Co 2020-21 Iggy Award Winner MPG (special again)
- Aug 15, 2011
Patriots' Day is a holiday commemorating the battles of Lexington and Concord, which took place on April 19, 1775. The shots fired at these two cities on the outskirts of Boston were the first shots of the American Revolution. Following the war, Lexington Day and Concord Day began being celebrated in their respective cities. The cities later petitioned Massachusetts Governor Frederic Greenhalge to create a state commemoration. He created Patriots' Day, which replaced Fast Day. It was first celebrated on April 19, 1894. The new holiday also originally commemorated the anniversary of the Baltimore riot of 1861, where some of the first bloodshed of the Civil War took place, and four members of the Massachusetts militia died. In 1938, the Massachusetts legislature passed a bill making the battles of Lexington and Concord the sole focus of the day.
Until 1969, the holiday was celebrated on the actual anniversary of the battles, but it since has been observed on the third Monday of April in most states that officially commemorate it. As of 2018, it is a state holiday in Maine and Massachusetts. Schools in Wisconsin observe it on April 19 (if it's a weekday) by having students learn about the battles and their importance to American history. Those in Florida are encouraged to celebrate the day, although it isn't an official holiday there. Connecticut began officially observing the day in 2018.
Syracuse Football Hosting 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025 and 2026 Recruits on Friday (SI; McAlllister)
Syracuse football is set to host a plethora of talent on Friday with recruits from the 2023, 2024 and 2025 on campus. Here is the visitor list.
CLASS OF 2022
Player: Jordan Walker
Position: Wide Receiver
High School: Milford Academy (NY)
Height/Weight: 6-4, 205
Notable Offers: Committed to Rutgers
CLASS OF 2023
Player: D'avion Coffee
High School: St. Pius X (CA)
Height/Weight: 6-0, 207
Notable Offers: Ole Miss, UNLV
Player: Xaye Collier
High School: St. Pius X (CA) - Rochester native
Height/Weight: 5-11, 170
Notable Offers: None
Player: Makhi Connor
Position: Defensive Back
High School: Inglewood (CA) - Rochester, NY native
Height/Weight: 6-1, 180
Notable Offers: Arizona State, California, Ole Miss, Pittsburgh, UCLA, USC
Player: Jamari Johnson
High School: Inglewood (CA) - Rochester, NY native
Height/Weight: 6-5, 250
Notable Offers: Committed to Louisville. Also has Arizona, Florida State, Michigan, Michigan State, Washington offers.
Player: Terrell Richards
Position: Wide Receiver
High School: Aquinas Institute (NY)
Height/Weight: 5-9, 170
Notable Offers: None
Syracuse football hands off offer to 4-star junior, a top-5 RB in his class (itlh; Adler)
I credit the Syracuse football coaching staff for not being shy about doling out scholarship offers to top-flight running backs in the 2023 recruiting cycle.
Naturally, some of my fellow Orange fans don’t believe the ‘Cuse has much of a chance to win out for these four-star and five-star prospects. But you can’t prevail in a recruiting battle unless you offer the high-school player first, right?
In any event, Syracuse football has offered consensus four-star Justice Haynes, who is one of the premier running backs across the country in the 2023 class.
The 5-foot-10 Haynes, a junior at Blessed Trinity Catholic High School in Roswell, Ga., recently revealed the Orange offer via his Twitter page.
Syracuse football, not too long ago, offered another stellar 2023 running back.
In early February, ‘Cuse coaches offered a scholarship to 2023 five-star running back Rueben Owens ll, who is ranked the No. 1 RB nationwide in his class, according to some recruiting services.
The 5-foot-11 Owens is out of El Campo High School in El Campo, Texas, and was named the 2021 National Junior of the Year by MaxPreps, during a season when Owens rushed for a ridiculous 2,989 yards and scored 46 rushing touchdowns.
Getting back to Haynes, according to recruiting services, he holds at least 35 scholarship offers from a range of high-major programs, including Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, Southern California, Virginia and Wisconsin.
Georgia, which captured the most recent College Football Playoff national title, is Haynes’ home-state squad. So it’s understandable that this Southeastern Conference juggernaut has received some predictions for Haynes from recruiting analysts and others on the 247Sports Web site, the On3 Web site and .
The industry-generated 247Sports Composite rates him as the No. 45 overall prospect in 2023 and the No. 3 running back. The On3 Consensus places Haynes at No. 37 nationally and No. 3 at his position.
ESPN’s FPI doesn’t like Syracuse football’s odds in 2022 (TNIAAM; Wall)
It’s time Syracuse Orange fans. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart put one hand on your hip and shake your fist in anger because once again your beloved Orange are being slighted by some computers .
ESPN’s Football Power Index was released yesterday and Syracuse starts off 62nd with an early projection for a 4.8-7.2 record. Only three ACC teams start below Syracuse: Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and Duke. The FPI gives the Orange a 30% chance of winning 6 games and a 0.2% chance of winning the Atlantic Division.
Here’s where the 2022 Syracuse opponents find themselves in the FPI rankings (Wagner is not ranked as a FCS team):
- Louisville Cardinals- 36th
- UConn Huskies- 130th
- Purdue Boilermakers- 44th
- Virginia Cavaliers- 54th
- NC State Wolfpack- 26th
- Clemson Tigers-4th
- Notre Dame Fighting Irish- 5th
- Pittsburgh Panthers- 9th
- Florida State Seminoles- 31st
- Wake Forest Demon Deacons- 30th
- Boston College Eagles- 59th
ACC football: Each team's biggest trap game in 2022 (247sports.com; Backus)
The Atlantic Coast Conference was filled with chaos last season. It all culminated in a conference championship game that featured the unlikely pairing of Wake Forest and Pitt, with the Panthers picking up their first league title in 11 years. Clemson, the ACC's dominant power for almost a decade, won less than 10 games in a (normal) regular season since 2014, Dabo Swinney's seventh year at the helm.
Elsewhere, Florida State struggled against lower competition while Miami, Virginia, Duke and Virginia Tech all enter into 2022 with new head coaches. Suffice to say, the league is as wide open as it has ever been, with several teams having a real shot at making the ACC Championship. Of course, there is a long road ahead.
Plenty of pitfalls lie between now and championship weekend. A lot can go wrong for a team in a 12-game season, especially in the college football universe which trends toward entropy. Each team in the ACC has one or two games on their schedule that they should win but very well may not for a myriad of reasons.
With that in mind, here is the biggest potential trap game for each ACC program entering the 2022 season:
BOSTON COLLEGE EAGLESGame: Rutgers (Week 1, Sept. 3)
Rutgers is building some serious momentum under coach Greg Schiano. The Scarlet Knights posted a respectable 5-7 record in 2021, given where this program has been for the past decade or so, and played No. 17 Wake Forest close for a good majority of the Gator Bowl, though the final score may not reflect that. Quarterback Gavin Wimsatt is an exciting young playmaker, a former four-star prospect that is in line to handle his first starting duties. Rutgers also loaded up on skill talent and the offensive line via the transfer portal and returns promising freshman running back Kyle Monangai. Suffice to say, Rutgers should be a good challenge for the Eagles to start the year.
CLEMSON TIGERSGame: South Carolina (Week 13, Nov. 26)
The Tigers draw their heated in-state rival after a three-game stretch that includes a road trip to Notre Dame and a home draw against a much-improved Miami. If things go as planned for Clemson, it could be looking ahead to the ACC Championship. South Carolina, meanwhile, has tons of momentum under coach Shane Beamer and might find its way inside the top 25 at some point next season with a stacked defense and an offense stocked with stars through the transfer portal. Since 2013, Clemson has beat South Carolina by more than one possession all but three times. Expect that to change this year, with the Gamecocks having a real shot at winning.
DUKE BLUE DEVILSGame: at Kansas (Week 4, Sept. 24)
Duke is in a “Year Zero” of sorts under new coach Mike Elko. The Blue Devils are coming off three-straight losing seasons under former head man David Cutcliffe and are looking at a minor rebuild. Kansas is… Kansas, but coach Lance Leipold has the Jayhawks pointed in the right direction. He is in year two of his own rebuild, so his team should be a lot more comfortable with his systems and coaching style this year, which typically means some improvement. Add the fact that this is an early, out-of-conference road game and this has all the ingredients for a trap game.
FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLESGame: at Louisville (Week 4, Sept. 16)
This is an important year for coach Mike Norvell. Patience is wearing a bit thin despite the fact that this will be just his third season at the helm. Basically, the Seminoles cannot afford an early season slipup against a team they should be favored against. Out of all the potential “disappointing” losses, Louisville has the best shot at getting one over. The Cardinals are led by Malik Cunningham, one of the most electric players in college football, and have stocked some of their most questionable areas via the transfer portal. That includes four-star Tennessee running back transfer Tiyon Evans who, if bought in, could emerge as an elite running back in the ACC.
GEORGIA TECH YELLOWJACKETSGame: Duke (Week 6, Oct. 8)
With all due respect, Duke and Georgia Tech will likely be the ACC’s worst two teams. The Yellowjackets, specifically, will probably be underdogs in 10 of their games. Georgia Tech will be favored against West Carolina and Duke. Since I’m not ready to project that the Yellowjackets could lose to an FCS team, Duke gets the nod here as a potential “trap” game, though that is a loose definition in this instance.
LOUISVILLE CARDINALSGame: at UCF (Week 2, Sept. 9)
UCF is not quite the same team that Louisville saw last year in its barn-burning 42-35 win. The Knights lost star quarterback Dillon Gabriel to the transfer portal and a couple key wide receivers and defensive pieces. Given that, the Cardinals could be favored by a good bit when they head down to Orlando. Even so, Louisville cannot afford to overlook Gus Malzahn’s unit, especially with a game against Florida State looming on the horizon.
MIAMI HURRICANESGame: at Virginia (Week 9, Oct. 29)
Miami has some pretty lofty expectations headed into its first season under coach Mario Cristobal with one of the nation’s best quarterbacks in Tyler Van Dyke under center. Virginia, meanwhile, had to poach former Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliott when former head coach Bronco Mendenhall made the surprising decision to step away from coaching. It will be interesting to see how the Cavaliers’ offense looks different under Elliott, but he does have the benefit of strong-armed signal-caller Brennan Armstrong at the helm. At the very least, this should be a wildly entertaining quarterback duel.
NC STATE WOLFPACKGame: Texas Tech (Week 3, Sept. 17)
NC State is a team that enters 2022 with legitimate ACC Championship upside. Devin Leary is one of the most underrated quarterbacks in the nation and he has a great supporting cast. Replacing tackle Ikem Ekwonu is a great challenge but the rest of the offensive line has experience. The defense is loaded with veterans, as well. Texas Tech, on the other hand, will be playing just its third game under new coach Joey McGuire, so the Red Raiders will be hungry for an early statement win, and more than capable of pulling one off.
NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELSGame: at Appalachian State (Week 1, Sept. 3)
Appalachian State is built for early trap games. The Mountaineers own one of the most shocking upsets of all-time, knocking off Michigan in 2007 in the first game of the year. They did so while they were still in the FCS. Then, in 2016, App State took a ranked Tennessee team to overtime in Knoxville on Sept. 1 before the Vols won thanks to a flukey fumble in the end zone. Last year, Appalachian State lost by just two points to Miami in Week 2. The Tar Heels need to learn from history to avoid this potential first-game stunner.
PITTSBURGH PANTHERSGame: West Virginia (Week 1, Sept. 1)
Pitt will undoubtedly be favored in this one, especially since it takes place within the friendly confines of Heinz Field. The Backyard Brawl revival brings plenty of intrigue. The Mountaineers’ offensive line needs to step up, but the team as a whole brings back a solid core. Mix in a couple intriguing transfer additions, including Georgia quarterback JT Daniels and Clemson running back Lyn-J Dixon, and West Virginia could be a pretty dangerous team.
SYRACUSE ORANGEGame: at UConn (Week 2, Sept. 2)
Syracuse has a pretty brutal schedule, so it is hard to pick a genuine trap game when the Orange will likely be underdogs in a majority of their contests. UConn is bad. Like really bad. It has been for a while. Jim Mora will not fix that in his first year. Syracuse probably will not lose to UConn. It would be very surprising if that happened. But the Huskies get the nod here over the other potential trap game candidate in FCS Wagner.
ACC spring football power rankings: Clemson on top, but for how much longer? (usatoday.com; Myerberg)
Clemson remains the team to beat in the ACC. Not that everything's in sync for Dabo Swinney and the Tigers, who still have to settle on a starting quarterback and overcome the loss of both coordinators to Power Five openings.
For the first time in several years, the question is being asked: Is Clemson good enough to reach the College Football Playoff?
And there are several teams in the conference capable of keeping the ACC championship out of Clemson's hands for the second year in a row. Two of those threats, North Carolina State and Wake Forest, come from within the Tigers' division.
Despite the question marks, the Tigers top the spring power rankings for the ACC:
1. Clemson (2021 record: 10-3)It was only a year ago that DJ Uiagalelei was listed among the top contenders for the Heisman Trophy. Heading out of the spring and into the summer, it's not even certain the junior will remain the Tigers' starter. After throwing just nine touchdowns and averaging a paltry six yards per attempt in 2021, Uiagalelei will be tested by incoming freshman Cade Klubnik, a five-star recruit.
2. North Carolina State (9-3)There's a sense of unfinished business after last year's team was unable to become the second in program history with double-digit wins after the Holiday Bowl was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. There is some departed star power in left tackle Ikem Ekwonu, who should land near the top of the NFL draft, but enough returning talent to make this the best team of coach Dave Doeren's tenure.
3. North Carolina (6-7)The attention paid to the Tar Heels' three-person competition to replace quarterback Sam Howell has overshadowed some pretty big concerns at running back and wide receiver. In the backfield, UNC has four options but no clear answer coming out of spring drills. At receiver, there may be a pair of clear starters in Josh Downs and Antoine Green but depth is at a premium.
4. Wake Forest (11-3)The offense may be even better than it was in 2021, when quarterback Sam Hartman keyed a historic season for Dave Clawson and the Demon Deacons. The dominant theme this offseason is the state of a defense that welcomes back defensive coordinator Brad Lambert for his second stint with the program. If the offense stays on course, it might not take a huge leap to keep Wake Forest in the New Year's Six conversation.
5. Pittsburgh (11-3)A solid spring has Pittsburgh coaches feeling better about linebacker play. One of the standouts from drills was junior Bangally Kamara, who flashed strong pass-rush skills and the athleticism to drop back into coverage. Should this group be better than expected, the Panthers' terrific defensive line could make this one of the top front sevens in the conference.
6. Miami (7-5)Mario Cristobal won't reverse Miami's direction from the start, though his focus on recruiting, development and an embrace of the program's long-dormant swagger seems like the perfect recipe for the Hurricanes. Sophomore quarterback Tyler Van Dyke is the face of the team after a superb rookie year, and rightfully so. But the Hurricanes will contend for the conference championship game only if the pass rush and overall team tackling is far better than in 2021.
7. Florida State (5-7) The Seminoles will get back into the postseason behind a defense that looks on paper to be one of the three or four best in the conference. While losing edge rusher and 2021 ACC defensive player of the year Jermaine Johnson to the NFL draft stings, keep an eye on a rare Football Championship Subdivision transfer with the potential to flourish on the Power Five level: Jared Verse arrives in Tallahassee from Albany and has already grabbed a major role at end.
8. Virginia (6-6)After waiting patiently for the right opportunity, longtime Clemson assistant Tony Elliott takes over the solid foundation left in place by former coach Bronco Mendenhall. He'll also get back quarterback Brennan Armstrong, who considered his options in the wake of Mendenhall's retirement before opting to remain in Charlottesville. What the Cavaliers don't have, however, is anything close to an experienced offensive front. With just one returning lineman with any experience, Virginia stepped down to the FCS ranks to grab two potential contributors from Georgetown and Dartmouth.
9. Louisville (6-7)Keep an eye on Central Arkansas transfer Tyler Hudson, who beyond his work at wide receiver could be used as an option in the running game. With this varied skill set, the former Southland Conference Player of the Year will help replace Tyler Harrell, who averaged 29.1 yards per catch in 2021 but transferred after the end of spring practices.
10. Syracuse (5-7)Sophomore running back Sean Tucker (1,496 yards in 2021) is good enough to nearly carry the Orange back to bowl play on his own, as he proved in his breakout debut season. Even as Tucker continued to tack on yardage, the three-game losing streak to end the year at 5-7 showed how defenses could key on the Syracuse running game. Winning six or more games demands more balance on offense, so the focus this offseason is on developing quarterback Garrett Shrader into a more consistent passer.
NC State is Clemson’s Biggest Threat in the ACC
The monster truck Grave Digger launches into the air at Monster Jam Saturday night in The Dome Photo by Lydia Herne
Monster Jam returns to Syracuse for the 1st time in 2 years (newshouse.com; Staff)
Saturday night, the Dome was packed with families and friends as the intense, loud and colorful “Monster Jam” event came back to Syracuse for the first time in two years.
The event pits trucks against each other as they compete in three challenges: speed, two-wheel skills and freestyle. Drivers race their 12,000-pound trucks around stadiums across the country. They have perfected tricks like backflips and two-wheeled stunts and drive their monster trucks over 70 miles per hour.
The monster truck Meglodon gets stuck with its nose on a bump on Saturday at The Dome. Photo by Lydia Herne
One of the best-known trucks, Grave Digger, won the 12-driver competition. Behind the wheel was Tyler Menninga. All the stops on this tour will culminate with the Monster Jam World Finals so drivers are challenging each other and pushing their limits to land a spot in the final competition.
Other drivers competing on Saturday night included Kayla Blood in Soldier Fortune, Ryan Anderson, who has already qualified for the World Finals, in Son-Uva Digger and Cory Rummell in the shark-shaped truck Megalodon.