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Co 2020-21 Iggy Award Winner MPG (special again)
Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to National Clam Chowder Day!

Each year on February 25th people across the nation have a bowl and spoon ready to be filled with clam chowder as they prepare to participate in National Clam Chowder Day.

A clam chowder in its simplest form is a soup or stew containing clams or fish. The most common type of chowder includes milk or cream as well as potatoes, though the Manhattan clam chowder has tomatoes.

The origin of the word “chowder” is up for a little bit of debate. The French word for cauldron is “chaudiere.” The English word “jowter” means fish peddler. Both are on the hook for possible origins.

In chowder, along with the clams, it is common to find diced potatoes, onions (often sautéed with pork or bacon drippings) and celery.

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Greatest Games: Momentum Builder (UNC-Syracuse, 1996) (; Tie)

oad games are hard to win. It’s harder when the opponent is ranked in the top 10. Then give the home team Donovan McNabb at quarterback, and you’ve got the mountain of a challenge that the 1996 North Carolina football team faced.

On paper, it seemed like a good matchup between No. 24 UNC and No. 9 Syracuse, but the final score didn’t reflect that. The Tar Heels received an inspired performance from the defense and steady play from quarterback Chris Keldorf to take the 27-10 win. But this win meant more – it marked the first time in 30 years that UNC had won on the road against a top 10 team (since No. 8 Michigan back in 1966).

Though it was a big win for the program, many of the players entered the Carrier Dome with full confidence in the team, and certain of the outcome.

“I think we expected of ourselves so much more than just that," says former defensive tackle Nate Hobgood-Chittick. "We weren’t surprised. We expected to beat Syracuse.”

Former linebacker Brian Simmons says, for similar reasons, this game doesn’t really stand out in his memory.

“We went up there and felt like we were supposed to win that football game,” Simmons says. “I didn’t even realize they were a top 10 team. From that standpoint, that was good, but that just goes into the mindset that we had. Regardless of the ranking, we felt like we were the better team.”

To see where Hobgood-Chittick and Simmons got that conviction and mindset to believe they were the better football team, you have to go back to the preseason. With a void at quarterback, head coach Mack Brown mined the junior college ranks to find an unknown gem from California. Chris Keldorf, towering above most signal callers at an imposing 6-foot-5, played at Palomar Community College for two years before making the cross-country trek to join the Tar Heels.

No one outside the team really knew how Keldorf would play, but he quickly showed the nation. In UNC’s season opener against Clemson, ranked No. 25 in the preseason, Keldorf led the Tar Heels to a 45-0 blowout.

“We were gelling. We were clicking,” Keldorf says. “Beating Clemson, they were a noteworthy team. We had a great August, first game against Clemson.

“After the Clemson game, it was for real. I was like, ‘Wow, the expectations changed literally overnight.’ We were always a good football team, but going into Syracuse, it was like, ‘Wow we have a shot to be a really, really good football team. Once we beat Syracuse, the expectations rose that much higher.’”

Way-Too-Early Louisville Football 2022 Season Projection - Sports Illustrated Louisville Cardinals News, Analysis and More (SI; McGavic)

The Louisville football program learned their full week-to-week 2022 schedule late last month, and the countdown to kickoff has officially begun.

There's still a lot that can transpire in the 191 days between now and the Cardinals' season opener up in Syracuse. But, with the schedule having been freshly released, Louisville Report decided to take a shot at giving a way-too-early prediction at the Cardinals' record for the 2022 football season.

Take a look below at our game by game predictions, along with a final season win-loss record:

at Syracuse (Saturday, Sept. 3)

Last Meeting: Louisville won 41-3 on Nov. 13, 2021 at Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, Ky.
Series: Louisville leads 12-7

Summary: Louisville might have blown the doors off of Syracuse last season, but they were actually much better than people credit, mainly due to their defense. The Orange actually wound up with the 16th-ranked total defense in FBS at 330.3 yards per game, and returns key pieces like defensive backs Garrett Williams and Duce Chestnut, and linebacker Mikel Jones

Offensively, Syracuse lagged behind a bit. While they has on of the most prolific rushing offenses in FBS, anchored by Sean Tucker's 1,496 rushing yards, they were the definition of a one note offense. The Orange struggled mightily to pass the pass, pilling up just 158.2 yards per game - the tenth-worst in FBS. Garret Shrader *should* improve, but time will tell by how much.

In theory, this should be a relatively close game with it being played at the Carrier Dome. But it's extremely hard to ignore the recent history of this series, and I'm leaning towards that trend continuing. Especially with how Louisville handled that Syracuse rushing attack in 2021

Way-Too-Early Prediction: Louisville 35, Syracuse 10.

Springing around the ACC: N.C. State (; Potter)

Clemson will begin spring practice Wednesday, but the Tigers aren’t the only ones in the ACC taking the field over the next couple of months.

With early preparations for the 2022 season on the horizon for teams throughout the conference, The Clemson Insider is going around the league to take a look at where other teams stand going into the spring starting with the eight teams on the Tigers’ schedule. Next up is North Carolina State.

Head coach: Dave Doeren (10th year)

2021 record: 9-3, 6-2 ACC

Key personnel losses: RB Ricky Person Jr., RB Zonovan Knight, WR Emeka Emezie, OT Ikem Ekwonu, DL Daniel Joseph

Key returners/additions: QB Devin Leary, WR Thayer Thomas, WR Darryl Jones, C Grant Gibson, DL Cory Durden, LB Drake Thomas, LB Payton Wilson, DB Tanner Ingle, DB Cyrus Fagan

Spring gleaning: With four wins in its last five games, N.C. State took some momentum into the offseason as the Atlantic Division’s co-runner-up, a distinction it shared with Clemson. The Wolfpack head into the spring with Leary back at the controls of the offense after he finished fourth in the ACC in passing last season. N.C. State has multiple starters along the offensive line back, too, as well as nearly every starter on defense, so there’s plenty of experience and familiarity returning for coordinators Tim Beck and Tony Gibson.

That doesn’t mean the Wolfpack don’t have some significant holes they need to start trying to fill this spring, particularly on offense. There’s little game experience left at running back with Person and Knight gone. Emezie was Leary’s top target in the passing game, and the loss of Ekonwu, who’s widely projected to be a top-5 pick in this year’s NFL Draft, leaves a massive void at left tackle. Thomas, the Wolfpack’s second-leading receiver, and Jones, a Maryland transfer, should help out wide, but only Virginia rushed for fewer yards than N.C. State a season ago in the ACC, so finding a way to achieve offensive balance with fewer experienced pieces to work with in the running game will be a primary task for the Wolfpack, who will travel to Clemson on Oct. 1.

Spring game: April 9 at Carter-Finley Stadium

The Alliance vote on college football expansion suggests the Big Ten will have help when it needs it (; Baird)

As recently as last week, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith used air quotes when referring to The Alliance, the intellectual treaty between the Big Ten, ACC and Pac-12 conferences.

While that agreement still does not exist on paper, after last week, maybe those air quotes are no longer necessary. Those three conferences arguably acted against their long-term self-interests by reportedly voting in unison against playoff expansion.

A single no vote would have put expansion off until 2026 at the earliest. The strong expectation is that a 12-team playoff will kick in then, as part of a new television rights agreement. And now that the Big Ten, ACC and Pac-12 put up a united front — even while there is reason to believe their conviction against expansion was not equal — how will that marriage change what the future championship process actually looks like?

When The Alliance first reached the public’s eyes and ears last August, speculation quickly jumped to the collaboration’s effect on future football schedules. Smith was even one of the leaders chosen to work on the scheduling component. Yet by last week, Smith made it clear arranging games was, at least for now, a distant concern.

2021 P5 Attendance Down, ACC the worst (RX; HM)

2021 P5 Attendance Down, ACC the worst

Obviously, I'm not the only one who takes this time of year to break down stats! From CBS Sports: College football attendance declines for seventh straight season to lowest average since 1981

Here's a look at the average attendance for each power five conference for 2021, compared to 2019:

ConfAvg Att '21% Chng '19Notes
SEC72,195-0.007Lowest since '99
Big Ten65,2520.003Highest since '18
Big 1255,017-4.3Lowest since '00
Pac-1243,865-4.8Lowest ever*
ACC42,599-11.7Lowest since '90

I'm not overly worried about this for a few reasons:

1. The Coronavirus pandemic was still going strong. Even if you weren't worried about it personally, there were still a lot of people being cautious - and that translated into empty seats.
2. Every P5 conference was down except the Big Ten; this is reflective of a demographic shift.
3. The ACC didn't have a lot of marquee non-conference home games in 2021 - that was supposed to happen in 2020, but COVID...


Paul Finebaum rips lack of College Football Playoff expansion, ACC commissioner Jim Phillips on Alliance (; Kosko)

Since there is no College Football Playoff expansion to talk about, some are happy and others sad that the sport's postseason is limited to four teams for the foreseeable future. Paul Finebaum joined McElroy and Cubelic to discuss the lack of CFB Playoff expansion and the politics of the proposed Alliance involving the ACC, Pac-12 and Big Ten. The CFB Playoff will not expand past four teams until at least after 2025.

Three of the Power Five conferences formed an Alliance, which had to do with scheduling across sports to create better non-conference schedules, particularly with top matchups in football. However, not much has come from said Alliance.

Finebaum took aim at ACC commissioner Jim Phillips amid both situations falling apart.

"The one thing that Kevin Warren has — he has the second-best league," Finebaum said. "It is a very valuable league because of its footprint and, Greg, you're up there enough to know that Big Ten games, when things are going well, will deliver monster numbers. The SEC has the glamour and the SEC has the passion, but the Big Ten has the eyeballs that are considerable.

"The one commissioner that I don't understand — and maybe you guys can help me — is the one at the ACC, Jim Phillips. He was in the Big Ten at Northwestern and I don't know why that the ACC is in bed with these guys. And from a media-rights standpoint, they have a forever partnership with ESPN and they're hanging around the Pac-12 and Big Ten and these votes and getting nothing out of it. I mean, I understand playing politics because it could mean billions of dollars to your league. But what is the ACC getting out of it? Maybe a couple of games that they don't really need?"

Finebaum went on to rip the Alliance.

"The Alliance is a total fraud," Finebaum said. "That was a one-day story that a couple of basketball games and a couple of football games could've been scheduled anyway. And what it really meant was a block vote last week to stop progress in college football, and that was the expansion of a 12-team Playoff."

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When Mike Norvell arrived at Florida State in 2020, one of the problems he inherited was an offensive line that was one of the worst in the ACC. Outside of Syracuse (158), nobody allowed more quarterback sacks in the conference since 2018 than the Seminoles (149).
FSU worked to develop depth, build experience and create consistency on the line over the past several seasons. The group showed improvement in 2021 and returns a handful of players with starting experience in 2022. The group also added a pair of veteran transfers in Kayden Lyles and Bless Harris to that mix.

As the Seminoles prepare to kick off another spring camp on March 5, here is a look at some of the key positions:

Florida State offensive lineman Dillan Gibbons (75) during the second half of an NCAA football game against Notre Dame on Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021 in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough)

Florida State offensive lineman Dillan Gibbons (75) during the second half of an NCAA football game against Notre Dame on Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021 in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP)



Dillan Gibbons (RS-Sr.), Darius Washington (RS-So.), Maurice Smith (RS-So.), Thomas Shrader (RS-So.), Zane Herring (RS-So.), Lloyd Willis (RS-So.), Robert Scott (RS-So.), David Stickle (RS-So.), Bob Ostaszewski (RS-So.), Rod Orr (RS-Fr.), Bryson Estes (RS-Fr.), Zach Hannaford (RS-Fr.), Alto Tarver (RS-Fr.), Christopher Williams (RS-Fr.).

The Seminoles have begun to see some stability upfront after struggling to rebuild the offensive line over the past few seasons.
The group returns six players with starting experience, many of whom had to split time at various spots due to injuries.

Tackles Brady Scott (20 career starts), Darius Washington (20) and Robert Scott Jr. (18) saw action at both left and right tackle with Brady Scott also standing in at both guard spots, and Washington even took a few snaps at center. They all figure to return to significant roles in 2022.

Maurice Smith (17) split time with Baveon Johnson at center, starting eight games in 2021. Still, his future remains uncertain after struggling late in the season, especially with transfer Kayden Lyles.

NC State extends contract with head football coach (; Layton)

After an undefeated home season that led to the NC State football team gaining bowl eligibility for the seventh time in nine years, NC State has decided to extend head football coach Dave Doeren’s contract through 2026, per Boo Corrigan, NC State Director of Athletics.

In addition to this, all 10 assistant coaches have received new agreements as well.

This new agreement, which includes a compensation increase for Doeren, was approved by the NC State Board of Trustees and the UNC System Board of Governors in recent days.

“Dave continues to provide tremendous leadership for NC State football and elevate the standards for our program. We continue to see competitive growth, academic growth and there is great continuity among our entire staff. Dave and Sara are deeply invested in both the NC State and Raleigh communities and we’re excited for even greater days ahead,” says Corrigan.

In four out of the past five seasons, the Wolfpack have won at least eight games, with three nine-win seasons in there, too. Doeren is the only coach in NC State football history to post three nine-win seasons.

“NC State is home for my entire family and I’m so grateful to Chancellor Woodson and Boo Corrigan for their support and commitment to Wolfpack football,” Doeren said. “We continue to build something special in Raleigh and I’m so excited about the future.”

How to eliminate College Football Playoff's biggest obstacles to expansion | Sporting News (; Bender)

College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock announced last week that the four-team playoff will continue through the 2025 season. The 10 conference commissioners and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick will continue to work on an expansion model, but there remain several obstacles in the way.

A 12-team model that was proposed in the summer did not pass through all those commissioners. The Big Ten, ACC and Pac-12, which formed the Alliance this offseason, were against the plan, while the other seven conferences and ND were in favor. The Alliance was not going to budge, and that was that.

MORE: Expansion talks off for College Football Playoff

So, what's the holdup and how do we fix it? Sporting News looks at the issues that need to be ironed out before expansion.

Format and AQs

Problem: Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby was visibly frustrated after the commissioners' last meeting on Jan. 10 in Indianapolis. He said some of the expansion debate considered the number of teams in the CFP.

"There are holdouts for four, there are holdouts for eight, there are holdouts for 12," Bowlsby said. "It's been a frustrating process. I think four has worked, so there are those that are comfortable with four."

The 12-team model gained the most traction, but one of the major holdups is automatic qualifiers. The original proposal had the six highest-ranked conference champions making the CFP. A "five-plus-one" model had the five Power 5 conference champions and a Group of 5 champion making the field with six at-large bids.

This is the biggest issue between the SEC and Big Ten.

Mark Keenum suggests that the biggest obstacle in expansion is some leagues (namely the B1G) wanting AQs for P5 champions.

Despite representing a P5 conference (SEC), Keenum called that proposal unfair.

"That is a real sticking point. I don't know how we get it resolved. "
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) February 18, 2022


5 College football teams that’ll bounce back from disappointing seasons (; Peterson)

Clemson will win the ACC again

Looking back at the 2021 college football season, one of the biggest surprises was the fact that the Clemson Tigers weren’t able to win the ACC championship. That’s something very few people would have predicted before the season.

That being said, Clemson’s downfall is being overexaggerated.

The Tigers still won 10 games last season and without a couple of early-season losses, Clemson would have probably won the ACC last season, in what was a rebuilding year of sorts.

D.J. Uiagalelei’s inconsistency hurt the Tigers last season and he will need to be more productive but Clemson found a way to win with him down the stretch and it mostly had to do with defense.

Yes, the Tigers lost both of their coordinators, but Clemson has more talent than any team in the ACC and with five-star QB Cade Klubnik also in the mix, Dabo Swinney will have a really good option if Uiagalelei’s play doesn’t improve.

Clemson still signed one of the best recruiting classes in the ACC and while Wake Forest will be in the mix along with Pittsburgh, as well as some others, Clemson will get back to being the class of the ACC in 2022.

Texas will win 10 games

The first season under new Texas football head coach Steve Sarkisian didn’t go as planned as few thought the Longhorns would take a step back and win just five games.

But Texas has had as good of an offseason as any team in college football and it started with the addition of former No. 1 overall 2022 prospect Quinn Ewers from the transfer portal.

Ewers enrolled at Ohio State last season but probably didn’t want to wait behind Stroud in Columbus and with Sark in Austin, it seemed like a perfect fit.

It’s one of the transfer portal moves that will lead to a significant win increase in the 2022 season and it’s why one reason why the Longhorns made the cut here as likely to bounce back.

The trio of Wide receiver Xavier Worthy and running back Bijan Robinson, as well as former Alabama tight end Jahleel Billingsley means Texas has no shortage in talent and it just signed one of the top recruiting classes in 2022, as well as being active in the portal.

I’m not ready to predict a Big 12 title next season (although it’s possible) but I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see the Horns win 10 games in 2022.



Hickory Edwards begins his descent of the ice wall on the dam on the Onondaga Nation last Sunday.

‘I wouldn’t climb that!’ Outdoors club attempts first-ever ascent of ice wall on Onondaga Nation (PS; Featherstone)

14 years ago, Hickory Edwards kayaked down Onondaga Creek, starting from the flood control dam located on the Onondaga Nation, of which Edwards is a citizen, and going all the way to Onondaga Lake.

That initial 12-mile journey, born of boredom, inspired Edwards to create the Onondaga Canoe and Kayak Club, an outdoors group dedicated to retracing the traditional network of creeks, rivers, and lakes that today still connects the original Five Nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy.

But paddling opportunities are scarce in the dead of winter. And when Edwards can’t paddle, he gets bored. And when he gets bored, the Onondaga Canoe and Kayak Club becomes the Onondaga Let’s Do Anything Club.

“With Covid and everything, there’s nothing to do,” Edwards said, as if he’d never heard of television. “Gotta go outside.”

That’s how Edwards and his friend, Ron Toledo, also a citizen of the Onondaga Nation, ended up at the dam last Sunday to go ice climbing.

Neither man had gone ice climbing at the dam before. In fact, Edwards, who is 41, took up ice climbing only two weeks earlier, decades after trying it as a kid. Toledo had started ice climbing just last year. But he’s an experienced rock climber, and some techniques used in ice climbing are the same, he said.

Plus they’d watched a bunch of videos on the subject.

“It’s basically what we do,” Edwards said with a laugh as he strapped on a climbing harness.

It was in this carefree spirit, undeterred by the non-zero chance of a concussion or broken leg, that the two men set off on the latest OCKC adventure. Ropes slung over their shoulders, they bushwhacked down a steep embankment to the edge of the dam’s spillway, Toledo swinging a machete.

Rigging the rope

Measuring about 45 feet from top to bottom, the spillway is a dry concrete channel blanketed in tall reeds and snow. The outer wall is a sheer rock face chiseled from hard Onondaga limestone, the same kind of stone once quarried on the Onondaga Nation as building material for many of Syracuse’s landmark buildings, including the Onondaga County Courthouse and Syracuse University’s Hall of Languages.

Fed by a spring across the road, a glistening slab of ice covered a portion of the spillway wall, running all the way to the bottom where it pooled into an enormous frozen blob that flattened the reeds into a thick, icy mat.

This was the spot Edwards and Toledo planned to climb up. But first they had to rappel down.

Punk music blared from a boom box as Edwards anchored a neon green rope around two aspen trees. When asked where he learned how to rig climbing ropes, he shrugged.

“Well it’s, uh… I don’t know,” he said. “We just do it. It’s called top roping. I’m just belaying him—tightening the rope, loosening the rope.” The basic idea was to keep the guy attached to the other end of the rope from falling to his death.



Living Legend
Sep 24, 2012
Shocked that Finebaum, a vestigial organ of the SEC/ESPN would be pro-playoff expansion


Living Legend
Aug 26, 2011
unc game one of the worst games that Refs took away in the Dome ever.


All Conference
Nov 21, 2014
probably ACC visiting refs.

I was at the 95 game in NC, great game.
I hate that they were so dismissive of us in that article in large part because they just beat Clemson by forty-something while pitching a shutout. Ummm we had just done the same thing. Ultimately they were right and it frustrates me that much more, but the Clemson performance as a reason to be confident they would beat us… I guess you need lots of little things to build confidence on.

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