities, and there were too many of those in the red zone.
Even with a great kicker in Alex Barbir and an attack that knew how to make big things happen, the O failed to come up with points on 13 trips inside the 20. The blowout win over Southern Miss was the only time the team was perfect in the red zone.
Liberty Biggest Key: DefenseIt would be nice if there were more tackles for loss. The Flames have no issues getting to the quarterback and applying pressure – they have the ends and the ability from several spots to get behind the line – but they weren’t nearly consistent enough at generating tackles for loss.
That’s a wee bit by design. The run defense was fine, and coming up with third down stops wasn’t an issue, but 24 of the 60 tackles for loss came in three games against a few of the weakest teams on the slate.
Liberty Key Player To A Successful SeasonRB Joshua Mack, Sr.
He’s got the resumé, and he’s going to get the carries. Now he needs even more work to help take the heat off of QB Malik Willis and it would be nice if he became even more of a workhorse.
Willis is the team’s most dangerous runner, but Mack was able to hit 100 yards five times when he was able to generate a few big bursts. However, he only ran over 20 times once. Get him into a lather, let Willis be even more of a passer, and the offense should be even more dangerous.
The Spring League: 2021 football season schedule, how to watch, stream (PS; $; Axelson)
Football season never really ends. Hot on the heels of the NFL Draft, The Spring League returns for its 2021 season, featuring new teams and more nationally televised games during May and June.
The Spring League season officially kicks off on Thursday, May 6 with a game between the Alphas and the Aviators at 7:00 p.m. ET on FS1. That game can be streamed live on fuboTV, Sling, AT&T TV and other live TV streaming services.
The Spring League is a high profile developmental league and showcase for professional football talent, but it is not an official D-league for the NFL. This year, The Spring League is bringing a host of changes to the table, including adding two new teams — the Linemen and Sea Lions — bringing the total to eight, and dividing the league into two divisions.
For the first time in league history, TSL is also partnering with Stephen Austin’s American National Combines to hold tryouts. In addition, the league is set for greater exposure, with one game per week scheduled to be broadcast on FOX. Full TV, streaming schedule below.
ACC Football: Every team’s most important newcomers for 2021 (saturdayblitz.com; Pryor)
Can anyone come close to Clemson?” is one possible headline coming into the 2021 season for ACC football. “Who is playing for second place?” is more appropriate, however.
Clemson has separated itself from the rest of the conference over the last five years.
The Tigers have won the last six ACC titles and have widened the gap in recruiting. Since the vaunted 2018 class that featured Trevor Lawrence, Clemson has recruited at a top-10 level. In the last two cycles, 2020 and 2021, the Tigers have recruited in the top five.
Clemson’s 2021 class is first in the conference and fifth in the country; Miami, second in the ACC, is 12th. That is a perfect example of how Clemson has separated itself in recruiting if anyone has any plans on catching the Tigers, recruiting needs to level up.
Several teams hope to run this season with the return of divisional play and the exit of Notre Dame. That could be why so many teams were busy in the transfer portal this offseason.
For developmental programs like Wake Forest, Duke, and Syracuse, the success of their season lie with the play of their transfers.
Locked on Boston College: Notre Dame and the ACC (SI; podcast; Black)
On today's Locked on Boston College we look at the other Catholic school, Notre Dame. Everyone remembers 2020, they were part of the conference for football, finally, but they went right back into independence after the college football playoffs. This was a huge missed opportunity for the conference, and we explain why.
Also we open up the listener mailbag and clear out a few questions that were still lingering. What are concerns about the football team heading into next season? And is the excitement over the Adidas deal kind of overblown? Also we have a fun question from one of our loyal listeners you won't want to miss.
Finally, there is is the news in which we touch on recruiting, baseball and much more. Make sure to give today's episode a listen.
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ACC Football: 10 Most Intriguing Non-Conference Games of 2021 (athlonsports.com; Kinne)
The ACC was one of two Power 5 conferences — along with the Big 12 — that played non-conference games in 2020. But with the exception of the games against upstart Liberty played by Syracuse, Virginia Tech, and NC State, the matchups were not that appealing.
While no one knows exactly how normal the fall of 2021 will be, the upcoming ACC non-conference slate, as currently constructed, is pretty exciting with traditional battles supplemented by a few new, high-quality contests. Here's a look at the 10 most interesting out-of-league games for the coming season.
10. Wake Forest at North Carolina, Nov. 6
Yes, both Wake Forest and North Carolina are ACC teams. No, this is not a conference game. In fact, this season marks the second time in three years that the two conference rivals meet up in an official non-conference contest. The Demon Deacons and the Tar Heels played an exciting game this past season, with Carolina rallying from a 21-point third-quarter deficit to win. Mack Brown's Tar Heels will be one of the ACC's top teams in 2021, but don't forget about Wake Forest, who returns one of the nation's most experienced rosters.
9. Missouri at Boston College, Sept. 25
Both Missouri head coach Eliah Drinkwitz and Boston College's Jeff Hafley had nice first seasons on the job. They will look to build on that success in year two behind their quarterbacks — Connor Bazelak for the Tigers and Phil Jurkovec for the Eagles. This will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
8. Virginia at BYU, Oct. 30
Bronco Mendenhall returns to Provo, a place he spent 11 years as head coach. During his time leading BYU, he often matched wits with current Cougars head coach Kalani Sitake, who despite being an alumnus was the Utah defensive coordinator for six years. BYU is coming off of an 11-1 season but will have to replace star quarterback Zach Wilson.
7. Louisville vs. Ole Miss (Atlanta), Sept. 6
The Cardinals and Rebels will close out Week 1 on Labor Day evening. Last season was a disappointing one for Louisville, which will have to replace wide receiver Tutu Atwell and running back Javian Hawkins. But in the opener, against a Lane Kiffin-coached Ole Miss team that brings back quarterback Matt Corral and exciting running back Jerrion Ealy, the Cards may be more affected by their substantial defensive losses.
6. Virginia Tech at West Virginia, Sept. 18
The Hokies and the Mountaineers played every year from 1973 through 2005, including time together in the Big East (1991-2004). But the series went away shortly after Virginia Tech joined the ACC and there has been just one meeting since, a 31-24 Tech win at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. This one will have an old-time field when the Hokies go to Morgantown.
Links, news and rumors - 2021 May 6th (RX; HM)
Links, news and rumors - 2021 May 6thFrom FBSchedules: "2021 North Carolina A&T-Duke football game moved to Friday night"
__________The 2021 North Carolina A&T Aggies at Duke Blue Devils football game... originally scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 11, will now be played on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, at Duke’s Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, N.C. Kickoff time and television designation will be announced at a later date.
From SI: "College Football Coaches Sport Varied Reactions to Proposed Fall Camp Changes"
...How much contact is necessary in a preseason camp for college football players? ...In the last five years alone, college sports has stripped the teeth from fall camp in the name of safety, softening one of the more grueling, traditional rights of passage for NCAA football players. Officials have eliminated two-a-days, slashed practice days, added mandatory off days and reduced camp rosters. The fifth change to fall camp in six years is expected to happen this month, as Sports Illustrated reported two weeks ago. Officials are poised to abolish long-standing collision drills, such as the Oklahoma Drill, and reduce the number of full-padded, contact practices and scrimmages that coaches can conduct in camp...
Clemson Announces Major Roster Addition For Next Season (thespun.com; Koons)
After falling short of national championship appearance last season, Clemson will get a huge boost on defense headed into 2021.
Tigers defensive end Justin Foster, who retired from football just a few months ago because of long-haul COVID-19 symptoms, announced on Wednesday that he’ll return to the team this June. After missing the 2020 season due to complications with the virus, he’ll play football for the first time since 2019.
Foster revealed that he chose to come back to Clemson after a heartfelt conversation with head coach Dabo Swinney.
“[Coach Swinney] said if you’re feeling better, even if you’re not 100%, you can start working with the team and we’ll build you up from there,” Foster told ESPN’s T.J. Quinn. “He said, ‘you don’t have to play 60 snaps a game; you’ll just do what you can do.'”
Syracuse University Class of ’21 makes it to the finish line after 350,000 Covid tests, lots of banana bread (PS; $; Eisenstadt)
Lisa Lambert woke up her daughter’s roommate before the sun rose with an apology:
I’m sorry, she texted. I just need proof of life.
The roommate got up, went to Jamie Lambert’s door, and pounded. Jamie called out. She was okay; just sleeping.
For 10 days in October, Lambert, a senior at Syracuse University, barely left her bed. She only opened her door for food and supplies.
Lambert was one of dozens of Syracuse University students infected in an October Covid-19 outbreak at the university, and one of the nearly 2,000 cases of Covid-19 on the university campus since August.
Last summer, the university invited back 23,000 students and 5,000 employees for a year of uncertainty.
Families and students wondered if it was worth the hefty price tag to sit in a dorm room watching a professor on the screen. Kids doubted it would last. They packed like it was a two-week vacation.
No one thought they would make it to the end of the year.
The story the public has heard is one of parties, outbreaks and risk to the community at large.
But most kids have been living high school on repeat with endless nights of video games and pizza. Or they’ve hit middle-age 20 years too soon with wine nights and banana bread bake-offs. They’ve gotten in line at the Dome to spit in a test tube 350,000 times for covid tests.