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- Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to Bicycle Day!
Bicycle Day celebrates the discovery of lysergic acid diethylamide 25, commonly known as LSD, and takes place on the anniversary of the first planned acid trip. On April 19, 1943, Albert Hofmann, a researcher at Sandoz Laboratories in Basel, Switzerland, purposely ingested .25 milligrams (250 micrograms) of LSD at his lab. He thought this would be the threshold dose—the lowest amount taken where there are still effects—when in reality the threshold dose for LSD is only 20 micrograms. But what does a bicycle have to do with the day?
Within an hour, Hofmann began to notice changes in his perception and senses. He decided that he should go home, so he hopped on his bicycle and began riding. Because the drug was already greatly affecting him, he had his laboratory assistant help guide him to his house. At times during his bicycle ride, he thought he was going insane, thought his neighbor was a witch and thought the LSD had poisoned him. He later wrote in LSD: My Problem Child, "On the way home, my condition began to assume threatening forms. Everything in my field of vision wavered and was distorted as if seen in a curved mirror. I also had the sensation of being unable to move from the spot. Nevertheless, my assistant later told me that we had traveled very rapidly." Needless to say, his bicycle ride was quite a trip.
Legacy and Elite 2024 DB Jaylen McClain Excited for Return Trip to Syracuse (SI; McAllister)
Syracuse football has been busy hosting recruits in the last several weeks from the 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025 and 2026 cycles. The Orange is hosting one of its top targets int he 2024 class in West Orange (NJ) Seton Hall Prep cornerback Jaylen McClain. McClain also visited last October to check out a game.
"I can't wait," McClain said. "Definitely want to see more of the facilities and stuff on the inside."
McClain's dad, Maurice McClain, was a safety at Syracuse from 1999 to 2002. His mom, who will be attending the visit with him, is also an alum.
The 6-0, 175 pound corner is one of the hottest defensive backs in his class. His offer list already includes Boston College, Duke, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, South Carolina and Texas A&M in addition to Syracuse. The Orange is in constant communication and he continues to develop a strong relationship with the coaching staff.
"It's definitely been developing well," McClain said. "Been trying to get up to Cuse for a while."
Tyriq Blanding Bonds With Syracuse Coaches on Visit (SI; McAllister)
Syracuse football hosted one of its top targets in the 2023 class on Monday in Middle Village (NY) Christ the King defensive lineman Tyriq Blanding. The 6-3, 275 pounder holds offers from Arizona State, Boston College, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, Oregon, Penn State, Pittsburgh, South Carolina and West Virginia in addition to Syracuse.
"The best part was definitely talking to the d-line coach (Chris Achuff)," Blanding said. "When I got there, I got a tour of the facility, the campus, then talked to the coaches."
The ability to discuss football and the ins and outs of being a defensive lineman with someone who has coached at the NFL level was a meaningful experience for Blanding.
"We were talking about football schemes and formations," Blanding said. "We were going over my film, talking about what I do good and bad and we went over drills. He said my film is great and I'm real explosive. How he can make me more explosive. How he can tell my favorite move is the spin and how I use it a lot. The other moves I could use instead. He said I will fit perfectly into the scheme as a three tech."
Blanding also spent time with lead recruiter Nick Monroe.
"I have a great relationship with coach Monroe," Blanding said. "I talk to him like two to three times a week. He's a cool guy and it was great hanging with him. Got to show me around a bit."
Syracuse Football: Orange doles out offer to four-star, top-20 running back (itlh; Adler)
Syracuse football coaches keep on pledging scholarship offers to elite running backs in the 2023 recruiting cycle.
One of the latest offers to go out was to four-star Quinten Joyner, who is a junior at Manor High School in Manor, Texas. The 5-foot-10 Joyner disclosed his new offer from the Orange via his Twitter page.
Also recently, ‘Cuse coaches offered 2023 four-star running back Justice Haynes, who is a junior at Blessed Trinity Catholic High School in Roswell, Ga.
The 5-foot-10 Haynes, who revealed his offer from Syracuse football via Twitter as well, is rated as four stars, No. 45 nationally, No. 3 at running back and No. 3 in Georgia within his class, according to the industry-generated 247Sports Composite.
In February, the Orange offered 2023 five-star running back Rueben Owens ll, who is a junior at El Campo High School in El Campo, Texas. The 5-foot-11 Owens, rated as the No. 1 running back across the country in this cycle per some recruiting services, rushed for 2,989 yards and scored 46 rushing touchdowns during the 2021 stanza.
Syracuse football will face stiff competition for four-star RB Quinten Joyner.
Getting back to Joyner, he has obtained around 20 scholarship offers throughout his recruiting process, per his bio on the 247Sports Web site.
According to various recruiting Web sites, besides the ‘Cuse, Joyner’s offers include from Pittsburgh, Penn State, Oregon, Nebraska, TCU, Cincinnati, Southern California, Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Louisville, Houston and Purdue.
Fizz Five 4/18: Quincy Ballard, SU’s Other Transfer Portal Options and more – Orange Fizz – Daily Syracuse Recruiting News & Team Coverage (orangefizz.net; podcast)
On this week’s Fizz Five, Ethan Frank and Ian Unsworth break down a bevy of topics:
1. QUINCY BALLARD’S DECISION TO TRANSFER TO WICHITA STATEAfter narrowing his transfer options down to Syracuse and Wichita State, the 7-footer decided to go to Kansas and be a shocker. The Syracuse native has now spurned SU twice, and Ethan and Ian try to figure out why.
2. OTHER PORTAL CENTER OPTIONSBrandon Huntley-Hatfield and Akok Akok are the two names thrown out right now. Ethan and Ian figure out how each would fit in Jim Boeheim’s program.
3. COLE SWIDER AS A PRO PROSPECTEthan thinks Cole Swider is the best NBA fit from last season’s SU team…
4. INJURY RUMORS SWIRLING AROUND SU FOOTBALLA key piece in the SU offense might’ve suffered a major injury, and it could spell trouble for the most important position on the field.
5. SYRACUSE MEN’S LACROSSE LOSES TO NO. 15 UNC AT THE BUZZERFinally, the guys debrief on Gary Gait and company’s 14-13 loss to North Carolina and weigh what it means for the future.
ESPN Syracuse: 30 Minutes In Orange Nation 4-18 on Apple Podcasts (apple.com; radio; Steve & Paulie)
Steve and Paulie react to JMA Wireless taking over naming rights for the Dome and look back on the top moments in Carrier Dome history. Then, NunesMagician's Kevin Wall hops on to discuss Quincy Ballard choosing Wichita State over Syracuse and what the Orange may do to fill the hole left by Frank Anselem.
ESPN Syracuse: On The Block On Demand 4-18 on Apple Podcasts (apple.com; radio; Axe)
Brent reacts to the news of Syracuse University ending their deal with Carrier and announcing the newly named JMA Wireless Dome.
ESPN Syracuse: On The Block On Demand 4-14 on Apple Podcasts (apple.com; radio; Axe)
Brent discusses Syracuse being ranked 62nd in ESPN's football power index and how Syracuse will need to break the mold next season to reach a bowl game. Later, Brent discusses the impact a move to Division I could have on Le Moyne athletics.
Who are the top 2022 ACC Football Offensive POY candidates? (scacchoops.com; Fann)
As we start looking toward the ACC Football season, it’s becoming apparent this might be the most talented the ACC has been since the 2016 season when the ACC briefly stood as college football’s best conference.
We saw signs of the ACC starting to turn things around last when 4 teams (Clemson, Wake Forest, Pitt, and NC State) finished the season ranked in the top 25.
Let’s look at the offensive side where the ACC POY is likely to come from these seven candidates.
Sam Hartman, QB – Wake Forest
Sam Hartmann guided one of the best offenses in the ACC at Wake Forest and an 11-win season. He threw for 4000 yards and completed nearly 60% of his passes.
Devin Leary, QB – NC State
Devin Leary had just 5 interceptions on 431 pass attempts last with 3433 through the air. NC State plays UCLA in their bowl and that would have been a 10-win season.
Brennan Armstrong, QB – Virginia
Virginia QB Brennan Armstrong put up eye-popping numbers last year. In just 11 games he had nearly 4500 yards passing. I expect similar numbers this year even with new head coach Tony Elliot.
Tyler Van Dyke, QB, – Miami
If there’s a bit of a darkhorse for pre-season ACC POY, it’s Tyler Van Dyke of Miami. Who could have seen after the D’Eriq King injury Miami could have no drop off at QB. A full season of play and Van Dyke could be in this chase.
Jordan Addison, WR – Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh has themselves an All-American at WR, and he might be the best offensives player in the ACC. Jordan Addison caught 17 TDs and on nearly 1600 yards receiving.
Josh Downs, WR – North Carolina
Josh Downs was electric and was UNC’s top pass catcher last season. He had 101 catches for over 1300 yards. There won’t be Sam Howell throwing to him, which might hurt his candidacy but we will see.
Sean Tucker, RB – Syracuse
The ACC’s top returning RB is Sean Tucker of Syracuse. He outrushed the ACC’s second leader rusher by over 200 yards gaining 1496 yards on the ground. At the moment he’s the only viable RB contender.
Boardman resident embraces working as ACC football official (tribtoday.com; Gulas)
The upcoming college football season marks the 31st for Boardman resident and Atlantic Coast Conference grid official, Rob Luklan.
With 24 years of experience on the Division I level, the 2022 season is also his 10th as a back judge in one of the Power-5 conferences, a league that boasts two – Clemson University won both – national championships over the past six years.
Luklan has officiated multiple prime time games during his college tenure, noting the No. 1 directive from his bosses and the NCAA remains the safety of all players.
“As an official, game management is big but safety for players is paramount,” he told the Curbstone Coaches during Monday’s weekly meeting at Avion Banquet Center. “The NCAA also puts an emphasis on no taunting and I couldn’t agree more. Keeping taunting out of the game helps with game management while high hits, especially those that occur near the head, is something officials always err on the side of safety.”
Fans can once again expect multiple rules changes in 2022, one of which is the NCAA’s proposal to permit blocking below the waist but only for interior linemen.
A veteran of 14 postseason assignments – Luklan’s most recent game was the TransPerfect Music City Bowl Dec. 30 when Purdue defeated Tennessee, 48-45 in overtime – his crew last season also welcomed the ACC’s first female on-field official in Karina Tovar, a field judge.
“The Atlantic Coast Conference added their first female official last season and I had the honor of working with her when she was assigned to our crew. She is an excellent official who really knows the game,” added Luklan, who has worked 267 Division I games – in addition to the ACC, he also worked in the Big Ten and Mid-American Conferences – and 330 overall when adding his time with the Ohio Athletic Conference. “I feel great and would love to remain on the field as long as possible. When the time does come to call it quits, then I would definitely consider becoming a replay official.”
Of the 64 teams that comprise Power-5 conferences – ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC – Luklan has yet to be assigned to just 11 of those teams.
The offseason for college officials is anything but down time.
“I’ll get my assignments for the upcoming season in June then in July, the league hosts all officials for a three-day clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina,” Luklan stated. “Current and former on-field officials from the NFL come in to teach us a variety of things we should expect while we go through physical-agility tests, written tests and watch hours of game film. The days are long, lasting in upwards of 14 hours but it is all done to prepare us for the upcoming season. Dennis Hennigan is our director of officials, is excellent at his job and does a fantastic job of training us.”
Luklan, who has already worked two spring games – Syracuse on April 1 and Pitt on April 9 – also begins his 10th season this year as ACC liaison for Pitt University practices. He has also officiated Wednesday practices for the Cleveland Browns the past 12 seasons and last year was requested for Pittsburgh Steelers’ mid-week practices.
Seven college football coaches under the most pressure entering the 2022 season (cbssports.com; Sallee)
Several college football coaches find themselves under pressure in 2022 for a wide variety of reasons. The root of that pressure can vary from job security, duress to win a national championship or orchestrating turnarounds for programs that demand excellence on an annual basis.
Auburn's Bryan Harsin finds himself on one of the hottest seats in the country after a coup attempt nearly cost him his job with the Tigers in early February. He's not the only coach who needs to get it done in 2022, though. Lincoln Riley has taken over USC in the hopes of restoring the Trojans to national prominence, while Texas coach Steve Sarkisian needs to show significant improvement to avoid a pink slip.
So which coaches are under the most pressure as we start looking ahead to the 2022 season? We'll break then down, but first, a reminder: this is not necessarily a list of coaches on the hot seat. As Georgia coach Kirby Smart says, "pressure is a privilege."
Lincoln Riley, USCMany have tried, but few have succeeded to lead USC back to the glory days of Pete Carroll in the 2000s. Riley has stepped up to the plate after further establishing Oklahoma as a national power, and has hit the transfer portal in a big way by luring several players -- including former Sooners starting quarterback Caleb Williams -- to Los Angeles. His up-tempo, spread-based, run-focused offense will be a big selling point with recruits in southern California, which means that College Football Playoff appearances -- yes, plural -- should come in the not-too-distant future. What's more, it's not like the Trojans have to run the gauntlet in the Pac-12.
Bryan Harsin, AuburnA coup attempt by influential members of the Auburn program nearly ousted Harsin during the offseason, but the second-year coach of the Tigers needs to thrive in order to survive in 2022. A 6-7 season should never happen at Auburn, even during rebuilding years. That's exactly what Harsin posted in his first year, which also included massive coaching turnover, a mass exodus of players to the transfer portal, a 25-point collapse vs. Mississippi State and an overtime escape from the clutches of Group of Five foe Georgia State.
Harsin has to manage a three-man quarterback battle among T.J. Finley, Texas A&M transfer Zach Calzada and Robby Ashford this offseason, and will do so with long-time confidant Eric Kiseau running the offense. The right decision better be made. The Tigers have road games at Georgia, Ole Miss and Alabama this year, in addition to a home tilt vs. Penn State in Week 3.
Steve Sarkisian, TexasIt's safe to say that after a great run as the offensive coordinator at Alabama, Sarkisian was expected to at least be competent in 2021. Instead, Sark posted a 5-7 record in his debut which included a six-game losing streak and an embarrassing home loss to lowly Kansas. As if that wasn't enough to get the natives restless in a program starved for success, Sark reeled in the No. 5 recruiting class in the nation during the most recent recruiting cycle and lured former hot-shot quarterback prospect Quinn Ewers away from Ohio State after one season. A little bit of improvement will go a long way for Sark, but his tenure is a bit tenuous at the moment.
Mike Norvell, Florida StateMike Norvell deserves a mulligan for the 3-6 record in 2020 after inheriting a broken program during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the 5-7 record and loss to Jacksonville State last season has placed the weight of the Seminole fan base on his shoulders. Norvell is touted an offensive specialist, but his offenses have finished ninth in the ACC in each of his first two seasons. Additionally, he hasn't posted a top-20 recruiting class during any of the three recruiting cycles he has led in Tallahassee. Norvell doesn't have to contend for the ACC Atlantic title to relieve some of the pressure, but a middle-tier bowl game and absence of blowout losses will eliminate potentially severe consequences.
Scott Frost, NebraskaWhenever an athletic director has to reaffirm a commitment to a head coach, it's safe to assume that the coach is in a rough spot. That's exactly what happened to Nebraska coach Scott Frost following a 3-9 season in 2021. The native son and legendary quarterback returned to Lincoln with much fanfare after a successful run at UCF and was supposed to return the Cornhuskers to national prominence, but a 15-29 record and Big Ten West anonymity has relegated Frost to one of the hottest seats in the country.
Geoff Collins, Georgia TechThe fanbase has grown concerned on the Flats after Collins, a relentless recruiter with a strong coaching pedigree and ties throughout the southeast, posted three-win records in all three of his seasons leading the Yellow Jackets. It's a unique challenge to transform a triple-option team into a new-age offensive force, but Collins hasn't shown much progress in that department. Plus, losing his best player -- running back Jahmyr Gibbs -- to Alabama makes Georgia Tech look much more like a farm team than an ACC threat.
Dino Babers, SyracuseBabers was hired by the Orange to lead them to ACC prominence but has led them to ineptitude instead. He has one winning season in six years, finished last or next-to-last in the division four times and tied for 14th in the ACC in 2020, when the league didn't have divisions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Once considered an offensive wizard, Syracuse hasn't averaged more than 400 yards per game since 2018 and finished 11th in the ACC with 366.5 yards per game last year. Syracuse is a hard sell for prospects outside of the region, but it shouldn't be an ACC cellar-dweller either.
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Tastes Like Home: Where can Nashville transplants find hot chicken in CNY? (PS; $; Miller)
Even beyond the Tennessee state line, Nashville hot chicken is, well, hot right now. And yes, restaurants in Syracuse have picked up on this flaming fad.
While hot chicken is suddenly popping up on menus all over the country, it’s nothing new. Hot chicken was created in the early 1930s as a punishment, NOT a spicy mouthwatering entrée. Thornton Prince III, a handsome pig farmer who fancied the Tennessee women, had gone out gallivanting on a Saturday night, to the dismay of his current girlfriend. The next morning, Thornton had the audacity to ask his ol’ lady to whip up a batch of her fried chicken.
She did, all right. But she added a few extra spices to the flour dip and sauce, namely an extra-heavy dose of cayenne pepper. (Mind you, a cayenne pepper is 10-plus times hotter than a jalapeño.) While his gal pal’s peppery punch was intended to whack Thornton back onto the straight-and-narrow, he actually enjoyed it. He liked it so much that he replicated the recipe and opened a tiny restaurant called the BBQ Chicken Shack.
After Thornton died in the early 1960s, the restaurant changed hands among family members until 1980 when it went to André Prince Jeffries, his brother’s granddaughter. She immediately changed the restaurant’s name to Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack because their food is not barbecue. The fiery restaurateur also developed recipes at various levels of heat, simply to give the fainthearted a meal they wouldn’t fear.
America’s top celebrity chefs have since hailed the Shack’s food as some of America’s strangest yet delicious food, albeit oftentimes painful to ingest. Nashville now is full of hot chicken restaurants. You also can find spinoffs all over the world.
A handful of restaurants in Syracuse have created their own version of hot chicken. Most of the chefs here admit their spicy sandwiches aren’t true replicas, but they’re close, and they’re damn tasty.