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Syracuse Offensive Coordinator Hot Board (SI; $; McAllister)

Here are some names that make sense for Syracuse football's vacant offensive coordinator position.

ANDREW SOWDER

Current Position: Offensive Coordinator at Kent State

Age: 37

Coaching Experience: 2011: West Texas A&M (Running Backs)
2012-13: Eastern Illinois (Receivers)
2014-15: Bowling Green (Receivers)
2017: San Jose State (Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends)
2018-21: Kent State (Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks/Tight Ends)


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Orange Weekly: SU hoops OT excitement, SU football's important offseason (video) (PS; $; Axe)


A wild overtime basketball game at the Carrier Dome and the most important offseason for Syracuse football in a decade.

Those were among the topics discussed by Syracuse.com’s Brent Axe, Nate Mink and Mike Waters on the latest “Orange Weekly” presented by Crouse Health.

Brent and Nate wrap up the 2021 Syracuse football season, look ahead to signing day and what head coach Dino Babers needs to accomplish before spring practice kicks off in a few months.

Mike Waters joins the conversation to discuss the double-overtime win by Syracuse over Indiana and a look ahead to more tough games for the Orange.

You can watch “Orange Weekly” in the YouTube clip above. The show airs live on Facebook and YouTube Thursdays at 1:00 p.m.


Axe: SU football’s priority; can both basketball teams build on big wins? (Quick Takes) (PS; $; Axe)

Some quick takes on a big question facing Syracuse football in the offseason and how both SU basketball teams build on big wins as soon as I get this knot out of the Christmas lights.

Can SU basketball build off big wins?

There was certainly some holiday magic in the air at the Carrier Dome this week as both the Syracuse University men’s and women’s basketball teams bounced back from recent stumbles to grab big wins.

Jim Boeheim’s men’s team squeezed out an epic 112-110 win over Indiana in double overtime on Tuesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Vonn Read’s women’s squad pulled off a 97-91 upset on No.18 Ohio State, giving the acting head coach a signature win.

Boeheim’s bunch still has some serious defensive holes to fill. Indiana crawled out of 18-point hole in the second half of Tuesday’s game, shooting 74% in the process. The Hoosiers were the fourth straight team to score at least 84 points against the Orange in regulation.


Highlights from the 2OT win pic.twitter.com/dAXGJSkIPw
— Syracuse Men’s Basketball (@Cuse_MBB) December 1, 2021
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Syracuse football offers FIU transfer Tyrese Chambers, 1 of 30 1,000-yard WRs in regular season (247sports.com; Bailey)

Syracuse football continues to explore the transfer portal in the week following the end of its regular season. Orange wide receivers coach Terrence Samuel extended an offer to FIU wideout transfer Tyrese Chambers on Thursday.

A 6-foot-1, 185-pound Baltimore, Md., native, Chambers was one of 30 receivers in the Football Bowl Subdivision to crack 1,000 yards in the regular season, catching 45 passes for 1,074 yards and nine touchdowns for the Panthers. Chambers has two years of eligibility remaining as a rising fifth-year redshirt junior.

Chambers started his career in 2018 at Fort Scott Junior College in Kansas before taking his first game snap at FCS Sacred Heart the following fall. He racked up 50 receptions for 811 yards and eight touchdowns for the Crusaders before the school's 2020 season was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. So this past season was Chambers' only FBS experience, though he exploded for three games of 150-plus receiving yards. And after head coach Butch Davis was let go in November, the productive pass-catcher decided to formally explore his other options.

Other schools to offer Chambers out of the portal include Indiana, Purdue, Buffalo, Arizona, Hawaii, FAU, Georgia Southern, Liberty, South Alabama, Marshall, Toledo, USF, Western Kentucky. He was originally a two-star prospect out of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in the 2018 class, per the 247Sports Composite, and went to Fort Scott as an Alabama A&M bounceback.
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Syracuse Football: Big improvement from 2020 but still a frustrating season (itlh; Adler)

You can look at the Syracuse football 2021 season in a couple of different ways. On the one hand, the team won just a single game in 2020, so for the Orange to go 5-7 in the recently concluded stanza is, in and of itself, a marked improvement for the ‘Cuse.

Plus, an abundance of Atlantic Coast Conference and national experts had forecast Syracuse football to notch three to four victories in 2021. So, again, the ‘Cuse did exceed some pundits’ expectations.

But still, man, the ‘Cuse was 5-4 with three games to play during the 2021 regular term. The Orange needed one conquest of an ACC foe to capture that sixth success to achieve post-season bowl eligibility. But the squad couldn’t get it done, and it was frustrating to watch the ‘Cuse down the stretch, at least from my perspective.

Did Syracuse football overachieve or underachieve in 2021?

The biggest disappointment for me is that the Orange had a three-game duration in the middle of the 2021 stanza where it lost all of these games by three points, to Florida State, Wake Forest and Clemson.

Frankly, the ‘Cuse easily could have won one or more of these league encounters. But to be fair, Syracuse football snuck by Liberty and Virginia Tech, and the Orange could have just as easily experienced defeat in either or both of these achievements.

But between the FSU, Wake Forest and Clemson outcomes, couldn’t the ‘Cuse have found a way to come out on top? Moreover, in its final trio of ACC affairs, Syracuse football got handled pretty well by Louisville, N.C. State and Pittsburgh.

In those last three duels, the passing game was virtually non-existent, the defense had its share of struggles, and it felt to me like star running back Sean Tucker was under-utilized at times.

After the debacle that ensued in 2020, a season that was magnified by injuries and opt-outs amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, I truly felt optimistic about the Orange entering 2021.
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2021 ACC GSR Data (RX; HM)

2021 ACC GSR Data

From the official ACC release of Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021...

ACC Schools Again Register Impressive GSR Data
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – The Atlantic Coast Conference’s collective high level of academic success is again reflected by the NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR) report released on Thursday.
The ACC’s average graduation rate of 92 percent matches the conference’s average GSR achieved a year ago and is four points higher than this year's national average of 88 percent. Other notes of interest:
A total of 145 ACC teams achieved perfect GSR scores of 100, led by 19 teams from Duke and 17 from Notre Dame.
Twenty-five ACC teams achieved GSR scores of 100 in the sports of men’s basketball, women’s basketball and baseball.
Nine ACC men’s basketball teams earned higher than the Division I basketball GSR average. Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Miami, North Carolina, Syracuse, Virginia and Wake Forest posted GSR scores of 100.
Ten ACC football teams matched or earned higher than the FBS football GSR average.
In the sport of football, the ACC remains the only conference to have multiple teams register GSR scores of 90 or higher every year since 2005. Duke (96), Louisville (93), Pitt (93) and Boston College (92) reached that plateau in this year’s report.
Eleven ACC women’s basketball teams matched or earned higher than the Division I women’s basketball GSR average.
This marks the 13th straight year that the ACC has had at least four women’s basketball programs score 100, making it the only peer conference to do so. Nine ACC teams – Boston College, Duke, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Pitt, Syracuse and Virginia – hit the century mark in the latest report.
Ten ACC baseball teams earned higher than the Division I GSR baseball average. Clemson, Duke, Louisville, NC State, Notre Dame, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest each registered a 100 GSR.
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2021 CFB Time Slot Winners (RX; HM)

2021 CFB Time Slot Winners

From a CSNBBS post by "schmolik" in the "2021 College Football TV Ratings" thread...

Final Time Slot Analysis:

DateEarly Afternoon slotMid-day slotEvening/Prime Time slot
4-SepPenn State-Wisconsin (FOX)Alabama-Miami (ABC)Georgia-Clemson (ABC)
11-SepOregon-Ohio State (FOX)Texas A&M-Colorado (FOX)Washington-Michigan (ABC)
18-SepNebraska-Oklahoma (FOX)Alabama-Florida (CBS)Auburn-Penn State (ABC)
25-SepNotre Dame-Wisconsin (FOX)Texas A&M-Arkansas (CBS)W. Virginia-Oklahoma (ABC)
2-OctMichigan-Wisconsin (FOX)Mississippi-Alabama (CBS)Indiana-Penn State (ABC)
9-OctOklahoma-Texas (ABC)Penn State-Iowa (FOX)Alabama-Texas A&M (CBS)
16-OctOklahoma St-Texas (FOX)Kentucky-Georgia (CBS)Alabama-Miss. State (ESPN)
23-OctIllinois-Penn State (ABC)Oregon-UCLA (ABC)Tennessee-Alabama (ESPN)
30-OctMichigan-Michigan St (FOX)Georgia-Florida (CBS)Penn State-Ohio State (ABC)
6-NovOhio State-Nebraska (FOX)Michigan St-Purdue (ABC)LSU-Alabama (ESPN)
13-NovMichigan-Penn State (ABC)Georgia-Tennessee (CBS)Texas A&M-Ole Miss (ESPN)
20-NovMichigan St-Ohio St (ABC)Arkansas-Alabama (CBS)Oregon-Utah (ABC)
27-NovOhio State/Michigan (FOX)Alabama/Auburn (CBS)Oklahoma/Oklahoma St (ABC)

By Network (Early/Middle/Prime)

ABC: 15 (4/3/8)
FOX: 10 (9/2/0)
CBS: 6 (0/8/1)
ESPN: 3 (0/0/4)
NBC: ZERO

By Conference

Each Team counts separately so a conference game is two for the conference, a non conference game is one for each conference (Early/Middle/Prime):
SEC: 30 (0/18/12)
Big Ten: 29 (19/4/6)
Big 12: 9 (5/0/4)
Pac 12: 7 (1/3/3)
ACC: 2 (0/1/1)
ND: 1 (1/0/0)

Comments (by schmolik):

Of FOX's 11 wins, 1 team was a Pac 12 (Colo), 1 team was an SEC (A&M), 3 teams were Big 12 (Okl, OkSt, Tex), and the other 17 were Big 10.
Of ABC's 15 wins, 14 Big Ten teams, 6 Big 12 teams, 5 Pac 12 teams, 3 SEC teams, 2 ACC teams. The Big 10 had almost half of the representation. 9 of the 15 games were hosted by a Big Ten team and 7 of the 15 games were Big Ten conference games.
The Alabama game won its time slot 9 times including 3 times when they were on ESPN. Penn State is next with 7. Michigan and Ohio State tied with 5 times each. Georgia, Texas A&M, and Oklahoma won their time slot 4 times each.

My Comments:

ACC teams continue to make the same mistake over and over again: overscheduling in the first 4 weeks of the season. Yes, those week #1 games against Alabama and Georgia won their time slots - but no ACC game won their slot again for the remainder of the year!

Having a perfect (or near perfect) record going into the meat of the season is more important than a few big games at the beginning...
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Now for Something REALLY Weird... (RX; HM)

Now for Something REALLY Weird...

Out of the blue on Thursday, Bronco Mendenhall announced that he was stepping away from his job as the head football coach of the Virginia Cavaliers. No, this move was not motivated by money or to take a more prestigious job - in fact, he says he's taking a break from football altogether. If we take him at his word, then this is a kind of requiem for this time in Charlottesville. "Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?"

Six Seasons at UVa:

YearW - LTrendComments
20162 - 10==
20176 - 7======lost Military Bowl
20188 - 5========won Belk Bowl
20199 - 5=========won Coastal div.; lost Orange Bowl
20205 - 5======(pandemic; no bowl)
20216 - 6======(tbd)
Coach Mendenhall was about as successful as any Cavalier's football coach not named George Welsh has ever been, winning his division, playing in the ACC Championship Game and a New Year's Six Bowl in 2019.

Waxing Poetic (sort of):

I don't think I'm alone in thinking it was odd when UVa hired this coach from BYU who had never coached east of the Mississippi River (although Louisiana Tech is very close!). In fact, the only head coaching stop before Charlottesville was at Brigham Young. What's more, Bronco is a Mormon - Virginia may have some Mormons, but it's not the first group I think of when I think of the Commonwealth.

Bottom Line:

Mendenhall's retirement - if you want to call it that - certainly puts the UVa football program in a bind. Now they need a new coach in a year when so many top coaching positions have already come open (and some have been filled). Will they go the internal promotion route? (Will they have a choice?)
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https://www.washingtonpost.com/spor...4bf31a-5390-11ec-83d2-d9dab0e23b7e_story.html (AP; Reed)

Two surprising programs with high-powered offenses will square off Saturday night when No. 17 Pittsburgh meets 18th-ranked Wake Forest in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.

It’s the first time since 2014 that Clemson, with its recognizable sea of orange, won’t be playing for the title after the Tigers dominated the ACC football landscape the past six seasons.
“It’s going to be really weird not seeing orange in the championship, right?” said Eric Mac Lain, a college football analyst for the ACC Network. “Or the garnet and gold (of Florida State) — two colors we’ve been very accustomed to seeing on at least the Atlantic side for quite some time now.”

Pitt was selected to finish fourth in the Coastal division in the ACC’s preseason polls. Wake Forest was picked to finish fifth in the Atlantic.

“Clemson’s been dominant, and they’re still dominant,” Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi said. “... They’re going to be a force to be reckoned with every year. But Pitt, we hope, is the same way. Wake Forest, the same way. Virginia, the same way. Everyone’s got a chance. That’s the beautiful thing.”

Both teams reached the title game behind strong quarterback play, which could lead to a shootout.

The Demon Deacons rank third in the country in scoring offense at 42.9 points per game, while the Panthers are fourth (42.8). Both teams also rank in the top 15 nationally in total offense, passing offense and touchdown passes.
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Pitt football | How the Panthers advanced to the ACC championship game (tribdem.com; Filipcic-Godsey)

When Kenny Pickett chose to return to Pitt for a final season, one of the things that made the decision easier was the caliber of team he believed the Panthers had.

“It helped me coming back, knowing we had this kind of team,” Pickett said after Pitt clinched the ACC Coastal Division against Virginia.

“I don’t think I’d be here if I didn’t think that this team was special. I knew we were capable of doing this.”

The Panthers weren’t supposed to be here. After a 6-5 season in 2020 and losing five starters on defense and their stalwart, four-year starter at center, few thought the Panthers would be contenders in the ACC. In the preseason poll of ACC media members, Pitt was picked to finish fourth in the division behind North Carolina, Miami and Virginia Tech. Just one media member picked Pitt to win the division.

Now the Panthers are playing in the ACC championship game for the second time in four seasons.

So how did they get here?

Pitt’s offense has led the way on a team that has been known for its defense in recent years and is coached by Pat Narduzzi, a former defensive coordinator.

The play of Pickett has taken the offense to new heights this season. His play earned the quarterback ACC Player of the Year and ACC Offensive Player of the Year honors this week. After never throwing for more than 13 touchdown passes in a single season prior to 2021 and totaling 39 scores over the previous four seasons, Pickett threw for 40 touchdowns this year and became the first 4,000-yard passer in Pitt history. Pickett has led the Panthers offense from averaging 29 points per game last year to 42.8 points per game this year, giving Pitt the No. 4 scoring offense in the country.

When asked what he’s improved from last season, Pickett said, “I think I’m just a step faster mentally, getting through my progressions, reading defenses.”
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Future uncertain for proposed Microsoft tech hub in Syracuse (PS; Craig)

City Councilor Michael Greene said it’s “malarkey” that city officials are struggling to get answers from software giant Microsoft on whether it still plans to build a tech hub in Syracuse.

The city, Onondaga County and Syracuse University are all part of a three-year agreement with the company, which announced in 2019 that it planned to establish a “Smart Cities technology hub” in Syracuse. That agreement, known more broadly as the Digital Alliance, was set to include offering a physical space downtown and resources for entrepreneurs and start-up companies, consulting services, digital literacy programs and training on emerging technologies, as well as holding public tech events.

But two years into the agreement, Microsoft hasn’t had “the decency to give us a straight answer on where they stand” with the project, Greene said during a Common Council study session on Wednesday.

It’s unclear whether the company is still interested in building a physical hub here, said Jennifer Tifft, director of strategic initiatives for the mayor’s office. When the pandemic hit, Microsoft instituted a company-wide remote-work policy, so they’re not investing in physical office space right now, she said.

The hub is just a small part of the larger Digital Alliance plan – and Microsoft has followed through on some parts of that agreement, Tifft said.

The company has hired some remote workers in Syracuse; consulted and given in-kind technical support for the city; donated 30 computers to Syracuse community centers; held a virtual, 2-day online educational event focused on tech-sector jobs; and collaborated with SU to offer electronic gaming tournaments. Those accomplishments are all related to the Digital Alliance, Tifft said.

The agreement is non-binding, meaning none of the agencies involved, including Microsoft, is obligated to follow through with any part of the initial plan, including the physical hub, she said.

“It essentially lays out a set of objectives that, two years ago, we thought would be good to focus on over a three-year period,” Tifft said. “Three months after we signed the Digital Alliance, the pandemic hit. So, of course, for all four parties, a lot of priorities shifted.”

Even with the pandemic, plans aren’t moving fast enough, Greene said, adding that Microsoft has only seen growth since Covid hit in early 2020.
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