Co 2020-21 Iggy Award Winner MPG (special again)
- Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to National Dog Fighting Awareness Day!
The ASPCA coined April 8 as National Dog Fighting Awareness Day each and every year to reveal the truth behind dogfighting and encourage dog lovers around the nation to take action to prevent and/or stop this cruel act.
There’s no wonder why a day has been developed to raise awareness of dogfighting crimes. Dogfighting is a felony in all 50 states, but the ASPCA believes there are still tens of thousands of dogfighting rings in the United States alone.
Dogfighting is a brutal “sport” where dogs are trained to severely wound or kill their opponent.
The dogs involved in dogfighting become loyal to their “owner” in many cases and seek to please them. These dogs have been trained to believe fighting is equal to loyalty.
This is a kill or be-killed sport. The losing opponent often does not receive any type of veterinary care and is left to pass away alone.
James Muller Recaps 'Absolutely Awesome' Syracuse Visit (SU; McAllister)
Class of 2024 offensive lineman James Muller of The Hun School in New Jersey recently took his first visit to Syracuse.
"The visit was absolutely awesome," Muller said. "Blew all my expectations completely away. Coach Ahmad is a great guy and really cares about you and gets to know you. We probably talked about the NBA more than football at some points. He’s just a fantastic recruiter and knows how to talk to people. I got to watch practice. I watched team period and the individual periods. The individual I watched the o-line. Coach Schmidt is a really, really good coach from my perspective. He understands how hard to push you and when to get mad. I loved it. His energy made me want to run through a brick wall for him. The energy throughout the practice was just so contagious.
"After practice we got some measurements in the weight room. The weight room was awesome as well. The whole layout seems like it would make for a great team lift. I got to see the rest of building as well as the cafeteria and where the players spend their free time. I saw the academic support office which I was impressed by as well. They really care about their guys from every aspect at Syracuse. My favorite parts were definitely seeing the O-Line individual and seeing coach Schmidt and what he could teach his guys to do. I loved that they really got after it and did not hold back against their own teammates. Showed how well coached the guys are."
Muller is looking forward to continuing to develop his relationship with the Orange coaches.
"They said they would love to have me back and they are going to watch me develop," Muller said. "I will most definitely be going back to Syracuse in the near future."
In early projection, Syracuse football would face a tall task in Fenway Bowl (itlh; Adler)
I’ve gone on record in saying that Syracuse football head coach Dino Babers needs to guide his Orange to a bowl game at the conclusion of the 2022 season. Otherwise, Syracuse University leaders should commence their search for a new head coach at the ‘Cuse.
The 2022 campaign is still several months away, although I am excited about what I think the Orange can do in the upcoming term. And one recent projection does have the ‘Cuse placed in a bowl contest at the end of the 2022 stanza.
In super early projections of the 2022 bowl line-up, Brad Crawford of 247Sports has Syracuse football going up against Cincinnati in the Fenway Bowl, which is held in Boston’s Fenway Park.
This could prove an intriguing, and challenging, battle for the Orange. In 2021, the Bearcats went undefeated in the regular season and earned the No. 4 seed in the College Football Playoff.
In a semifinal duel, Cincinnati lost to the No. 1 seed, Alabama, by a final count of 27-6, ending the Bearcats’ season at 13-1 overall, with Cincinnati being ranked No. 4 across the country. The Crimson Tide would then fall to No. 3 seed Georgia in the CFP national-title game.
Numerous ACC squads are predicted to join Syracuse football in 2022 bowl games.
Cincinnati, which is a member of the American Athletic Conference but will be moving to the Big 12 Conference in the future, would prove a fun but daunting foe for the Orange.
Checking in on some way too early 2022 projections for Syracuse football (TNIAAM; Wall)
It’s the final week of Syracuse Orange spring football practice but it’s never too early to talk next season projections. 247Sports released their win projections for ACC teams and Syracuse was given 6 wins with the recommendation to go Over on that projection. The reasons given include the return of Garrett Shrader and Sean Tucker to last year’s 5-7 squad along with this note
“The first five games of the year are winnable prior to a midseason open week before a showdown against N.C. State. That’s more than enough to eventually hit the over.”
Those first five in case you forgot go like this:
at UConn Huskies
We can certainly debate how “winnable” those five games are as really only two look relatively safe to predict, but if Syracuse can find a way to get through that stretch with four wins or more then it’s going to be a fun final two months. 247 also has some early bowl projections and they have Syracuse facing the Cincinnati Bearcats in the Fenway Bowl.
Everything You Need to Know About Syracuse University | Life at Syracuse (youtube; video)
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Virginia Tech football: Bill Roth is back on the radio (gobblercountry.com; Manning)
Virginia Tech play-by-play broadcaster Jon Laaser stepped away from his post abruptly in January, leaving a major opening for the Hokies. Laaser was not only the lead broadcaster for football and men’s basketball, but he also served as the school’s director of broadcasting.
The Hokies hadn’t replaced Laaser — until now. Per David Teel of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bill Roth will rejoin his old partner, Mike Burnop, on the call for Virginia Tech football games in 2022. Virginia Tech is expected to announce the move sometime soon, officially.
Roth is a legend in Blacksburg. The longtime play-by-play announcer for Virginia Tech departed Blacksburg for the same position at UCLA. However, Roth missed the East Coast and returned to Blacksburg. With Laaser as Virginia Tech’s top broadcaster, Roth became an instructor at Virginia Tech. Roth founded Tech’s sports media and analytics program, part of the Department of Communication’s multimedia journalism major.
Roth will continue in that role as he has a passion for recruiting and teaching the future broadcasters of tomorrow. Unlike his previous tenure as Tech football’s play-by-play voice, Roth will not call men’s basketball or serve as the school’s director of broadcasting. Virginia Tech is still searching for that person to fill the dual role.
Roth will also continue to freelance for ESPN and Westwood One, which he has done since returning to the New River Valley.
Roth, a Pennsylvania native Syracuse graduate, first arrived at Virginia Tech in 1988, joining Burnop. The pair have been on the call for many of the greatest moments in school history.
Consider the return of Roth more good news for the Hokies. No offense to Laaser, who did an outstanding job, but Bill Roth is — and will always be — the voice of the Virginia Tech Hokies.
Welcome back, Mr. Roth.
https://www.newsobserver.com/sports/college/acc/nc-state/article260178835.html (newsobserver.com; Pope IV)
This spring, Dave Doeren is coaching one of his oldest teams ever.
There are players on the N.C. State roster who are going through their fifth spring practice. Veterans like center Grant Gibson, wide receiver Thayer Thomas and safety Tanner Ingle have been through it enough that they can probably coach their position groups.
The Pack’s opener at ECU on Sept. 3 will be career game No. 50 for Gibson and Thomas. With the exception of the running back group, there is at least one fifth-year player at each position.
Doeren and his staff have been “judicious” with how much work his older player get.
Some of them have up to 1,000 reps on their bodies over the course of their careers.
The coaches don’t need to see them as much as they need to access some of the players behind them. That’s been Doeren’s balancing act this spring.
In the fall, he will coach his most experienced team, a team that will have expectations unlike any team before.
College Football: Top 5 QB battles to watch during spring 2022 (saturdayblitz.com; Pryor)
There are many teams that have quarterbacks competing to start this fall. These are five quarterback battles to keep an eye on around college football.
Hope always springs eternal during this time of year. Flowers start to grow, and trees bud and begin to grow their leaves again. Birds migrate north, and schools start spring practice. The start of spring practice has many fans asking the same question, “Who is going to start at quarterback?”
From Trevor Lawrence to Joe Burrow, a great quarterback’s impact on a team is evident. Clemson and LSU won National Titles in those cases. Solving your quarterback issues helps when building a program as well. Tennessee and Boston College are evidence of that.
The five teams on this list all have that question. This offseason, Notre Dame was surprisingly reticent with the high number of talented quarterbacks in the portal. LSU has an embarrassment of riches at quarterback.
Michigan has perhaps the most exciting quarterback question. Cade McNamara got the Wolverines to the College Football Playoff. Is he enough of a playmaker to get them over the hump? J.J. McCarthy is the more athletic playmaker but is largely unproven.
Those are some of the many spring practice quarterback battles. There is no doubt that the second wave of transfers is coming. Here is a close look at five quarterback battles this spring.
5. Notre Dame: Tyler Buchner vs. Drew PyneNotre Dame’s lack of activity in the transfer portal must mean that head coach Marcus Freeman, offensive coordinator Tommy Rees, and the offensive staff have the utmost confidence in the quarterbacks on their roster. In addition to Buchner and Pyne, the Irish also have Ron Powlus III and freshman Steve Angeli on the roster.
Neither Powlus nor Angeli will figure into the QB1 battle unless there is an injury. This battle is between Buchner and Pyne.
The case for Drew PynePyne can do much of what Rees wants offensively. The Connecticut native has good touch on short to mid-range passes and has improved on throws down the field. Pyne has a superb feel in the pocket and can get away from pressure.
The case for BuchnerUnlike Pyne, Buchner has all of the tools to be great. Buchner is the better athlete and has the better arm. If Notre Dame wants a quarterback who can potentially be a playmaker, Buchner has everything you want. Buchner plays the way the modern-day quarterback plays.
ConsThe Notre Dame Fighting Irish have improved significantly at every position but quarterback. Norte Dame has had four years of Pyne at quarterback when his name was Ian Book. Let’s be clear, Book led the Irish to two playoff appearances and is an all-time great at Notre Dame. However, he was a “try-hard.” That’s what Pyne is: a try-hard.
Buchner is very raw because he has not played a lot of football. Coaches don’t know what they will get game to game with a player that has not played a lot of football. Buchner lost two years of high school football; one to an ACL injury as a sophomore and another to the pandemic.
What should the Irish do?Go with Buchner. Starting the true sophomore might result in a step-back year because of his lack of experience, but Buchner’s ceiling is higher than Pyne’s. Notre Dame needs a playmaker at quarterback, and the Helix High School product is that type of player.
State plans $20 million for Carrier Dome renovations: Here are the upgrades you’ll see (PS; Weiner)
Syracuse University will receive $20 million in state aid to help pay for $44.7 million in renovations to the Carrier Dome under a state budget deal expected to be unveiled today.
The project will replace all of the stadium’s aluminum bench seats with new plastic seats that include backs, according to plans SU submitted to the state.
The backless, hard-metal bench seats have been a source of fan complaints since the Carrier Dome opened in 1980.
The new seating is the biggest part of the second phase of SU’s renovation project, which began in 2018. The university has spent $120 million on the upgrades to date.
Funding for the new phase will be included as a capital project in the state budget, said Assembly member Pam Hunter, D-Syracuse, chair of the Assembly majority conference. A vote on the $220 billion budget could happen as early as tonight.
Hunter joined Central New York’s delegation of Assembly and Senate members in pushing for the funding, which would be the first state aid provided toward the Carrier Dome’s renovations.
The funding is not certain until the budget is completed, and state lawmakers following the Carrier Dome project have not seen the finished product.
The project will include upgrades to existing stairs and railings and four ramps on the lower concourse to comply with accessibility rules under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.
SU confirmed today that it had requested state financial aid for the project, and won the support of state lawmakers from Central New York. A spokesperson said construction could begin as early as June.