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TIME TO GIVE SEAN TUCKER #44!! Syracuse Football Runs ALL OVER BC & Is the Orange a Bowl Team?
ACC Bowl Watch: Pitt's loss shakes up bowl picture; see where SU is projected to play (PS; Carlson)
The ACC’s bowl projections shifted this week thanks to Pittsburgh’s loss to Miami, changing the projection that the Panthers would take the ACC’s top bowl spot.
Wake Forest grabs the spot in the Peach Bowl this week, with some minor ripple effects down the list.
Remember, the ACC doesn’t have a formal hierarchy this year, allowing it to make the best possible games based on television and geography rather than bowl reputation. Projecting bowls also might be a little different this year because of the American Athletic Conference having multiple strong teams.
Normally the bowls featuring AAC opponents (Military, Fenway) aren’t the best matchups and the ACC selections reflect that. That might not be the case this season with No. 2 Cincinnati, No. 20 Houston and No. 23 Southern Methodist. That’s as many as the Big 12 and more than both the ACC and Pac-12.
The Bearcats look primed for a New Year’s Six appearance, but the other two seem likely to meet ACC opponents.
Below you’ll find my best guess at projecting how the ACC picture will shape up through Week 9, along with the selections of national pundits and a quick snapshot of the bowl picture this week.
Eighty-two teams are needed to fill the bowl schedule this year. Thirty-six have currently reached the traditional bowl eligibility threshold. Twelve teams are certain to finish with a record below .500.
The ACC has 11 bowls with conference tie-ins outside of the New Year’s Six. The league currently has four teams that are bowl eligible (Wake Forest, North Carolina State, Pittsburgh and Virginia). Clemson and Syracuse are one win away. None have been eliminated yet.
College football: Wax blossoms for Syracuse after moving from running back to linebacker (nny360.com; St Croix)
Marlowe Wax was initially envisioned as the power complement to his high school rival and the nation’s leading rusher, Sean Tucker, in the Syracuse University football backfield.
Wax instead decided to gamble on his ability to play linebacker, paying instant dividends for Syracuse (4-4 overall, 1-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) entering a 3:30 p.m. game against Boston College on Saturday at the Carrier Dome, to be televised on the YES Network.
Wax has started all eight games at linebacker for SU and played in all 11 at the position as a true freshman last year.
He was recruited by SU to play the “big back” role as a short-yardage specialist but was a two-way standout at running back and linebacker as a junior and senior at Mount St. Joseph High School in his native Baltimore.
Wax said that he approached the coaching staff about moving to the defense before arriving on campus last year, believing it to be a better fit for him and the unit. He is also a key special teams contributor.
“They wanted me at running back but also like coach (Dino) Babers said, they just wanted me to be on the team, he was OK with my decision,” said Wax, who is listed at 6-foot and 235 pounds.
“I feel like I’m having fun at linebacker right now, and that’s all it’s about,” he added. “That’s what really matters, if I was going to have fun in this position, so I feel like if I keep doing good and helping the team in any way I can, it’s going to be great.”
Wax entered the week ranked eighth in the ACC with 7.5 tackles for loss and ninth with four total sacks. He has recorded 65 tackles, including 12.5 for loss and seven sacks, in his career.
Babers recalled their chat prior to the switch and told Wax that he would support the move, but reiterated that he could be a good running back, to which Wax retorted that he believed he could be an even better linebacker.
“One thing we’ve always done here is let guys play where their heart is,” Babers said earlier. “He really worked hard at that. He has shown that he can make plays, he has shown that he shows up, and he’s fabulous for us on special teams and really holding us together.”
Syracuse senior tight end/fullback Chris Elmore — who has also played defensive tackle and offensive guard for portions of his five-year SU tenure — recently recalled the coaching staff describing Wax as a smart player capable of playing either position during the recruiting process.
“He’s one of those smarter guys that catches on to a playbook pretty quick,” Elmore said. “He’s just picking up where he left off last year as a good rusher and linebacker and switching to linebacker and losing weight, it’s a tribute to him.”
Wax was rated as the No. 77 running back nationally in the 2020 recruiting class by 247Sports composite rankings.
As a high school senior, he ran for a school-record 1,330 yards and 18 touchdowns on 180 carries for a gain of 7.4 yards per rush. He logged 111 tackles on defense, including 23 for loss and five sacks, to go with three five forced fumbles, four recoveries, and three interceptions.
“I never had a favorite (position) back then,” Wax said. “I love them both. I love scoring touchdowns and I love making tackles and getting the crowd hype.”
Wax rated favorably alongside Tucker, a fellow Maryland product, in the 247Sports composite rankings entering their respective Orange careers. Tucker was ranked as the No. 27 overall prospect from Maryland while Wax listed at No. 37 from the state.
The duo has each shined for SU after facing off five times as stars from rival high schools. Wax said that they “went blow for blow,” each time he faced Tucker’s Calvert Hall High School.
Bleav in Syracuse Football: Episode 17 - A Pleasing SU Victory, Bowl Bound, and Heisman Voting on Apple Podcasts (apple.com; podcast; Bleav)
Host Mike McAllister and producer Kyle Leff break down the pleasing Sean Tucker-lead Orange victory over Boston College
SU Football’s Bye-Week To-Do List – Orange Fizz – Daily Syracuse Recruiting News & Team Coverage (orangefizz.net; Klein)
1. GET HEALTHYThis has become a bye-week cliché in football, but it’s especially true for Syracuse this year. While the Orange have been elusive in avoiding the injury bug compared to last year, there are still a lot of bumps and bruises that need to heal in order for SU to continue playing their best football of the season. It’s no secret that this is a late week off. The Orange last took a week off in November of 2014, but they also had a week two bye to offset the burden. This year, there is no such luxury. Chris Elmore was in a sling last weekend against Boston College. Trebor Peña missed the game as well. Meanwhile, two offensive line starters are down. Those guys need to get back for the Orange to make a bowl game push.
2. REDISCOVER THE PASSGarrett Shrader’s bread and butter is the run game. That’s alright, but too much of a good thing could be a bad thing. The sophomore has 13 touchdowns with his legs alone. If that escapes him, the offense is stale. Shrader notched just 65 yards passing against Boston College. Sure, Taj Harris entering the transfer portal doesn’t help, but Shrader proved himself as a worthy passer when he went for 236 yards against Virginia Tech and threw his first career game winning touchdown pass. He can do it. The question is can he do it when the Orange need him to regularly or is he just relying on Sean Tucker to have another career day.
The Beard has wheels!
Garrett Shrader goes 48 yards for his 13th rushing TD.
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3. IRON OUT SPECIAL TEAMSAndre Szmyt admitted earlier this year that he is not at the level he was in 2018. The former Lou Groza Award winner is just 7/12 on field goals this year. The longest one he’s hit is 48 yards. Szmyt missed two all of last year. The misses have come at inopportune times, which only amplify the problem. Then there’s the issue of punting, which took a huge step back from last year when Sterling Hofrichter was flipping fields routinely. Williams is the only punter in the ACC with fewer than 40 yards per boot. A punt return house call helped last week, but if SU continues to lose special teams then the bowl birth will be hard to come by.
4. WATCH LIBERTY/VIRGINIA TECH FILMThe defense was unbelievable last week, holding their opponent to six points for the first time since 2019. The main question heading into the bye and then Louisville is which defense will show up. The Cardinals are lead by one of the best dual-threat signal callers in the nation. Malik Cunningham is the team’s leading passer and rusher. Liberty has a QB that might be even more crucial to their offense, and Syracuse limited Malik Willis to fewer than 50 yards on the ground for the first time all year. Braxton Burmeister from Virginia Tech was similarly held in check. Florida State’s Jordan Travis, on the other hand, ran for 113 yards on SU in the narrow win for the Seminoles. The bye week gives the Orange more time to watch film and figure out how the defense will respond to a mobile QB this time around.
Are You Happy With Dino Babers? – Orange Fizz – Daily Syracuse Recruiting News & Team Coverage (orangefizz.net; Bonaparte)
Prior to this season, Dino Babers was not all that popular within the Syracuse fan base. Orange fans were justifiably unsatisfied after SU scratched across one measly win in a year to forget. Babers has been on the hill coaching this team for 6 years now, of course, his crowning jewels are the 2017 upset over Clemson and the 2018 season in which Babers coached the Orange to 10 wins and a bowl victory. Since that fever dream of a season, Syracuse fans have been let down year in, year out. Though 2021 may prove different. At 5-4, the Orange sit one win outside bowl eligibility. Could Babers win SU fans back with some postseason success this year, or is his job unsalvageable?
Let’s go through the Pros/Cons of his season:
POOR COACHINGIt’s no secret Babers has made some pretty head-scratching calls in terms of clock management and overall late-game coaching this season. His blunders against FSU/Wake Forest/Clemson/Virginia Tech are all duly noted all throughout our website. Babers has shown an undying ineptitude toward clock management this season. That’s a huge issue for a football coach at any level. Clock management is the same at every level, whether you’re taking pee wee or the NFL, the clock works the same. So that’s why it’s so hard to understand why Babers has such a hard time doing what most fans in the building think they could probably accomplish. Clock management and poor late-game coaching isn’t his only problem. Syracuse has not played clean football this year. According to NCAA.com, SU is tied for 100th out of 130 teams in terms of penalties committed (58). Every week we see Syracuse commit stupid penalty after stupid penalty halting drives or staggering momentum. Whether it’s Matthew Bergeron jumping early, a defender getting called for a late hit, or the team being generally unprepared leading to a delay of game. Good football teams play clean football, these penalties come back to coaching. It doesn’t end there, however. Have you seen the special teams unit this season? James Williams was supposed to be next up at what has seemingly become PunterU. Syracuse fans and media alike expected Williams to come in and be as effective as Sterling Hofrichter was. Instead, Dino’s got him doing “specialty punts” that have only ended up shooting out of bounds into the stands 8 yards down the field. What happened to “a special teams unit that’s well-coached,” Dino?
RECRUITING On Paper, SU’s recruiting hasn’t been too spectacular over Baber’s tenure. Here’s how his classes have ranked within the ACC since 2017:
Jacksonville Jaguars safety Andre Cisco (38) follows a play during the second half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Former SU football player is ‘the future’ of Jaguars’ defense (Syracuse, CNY in the NFL) (PS; Herbert)
Former Syracuse University football player Andre Cisco is developing in his rookie season with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and could be the future of its defense.
Sports Illustrated reports Cisco, who was drafted No. 65 overall in the third round, has had a minor role on the Jags so far due to a log jam on the team’s safety depth chart. He played 41 snaps in the first two games of the season, then became a special teams fixture, but played just five total snaps over the last two weeks as part of a very specific defensive package.
“Well, we had a little package for him the other day and he did well in it. We had a package where he came in, covered the running back who had done a good job, and he did a good job with that. [He has to] just continue to develop,” defensive coordinator Joe Cullen told SI last week.
Cisco has made “tremendous improvements,” according to defensive backs-safeties coach Chris Ash, but has to be patient for playing time behind veterans Rayshawn Jenkins and Andrew Wingard.
“Cisco is a great young man, has worked his tail off, has really improved. I think he is in a great spot right now. He’s really helping us on special teams. He’s got a bright future. And you know, he’s going to be the future of this defense as we move forward at some point,” Ash told SI.
Syracuse Football: As Sean Tucker rolls, a bowl game is quite viable for SU (itlh; Fiello)
One more game – that’s right, Syracuse football is one win away from bowl eligibility. In a season where many doubted they’d win 3 or 4 and after last season with no fans in the stands and only one win, this is an accomplishment in itself.
With three games left, and make no mistake these will be tough games, Syracuse has to beat Louisville, NC State or Pittsburgh to get that magical 6th win.
I’m the guy before this season who said this could be a magical season and hyped up #WhyNotCuse after Josh Black in the preseason stated to the press “Why not us?” After three VERY close losses and an ugly game against Rutgers, this team could have been that team but regardless I’m proud of the effort and accomplishments they’ve achieved.
Five wins are still like a delicious pie for Orange fans to salivate over, and a bowl game would be like making that pie ala mode with some delicious Byrne Dairy ice cream.
Syracuse football is very much in the post-season bowl conversation.
Let’s be honest, this is a team sport and a team accomplishment. The defense has been stellar, with Mikel Jones amongst the nation’s leaders in solo tackles, Cody Roscoe and Kingsley Jonathan ranking up there in sacks and tackles for losses, and it has been exciting to watch a young secondary with Duce Chestnut, Garrett Williams and others providing stellar play.
Syracuse Football: Orange defense was simply spectacular in BC blow-out (itlh; Adler)
The Syracuse football offense, finally, came alive in the third quarter of the Orange’s Atlantic Coast Conference showdown with long-time rival Boston College on Saturday afternoon in Central New York.
But the ‘Cuse defense is what won this game for the Orange, in my humble opinion. Syracuse football magnificently shut down the Eagles offense for virtually the entire 60 minutes, and three monster touchdowns by the ‘Cuse in the third quarter led to the 21-6 outcome in the Orange’s favor on the Hill.
The ‘Cuse has three contests left in the 2021 regular season, with two of them on the road (versus Louisville and N.C. State) and the home finale against a good Pittsburgh squad.
So from my perspective, Syracuse football needed to take care of a struggling Boston College group inside the Carrier Dome to give the Orange (5-4, 2-3) a realistic shot of potentially reaching bowl eligibility.
The Syracuse football defense was absolutely stellar in the romp over Boston College.
I don’t want to sit here and say that the Eagles (4-4, 0-4) have the most prolific offense in the country, because they don’t. But that shouldn’t take away from what the Orange defense did to BC on Saturday afternoon.
According to cuse.com/sidearmstats, the Eagles ran a total of 72 plays for 251 yards, for an average of 3.49 yards per play. The Syracuse football run defense really impressed me.
Check this out. Boston College had 40 rushing attempts for a paltry 71 rushing yards, or a meager 1.8 yards per rush. By comparison, the Orange had only seven more rushing attempts, but 293 rushing yards, for an average of 6.2 yards per rush.
I acknowledge that Syracuse football running back Sean Tucker and quarterback Garrett Shrader each had a long rushing TD, so the team’s overall rushing yards got a significant boost from those two plays.
What does college football say about the Syracuse Orange after week 9? (exbulletin.com)
What does college football say about the Syracuse Orange after week 9?
Every week, check out what other college football media sites are saying about the Syracuse Orange. The Orange actually played a game that was not decided in the last minute. Do they get a lot of credit for beating BC….let’s find out
In these weeks SP+ Ranking Syracuse moves up five spots to 49th with the offense ranking 65th while the defense ranks 39th. The Oranges are between West Virginia and USC this week.
The Football Power Index Syracuse has moved up four places to the 60th place between Nevada and Texas Tech. Bye U is 999th in this week’s FPI.
Syracuse moves one to seventh place in local newspapers every week ACC Power Rankings. The Orange is located between Miami and Louisville.
In the CBS Sports power rankings Syracuse has moved up eleven places to 53rd place between Maryland and UNC.
Orange rises by nine places to 61st place in Athletics Top 130 Mon.with whomis Rankings put them in between State of Boise and Louisville this week.
AP and Coaches Poll
Bye You got one vote in yesterday’s North America coaches poll
Taj Harris to visit Kentucky this week (aseaofblue.com; agershon99)
The Kentucky Wildcats are set to receive a visit from an experienced playmaker, as Syracuse transfer Taj Harris is set to visit Lexington this weekend.
Harris is a 6-foot-2 outside receiver who started his redshirt junior season at Syracuse this fall before entering the transfer portal.
In three games before leaving the Orange, Harris made 16 catches for 171 yards, including an eight-catch, 122-yard performance in a 17-7 loss to Rutgers.
Harris started every game for Syracuse from 2018-2020. In 2018, he hauled in 36 catches for 510 yards and three touchdowns. In 2019, he made 37 catches for 559 yards and two touchdowns and in 2020 made career-high 58 catches for 733 yards and five touchdowns.
The New Jersey native was named Third-Team All-ACC for his 2020 campaign and was one of three Syracuse players to represent the team alongside head coach Dino Babers at ACC Media Days this summer.
Landing Harris won’t be easy for Kentucky, as the former Cuse standout already holds offers from Auburn, Louisville, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, NC State, Texas A&M, Utah, Western Kentucky and Temple in addition to the Wildcats.
He already has taken a visit to Oxford to meet with Lane Kiffin and Ole Miss. There’s no true sense at who is in the lead to land the playmaker.
Josh Black "Orange Nation" 11-1 (ESPN; radio; Steve & Paulie)
Syracuse football defensive lineman Josh Black joins Steve and Paulie to discuss the big win over Boston College, the team being one win away from bowl eligibility and why he thinks one holiday in particular is a total scam.
Boston College needs to pick a quarterback and plan around him (bcinterruption.com; Grav)
Well, that wasn’t fun. Boston College’s offense struggled mightily again on Saturday, putting up 6 points (two field goals) in a 21-6 loss to Syracuse.
With that performance, BC now has just 40 points in 4 ACC games -10 per game - a level of futility that is distressingly close to the 2015 team, which scored 73 points in 8 games, for a grand total of about 9.12 points per game.
So things aren’t great, and as was made pretty clear on Saturday, they’re not great well beyond the Phil Jurkovec-sized hole at the quarterback position. BC’s offensive line continues to struggle, the defense remains prone to giving up big plays despite their own big play ability, and the offense was unable to punch in multiple opportunities inside Syracuse’s red zone, including getting stuffed from the 1 yard line on 3rd and 4th down in the fourth quarter.
Another alarming parallel to 2015 is that now BC is shuffling through a pair of quarterbacks, bringing back memories of Steve Addazio rotating through both Troy Flutie and Jeff Smith as BC struggled to score points.
To be clear, neither quarterback exactly seized the reins on Saturday and demonstrated they are clearly head and shoulders above the other.
But it feels like BC’s best chance of winning at this point is to pick one quarterback and game plan around him, because they seem to have different relative strengths.
Jeff Hafley and the coaching staff need to identify which strength they want to work with, whose weaknesses they want to work around, and pick the game plan accordingly - because it still feels like BC is running the Jurkovec offense while plugging in quarterbacks who simply can’t do what Jurkovec could do. We’re still seeing a lot of the same plan BC deployed with Jurkovec - rotating through all the running backs, using TEs more in the passing game than to block, and running a fairly straightforward pro-style offense.
Emmett Morehead showed some potential for throwing deep, strong balls down the field, including hitting Zay Flowers on a long ball on his first career drive. However, his accuracy - as can be expected for a true freshman - isn’t quite there yet, as he also had some overthrows and misses as the game went on. That said, it’s pretty clear that in terms of arm strength, Morehead has the edge, and hopefully shows the raw skill that could be improved upon with more experience and reps. If BC wants the offense to find its footing by stretching the field, Morehead is the way to go - and you have to just accept that there will be growing pains with a true freshman QB.
On the other hand, Grosel has two advantages on Morehead - he’s faster, and he also has more experience running a variety of offenses during both the Addazio and Hafley regimes. So BC should try to design an effective gameplan around Grosel if they think that gives them the best chance to win. To me, that means going to more of a power formation, using tight ends to block more to support the O-line which hasn’t been at its best, re-emphasizing the running game (and perhaps picking a featured back to carry the load), and letting Grosel roll out of the pocket and have a series of either designed runs or plays where he can either throw or run depending on how the play unfolds.
JHowell's Picks for 2021 Week 10 (RX; HM)
JHowell's Picks for 2021 Week 10From JHowell.net:
Below are the projections through the games of 10-16-21. Games against non-rated teams are excluded. The favorite is listed first with the projected margin of victory (i.e., the line) in parenthesis. 'TP' represents the total number of points expected to be scored in the game and 'Odds' represents the odds of the favorite winning straight-up (not against-the-spread).
Friday, November 5, 2021#81-Boston College (0) vs. #72-Virginia Tech (TP=47 Odds=.502)
Saturday, November 6, 2021#8-Wake Forest (-16.5) @ #66-North Carolina (TP=68 Odds=.751)
#9-Notre Dame (-23) vs. #102-Navy (TP=53 Odds=.889)
#27-Pittsburgh (-17) @ #110-Duke (TP=60 Odds=.784)
#29-N.C. State (-7.5) @ #79-Florida State (TP=53 Odds=.653)
#40-Clemson (-0.5) @ #53-Louisville (TP=47 Odds=.517)
#47-Miami (FL) (-12) vs. #93-Georgia Tech (TP=59 Odds=.713)
The Alliance Pushes for 8 on Wednesday... (RX; HM)
The Alliance Pushes for 8 on Wednesday..."The Athletic" is reporting that the "Alliance" (ACC/B1G/Pac-12) are pushing for a CFP expansion to 8 teams instead of the previously proposed 12 teams. Here are highlights from two articles posted by Nicole Auerbach...
From TheAthletic: ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12 to raise 8-team format at next CFP expansion talks: Sources
College Football Playoff expansion talks to resume with focus on finding consensus on 8 vs. 12 teams...the commissioners who make up The Alliance — the ACC, Big Ten and Pac-12 — are expected to re-raise the topic of an eight-team format with automatic qualifying spots for each Power 5 champion, multiple sources directly involved in the process told The Athletic. It is believed that the ACC is the league most attached to the eight-team format, though some administrators also characterized the Big Ten as “in lockstep” with the ACC on the issue.
The Pac-12, sources said, is open to both the eight-team format and the 12-team model favored by other key players; it just needs expanded access above all. The Pac-12 has not had a team qualify for the Playoff since the 2016 season...
...The College Football Playoff management committee will meet [this] Wednesday and Thursday in Grapevine, Texas, where the group of 10 FBS commissioners and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick will once again try to come to a consensus on the size of an expanded Playoff field.
If they can reach complete agreement on that point, they can move forward... If they can’t, the format will stay at four for the time being...
Miami reprimanded for violating headset rule (ESPN; Adelson)
The Miami Hurricanes football team was issued a public reprimand for violating an NCAA rule concerning in-game communication devices, the ACC announced Monday.
In addition, Miami will have a 20% reduction in communication devices it can use against Georgia Tech on Saturday.
A Miami spokesperson said the school had no comment.
Miami violated NCAA Football Playing Rule 1-4-12, relating to coaches' phones, headsets and communication devices. It is unclear when the violation happened.
According to the rule, teams must exchange a headset sheet, which lists who will be on the permitted devices, and a credential list, which says who will use each of the 60 team credentials permitted within the team area. Schools are limited to 23 communication devices, both two-way and for listen only. The coach and athletic director must sign off on both sheets at least 90 minutes before kickoff.
Clemson football: ACC standings & scenarios heading into November (rubbingtherock./com; Spencer)
The 2021 Clemson football season hasn’t gone nearly as anyone had expected coming into the year, but the Tigers still have an outside shot at finishing with some hardware if everything fell into place.
Clemson was basically eliminated from CFB Playoff contention following the second loss of the season back in September to N.C. State and the Tigers have been playing ‘catch-up’ ever since then in terms of the ACC Atlantic Division race.
Now, as we head into the month of November, here’s a look at the division standings:
- Wake Forest (5-0)
- N.C. State (3-1)
- Clemson (4-2)
- Louisville (2-3)
- Florida State (2-3)
- Syracuse (2-3)
- Boston College (0-4)
The two key teams to watch are Wake Forest and N.C. State, who are ahead of Clemson in the standings. Here’s a look at the two team’s conference schedules the rest of the way and the scenarios that could get the Tigers in the ACC Championship game.
NC State: @ Florida State, @ Wake Forest, vs. Syracuse, vs. UNC
Wake Forest: vs. NC State, @ Clemson, @ Boston College
Scenarios for Clemson football to still win the ACC Atlantic DivisionScenario 1:
- Clemson wins out
- NC State beats Wake Forest, but loses two other games
- Clemson wins out
- Wake Forest beats NC State, but loses to Boston College
- NC State loses one more (FSU, Syracuse, UNC)
- Clemson wins out
- Wake Forest beats NC State, but loses to Boston College
- NC State only loses to Wake Forest
https://www.charlotteobserver.com/latest-news/article255454446.html (charlotteobserver.com; Wiseman)
With lopsided losses piling one on top of another again for Duke this football season, the natural undercurrent of coaching change speculation spilled into the public eye a bit on Monday.
Two days after his Blue Devils were whipped 45-7 at No. 10 Wake Forest, David Cutcliffe was asked if he’s concerned that his 14th season at Duke could be his last.
“I don’t think about job security,” Cutcliffe said. “How can I do that and do justice to the players that I’m coaching right now? I’m not going there. I’m not upset that you ask the question. That’s a normal and natural question to ask. But why would I even consider focusing on that? I have a job to do that is directly related to how well I do my job in relation to putting those players in position to win.”
Cutcliffe remained calm while answering the question during his weekly, regularly scheduled news conference with reporters.
It came as his Blue Devils are mired in a four-game losing streak that’s dropped their record to 3-5 overall and 0-4 in ACC play. The last two losses were noncompetitive as Virginia blasted Duke 48-0 prior to Wake Forest rolling over the Blue Devils.
Entering Saturday’s home game with Coastal Division-leading Pittsburgh (6-2, 3-1 ACC), the Blue Devils have dropped their last nine ACC games. After going 8-5 in 2018 and beating Temple in the Independence Bowl, Duke is 10-21 overall and 4-18 in ACC play over the past three seasons.
Duke entered this season believing that last season’s 2-9 record was mostly the result of pandemic restrictions that severely impacted the team’s overall preparation. A 31-28 loss at Charlotte in the season opener set the team back nevertheless.
The Mexican restaurant, Cantina Laredo, has closed at Destiny USA in Syracuse. Ellen M. Blalock / The Post-Standard Ellen M. BlalockEllen M. Blalock
A big restaurant at Syracuse’s Destiny USA shuts down for good (PS; Cazentre)
Cantina Laredo, a chain restaurant serving “modern Mexican” cuisine at Destiny USA, closed down today and will not reopen.
The closing was confirmed by Nikita Jankowski, Destiny’s director of marketing. She declined to provide more details.
A manager who answered the phone this afternoon at the restaurant also confirmed the closing and declined further comment.
Cantina Laredo, part of a Texas-based chain, opened to to huge fanfare at Destiny in 2012. It was the chain’s first outlet in New York state. It was located on the first floor of the Canyon in Destiny USA.
It was among the last of the Destiny USA restaurants to reopen after closing during the first wave of the Covid pandemic, doing so in November 2020.
As of last year, Cantina Laredo had about 30 locations nationwide. Its online location listing today shows just 20 — Destiny is no longer included.
Over the past few years, several restaurants (and other tenants) have closed at Destiny, including the Melting Pot and Gordon Bierch Restaurant-Brewery.