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Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to National Coaches Day!

Coaches are recognized and honored today for their many contributions. The first National Coaches Day took place in 1972, on the heels of the passage of Title IX, the founding of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women, and the 1972 Olympics. On September 19th of that year, President Richard Nixon issued Proclamation 4157, proclaiming the day to take place on October 6th. This followed Senate Joint Resolution 213, adopted on August 29th, which authorized and requested the president to do so. In his proclamation, Nixon said that "a coach can help build that moral fiber on which our future as a Nation depends." He went on to say that "it is appropriate that our Nation join in according them the recognition and honor which they so richly deserve, for they represent the finest elements in the American character."

Coaches give instruction and advice in highly specialized fields and provide guidance and encouragement. They are friends and counselors who find satisfaction not only in their own achievements but from helping others realize theirs. They coach athletes who are in all stages of their life, as they progress to higher levels of competition. Youth athletes, high school and college athletes, and professional athletes all benefit from the dedication and expertise of quality coaches. In schools, there may be coaches for forensics teams and chess clubs. There are many other types of coaches, such as health, spirituality, finance, and life coaches with other specialties. When bosses and managers act as coaches and consider their employees to be team members, productivity improves and business increases.

SU News


Syracuse Orange running back Sean Tucker (34)is tackled by Rutgers Scarlet Knights defensive back Avery Young (2) in the first half of the Syracuse Rutgers game played at the Carrier Dome , Sept. 11, 2021.

Axe: SU football is at a crossroads. Is going old school the answer? (PS; $; Axe)

Is this what the Syracuse offense is now or is it what it has to be for now?

In case you haven’t noticed, the Orange offense has gone old school.

“Orange is the New Fast” has been replaced by ground-and-pound.

It took five games for Syracuse to figure out what it is, and even this approach may be a temporary fix, but these are the ingredients head coach Dino Babers has to cook with for now.

“I think the biggest thing anytime you have football team is you want to try to put your best pieces forward,” Babers said this week. “So you’re going to operate with whoever is operating the best.”

Syracuse is currently 21st in the country in rushing, averaging 220 yards per game.

Quarterback Garrett Shrader and running back Sean Tucker each have seven rushing touchdowns, which ties for 12th in the country. Tucker is the third-leading rusher in the country with 638 yards.

The Syracuse passing game is averaging 171 yards per game, which ranks last in the ACC and 116th in the country. The departure of star wide receiver Taj Harris into the transfer portal this week wasn’t a good sign of the passing game coming back to life anytime soon.

The Orange offense was stuck in the mud this past Saturday at Florida State until Shrader took off for a 55-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

Once Shrader was free to roll out and use play-action and RPO more to his advantage in the Orange offense, Syracuse escaped the mud pit and got back on the path.

By the time Saturday’s game was over, Shrader had three rushing touchdowns and 137 yards rushing. He was 13-of-23 passing for 150 yards. A 26-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Queeley was the longest pass of the day.

Listen to Locked On Syracuse - Daily Podcast On Syracuse Orange Football & Basketball on TuneIn (; podcast; Locked on Syracuse)

PFF dished out their grade for Garrett Shrader's performance against Florida State. How did the Syracuse QB finish and where were the holes in his game from Saturday? Plus, the defense received a number of high grades, but a continued theme from last year re-emerged: missed tackles. Also, Dior Johnson spoke candidly about his decommitment from Syracuse and blamed Jim Boeheim for not keeping in close contact with him. Who is in the wrong in the latest Dior vs. Boeheim beef?

Syracuse football defense will next face one of the country’s top offenses (itlh; Adler)

I give all the credit in the world to Syracuse football for hanging close with Florida State over the weekend down in Tallahassee. The Orange was seeking its first-ever win at FSU, but the ‘Cuse came up just short when the Seminoles kicked a last-second field goal.

Unfortunately for the Orange, things don’t get any easier in the team’s next encounter. The ‘Cuse allowed 33 points to a previously winless FSU squad last Saturday afternoon, and now the Syracuse football defense faces an even greater task. A significantly larger test, I might add.

This Saturday afternoon on the Hill, the Orange (3-2) will take on No. 19 Wake Forest (5-0), which leads the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Atlantic division and boasts one of the nation’s premier offenses.

Just this last weekend, the Demon Deacons piled up more than 500 yards of total offense in a thrilling 37-34 victory over Louisville in Winston-Salem, N.C.

According to a press release from the Wake Forest athletics department, the Demon Deacons tallied 324 passing yards and 177 rushing yards in besting the Cardinals.

The Syracuse football defense will go toe to toe with a prolific Wake Forest offense.

According to stats provided on the ACC Web site, the Demon Deacons are currently No. 2 within the conference in scoring, at 38.4 points a game. That average also puts Wake Forest at No. 15 nationwide, in a tie with Oklahoma, per Pretty good company, if you ask me.

To date in the 2021 campaign, the Demon Deacons have generated 42 points against Old Dominion, 41 points versus Norfolk State, 35 points in a 21-point win against FSU, 37 points in a 20-point trouncing of Virginia on the road, and 37 points versus the aforementioned Cardinals.

I acknowledge that not all of Wake Forest’s opponents are among the country’s elite, but still, the Demon Deacons are handling their foes.

Week 6 College Football Picks: No. 19 Wake Forest At Syracuse (; video; Quinn & Kanell)

Brady Quinn and Danny Kanell share their picks for No. 19 Wake Forest at Syracuse.

Syracuse linebacker Marlowe Wax Jr. is enjoying a breakout season in 2021. The Baltimore, Native has taken on a bigger role in the second level and is showing out. Like and subscribe for more highlight tapes and comment below who you want to see next!

Stock Up / Stock Down: Week 5 – Orange Fizz – Daily Syracuse Recruiting News & Team Coverage (; Eads)

‘Stock Up/Stock Down’ aims to illustrate which SU football players are on the rise and which are on the decline. These decisions are made based on playing time, actually making plays, and statistics amongst other things. When it comes to last Saturday’s game between Syracuse and Florida State, let’s just make the disclaimer that that game was awful. The Orange and the Seminoles played some of the worst football by anybody this season. So when it comes to recapping how it all went down in Doak Campbell Stadium, there shouldn’t be much stock placed in this game for either team. With that said, it’s Tuesday which means there is an article to be written so let’s go.



The Mississippi State transfer started for the second consecutive week and showed improvement. His ability to create on the ground was apparent once again on Saturday but Shrader was also more efficient through the air. The dual-threat talent doubled his completion numbers from the Liberty contest and even hooked up with Anthony Queeley for the score. Take it with a grain of salt because Florida State’s passing defense is abysmal. Still, seeing is believing right now for Syracuse fans.


This decision is made by default because a whole lot of playing time just opened up. Taj Harris recently announced his decision to enter the transfer portal and depart the program. This is a major blow to the team this season as Harris ranks top 10 in most receiving categories in program history and presents a major threat to defenses. Now other pass catchers will need to step up to weather the storm with Harris gone.


The front five hasn’t received its due share of praise after being lambasted with negativity last season (rightly so). The group allowed just one sack on Saturday against a talented defensive line. Perhaps it’s because of the change in offensive approach and/or the fact that a mobile quarterback is maneuvering in the pocket. Either way, this group has taken massive strides this season from at least a statistical perspective.


The Baltimore native’s stock is getting dangerously close to capping out. Wax gets better and better each week and continues to play his way into the ‘most improved’ award winner. This time out, the converted running back tied for the team with ten tackles (Mikel Jones). Yes, you may only remember the roughing the passer penalty or the whiffed tackle near the end of the game. Once you see number two corralling Sam Hartman next week in the backfield you will no longer be talking about it.


The true freshman has racked up a sack in back-to-back weeks. His production should warrant more playing time and add even more depth in the trenches.

No. 19 Wake tries to stay unbeaten, visits Syracuse - National Football Post (; FLM)

Two teams that know plenty about the importance of a field goal meet Saturday when No. 19 Wake Forest takes on host Syracuse in an Atlantic Coast Conference game.

Wake Forest (5-0, 3-0 ACC) is trying to build on one of the best starts in the program’s history.

“If you’re going to have a special season, you’re going to find a way to win your share,” Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson said.

The Demon Deacons had their only close call of the season last week, when a last-minute field goal by Nick Sciba boosted them to a 37-34 victory over visiting Louisville.

A few hours later, Syracuse (3-2, 0-1) experienced the other end of a late field goal, when host Florida State broke a tie on the game’s final play in a 33-30 decision in Tallahassee, Fla.

“We’ll stay together,” Orange coach Dino Babers said. “We’ll get another opportunity. I think we’re doing some good things.”

This marks the third year in a row that the Demon Deacons visit Syracuse, losing at the Carrier Dome 39-30 in 2019 in overtime and then winning last year 38-14.

“We’ve got basically the No. 1 team in the ACC coming into our house,” Syracuse fullback Chris Elmore said. “Wake Forest, they’re not a pushover.”

The Demon Deacons, who hold the highest national ranking among ACC teams, are 3-0 in conference play for the first time in a decade.

Sciba made three field goals in the Louisville game, pushing his career total to 67 of 74 for the highest percentage (.905) in NCAA history.

Syracuse kicker Andre Szmyt, who is 6-for-8 on field goals this season, has strong credentials as well. He was the 2018 Lou Groza Award winner as a freshman, when he led the NCAA with 30 field goals, and has made 62 of 73 of attempts in his career — an 84.9 percentage.

As key football games approach, Comcast still not carrying ACC Network (richmond.cmo; Teel)

The ACC Network, the sole television carrier for this Saturday’s Virginia and Virginia Tech football games, remains unavailable to Xfinity/Comcast customers.
Comcast is the leading cable television provider in Virginia, the ACC footprint and the United States but has not carried the ACC Network since its August 2019 launch. The network is an ACC-ESPN partnership, and as of early Tuesday afternoon, Comcast and ESPN’s parent company, Disney, had yet to announce a distribution agreement.

Comcast’s multiyear contract to carry other Disney channels predates the ACC Network’s debut, and since that deal expires, or expired, this fall, a delay in offering the ACC Network was expected. What’s unknown is the exact expiration date.

Comcast continues to carry other Disney offerings, so either the contract has yet to expire, or the parties quietly agreed to a brief extension while negotiating a long-term deal that incorporates the ACC Network.

Distribution negotiations often include ominous public warnings that a cable provider is poised to drop the network(s) in question. The absence of such posturing with Disney-Comcast is encouraging to some sources.

The ACC Network is available through most every major pay TV provider, including Verizon Fios, AT&T, Charter-Spectrum, Dish Network, Altice, Cox, Sling, Hulu and YouTube, carriage that has exceeded the conference’s initial projections. But Comcast’s approximately 20 million television homes are a void and a priority for ACC commissioner Jim Phillips as he seeks to grow the league’s revenue.

The ACC Network is contracted to televise 40 football games each season involving the conference’s teams. Including this weekend’s fare, 22 of the league’s 60 games to date have been assigned to the ACC Network.

Among them are Virginia at Louisville, and Notre Dame at Virginia Tech, both this Saturday. Previous contests exclusive to the ACC Network this football season included Old Dominion at Wake Forest, Illinois at Virginia, UVA at North Carolina, Liberty at Syracuse, Richmond at Virginia Tech, and Boston College at Clemson.

Two Oct. 16 matchups critical to the league race also will be exclusive ACC Network telecasts: North Carolina State at Boston College, and either Pittsburgh at Virginia Tech or Miami at North Carolina.

ACC fans celebrated prematurely the evening of Aug. 22, when the network suddenly appeared on Comcast’s channel 1,322. But the appearance was brief, a glitch caused by ESPN’s technical preparations for Hurricane Henri’s potential effect on its Bristol, Conn., campus.

ACC Power Rankings: More Shenanigans (; Goldin)
  1. Wake Forest (5-0)- the Deacs held on to beat Louisville and keep themselves in the driver’s seat. They’ll head to Syracuse this weekend.
  2. NC State (4-1)- I knew Dave Doeren was a low down, dirty scoundrel, but almost losing to Louisiana Tech to continue tanking Clemson is unforgivable. Pack has this weekend off.
  3. Clemson (3-2)-Despite losing approximately half the team to injuries we held on to beat BC for the 11th year in a row. Extremely happy for the Tigers to get a bye week before heading to Syracuse for a Friday night date.
  4. Boston College (4-1)- Death, taxes, and Jeff Hafley catching fat Ls against Clemson. Eagles also have the weekend off.
  5. Pitt (4-1)- Pitt cut up Georgia Tech nicely after some pregame excitement.
Someone on Pitt sideline just got cuffed and walked out? @Kelly_Quinlan
— FrostedOrange (@Frosted_Orange_) October 2, 2021

Pitt also has the weekend off.

6. Virginia Tech (3-1)-The Hokies enjoyed a week off. Now they’ll host a Notre Dame team that is reeling from a big loss to Cincinnati.

7. North Carolina (3-2)-UNC ran over rival Duke to capture the victory bell. Now they’ll head to Tallahassee to face off with a Noles team fresh off its first win.

8. Virginia (3-2)-The Wahoos survived a late push from Miami. UVa-Louisville this weekend might be the ACC’s best game.

9. Miami (2-3)- DOINK!! That beautiful sound was what you heard when Miami attempted a 33 yard game winner against Virginia.


— CFB Kings (@CFBKings) October 1, 2021

Just beautiful. The Canes also have the weekend off before facing North Carolina.

10. Louisville (3-2)- The Cards gave Wake all they could handle. They’ll face UVA this weekend.

11. Georgia Tech (2-3)- Tech had a rough loss to Pitt. Geoff Collins and Co. can turn things around with their game against Duke this weekend.

12. Duke (3-2)- Duke was ran over by rival UNC. Now they try to rebound against Georgia Tech.

13. Florida State (1-4)- The Noles finally won one with a walk off field goal against Syracuse. Can the Noles continue their winning streak as they face UNC this weekend?

14. Syracuse (3-2)- the Cuse dropped on in Tallahassee, which, LOL Dino Babers. The Orange will host the high flying Demon Deacons this weekend.

2021 Preview Notre Dame vs Virginia Tech (RX; HM)

2021 Preview Notre Dame vs Virginia Tech

In a week with not a lot of ACC alternatives (only 5 games total), this has to be the game of the week.

The Series

Before Notre Dame joined the ACC, they had never played Virginia Tech in football, but right away these teams began playing some exciting games.

DateNotre Dame vs Virginia TechNDVTMoV
11/19/2016Irish (4-8) vs Hokies (10-4)31343
10/6/2018Irish (12-1) vs Hokies (6-7)452322
11/2/2019Irish (11-2) vs Hokies (8-5)21201

Except for 2018 (when the Hokies just weren't very good and the Irish were playoff-bound), these games have been decided by a field goal or less. In his first season as head coach of the Hokies, Justin Fuente's team got the close win (although, to be fair, plenty of teams got wins over the Irish that season!). Two years ago, the Hokies lost a game they probably should have won (see "On Second Thought: How VT could've beaten Notre Dame").

The 2021 Game


Unbeaten, 1-Loss, and Winless Teams 2021 Week 6 (RX; HM)

Unbeaten, 1-Loss, and Winless Teams 2021 Week 6

From "Remaining Undefeated, 1-Loss, and Winless Teams Before Week 6" posted by ohio1317 on

Teams with 1st Loss Week 5:

  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • Arkansas
  • Oregon
  • Notre Dame
  • Baylor
  • Boston College
  • Army
  • South Alabama

Teams with 1st Win Week 5:

  • Florida State
  • Ohio
  • Navy

Week 5 Thoughts:

Cincinnati defeating Notre Dame likely ends the Irish hope at the CFP and does put the Bearcats in the conversation. They need help still (most 1-loss power 5 champs will beat them out and a 1-loss non-champ from the SEC likely would too), but their current betting odds are probably about as high as we have seen a team from outside the 5 power conferences in the CFP era (maybe Houston was higher once). They also are getting some help in results across the country.

The PAC-12 lost its last undefeated in Oregon...

Miami football and the upside down ACC scoring rankings (; Rubenstein)

In 2020 Clemson led the ACC with an average of 43 points per game, the Miami football team was third averaging 31 PPG. Miami is 13th in the ACC in 2021 averaging 20.8 PPG against FBS opponents. Clemson is last in the ACC this season averaging 14.3 PPG. Offenses in the ACC have seemingly flipped.

Miami has dropped precipitously despite returning 10 starters on offense in 2021. Clemson has fallen in part because of the loss of several key performers from 2020. The Tigers lost Quarterback Trevor Lawrence who was the first pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and ACC all-time leading rusher Travis Etienne.

Pittsburgh is leading the ACC in scoring against FBS opponents in 2021 averaging 46.3 points per game. Wake Forest is second at 37.8 PPG and North Carolina third at 37.6. Miami is at North Carolina on October 16 and Pittsburgh on October 30. The Hurricanes have a lot of work to do in the next 12 days before playing UNC.

Clemson’s offense is bad across the board. The Tigers are last in the ACC against FBS opponents in total offense. Clemson is averaging 279 yards per game. Miami is 11 in the ACC in total offense against FBS opponents averaging 363.3 yards per game. The Hurricanes had a school-record 739 yards against Central Connecticut State.

Virginia who Miami lost to on Thursday leads the ACC in total offense averaging 522 yards per game. Miami held Virginia to 449 yards in their 30-28 loss. The Hurricanes play the top four offense in the ACC this season. Pittsburgh, Duke and North Carolina are ranked second through fourth in the ACC in total offense.

Miami had 372 yards on offense and 385 punting.
— Canes Warning (@CanesWarningFS) October 1, 2021

The ACC Coastal is full of four good offenses at the top and three in the middle to bottom of the conference. Georgia Tech is ninth in the ACC in total offense, Miami 11th and Virginia Tech 12th. Clemson was second in the ACC in total offense in 2020 averaging 511.2 yards per game. Miami was sixth at 439.8 YPG.

The Miami football team is averaging 76.5 YPG less than last year. Duke and Pittsburgh improved from 13th and 14th in the ACC in total offense last season, Virginia was eighth. A lot can change from year to year in collegiate sports because of multiple factors. Miami was greatly improved offensive in 2020.

The addition of quarterback D’Eriq King as a transfer from Houston and hiring of offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee boosted Miami. Beginning the season against Alabama was a difficult task for the Miami football team. King suffered an injury in week three against Michigan State and has not returned.



The Rescue Mission plans to move its Thrifty Shopper store in Liverpool Plaza to the former Herb Philipson's location in Glenn Crossing Plaza on Route 57 in Clay. (Rick Moriarty |

Former Herb Philipson’s store in Clay plaza finally has a retail tenant (PS; $; Moriarty)

A Thrifty Shopper store will move from its longtime home in Liverpool Plaza to the former Herb Philipson’s location on Route 57 in Clay, a Rescue Mission official said.

Luana Lovenguth, chief social enterprise officer for the Rescue Mission, confirmed to | The Post-Standard that the charitable organization plans to relocate the store, which has operated for 20 years in the Liverpool Plaza on Old Liverpool Road.

Lovenguth said the new location, with more than 20,000 square feet of space, will be the largest of the Rescue Mission’s 18 Thrifty Shoppers. She said that, in addition to its size, the store will have the advantage of being in the same plaza as an Aldi supermarket and just a short distance from the new Amazon fulfillment center, which will open soon on Morgan Road with 1,500 workers.

Renovations have started at the former Herb Philipson’s store in Glenn Crossing Plaza. The Thrifty Shopper store is expected to open by January, Lovenguth said.
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Hokie Mark

2nd String
Apr 15, 2013
Regarding "old school" offense for Syracuse: the quickest way to improve is to do what other teams are NOT doing. If they all pass, you run. If they all focus on offense, you focus on defense. If they all go fast, you go slow.

The secret is that there IS no guaranteed system - they're all fads. You don't want to be the last one on the bandwagon, but rather, the first to catch the NEXT wave.


Living Legend
Aug 17, 2011
That Orangefizz guy is an idiot

And Axe obviously hasn’t really been paying attention. The offense has been slowed down since midway through 19.

last year was slowed played all year and this year has been run heavy since game one, they didn’t stumble on it last week

There were some signs last week that they are going to stop going full Shafer and turtling on offense, I certainly hope so.


Living Legend
Aug 26, 2011
That Orangefizz guy is an idiot

And Axe obviously hasn’t really been paying attention. The offense has been slowed down since midway through 19.

last year was slowed played all year and this year has been run heavy since game one, they didn’t stumble on it last week

There were some signs last week that they are going to stop going full Shafer and turtling on offense, I certainly hope so.
When you have an oline thats barely functioning you cant add pace.. As depth comes back and play gets better than you can build back up pace.. I really think Shrader would be helped by a bit more pace.. teams would have to play more base D because of his running threat and more throws would be the types he does better.

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