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Aug 15, 2011

Welcome to Casimir Pulaski Day!

Casimir Pulaski was a military leader and cavalryman from Poland, who was exiled to Paris, France, after trying to oust the Polish king, Stanislaw II, a ruler who was seen as a puppet of Russia. While in Paris, Pulaski met Marquis De Lafayette and Benjamin Franklin, and Franklin recruited him to come to America. There he served informally during the Revolutionary War, and fought in the battles of Brandywine and Germantown. George Washington then made him a Brigadier General and the first commander of the American Cavalry. The Continental Congress created the Pulaski Legion, made up of colonists and volunteers from France, Germany, and Poland. Pulaski died in 1779, after being mortally wounded at the Siege of Savannah. He came to be seen as a Revolutionary War hero, and towns and counties were named in his memory.

But how did he end up getting his own day? Polish immigrants began arriving in Chicago in the 1860s, and in the following decades the city came to have one of the largest Polish populations in the country. Pulaski had been seen as a hero in his homeland, and immigrants brought their pride for Pulaski with them to America. Polish immigrants faced discrimination in the early twentieth century. They were not Protestant, their names could not be easily pronounced by some, and some did not see them as "real" Americans. They held up Pulaski as an example of someone who was a Polish-American patriot and hero. He also was someone who had been part of America from the very beginning, illustrating how Poles had long been part of the American fabric. Americans of Polish descent began pushing for Pulaski Day as early as the 1930s. In 1933, they won a battle when Crawford Road was named Pulaski Road. In 1977, Casimir Pulaski Day became a commemorative holiday in Illinois, after lobbying was done by the Polish American Congress. It began being held on the first Monday in March, close to Pulaski's March 6 birthday. As it was a commemorative holiday, schools and institutions stayed open. But, in 1985 it became a full public holiday, and at the governor's discretion, schools were closed for the day, along with some banks and government

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Quarterback LaNorris Sellers Commits to Syracuse (SI; McAllister)

South Florence High quarterback LaNorris Sellers has committed to Syracuse. Sellers, a 6-3, 220 pound signal caller, picked the Orange over offers from Appalachian State, Memphis, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Washington State.

Sellers had committed to Virginia last July. However, when Bronco Mendenhall retired after the season leading to offensive coordinator Robert Anae and quarterbacks coach Jason Beck leaving for Syracuse, Sellers reopened his recruitment. His relationships with coach Anae and Beck were important in his decision to pick Virginia initially, and also aided the Orange's efforts.

Coach Beck reached out to Sellers almost immediately after taking the job at Syracuse. Days later an offer was extended.

"Coach Beck called me when he first arrived at Syracuse," Sellers said. "He told me that he wanted to offer me but didn't know how they handled the recruiting and offering process. He also wanted coach Babers to tell me. So then two days after that he found out and FaceTimed me. He let me talk to coach Babers and officially offered me.

"I was excited. Just hearing back from Beck again and meeting coach Babers."

Less than two months after receiving the offer, Sellers is the first member of Syracuse's 2023 recruiting class. Last season, he only played in four games due to injury. However, he completed 64% of his passes for 780 yards and 10 touchdowns. Sellers also ran for 243 yards and six more scores.

This is a significant first commitment for the Orange. Not only is it on the board for the 2023 recruiting cycle early, but landing its top priority quarterback is always important.


Quarterback LaNorris Sellers, once committed to Virginia, chooses Syracuse instead (PS; Carlson)

Quarterback prospect LaNorris Sellers, who decommitted from Virginia in January, has chosen Syracuse instead.

He announced his latest commitment on social media.

— LaNorris Sellers (@LanorriSellers) March 6, 2022

According to 247 Sports, Sellers is a three-star recruit ranked No. 32 in the country in its composite rankings and No. 622 among all prospects in the Class of 2023. He is Syracuse’s first commit in the Class of 2023.

His ranking is higher than any player in Syracuse’s Class of 2022. Syracuse’s 2021 class included two players ranked higher, defensive back Duce Chestnut and offensive lineman Enrique Cruz.

Sellers is listed by 247 Sports at 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds and plays for South Florence (South Carolina) High School.

The quarterback became an obvious priority for Syracuse back in January when Bronco Mendenhall resigned from Virginia, creating uncertainty for UCA commits. In reports at the time, Sellers indicated his commitment to Virginia would likely hinge on what happened to two key offensive assistant coaches with the Cavaliers.

One of the Orange’s big offseason moves was bringing them to Syracuse.

Sellers re-opened his recruitment shortly after offensive coordinator Robert Anae and quarterback coach Jason Beck came to Syracuse. He was offered a scholarship from Syracuse shortly after the two were brought on by SU.

Former Virginia QB commit LaNorris Sellers pledges to Syracuse, becoming 1st member of 2023 class (247sports.; Bailey)

Quarterback LaNorris Sellers announced his commitment to Syracuse football on Sunday, becoming the program's first pledge in the Class of 2023. A junior at South Florence High School in South Carolina, Sellers was previously committed to Virginia, where he was initially recruited by now SU assistants Robert Anae and Jason Beck.

Beck, Sellers' projected position coach at UVA for about six months, extended the 6-foot-3, 215-pound dual-threat signal-caller an SU offer in mid-January. Sellers decommitted from the Cavaliers less than a week later.

Rated three stars and the No. 32 QB in his cycle by the 247Sports Composite, Sellers is slotted as the No. 6 overall recruit in The Palmetto State. In addition to SU and Virginia, he's received offers from Virginia Tech, Washington State, Memphis, Appalachian State and Georgia State.

Sellers completed 64 percent of his passes last year for 780 yards and 10 touchdowns, playing only four games due to an upper-body injury. He added 243 rushing yards and another six scores.

As a sophomore at South Florence, Sellers hit on 53 percent of passes for 1,077 yards and 12 touchdowns, tallying 618 rushing yards and another 11 scores.

Sellers' mobility fits the direction of the Orange offense -- a unit that shifted in Week 4 of the 2021 season when head coach Dino Babers elected to start Garrett Shrader over Tommy DeVito against Liberty. Shrader, one of the most productive running quarterbacks in the nation, started the rest of the year and is set to be joined in the position group by Michigan transfer Dan Villari, another playmaker with the ball in his hands.t

After making jump in run blocking, can veteran Syracuse OL finally improve pass pro? (Spring OL preview) (; Bailey)

Syracuse football is inching toward its return to the practice field. The players are going through winter conditioning with the typical start to spring practice (date TBA) coming up in March.

We've already taken an early stab at pinning down the Week 1 two-deep depth chart for both the Orange offense and defense. Now let's take a closer look at each position group as it stands this spring. Having already covered quarterbacks, running backs, outside receivers and slot receivers/tight ends, we'll wrap up one side of the ball with the offensive line.


Matthew Bergeron, 4th-year Jr., 6-5, 315
The anchor of the Orange's front five, Bergeron has solidified his place as one of the team's best players through his consistency, ability to perform against top talent, and durability. The Quebec native has started 28 straight games for the Orange since taking over at Florida State midway through his true freshman campaign in 2019. He earned All-ACC honorable mention last season.
Bergeron graded out as the Orange's best pass blocker (85.4) by a gargantuan margin -- more on this farther down -- as well as its top run blocker (72.6), per Pro Football Focus. The only thing he could work to clean up is penalties; he was called for a team-high 10 last fall.

Dakota Davis, 6th-year rSr., 6-5, 325
A road grader who has been limited by injuries each of the last two years, Davis has been dominant at his healthiest. He was slowed by offseason injuries in both 2020 and 2021, playing 15 games with 14 starts.
The key for 2022: Stay healthy during the offseason so he can hit the ground running come fall.

Chris Bleich, 5th-year rJr., 6-6, 320
The Florida transfer started seven games last year before illness and injury hampered him down the stretch. Bleich has long dealt with hip issues, having undergone multiple operations last offseason. The hope now is that his most recent procedure will allow him to play comfortably come fall.

Carlos Vettorello, 5th-year rJr., 6-4, 295
A versatile veteran with experience starting at center and both tackle spots, Vettorello missed the last four games of 2021 after suffering a lower-body injury at Virginia Tech. He's played 33 games over his career, including 31 starts, soaking up knowledge as an understudy of iron man Airon Servais.

Darius Tisdale, 6th-year rSr., 6-5, 300
Another player with experience and positional flexibility, Tisdale too saw his 2021 season affected by injury. He missed four games during the middle of the season due to a lower-body injury and struggled when he returned, allowing 17 pressures and five sacks over SU's final three games.
Tisdale worked in at guard and tackle last season.

Josh Ilaoa, 3rd-year So., 6-3, 200
Shifting to the young contributors who return, Ilaoa sered as a backup center/guard last year, starting at North Carolina State and appearing in all 11 games, many just on special teams. He also played in nine games during the 2020 season, primarily on special teams.

Kalan Ellis, So., 6-6, 365
The largest individual to play for the Orange in recent memory, Ellis impressed his coaches and teammates with his ability to digest information early on last fall. The result was the Hawaiian starting five games and appearing in nine.

Syracuse football spring position preview: Offensive line (TNIAAM; Haller)

It’s that time of year again. Spring practice for the Syracuse Orange is right around the corner and that means that the TNIAAM staff is doing a deep dive into the position groups. This week we’re touching on the most important group on the field (though I may be partial), the offensive line.

If you missed the other pieces to the puzzle, you can find quarterbacks, running backs, and wide receivers/tight ends in the in the archives. The forthcoming previews will be coming at you weekly, through the rest of the spring. Without further ado, it’s time to talk about some hogs.

Can the experience of this unit bolster the offense?

Who’s gone?

Airon Servais. That’s it. He’s the only one that’s not back for another go-around. He is the all time Orange leader in consecutive games played at 60. The versatile lineman played through injury a good bit and I think he’s given enough to the program over six seasons.

Dakota Davis is a senior academically and will be a redshirt senior this season, but has stated he’s returning. Darius Tisdale is the only other player listed as a senior or redshirt junior, and we won’t know until we see the spring game, but it seems likely he’s going to run it back as a key depth piece on this line moving forward.

Who’s on campus?

The rest of the returning unit is intact, so that’s a good sign. The returners with starting experience include junior Matthew Bergeron, redshirt juniors Carlos Vettorello and Chris Bleich, sophomores Kalan Ellis and Josh Ilaoa, and the aforementioned Davis and Tisdale.

We also have the returns of some of the depth pieces, including a few bodies back from injury that could retake a spot on a depth chart, including redshirt juniors Wil Froumy and Ryan Kisselstein, juniors Mark Petry and Jakob Bradford, redshirt sophomore Anthony Red, sophomores Garth Barclay, Enrique Cruz, Wes Hoeh, Austyn Kauhi, Tyler Magnussen and Ahmad Massoud.

Who’s arriving this summer?

True freshmen Chad Schuster and Joe Cruz will be coming aboard in the summer. Schuster is a three star tackle from Wisconsin, adding a midwestern road grader to the mix. Cruz is a three star tackle from Long Island and was rated the tenth best player in NY by for 2022.

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McNificent Journey-1998 Syracuse Orangemen Football Team

#16 California vs #16 Syracuse (First Four) - 2022 College Football March Madness Tournament (youtube; video; game simulation)

#16 California vs #16 Syracuse (First Four) - 2022 College Football March Madness Tournament

The Alliance explained: ACC, Big Ten and Pac-12 on CFP vote, scheduling and what comes next (ESPN; Staff)

On Aug. 24, the commissioners of the ACC, Big Ten and Pac-12 held a joint video conference to announce the Alliance, a new partnership between three of the five most powerful conferences in college athletics.

The launch generated immediate reaction -- and memes from "The Office" -- and set expectations for significant action, but its ambiguity also prompted plenty of questions. Most notably: What exactly is it?

The Alliance came together weeks after the SEC's stunning addition of Oklahoma and Texas, and amid a turbulent and transformative summer for college athletics. It was formed, in part, as a response to realignment and the SEC's power play. The main purpose was to pump the brakes on poaching teams and not generate more disruption, but it also drew clear tribal lines, distancing Alliance members from the ever-growing SEC and the weakened Big 12.

Last week marked six months since the Alliance was announced, and while the three leagues are working behind the scenes, the same existential question many asked about the pact remains.

The Alliance popped back onto fans' radar last month when College Football Playoff expansion negotiations collapsed after an 8-3 vote, with the ACC, Big Ten and Pac-12 later revealed as the only dissenters against a proposed 12-team model. The leagues were portrayed as obstinate toward a more inclusive system many had been clamoring for, and while each maintains that it voted independently because of its distinct concerns, their link through the Alliance made them easy targets.

Six months in, the Alliance has accomplished some of its stated goals, namely stability within its ranks. Although conference realignment continued after the initial announcement, the ACC, Big Ten and Pac-12 have remained intact. The three leagues have aimed to increase games between them in the highest-profile sports, while pooling resources to address areas impacting student-athletes, such as physical and mental wellness, academics, social justice and diversity, equity and inclusion.

But the front-facing items for the Alliance, namely football scheduling, haven't gained significant traction. Those in the Alliance say they're making progress and even exceeding initial expectations, but some on the outside claim the impact has been negligible, at best.

Georgia Tech on my mind... (RX; HM)

Georgia Tech on my mind...

Jeffrey Fann of All Sports Discussion is a long-suffering Yellow Jacket fan who's had about enough.

Georgia Tech has played 26 conference games in football and mens basketball and won 6 of them...
— Jeff or Jeffrey Fann (@TalkinACCSports) March 3, 2022
The Yellow Jackets have been really, really bad at the two sports that matter most, and the Georgia Tech athletic department may be the worst one we've seen in many years. In the 2021-22 school year, Georgia Tech football has gone 2-6 in the ACC (the wins? Duke and UNC), while the Jackets' men's basketball team sits at 4-15 in conference (with wins over BC, FSU, Clemson, and Pitt, and with one game remaining against BC).

Not since 2016 Boston College has a team been this bad in football and men's basketball at the same time. That Eagles program went 0-8 in ACC football, 0-18 in ACC men's basketball. Boston College has since replaced their AD and both head coaches in Chestnut Hill - and I think most GT fans hope the same level of house cleaning takes place in Atlanta, soon!

How did it get this bad for Georgia Tech?

To put it bluntly, they were cheap, and they were fooled.

Head Football Coach Geoff Collins arrived in Atlanta with promises of recruiting top talent - and, at first, there were signs that he might be able to deliver. The Jackets finished the 2019-20 recruiting cycle ranked 27th by 247Sports (the year before Collins arrived? 50th). Things were looking up!

Then they had to play the games. In Collins first season as Head Coach, the Yellow Jackets went 3-9, including an ugly loss at home to the Citadel (FCS). However, most people were willing to be patient, knowing that the offense was being completely revamped from Paul Johnson's Triple Option to a modern, pass-oriented style.

Then came the strange, pandemic season of 2020; the Jackets went 3-7. That's a slight improvement if you carry it out to enough decimals; again, fans waited some more.

Now, it's the 2021 season - year three. Most agreed this should've been the year; the transition from Johnson to Collins should've been nearly complete, and with the schedule back to normal, fans expected to see some improvement. The Jackets went 3-9 again.

Since arriving at GT, Collins has won 9 and lost 25 overall (7-17 in ACC play). Now, Collins can't even recruit any more (48th in 2021, 53rd in 2022). Now, most of the best players he was able to sign have gone by way of the Transfer Portal, and many of his best assistants have moved on as well.

Links, News, and Rumors 2022-03-05 (RX; HM)

Links, News, and Rumors 2022-03-05

SI's "SI:AM" newsletter says to keep an eye on these draft prospects...

Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh (No. 22)

Pickett is Hanson’s top quarterback. Throwing 42 touchdowns as a fifth-year senior (after not having thrown more than 13 in any previous season) vaulted him up draft boards. But he was dealt a serious blow yesterday when his hands measured a measly 8.5 inches.
Hand size is one of those things that gets overanalyzed at the combine. (To Orr’s point about the combine hurting more than it helps, would anybody be talking about Pickett’s hands if he hadn’t gone to Indy?) When Joe Burrow’s hands measured at 9 inches in 2020, he tweeted, “Considering retirement after I was informed the football will be slipping out of my tiny hands. Please keep me in your thoughts.”
Indeed, Pickett’s hands would be the smallest of any quarterback currently in the NFL, but the correlation between hand size and fumble risk is weak. Cincinnati quarterback Desmond Ridder, whose hands measured 10" at the combine, fumbled 36 times in college. Pickett had 26.

Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame (No. 3)

Hamilton won’t work out until the final day of the combine, but you won’t want to miss it. After a stellar three-year career with the Irish, he has a chance to be the highest drafted safety in more than 30 years.

Since Eric Turner went No. 2 to the Browns in 1991, only two safeties have been selected in the top five of the NFL draft: Sean Taylor (No. 5 in 2004) and Eric Berry (No. 5 in ’10). Hanson had Hamilton going fourth to the Jets in his latest mock draft.

2022 NFL Combine Highlights (RX; HM)

2022 NFL Combine Highlights

The 2022 NFL Scouting Combine is over. From, here are some of the best ACC-related performances at the 2022 NFL Combine

40 Yards Dash, All Positions
15. Amaré Barno (2022) EDGE • Virginia Tech, 4.36 Seconds
(There were no particularly-fast WR or DB this year).
Bench Press, All Positions
1. Zion Johnson (2022) G • Boston College, 32 Reps
6t. Marcus McKethan (2022) G • North Carolina, 27 Reps
(OTOH, there were some very strong linemen!)
Vertical Jump, All Positions
14t. Kevin Austin Jr. (2022) WR • Notre Dame, 39.00"
(What Austin lacked in sheer speed he made up in jumping ability)
Broad Jump, All Positions
7t. Kevin Austin Jr. (2022) WR • Notre Dame, 11'0"
10t. Kyle Hamilton (2022) SAF • Notre Dame, 10'11"
10t. Amaré Barno (2022) EDGE • Virginia Tech, 10'11"
(Just all-around athletes!)
3 Cone Drill, All Positions
5. Kevin Austin Jr. (2022) WR • Notre Dame, 6.71 Seconds
(A good agility test)
20 Yd Shuttle, All Positions
4. Kevin Austin Jr. (2022) WR • Notre Dame, 4.15 Seconds
(Short-burst speed, good for getting separation)

ACC Football: 10 Most Intriguing Non-Conference Games of 2022 (; Kinne)

It happened in the ACC last fall and we are seeing it play out on the basketball court this winter. Winning conference games doesn't have the same helpful impact when league teams failed to win in non-conference action. The image of the league takes a hit with non-conference defeats and as a result, the quality of the ACC wins is viewed in a different light.

Related: Early ACC Football Predictions for 2022

Therefore, winning games versus other Power 5 teams is extremely important for ACC programs next fall, especially early in the season. Here are 10 contests that will not only be fun to watch, but also will play a key role in the perception of the league in 2022.

10. Purdue at Syracuse, Sept. 17

The Orange open with Louisville at home before going on the road for what should be an easy victory at UConn. Then the Boilermakers come to central New York. Purdue will be without star wide receiver David Bell and defensive end George Karlaftis, but getting a win over a solid Big Ten team would do wonders for the resume of both Syracuse and the league.

9. Texas Tech at NC State, Sept. 17​

On that same Saturday, the Red Raiders will come to Raleigh to play a Wolfpack squad that will be getting Top 25 attention. This will be a good measuring stick game for NC State as new head coach Joey Maguire's Red Raiders will play Houston the week before. This is the toughest non-conference game for the Wolfpack and if they are to be considered one of the nation’s best teams, it’s one they simply can’t afford to lose.

8. Ole Miss at Georgia Tech, Sept. 17​

The third weekend in September is shaping up to be pretty big for ACC teams. As happens seemingly every year, Georgia Tech has a brutal non-conference slate that this time around includes a game at UCF and the traditional Thanksgiving weekend showdown with Georgia. But their first real non-conference test will be the Rebels and it’s always fun when Lane Kiffin comes to town.

7. North Carolina at Appalachian State, Sept. 3​

The Tar Heels open in week zero against FCS opponent Florida A&M, but this will be the opener for the Mountaineers. And most assuredly, the people of Boone will be very excited to see the state's signature institution run out onto the field at Kidd Brewer Stadium. The two schools have battled just twice with both games being played in Chapel Hill, though App State was not fazed by their 2019 road trip, holding off the Heels in a 34-31 victory.

6. Tennessee at Pittsburgh, Sept. 10​

Last year, Pittsburgh went down to Knoxville and won the Johnny Majors Bowl 41-34. But Tennessee gradually improved during the course of Josh Heupel's first season and this could very well be a matchup of two Top 25 teams when they meet in the Steel City in week two.

5. Florida at Florida State, Nov. 25​

Some of the shine has come off this game in recent years with both programs not performing up to expectations. But 2022 could be different. It is the dawning of the Billy Napier era in Gainesville and progress in year three will be crucial for Mike Norvell in Tallahassee.

4. West Virginia at Pittsburgh, Sept. 1​

Week one opens up on a Thursday night with the renewal of the Backyard Brawl. A series that started in 1895 was put on the shelf after 2011 when both schools left the Big East for their current conferences. Pittsburgh holds an all-time 61-40-3 edge though West Virginia won the last meeting which helped push them to a spot in the Orange Bowl.

3. Florida State vs. LSU (New Orleans), Sept. 4​

Brian Kelly has matched wits with Mike Norvell each of the past two seasons and he will again, except this time he will be coaching LSU instead of Notre Dame. It is likely that neither team will be in the preseason Top 25, but a win in this stand-alone game played in the Caesars Superdome on Labor Day Sunday will provide a major boost for the rest of the year.

2. Miami at Texas A&M, Sept. 17​

The biggest early-season ACC non-conference game comes when the Hurricanes invade Kyle Field as part of that monster Sept. 17 schedule. Loaded with a historic recruiting class to accompany an already potent roster, Jimbo Fisher's Aggies will enter the 2022 season thinking that they can unseat Alabama in the SEC West. This will be Mario Cristobal's first real test as head coach of Miami.

1. Clemson at Notre Dame, Nov. 5​

The two powerhouse programs that have national title aspirations every year will again square off in South Bend on the first Saturday in November. The setup was the same in 2020 and the result was perhaps the game of the year, a 47-40 overtime victory for the Irish. Clemson is hoping that quarterback DJ Uiagalelei is more like the guy that shined in that game than the player that struggled for much of 2021.



Dennis Coleman raises the first green beers of the season on Sunday in Syracuse. (Charlie Miller |

Peter Coleman smiled down from above, as Green Beer Sunday was resurrected (photos) (PS; Miller)

The forecast for Sunday called for high winds, a lot of rain, zero sun and a high of maybe 55.

Whoever comes up with the weather ‘Up There’ must’ve gotten an earful from Peter Coleman, the longtime publican of Syracuse’s Tipperary Hill. This Sunday in Syracuse, New York — GREEN BEER SUNDAY — commands a better forecast than the typical March day here.

Peter’s command to Heaven’s meteorologist was our wish come true. At 11:59 a.m. today, just as the pipers first huffed into their instruments, it was sunny, clear and 70 degrees.

“My father is here,” Dennis Coleman said moments before the country’s shortest parade was about to start. “Look at this. How does this happen? I’ll tell you how. My dad.”

He has a point. The last Green Beer parade came days before then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo shut the bars down because of the impending Covid-19 pandemic. The forecast on Feb. 23, 2020, was pretty much like it was this year. Yet, it ended up being 70 and clear. Tens of thousands of people pounced on Tipp Hill to watch pipers and Irish dancers march 2½ blocks in front of a tank truck hauling the so-called first batch of green swill for the year’s St. Patrick’s Day season.

The pandemic forced last year’s Green Beer Sunday to go inside without a parade. Now that fewer people are getting Covid, parade day returned in full-force this year. The missing element this year was obvious, though. Peter Coleman wasn’t here to draw the first pint of emerald Coors Light. He died in August after a brief illness.


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Casimir Pulaski Day; yesterday & today! He helped Americans!​

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