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Welcome to International Happy Gose Day!

Today glasses are raised for a toast, and cheers of "Goseanna!" are expressed, for it is International Happy Gose Day! Gose, pronounced GOZE-uh, is a tart wheat beer of German provenance. It is made with a warm fermentation process and usually, 50% or more of the grain bill is malted wheat. This German sour beer is customarily made with coriander, which gives it notes of flowers and citrus, and with salt, so it is usually quite salty. Lactic acid is often added, which makes it even sourer. Gose is usually around 4 to 5 percent alcohol by volume.

Gose originated in the thirteenth century in the German town of Goslar, home to the Gose River, in the Lower Saxony region of the country. According to legend, the flavors of gose came from the mineral-replete waters of the river, which were used to brew the beer. The beer spread and its center of popularity became Leipzig, just over one hundred miles to the southeast in Saxony. Many breweries sprang up there and made beer in the gose style, while much of the rest of eastern Germany turned to other beers, such as pilsners.


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Five things to know about NC State (opponent scouting report) (PS; Mink)


Syracuse returns to action Saturday afternoon at No. 20 North Carolina State looking for its first top-20 victory since the Camping World Bowl at the end of the 2018 season.

It’ll have to get by an NC State team that is unbeaten at Carter-Finley Stadium this season and is back in its home venue for just the second time since the first weekend in October. The Wolfpack has lost just once at home over the last two seasons.

Here are five things to know about North Carolina State heading into Saturday’s 4 p.m. kick:

It’s another year of bad injury luck at NC State

It’s been another brutal year for injuries at NC State, which experienced exceptional roster depletion in a 4-8 season in 2019 that ended with a six-game losing streak.

NC State lost linebacker Payton Wilson, one of the best defensive players in the country, for the year in the second game of the season.

Safety Cyrus Fagan is out for year, ditto defensive tackle C.J. Clark, linebacker Isaiah Moore and offensive lineman Chandler Zavala.

Defensive end Savion Jackson missed last week’s loss at Wake Forest and is doubtful to return. Nickelback Tyler Baker-Williams is also banged up.

“We’re using some industrial duct tape on a few guys right now,” NC State coach Dave Doeren said earlier this week.

Given the attrition, it’s somewhat stunning the Wolfpack has managed to remain in the thick of the ACC race in November, though its title hopes took a big hit with a 45-42 loss at Wake Forest last weekend.

So, how has it done it?

Defensive coordinator Tony Gibson joined Syracuse’s Mike Schmidt on the list of nominees for the Broyles Award, which honors the nation’s top assistant coach.
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Bleav in Syracuse Episode 21: NC State Preview (SI; podcast; Bleav)

Bleav in Syracuse podcast episode 21, presented by Bet Online and Hofmann Sausage Company, is out! How does Syracuse bounce back against a top 20 team on the road? Mike and Kyle break down Saturday's matchup at NC State including where each team has an edge, keys to the game, players to watch and predicting the outcome.

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Syracuse Football: Orange’s one-dimensional offense simply isn’t cutting it (itlh; Adler)

An explosive running attack can only get you so far, as Syracuse football found out over the weekend.

The Orange offense couldn’t get anything going at Louisville this past Saturday afternoon, and the Cardinals (5-5, 3-4) would end up crushing the ‘Cuse, 41-3.

When head coach Dino Babers made the bold move to replace Tommy DeVito at quarterback in favor of Garrett Shrader, that change likely meant that the Orange would become a heavier running squad.

Shrader, as we all know, can be pretty lethal running the ball. He and Syracuse football running back Sean Tucker form a deadly one-two punch on the ground.

But for some of the flaws that DeVito may have possessed, at least he appeared to be a pass-first quarterback. Shrader is not, and the one-dimensional offense that the ‘Cuse currently employs doesn’t seem to be sustainable, at least in my humble opinion.

Syracuse football absolutely needs a more balanced offensive system.

The Orange managed just one win a stanza ago, so where the ‘Cuse (5-5, 2-4) finds itself with two contests remaining in the 2021 regular season – needing one victory to earn a bowl bid – shouldn’t get discounted.

However, as talented as Shrader and Tucker are at running the ball, if there isn’t any kind of passing attack for Syracuse football, that bodes trouble for the Orange. Again, this is solely my opinion.

Sure, when an opponent has a poor run defense, you can run the ball down their collective throat. And with Shrader and Tucker leading the charge, Syracuse football has effectively done that on several occasions.
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Wolfpack football looking to keep strong season alive against Syracuse (technicianonline.com; Pyrtle)

A week after No. 20 NC State football’s 45-42 loss at Wake Forest, the Syracuse Orange will try to stomp out any remaining embers of hope for a ACC Atlantic title for the Pack when Syracuse comes to Raleigh on Saturday, Nov. 20.

The Orange (5-5, 2-4 ACC) sports one of the most run-heavy offenses in the nation, ranking fifth in the nation and first in the ACC in rushing yards per game. A tenacious front seven will also seek to stifle the Wolfpack (7-3, 4-2 ACC) by winning the battle in the trenches.

“They’ve got a good defensive line,” said head coach Dave Doeren. “I think it's really important — [offensive line] coach [John] Garrison and [offensive coordinator Tim] Beck will do this, and [running backs] coach [Kurt] Roper — what part of the blocking schemes for the protections and play actions in the run game fit best.”

On the offensive end, running back Sean Tucker is Syracuse’s stalwart in the rushing attack. The freshman measures in at a stout 5-foot-10, 210 pounds, and he is not afraid to throw that weight around. Tucker leads the ACC in rushing yards per game, so the Wolfpack defense will have to take on the tall order of bottling him before he can get going.

Quarterback Garrett Shrader is a solid running threat in his own right, averaging 71.3 rushing yards per game, but calling him a dual-threat quarterback is a stretch. Shrader rushes almost as much as he passes with 140 and 190 attempts, respectively, but his seven touchdowns through the air compared to 13 on the ground establish that Shrader is much more threatening while carrying the ball than while slinging it around the field.

“They're No. 1 in the conference in rushing offense and have the top running back statistically in the league,” Doeren said. “Their quarterback rushes the ball well and is a North Carolina native. And they embrace [head coach] Dino [Babers]’ mentality. ...I have a lot of respect for him. You can see that they've changed a lot; he's playing to his personnel.”
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This Season Leads to Football Recruiting Wins Regardless of the Finish – Orange Fizz – Daily Syracuse Recruiting News & Team Coverage (orangefizz.net; Bonaparte)

Last year, SU football’s big offseason story were the three DBs that moved onto the NFL. Andre Cisco and Ifeatu Melifonwu were drafted in the 2nd and 3rd rounds respectively, while Trill Williams was signed to the Saints and eventually the Dolphins roster after the draft. The success of those three made an immediate impact on SU’s recruiting. Most notably in the transfer portal: Jason Simmons, SU’s number 1 free safety this year came by way of the transfer portal. The former New Mexico state Aggie said after he committed to the Orange that the success of SU’s former DBs heavily influenced his decision:

“Being able to know that I’ll be able to be put in a great opportunity to fulfill my ultimate dream of being able to play in the NFL. That was a huge factor. I’m going to be coached accordingly. Just going to try to come in immediately and make an impact.”
With Simmons’ story in mind, it got us thinking; Which players’ success this season could lead to recruiting wins?

SEAN TUCKER

Talk about a diamond in the rough! A three-star out of high school, Tucker only got his chance to shine last season because Jahwar Jordan and Markenzy Pierre were downright bad. Tucker burst onto the scene against Georgia Tech in week scoring a couple of touchdowns and reaching the 100 yard mark for the first time in his collegiate career. The feature back of course went on to become a lot more than a fill-in for Jawhar Jordan, breaking records left and right. What could his success do for recruiting? Don’t be surprised to see Syracuse get higher-rated backs going forward. It’s not often that a 3-star recruit like Tucker comes in and adds to SU runningback history alongside names like Jim Brown, Ernie, Davis Floyd Little, Larry Csonka, Joe Morris, and Walter Reyes.

DUCE CHESTNUT

In the past few seasons, Syracuse has become a sort of DBU in the ACC. Three great players walked out of SU’s doors and into the NFL. Chestnut hopes to join them soon in the pros. HE came in as the highest-rated recruit in the ‘21 class and has had some flashes of serious potential from time to time. Has he been burned a few times, absolutely, but he’s still a freshman. Look for Syracuse to continue to breed excellence from the DB position, as highly rated recruits want to go to a place that will help them on their journey to the NFL. That’s exactly what Syracuse has been recently.

CODY ROSCOE

Regardless of how things end up this season, Syracuse defensive coordinator Tony White deserves props. Coming into the year there were question marks, everyone, on the defensive side of the football for the Orange. The defensive line had a few familiar names returning such as Josh Black, McKinley Williams, and Kingsley Jonathan, none of which inspired Orange fans into having faith in the line. When McNeese St-transfer Cody Roscoe burst onto the scene it seemed that the line had been given new life. Roscoe, a 2-star out of high school, shattered any expectations he had coming into the year. #18 has accumulated 12 TFL and 8 sacks thus far and isn’t done. He and the SU coaching staff deserve tons of credit. This should inspire young players to give SU a chance. Roscoe is a prime example of a player that plenty had given up on. Syracuse took him in and has made him into an animal. As Simmons said, players want a chance at the NFL, Syracuse gives players like Roscoe that chance.
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Axe: Which path will SU football take for its final two games? (PS; $; Axe)

There are three paths the Syracuse University football can take to define its 2021 season starting Saturday at NC State (4:00 p.m., ACC Network).

Win out, split or lose out.

The prize in two of those scenarios (or maybe all of them. I’ll explain more below) is a bowl game.

While not the stamp of approval it used to be with 82 of the 130 teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) required to fill the slots of a record 41 bowl games on the postseason schedule, SU certainly doesn’t want to be one of 48 teams on the outside looking in.

Choose your own adventure, Syracuse fans.

Here are the possible scenarios ahead with Dino Babers’ Orange sitting at 5-5 with NC State and Pittsburgh left on the slate.

Path No. 1: Win out to finish 7-5

The best case, albeit the most unlikely scenario.

Syracuse rallies from a brutal defeat at Louisville to knock off two Top 25 teams in NC State and Pittsburgh. That adds six more wins to the schedule off a dreadful 1-10 season in 2020 and exceeds the expectations even Otto the Orange had for Syracuse.

It gives SU fans, the team and Syracuse University community a jolt of pride into the postseason and the coveted extra practices that come with a bowl bid.

Syracuse AD John Wildhack can crow about how his head coach rallied the troops into a winning campaign.


Path No 2: Split the difference to finish 6-6
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Five facts about NC State's Week 12 opponent: Syracuse (247sports.com; Clark)


1.) Syracuse freshman running back Sean Tucker is one of the best players in the country

Tucker has been sensational this season, totaling 220 carries for 1,362 yards and 11 touchdowns, while also adding 17 receptions for 239 yards and two more scores. The second-year back ranks No. 1 in the ACC and second in the country in rushing yards. He's rushed for over 100 yards in nine of the Orange's 11 games. It's worth noting, though, State held Tucker in check last season in the Wolfpack's 36-29 road win, allowing only 18 yards on 16 carries. Considering Tucker's success, it should come as no surprise Syracuse No. 1 in the ACC in rushing at 236.9 yards per game.

2.) Orange quarterback Garrett Shrader is a North Carolina native

Shrader, a former four-star prospect via the industry-generated 247Sports Composite in the 2019 class, played for Charlotte Christian where he helped lead the Knights to back-to -back North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association state titles. He was named Charlotte Independent School Athletic Association Player of the year as a junior and senior. Shrader accounted for 9,023 yards of total offense and 107 touchdowns at Charlotte Christian.

He committed to Mississippi State in March of 2018 and signed with the Bulldogs that December. As a freshman at Mississippi State in 2019, Shrader passed for 1,170 yards and eight touchdowns and five interceptions, while also rushing for 571 yards and six scores. Then last fall after four games, Shrader elected to transfer to Syracuse in December. Thus far in 2021, Shrader's completed 98-of-198 passes for 1,165 yards and seven touchdowns and three interceptions, while rushing 140 times for 713 yards and 13 scores.

3.) Syracuse sophomore linebacker Mikel Jones is one of the top defensive players in the ACC

Jones was impressive in 2020, leading the team with 69 tackles, but has been even better this fall. Through 10 games, he's tied with Pack linebacker Drake Thomas for fourth in the ACC in tackles with 82, including 8.5 for loss and three sacks. Jones, who was ejected in last week's loss to Louisville due to targeting in the first half, totaled eight tackles and an interception against State last fall.

4.) The Orange have the top sack duo in the ACC

Syracuse ranks No. 2 in the ACC in total defense, allowing 323.9 yards per game, and a major reason is the Orange's pass rush. Syracuse has 34 sacks, which is second-best in the league. Senior defensive tackle Cody Roscoe leads the way with eight and freshman linebacker Stefon Thompson, another North Carolina native, has six. Roscoe and Thompson rank fourth and six in the league in the category, respectively.
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https://www.audacy.com/podcasts/loc...nd-su-basketball-twitter-storm-1116-949076997 (audacy.com; podcast; Locked no Syracuse)

Syracuse football looked woefully unprepared yet again in their latest loss to Louisville. What sort of coaching changes can we expect next season? Plus, the guys dive into the probability of the Orange getting to a bowl game and how winnable each of the next two games are. Also, SU basketball has been impressive through their first two games. How close is Syracuse to being a ranked team? Tim Leonard and Tyler Aki discuss it all and more on the Tuesday edition of the Locked on Syracuse Podcast. SUBSCRIBE TO THE LOCKED ON SYRACUSE YOUTUBE PAGE! Follow the show on Twitter @LO_Syracuse and follow the guys @Tim_Leonard4 and @TylerAki_.

How Family, Faith and Football Helped Shape the Man Qadry Ismail Is Today - (abfc.co; podcast; Real Sports Heroes)

On the 5th episode of Real Sports Heroes we are joined by Syracuse Football legend and former NFL wide receiver Qadry Ismail. Learn about Qadry’s time growing up in two very different environments. Newark, NJ to Wilkes-Barre, PA. How those experiences made him the man he is today and why it is so important to inspire and challenge people to get out of their comfort zones. The message is simple and direct from Qadry, sports stars are more than just athletes.

On The Block On Demand 11-16 (ESPN; radio; Axe)

Brent starts off explaining why Justin Fuentes’ and Dino Babers’ situations aren’t the same. Later, he starts previewing SU football’s upcoming opponent, North Carolina State.

Around the ACC: Week 12 (SI; Bowles)

After their first win against Miami since 2016 in Week 11, the Seminoles make the trip to Chestnut Hill to play Boston College Nov. 20. For the rest of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), both divisions are pretty much settled, with two emerging programs set to face off in the ACC Championship.

I went into depth on each Week 12 game and where each team stands with two weeks remaining.

Atlantic:

Clemson (7-3) vs. #12 Wake Forest (9-1) - Saturday, Noon

Usually, around this time, the Tigers are watching closely every week to see where they are ranked in the College Football Playoff. Unfortunately for head coach Dabo Swinney, the Tigers are unranked and averaging just 198.9 passing yards per game. Clemson defeated UConn 44-7 last week.

After its 45-42 win over NC State, Wake Forest is in the driver's seat to represent the Atlantic in the ACC Championship. The Demon Deacons haven’t beaten Clemson since 2008.

#16 NC State (7-3) vs. Syracuse (5-5) - Saturday, 4 p.m

The loss to Wake Forest eliminated the Wolfpack from ACC Championship contention, but the passing offense had no issue. Quarterback Devin Leary threw for 408 yards and four touchdowns, but also threw two interceptions. NC State went 3-of-14 on third downs against the Demon Deacons.

The Syracuse offense will rely heavily on running back Sean Tucker, who had 95 yards on 19 carries in the 41-3 loss to Louisville last Saturday. It was Tucker’s first game under 100 rushing yards since Sept. 11 against Rutgers (54).

The Wolfpack won last year's meeting 36-29.
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CFP Top 25 for 2021-11-16 (RX; HM)

CFP Top 25 for 2021-11-16

Here's the latest College Football Playoff Rankingsreleased on 11/16/2021:

RKTEAM
1Georgia
2Alabama
3Oregon
4Ohio State
5Cincinnati
6Michigan
7Michigan St
8Notre Dame
9Oklahoma St
10Wake Forest
11Baylor
12Ole Miss
13Oklahoma
14BYU
15Wisconsin
16Texas A&M
17Iowa
18Pittsburgh
19San Diego St
20NC State
21Arkansas
22UTSA
23Utah
24Houston
25Miss. State

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Links, news, and rumors 2021-11-16 (RX; HM)

Links, news, and rumors 2021-11-16

Regarding Justin Fuente's buyout at Virginia Tech:
"met in the middle between $7.5M and $10M" - so $8.75M

So it didn't cost an extra $3.5 million to part ways early, but it did cost $1.75 million.
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Realistically, who can the Hokies hire to replace Fuente? Sons of Saturday says Virginia Tech is a Top 20 College Football Program, and it's wrong to believe otherwise
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Virginia Tech might not be the only ACC school looking for a new football coach this off season. CBS Sports says Miami coach Manny Diaz's future in doubt as Hurricanes part with AD Blake James after eight years


Miami sits at 5-5 after a Week 11 loss to Florida State, putting added pressure on the program and its coach.
...Despite being one of the most historic programs in college football, Miami has struggled to reach lofty championship standards since joining the ACC in 2004. The Hurricanes have just one division championship -- under Richt in 2017 -- and have yet to win the conference.

With Fuente gone, Diaz is definitely on deck...
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2021 ACC Coastal Chaos (RX; HM)

2021 ACC Coastal Chaos

We already told you about the tie-breaker scenarios for the ACC Atlantic Division in "What if ACC Atlantic's a Tie?". Now, let's discuss the ACC Coastal - and to do that, let's look at this excerpt from the ACC's Weekly Press Release:

COASTAL DIVISION: Pitt, Virginia, Miami and Virginia Tech each remain eligible for a share of the division title. However, only Pitt, Virginia or Virginia Tech can play in the Subway ACC Football Championship Game due to the league's tiebreakers.
Pitt (8-2, 5-1)
• Pitt can capture the Coastal Division title with a win Saturday over Virginia. Even with a loss to UVA, Pitt would remain in contention for the title should Virginia lose its final game of the season to Virginia Tech and the Panthers knock off Syracuse on Nov. 27.
Virginia (6-4, 4-2)
• The Cavaliers clinch the Coastal with victories over Pitt and Virginia Tech. With a win over Pitt, Virginia can also clinch the Coastal division, even with a loss to Virginia Tech, should Virginia Tech lose to Miami and Pitt lose to Syracuse, creating a two-way tie at 5-3.
Virginia Tech (5-5, 3-3)
• The Hokies only chance of earning a berth in the league's championship game is to win out and secure a three-way tie with Pitt and Virginia at 5-3. In that scenario, the Hokies would claim the spot due to their divisional record.
Miami (5-5, 3-3)
• Although Miami remains in contention for a share of the Coastal Division title, the Hurricanes would lose a three-team tiebreaker with Pitt and Virginia and can not represent the Coastal Division in the championship game.
There you have it - Pitt, UVa, or even Virginia Tech can win the Coastal and play in the ACC CG. Miami can win a piece of the title, but cannot win the tiebreaker. That said, given the games remaining, the most likely scenario is a Pitt championship, following by a UVa title, with Virginia Tech just holding out hope that Pitt somehow loses out...
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Seven candidates to replace Justin Fuente at Virginia Tech (sportingnews.com; Bender)

Virginia Tech fired Justin Fuente on Tuesday, which ends a six-year stint with the program.

Fuente was the go-to candidate to replace Frank Beamer in 2016 after his success at Memphis, and the tenure started well with an ACC championship appearance in his first season with the Hokies. Virginia Tech, however, dropped to sixth place in the ACC Coastal Division last season and was unable to contend in the ACC this season despite an opening night upset of North Carolina.

Fuente leaves Virginia Tech with a 43-31 record, including a 28-20 record in ACC play. It’s still a solid ACC job that should attract some interesting candidates.

Who are some of those names? Sporting News takes a closer look:

Bill O’Brien, Alabama offensive coordinator

The Nick Saban clinic opens yet another door. O’Brien spent time as an assistant coach at Maryland, Duke and Georgia Tech, and went 15-9 at Penn State amid the nightmarish circumstances following the firing of Joe Paterno. O’Brien can take the lessons learned from a one-year stint with Saban and succeed in the ACC, unless, of course, he is looking to get back in the NFL. The college game might be better for O’Brien, and Virginia Tech is a good fit. This would be a fantastic get for the Hokies.

Billy Napier, Louisiana coach

Napier, 42, is going to land a Power 5 job soon. Virginia Tech would be the appropriate level up for the Louisiana coach, who is on pace for a third straight season with double-digit victories. He is 37-12 in four years at Louisiana. Napier has experience at Alabama and Clemson, the two most-successful programs in the CFP era. He could bring those lessons for a makeover in Blacksburg.

Jamey Chadwell, Coastal Carolina coach

Chadwell, 44, is the other Sun Belt coach that should get a long look. The 44-year-old has turned Coastal Carolina into an offensive machine the last two seasons, and that style could be a hit with Hokies’ fans. He has guided the Chants into the top 25 each of the past two years and the program has only been in existence since 2017. It’s a toss-up between Chadwell and Napier, but the difference is Chadwell does not have experience with a Power 5 program.

Bill Clark, UAB coach

This is the third door for a Group of 5 coach looking to move up. Clark worked wonders in bringing the UAB football program back. He has guided the Blazers to five straight winning seasons coming off a two-year shutdown of the program. SEC programs haven’t been willing to make this hire. Would an ACC program try it? Clark has been in Alabama for most of his coaching career, so this would require him to step out of his comfort zone, too.

Tony Elliott, Clemson offensive coordinator

Is this the right time for Elliott to get out at Clemson and take his head coaching job? Elliott’s name comes up every year. He’s 41 years old, has been at Clemson since 2011, is an excellent play-caller and recruiter, and he knows the ACC better than the rest of the candidates on this list. Elliott has turned down other jobs in the past. Would he be willing to crossover to the ACC Coastal?

Hugh Freeze, Liberty coach

We know about his unceremonious exit at Ole Miss, where he was fired after a pattern of personal misconduct that included calling escort services while on recruiting trips. Liberty beat Virginia Tech last season, however, and there is no doubt that Freeze knows offense, quarterback development and how to win at the Power 5 level. He was 39-25 at Ole Miss and won a Sugar Bowl. Freeze will take the Flames to a third straight bowl appearance. At some point, the 52-year-old is going to get another shot in the Power 5. Is this better than taking another shot on a Group of 5 coach?

Shane Beamer, South Carolina coach

It’s at least worth the call, right? Beamer is the son of legendary Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer, and he was an assistant with the Hokies from 2011-15. He worked his way up as an assistant coach through stints with Georgia and Oklahoma, and he took on a rebuild at South Carolina in the SEC East. He has had a better-than-expected debut at 5-5, which includes a blowout win over Florida. Would Beamer be willing to go back to Blacksburg after Year 1? Is that what Virginia Tech wants? The answers to those questions aren’t slam dunks.

Virginia Tech football: Justin Fuente out as head coach (gobblercountry.com; Manning)

The Virginia Tech Hokies and head football coach Justin Fuente have mutually agreed to part ways, per Virginia Tech’s official website.

Former Virginia Tech player and current co-defensive line coach, J.C. Price, will act as the interim coach for the final two games of the regular season.

Athletic director Whit Babcock released the following statement:

We sincerely appreciate the contributions that Coach Fuente made to our football program and the positive impact he made on our student-athletes during his time at Virginia Tech. While it is never easy to make a change, I believe in order for our football program to attain the type of sustained success that is expected at Virginia Tech, the time was right for new leadership of our football program. Virginia Tech is one of the most attractive football jobs in America, competing in one of the nation’s premier conferences, the ACC. I’m extremely confident that we’ll be able to identify and hire a new head coach who can build on our rich history and winning tradition.
Fuente posted a 43-31 record during his six seasons in Blacksburg, including a 28-20 record in the ACC. Another issue for Fuente was Tech’s troubles at Lane Stadium in recent years.

Virginia Tech’s bowl streak and winning streak over in-state rival Virginia ended under Fuente’s watch.

Babcock will address the media at 10:45 on Wednesday.

Fuente released the following statement:


On behalf of Jenny and our family, I would like to thank President Sands, Whit and the entire Virginia Tech community for extending me the opportunity to lead this football program for six seasons.
To the many incredible young men that I had the privilege to coach, so many of you have made a lasting impact on our family. I can’t thank you enough for your dedication and your commitment to doing your very best, whether that was on the field, in the classroom or in your personal lives.
To the fabulous assistant coaches and support staff at Virginia Tech, I can’t express how much I appreciated all of your work and all your sacrifices. It takes so many dedicated, hard-working and loyal people behind the scenes to make a football program run smoothly. Thank you.
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The rise, fall, and rise of the Landmark: How the theater narrowly escaped the wrecking ball (PS; $; Croyle)

With a glittering new marquee out front and more comfortable seating, Syracuse’s historic Landmark Theatre is regaining the magical luster that made it one of most beautiful movie palaces in the country.

Since its completion in 1928, the Landmark, once known as the Loew’s State Theater, has, like the city around it, seen the good and bad, changed with the times, been counted out and come back again.

But for a brief period in the 1970s, the grand theater’s future teetered towards what seemed like certain demolition. The building was slated to be razed and converted to a parking lot before a local citizen’s group stepped in to save it, with help from the iconic folk singer Harry Chapin.

In the ensuing years, the theater attracted hundreds of stars to Syracuse, from B.B. King to Bruce Springsteen to Bonnie Raitt.

With more renovations on the horizon an easing of Covid lockdowns with a full schedule that includes Steely Dan, Umphrey’s McGee and a production of “Hamilton,” the Landmark is once again a destination for local entertainment fans.

While the work continues, here’s a look back at some of the pivotal moments in the history of this important building in Syracuse, from its construction, its heyday and its near destruction in the 1970s.

‘THE FINEST IN THE LAND’

The corner of Salina and Jefferson Street, where the splendid Landmark Theatre now sits, looked quite different in the mid-19th and early-20th centuries.

A 1942 Post-Standard article said the site of the future theater was once “some sort of a hotel,” with stables behind it and a watering trough for horses in front.

It was the Dixon House in 1860, the Wolcott House in 1867, the Brigham House a year later, before it was known as the Jefferson Hotel in 1900.

In 1926, rumors began running in Syracuse newspapers that movie mogul Marcus Loew was interested in purchasing the property to build a new theater, one that would be the largest in Syracuse.
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The most interesting thing about the CFP rankings, in my mind, is the fact that the Pac-12 has only ONE team in the top 25 - but that team is in the top 4. That means that, should Oregon find itself in the playoffs, the Rose Bowl will be forced to take an unranked team from the Pac-12 to face the Big Ten runner-up. That is unprecedented - and could have ripple effects.
 

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Q: Did you hear about the fire in North Carolina State's football dorm that destroyed 20 books?
A: The real tragedy was that 15 hadn't been colored yet.


 

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