Co 2020-21 Iggy Award Winner MPG (special again)
- Aug 15, 2011
World Freedom Day commemorates the fall of the Berlin Wall as well as the end of communism's domination over Eastern and Central European countries. President George W. Bush issued the first proclamation for World Freedom Day on November 9, 2001, the twelfth anniversary of the opening of the Berlin Wall. In his remarks, Bush stated that the wall had separated those living under a dictatorship from those who were free and that its fall was "the turning point of the Cold War and a significant landmark in freedom's victory over tyranny." Bush said that World Freedom Day exists to "honor the spirit and perseverance of those who strived for freedom in East Germany and other repressive regimes," that it celebrates the new freedom that emerged after the wall's fall, and that it recognizes the billions of people still living under authoritarian regimes and repressive governments. In this spirit, he encouraged Americans to support those "who seek to lead their people out of oppression." He ended his proclamation by declaring, "I call upon the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities and to reaffirm their devotion to the aspirations of all people for freedom and democracy." The day was subsequently proclaimed by President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump.
Dino Babers talks bye week, Malik Cunningham ahead of Louisville game (DO; Smith)
Following a late bye week that came nine games into the season, Syracuse is preparing to face Louisville on Saturday. Head coach Dino Babers returned for a weekly press conference and said the Orange “needed a break” both physically and mentally. Several players went home during the week off, Babers said, while the head coach was spotted recruiting over the weekend.
“We did not practice that much. We needed that time to heal,” Babers said. “We got a couple of practices in, but the main thing is making sure these guys heal up and give us an opportunity for the final three games of the season.”
Here are three takeaways from Babers’ press conference ahead of SU’s game against Louisville:
Notable injured playersWithout the bye week coming earlier in the season like usual, various Syracuse players were forced to either miss games due to injury or play through their injuries. While quarterback Garrett Shrader fought through a physical game against Virginia Tech that left him wearing a boot postgame, offensive linemen like Chris Bleich and Carlos Vettorello have each missed games this season.
When asked about the status of Vettorello — a third-year starting lineman who has played both tackle and center — Babers said he is expected to miss the remainder of the season. Vettorello rolled his ankle on Oct. 23 against Virginia Tech and missed the Boston College game.
Babers also added that starting punt and kickoff returner Trebor Pena is expected to miss the season’s last three games. Pena also missed the game against the Eagles and was wearing a sling in a picture posted on Twitter by receivers coach Terrence Samuel. Wide receiver Courtney Jackson filled in for Pena against BC and scored SU’s first punt or kickoff return touchdown since 2018, going 64 yards to put Syracuse up 21-6 in the third quarter.
Fullback Chris Elmore also missed the Boston College game, but Babers declined to comment on his status on Monday morning. Elmore has only appeared in four games this season after missing the first four weeks due to a non injury-related reason. The 6-foot, 265-pound Swiss Army knife has suited up at several different positions for the Orange over his career and has made immediate impacts on SU’s running game when he has appeared this season, typically serving as a lead blocker for Sean Tucker.
Looking ahead to Cunningham, Louisville
Syracuse’s defense has struggled in recent years against Louisville, giving up at least 30 points in five of the last six meetings against the Cardinals. In 2019, UL dropped 56 points on the Orange.
How Does Shrader’s Performance Impact SU’s Recruiting? – Orange Fizz – Daily Syracuse Recruiting News & Team Coverage (orangefizz.net; Bonaparte)
In 2017, Tommy DeVito showed up to Syracuse as its first 4-star QB since the likes of Donovan McNabb and in the modern recruiting era, its 15th-highest recruit ever. DeVito was a big deal for the program. The New Jersey native showed his skills in 2018, backing up SU fan favorite Eric Dungey. DeVito got his chance to shine a few times that season, most notably against North Carolina. He entered while trailing, and led the Orange to a win behind three late touchdown passes including one in overtime to seal the victory.
Safe to say, fans were comfortable where the program was, in the hands of DeVito after Dungey’s departure.
When 2019 rolled around, it was DeVito’s time to shine and shine he di- oh wait, what was that? He didn’t shine? Oh yeaaaaaah. DeVito never lived up to that hype conjured up in 2018. He led Syracuse to a woeful 5-7 in ‘19 and then of course was injured in 2020, and now is gone, off to the transfer portal. Why’s that? Because Syracuse may have found its savior at the quarterback position. Garrett Shrader transferred in from Mississippi St this past offseason and has been nothing short of electric. Among QBs, Shrader ranks 4th in the nation in terms of rushing yards (670) and 2nd in rushing touchdowns (13) only behind fellow ACC QB, Malik Cunningham (15).
The question now becomes, if Syracuse makes a bowl game, and Shrader continues to impress this season, does SU look a lot more appealing for quarterbacks in the future despite DeVito’s failure?The Beard has wheels!
Garrett Shrader goes 48 yards for his 13th rushing TD.
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Syracuse football Week 11 depth chart (Louisville): How many contributors will Orange get back from injury? (247sports.com; Bailey)
Syracuse football has released its Week 11 depth chart ahead of a trip to face Louisville on Saturday at noon. The Orange's two-deep listing is typically representative of the team's lineup in its most previous contest -- in this case, a 21-6 win over Boston College before the bye week -- rather than an indication of what the lineup will be in the upcoming game.
SU's newest depth chart features a handful of alterations, though many of the changes are in reaction to starting offensive lineman Carlos Vettorello and top return man/reserve slot receiver Trebor Pena being expected to miss the remainder of the season.
The former has been pulled from the listing, which features a first-team front five identical to the one that started against the Eagles (left to right): Matthew Bergeron, Kalan Ellis, Airon Servais, Chris Bleich, Dakota Davis. The second-team unit includes reserve tackles Anthony Red and Jakob Bradford, consistent with past weeks, with second-year backup Josh Ilaoa slotted in at left tackle and center, and veteran Darius Tisdale slotted at right guard.
Tisdale is the top candidate to break into the starting group, having missed the team's last four-plus games after suffering a lower-body injury at Florida State in Week 5. If Tisdale is healthy enough to return against the Cardinals, he'd likely fill in at right tackle with Davis, who slid outside for the first time in his five-year collegiate career two weeks ago, potentially moving back to guard.
Dino Babers: Bye Week & Louisville (SI; McAllister)
The concerns coming out of a bye week tend to begrudge the other teams who are in competition. However, the bye week was well needed for the health of the Syracuse football team.
“We needed the rest, mentally we needed a break as well,” Babers said. “To me it's always beneficial for those young men to stop and go home and eat mom’s cooking.”
Syracuse head coach Dino Babers believes the bye week serves its purpose each season, no matter how early or late it is.
“To sit back and relax and we can just watch football,” Babers said. “You know some guys do, some guys don’t. To me, I can’t get away from it. But to sit back and not have the pressure and stress of a football game and be able to watch other people compete and see how important those inches are, not only in a football game but in an entire season.”
The challenges of a bye week may include halting the momentum of your team, falling out of routine, losing the focus of the season, and many others. However, with a bye week this late in the season, it allows the Orange to visualize how close they are to a bowl game.
The final three games of the season prove to be the most meaningful because of their bowl implications. The Orange come out of the bye week to face Louisville (4-5). The Cardinals have struggled this season but are similar to the Orange this season. Louisville lost three games this season by a touchdown or less. The Cardinals lost to Wake Forest 37-34, to Virginia 34-33, and to Clemson 30-24. The outcomes of these matchups could have gone either way which the Orange are no stranger to. The Orange could easily be 8-1 and the Cardinals could easily be 7-2. The fate of each team is in their own hands however the Orange have to deal with containing Malik Cunningham.
Bleav in Syracuse Episode 19: Louisville Preview (SI; podcast; The Bleav)
Bleav in Syracuse podcast episode 19 is out! Syracuse was on a bye last week but will be back on the field this week. Mike and Kyle breakdown the matchup with Louisville including why Malik Cunningham is so dangerous, Louisville's run defense, players to watch from the Cardinals and predictions.
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On The Block On Demand (ESPN; radio; Axe)
Brent discusses the rarity of Syracuse football and men’s basketball being relevant at the same time. Later, he recaps the atrocity that was the Bills loss to the Jaguars.
Syracuse Recruiting Roundup: Elliot Cadeau, Chris Reed, Garrison Madden - The Juice Online (the juice; Auger)
There have been plenty of offers extended from both the Syracuse football and basketball teams in the last week, so let’s get right to it on this week’s recruiting roundup.
Syracuse is the latest school to offer 2022 Apopka (Fla.) wide receiver Chris Reed. He committed to Utah in October, but has scheduled an official visit to Syracuse on Dec. 3. According to Sports Illustrated’s Mike McAllister, Reed will visit Utah on Nov. 19 and is also scheduling an official visit to Florida A&M. 247 Sports ranks Reed as a three-star prospect.
Staying with Florida wide receivers, the Orange has also offered 2023 Lakeland (Fla.) prospect Tyler Williams. Rated three stars by 247 Sports, he also holds offers from Florida State, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, and Michigan, among others. The two-sport star also holds a basketball scholarship offer at Florida Gulf Coast. His primary recruiter at Syracuse is receivers coach Terrence Samuel.
The Orange is trying to close out its 2022 class, and has offered linebacker Garrison Madden from Dutchtown (Ga.). It is his first Power 5 offer, and adds to a list that also includes Air Force, Marshall and Yale.
The Syracuse football coaching is also looking ahead to its 2025 class, being the first school to offer Montvale (NJ) running back John Forster.
The basketball team was also busy in New Jersey in the past week. They offered 2024 point guard Elliot Cadeau from Bergen (NJ) Catholic. Cadeau has also picked up offers from Seton Hall, Providence, Tennessee and Oklahoma State.
Taj Harris joins our DT on "WakeUpCall" for an Exclusive Conversation where Taj opens up for his first interview since deciding to depart from the Syracuse Orange football program mid-season & enter the transfer portal.
"Wake Up Call with Dan Tortora" is proud to bring you this special broadcast where Taj gets to tell his story, where our DT asks Taj about numerous topics pertaining to his time at Syracuse, his decision to leave, committing to the Kentucky Wildcats, & More.
Syracuse Football: Why giving Sean Tucker 44 against Pitt is a great plan (itlh; Fiello)
This morning, my son and I were talking about the legacy of 44 and Syracuse football running back Sean Tucker. My son is 14 years old and wasn’t around when 44 was a thing. Yet he loves following the team, the sport in general, and he loves having discussions about topics surrounding it.
So this was nothing major or unforeseen but it occurred to me that if my son is now involved in the conversation and thinks he’s worthy of it, maybe there is something to it attracting fans of all ages. Even his own teammates like Josh Black are openly advocating for this move.
Now I’ve heard the comments from Syracuse athletic director John Wildhack about how they’ve discussed the issue and they have no plans to bring it back this season. He cited talking to people who wore 44 and that it’s a complex issue. And while I respect the current AD, I wholeheartedly disagree and think the perfect time to do this is at the final home game against Pittsburgh.
It’s time for Syracuse football running back Sean Tucker to receive number 44.
Saturday, November 27th is Senior Day in the Carrier Dome. We say goodbye to those 5th-year seniors who came back to help this program improve upon a disappointing season last year. We will either go into that game bowl game eligible or hoping to be.
Pittsburgh is a team many consider a contender for biggest rival going back to their Big East days. Maybe making it even more special will add inspiration as well, kind of like chugging an energy drink. This game matters.
Louisville quarterback Malik Cunningham expected to play against Syracuse (yahoo.com; Robinson)
Louisville football's loss to Clemson on Saturday had a bit of injury drama surrounding quarterback Malik Cunningham.
The junior quarterback went out with 4 minutes and 59 seconds left in the third quarter, and it wasn't until he ran out of the locker room in the fourth quarter when people knew he was returning.
He was the main catalyst to the Cardinals' offense on Saturday, tallying 308 total yards, 134 on the ground and 174 in the air. Still, Louisville lost to the Tigers 30-24, but heading into Saturday's game against Syracuse, Scott Satterfield said Cunningham is doing well.
The standout quarterback didn't practice on Sunday, but Satterfield said he was "pretty optimistic" he would practice this week.
"His injury will be fine, we will see," Satterfield said.
Mentally, Cunningham was disappointed after the game, as was everybody, Satterfield said, but Cunningham has recovered.
"He took it hard, as we all did, but he's doing good," Satterfield said. "He's in a much better place now."
Cunningham is expected to play on Saturday against Syracuse.
Satterfield optimistic Cunningham will be able to play vs. Syracuse (kentuckytoday.com; Brown)
It's so far, so good regarding the availability of Louisville quarterback Malik Cunningham for Saturday's home game against Syracuse.
Cunningham aggravated an earlier injury to his left ankle, the extent of which hasn't been disclosed, left the Clemson game Saturday night with five minutes left in the third quarter and didn't return until 10:17 remained in the fourth period of the 30-24 loss.
Ankle injuries can be tricky and Cunningham actually injured it several weeks ago. But UofL coach Scott Satterfield said during his weekly press conference Monday afternoon that he's "pretty optimistic" that the junior will be able to play against the Orange (5-4, 2-3) in the noon game in Cardinal Stadium.
"I think he's going to be fine," Satterfield said. "He was out on the field Sunday, but didn't do a whole lot. I'm pretty optimistic about him getting back out there tomorrow and Wednesday's practice."
Satterfield said he believes Cunningham has also recovered mentally from the Card's third narrow defeat in their last five games.
"He took it hard, as we all did, but he's doing good," Satterfield said. "He's in a much better place now."
Cunningham finished with 308 total yards, 134 rushing and 174 passing. He led UofL (4-5, 2-4) on a last-minute drive to a first down on the Clemson two-yard line, but the Cards couldn't push the ball into the end zone on four tries.
Satterfield said he called one running play, a no-gainer by running back Jalen Mitchell on first down, then three consecutive pass plays, all of which were well-covered by Clemson and wound up being runs by Cunningham.
Historic Performance Nets Thomas ACC DB of the Week (ramblinwreck.com)
For the second time in four games, Georgia Tech Jr. Juanyeh Thomas (Niceville, Fla./Niceville) has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Back of the Week, the ACC announced on Monday.
Thomas’ latest honor comes on the heels of a historic performance on Saturday at Miami (Fla.), in which he tallied nine tackles, a sack, 1.5 tackles for loss, a forced fumble (which was returned for a Georgia Tech touchdown) and scored two points for the Yellow Jackets on a 100-plus-yard interception return of a Miami two-point-conversion attempt.
In the process, Thomas became the first NCAA Division I FBS player since 2015 and the first ACC player since 2008 to record at least nine tackles, a sack, 1.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble while also scoring points in a single game. He is the first FBS player to accomplish the feat since New Mexico’s Lee Crosby versus New Mexico State on Oct. 3, 2015 and the first ACC player to post the gaudy numbers since Miami’s Glenn Cook against Texas A&M on Sept. 20, 2008.
Booking ACC Football Week 11 (augustafreepress.com; podcast; Carter & Graham)
The Booking ACC Football team – Jerry Carter and Chris Graham – officially gives up on the dream of having an ACC team in the College Football Playoff. Now, it's all about having an entertaining ACC Championship Game in Charlotte in December. How do we get there?
https://www.newsobserver.com/sports/college/acc/nc-state/article255653116.html (newsobserver.com; video; TheACC)
North Carolina State football coach Dave Doeren discusses the Wolfpack's upcoming ACC college football game against rival Wake Forest. Doeren talked to reporters, Monday, Nov. 9, 2021.
Looking Ahead to 2021 Week 12 (RX; HM)
Looking Ahead to 2021 Week 12From the official ACC release of Nov. 8, 2021...
ACC Announces Football Game Times & Networks for Nov. 20
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – The Atlantic Coast Conference and its television partners announced the following football game times and networks for the week of November 20th.
Thursday, Nov. 18
- Louisville at Duke, 7:30 p.m., ESPN
Saturday, Nov. 20
- Florida State at Boston College, Noon, ACCN
- Wake Forest at Clemson, Noon, ESPN
- Wofford at North Carolina, Noon, RSN
- Georgia Tech at Notre Dame, 2:30 p.m., NBC
Six-Day HoldsESPN has exercised a six-day hold for the following games:
- Virginia Tech at Miami
- Syracuse at NC State
- Virginia at Pitt
Random Thoughts (after Week 10) (RX; HM)
Random Thoughts (after Week 10)Is there any way Dan Mullen can remain the head football coach of the Florida Gators?
...and if not, is there any way he ends up at Virginia Tech?
Who will win the FSU/UF game this year? True, the game is in "The Swamp" - but that place isn't nearly as scary as it once was. What's more, the Gators are definitely trending down, while the Seminoles are on their way up. A few weeks ago I would've said Florida State had no chance, but now...?
It's been 41 years since the last national championship for the Georgia Bulldogs. If they don't win another one this season, will they ever? How it must gnaw at Bulldog fans to know that, despite all the victories over in-state rival Georgia Tech, it's the Yellow Jackets who own the most recent natty (1990).
Leary’s season stacking up with some of NC State’s all-time great quarterbacks (wnct.com; Gibson)
North Carolina State quarterback Devin Leary is quietly putting together a season behind center that will rival some of the best in Wolfpack football history.
“I think the guy’s playing really good football,” said N.C. State head coach Dave Doeren. “His stats don’t lie and the film doesn’t lie so hopefully he’ll get what he deserves at the and.”
The redshirt sophomore is on pace to have his name thrown into the mix along with former Wolfpack greats like Philip Rivers, Russell Wilson and Ryan Finley.
When you look at how each of the four performed in their second season as starters, Leary doesn’t take a back seat to any of the former Pack stars.
With at least four games left to play, Leary is on pace to throw for more than 3,500 yards and 35 touchdowns – twice as many touchdown passes as Rivers and Finley threw in their second campaigns.
Leary has thrown just three interceptions on the year including a “Hail Mary” pass that was picked off.
Wilson threw 11 interceptions in his sophomore campaign just for comparison.
Yet when the All ACC picks are made at the end of the season, Leary, unfortunately, may be overlooked.
“Hopefully people will see that and not just vote on people who have a certain thing on their jersey,” said Doeren about the very real possibility UNC’s Sam Howell or Pitt’s Kenny Pickett will be tabbed all-league just on reputation alone.
And who knows how good Leary would have been this season, had he not gone through so much adversity a year ago.
“His last season wasn’t normal,” Doeren said of Leary. “Last year was really unique for him. He had 30 days out with COVID and then broke his leg after four games so he really didn’t play last year as a normal first year starter would get to play.”
And yet Leary has put together a season that has his name in the same breath as Rivers, Wilson and Finley.
Ask any Wolfpack fan – that’s some pretty good company.
Clemson football: Explaining why three-way tie in ACC Atlantic doesn’t favor Tigers (rubbingtherock.com; Spencer)
There are many Clemson football fans who are beginning to pay special attention to the rest of the ACC Atlantic Division as we head down the stretch of the 2021 season in hopes that the Tigers might find a way to still come out divisional winners.
While it’s a long shot, a path still remains for Clemson to win the ACC Atlantic Division and compete in the conference title game for a sixth-straight season but a lot of things would have to fall in the Tigers’ favor.
There are two scenarios that would result in Clemson football winning the ACC Atlantic Division and they look like this:
- Wake Forest beats NC State
- Clemson beats Wake Forest
- NC State loses to Syracuse or UNC
- Wake Forest loses to Boston College
- NC State beats Wake Forest
- Clemson beats Wake Forest
- NC State loses to Syracuse AND UNC
Why a three-way tie with Wake Forest & NC State doesn’t favor Clemson footballThere are many Clemson football fans who have asked about a scenario in which Wake Forest beats NC State, but loses to both Clemson and Boston College. The Wolfpack win out and that would give all three teams a 6-2 conference record to end the season and they each would have the head-to-head tiebreaker over one another.
There’s a misunderstanding going around that the divisional winner would then be determined by rankings. That’s simply not true.
As a matter of fact, the ACC has an eight-step tiebreaker system to determine the winner and Tiger fans aren’t going to like it.
We don’t need to list all eight steps, though, because it only takes two to realize why this wouldn’t favor the Tigers.
Here’s a look at the ACC’s three (or more) tiebreaker policy and the two steps we need to be concerned with:
Price Chopper and Tops Markets complete merger (PS; Moriarty)
Price Chopper/Market 32 and Tops Markets completed their merger on Monday, creating a powerhouse supermarket company with nearly 300 stores.
Under the terms of a merger agreement announced in February and approved this month by the Federal Trade Commission, the two chains will maintain their separate brand identities but will be owned and overseen by a new parent company, Northeast Grocery Inc.
Northeast Grocery and Price Chopper/Market 32 will be headquartered in Schenectady, while Tops Markets will retain its main office in Williamsville.
Scott Grimmett, the current president and CEO of Price Chopper/Market 32, will lead the new parent company. He will also serve on its board of directors, as will Frank Curci, former Tops Markets chairman and CEO.
The merger virtually doubles the two chains’ collective footprint in the Northeast and, with nearly 300 stores, its buying power.
In approving the merger, the FTC required the combined company to divest itself of 12 Tops stores (11 in New York and one in Vermont). The company said it will sell the 12 stores to C&S Wholesale Grocers. GU Markets LLC, an affiliate of C&S, will operate the stores.
The 12 Tops stores to be purchased by C&S are in Cooperstown, Cortland, Norwich, Owego, Peru, Rome, Saranac Lake, Sherrill, South Watertown, Warrensburg, Watertown, and Rutland, Vermont.
Blaine Bringhurst will serve as president of the Price Chopper/Market 32 business and John Persons as the president of the Tops Markets business. Dave Langless, chief financial officer of Tops, will serve as the parent company’s CFO.
“Completing the details of this merger marks a major milestone for the management teams of both Price Chopper/Market 32 and Tops,” said Grimmett. “And I’m confident that our teammates and associates are excited about it and will continue to deliver excellence.”