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Aug 15, 2011

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Josh Richards Enjoys Return Trip to Syracuse (SI; McAllister)

Class of 2023 East Orange (NJ) High wide receiver Josh Richards is one of Syracuse football's top recruiting targets in his cycle. In addition to the Orange, the 6-3 wideout holds offers from Connecticut, Maryland, Temple, Wake Forest and others. Richards visited Syracuse for Junior Day earlier this spring, and returned to campus on Wednesday.

"It was good," Richards said. "(I did) a lot of the same things, just got more in depth of my recruitment and how I fit into the Syracuse scheme."

The Syracuse coaches reiterated his importance to the Orange's 2023 class as the top receiver on their board.

"I'm number one on their list," Richards said. "They see me as a playmaker in their new offensive scheme."

Richards said he spent time with the entire offensive coaching staff during Wednesday's trip. He also had a film session with new wide receivers coach Michael Johnson.

"Again, just more in depth and the kind of routes their X guys run," Richards said. "It was good."

After the junior day visit, Richards declared Syracuse a top school for his services. The Orange remain there following this trip with other schools on his offer list also right there. He is currently planning to make a decision sometime during his senior season.


Syracuse graduate and NFL agent Matt Leist, right, and Loyalty Above All CEO Zac Hiller at the 2022 Pro Bowl in Las Vegas.Courtesy of Matthew Leist

Meet Matthew Leist, an SU grad and NFL agent that represents multiple pro players and one SU QB (PS; $; Curtis)

It’s the night of Georgia’s first college football national championship in over 40 years, and Matthew Leist and James Cook are inside a hotel room at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Indianapolis.

Leist is a Syracuse graduate and the Chief Financial Officer at Loyalty Above All (LAA), a boutique sports and entertainment agency. The Long Island native is also an NFLPA Certified Contract Advisor.

Cook is one of the most prolific running back prospects in the upcoming NFL draft and the younger brother of Minnesota Vikings star Dalvin Cook, who is also represented by LAA.

The close friends are about to make their partnership official. After Cook puts pen to paper, Leist’s first official player contract is complete and a shiny, gold bottle of Ace of Spades champagne is brought out to celebrate.

It’s no small feat for a guy who graduated in 2016 from Syracuse’s David B. Falk Sports Management school and says he didn’t have any idea of what he was going to do with his career.

For Leist, the family business is real estate. He believed the sky was the limit with his earning potential, so he gave it a try right after graduating from Syracuse. Leist says he sold over $100 million in properties during his two years in real estate while helping his longtime friend and business partner Zac Hiller — LAA’s founder and CEO — establish the Loyalty Above All brand.

“I’m a guy that likes to make a lot of money and I was doing very well in (real estate), but it wasn’t a passion of mine and, obviously, sports was,” Leist said. “So (Zac) gave me the opportunity to kind of just go with him and build LAA together, and that’s exactly what we did.”

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On the latest edition of the Summer School series, Cover 3's Bud Elliott catches up with GoJacket's Bryce Koon and CuseNation's Stephen Bailey to talk Georgia Tech and Syracuse. Can the Yellow Jackets finally put together a cohesive offense? What will the Orange look like under first year offensive coordinator Robert Anae?

Syracuse’s "big three" men’s teams all suffer losing seasons (TNIAAM; Ostrowski)

It’s an understatement to say that the Syracuse Orange haven’t had a good year. The football team collapsed after their bye week and lost three straight to end the year 5-7. Men’s basketball fell apart time and time again and couldn’t hold on in the regular season finale, ending the nation’s longest active winning-seasons streak. And with their loss to North Carolina on Saturday, men’s lacrosse is guaranteed to also finish below .500.

It’s the first time ever that all three programs will have a losing record in the same academic year.

While there shouldn’t be too much blame on the lax squad, given that it is Gary Gait’s first year at the helm and the program is just starting a hard reset, it does cement how much it sucked to be a Syracuse fan this season. But how concerned should the Orange faithful be moving forward? Let’s take this sport by sport.


Optimistic: Dino Babers’s squad showed a lot of promise and just came up short. I mean, they lost 3 straight weeks on the final possession! The late bye week killed whatever momentum they had, and injuries and a one-dimensional offense caught up to them. But with most of last year’s starters returning and a great offensive mind in Robert Anae now guiding the attack, it should be another competitive season at minimum.

Pessimistic: The Defensive Line and Receiving Corps are major areas of concern for fall 2022, and the Orange won’t get any breaks against a brutal lineup of opponents. SU is facing FIVE Top-25 teams, including Clemson and Notre Dame in back-to-back weeks. You figure this team almost has to start 5-0 to have a serious chance at a 13th game.

Realistic: I honestly think football is a fringe 6-6 team more likely to repeat as 5-7. The return of key defensive pieces will help a lot, but with how top heavy the second half of SU’s schedule is, late season struggles could once again prevent a bowl appearance.

Chris Riverso Named Director of Football Operations at Fordham - Fordham University Athletics (

Chris Riverso, former Director of Football Operations and Recruiting Coordinator at Grambling State University, was named Director of Football Operations at Fordham University it was announced by head coach Joe Conlin.

Riverso arrived at Rose Hill after spending the 2021 season as the Director of Football Operations and Recruiting Coordinator at Grambling State. He served as Head Coach Broderick Fobbs' Chief of Staff, overseeing all football and recruiting operations, including the management of on-campus recruiting, scouting, recruiting visits, the recruiting big board, and housing/academic affairs. Riverso also served as Liaison for NFL personnel, football alumni, strength and conditioning, facilities, sport information, compliance, and admissions. He also acted as team travel coordinator, managed fundraising and community activities, organized summer football camps, scheduled practice times for all workouts, and assisted in game scheduling.

Prior to his stay at Grambling State, Riverso was a Football Recruiting Analyst for 247Sports in Syracuse, N.Y. in 2020-2021. He was responsible for in-depth analysis of Syracuse Football's recruiting efforts and provided professional evaluations of both current and prospective football athletes.

In 2019-2020, Riverso was an Assistant Director of Football Operations at Syracuse University. He managed logistics for hotel and flight bookings, police escorts, post-game meals, and team activities and organized athlete housing, team scheduling, program budgeting, equipment purchasing, and team meals.

Riverso also has coaching experience, serving as the defensive line coach at Christopher Columbus High School in Miami in 2018-2019. He helped the Explorers to a 14-1 record and a berth in the Florida Class 8A State Championship game. He also served as defensive line coach and football operations intern at Florida International University in 2017.

A 2019 graduate of the University of Miami with a degree in sports administration, Riverso is currently working on a master's degree in sports management at the University of Florida.

Pro Football Focus ranks Miami football 16th nationally (; Rubenstein)

The Miami football team is ranked 16th in the “Way-too-early 2022 college football top 25 rankings” from Pro Football Focus. Miami began the 2021 season ranked 12th. The Hurricanes finished the 2021 season 7-5 and unranked after a 2-4 start. Three of Miami’s 2022 opponents are in the PFF rankings.

Clemson is ranked fourth, Texas A&M sixth, and Pittsburgh 17th. Wake Forest who is 10th and North Carolina Carolina State who is 17th are the only other ACC teams in the rankings. Mario Cristobal left Oregon in good shape. The Ducks are 25th in the PFF Rankings. Miami plays at Clemson and Texas A&M in 2022.

Miami has a favorable schedule to get off to a good start in 2022. The game at Texas A&M on September 17 is the only one in the first six weeks that Miami plays on the road. Miami had a similar schedule to begin the 2021 season. The Hurricanes opened against Alabama in Atlanta followed by four straight home games.

Miami was blown out by Alabama and added losses to Michigan State and Virginia in games they were favored. Miami will be big favorites this season in their other non-conference games at home against Bethune-Cookman on September 3, Southern Mississippi on September 10 and Middle Tennessee State on September 24.

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— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) April 19, 2022

The Miami football team begins ACC play on October 8 against North Carolina. Miami plays at Virginia Tech a week later for its first non-conference game of the 2022 season. Oklahoma finished 16th in the final 2021 rankings with a 10-2 record. Cristobal led Oregon to 10-3 2021 season and 14th in the final rankings.
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14. Duke

Duke doesn’t have much talent, but they do have a new coach.

13. Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech doesn’t have much talent, a lot of it transferred, and they wish they had a new coach.

12. Syracuse

Dino Babers flirted with the hot seat but returns. Look at it this way, Syracuse is closer to the middle of the pack than Georgia Tech.

11. North Carolina

One of the ACC’s most disappointing teams from 2022 will have a new QB, but at least WR Josh Downs is back.

10. Virginia Tech

Brent Pry is winning the off-season with Virginia Tech fans, but there are too many questions right now to have them much higher.

9. Louisville

Can Louisville start using some of their recruiting class for this year? They are currently burning up the recruiting trail. The talented Malik Cunningham is back at QB.

8. Florida State

Florida State is a bit of a wildcard. This is unquestionably Jordan Travis’s team.

7. Virginia

Tony Elliot starts his Virginia tenure with some major offensive talent. It’s the defense that needs help. They are the only remaining ACC team that hasn’t played their Spring Game.

6. Boston College

I like what Boston College is bringing back, especially on offense.

5. Miami

Taylor Van Dyke could be the ACC’s next great QB. Oh and Miami put together an impressive staff during the off-season.

4. Wake Forest

Nothing against Wake Forest, they have Sam Hartman at QB, but I think Pitt, NC State, and Clemson are considerably ahead of them defensively.

3. Pittsburgh

USC QB Kedon Slovis might be the best newcomer in the ACC. This team returns a ton, could be a 10-win team again.

2. NC State

Don’t sleep on NC State. This is an extremely talented and experienced team. Devin Leary looked great in the Spring Game, and the linebackers might be the country’s best.

1. Clemson

Clemson is so loaded on defense, that it could rival the legendary 2018 group. The QB position will be the difference between a top 15 team, and one that is playoff-caliber.

ESPN's Dinich on Clemson's path to the College Football Playoff (; Staff)

Heather Dinich, who covers the College Football Playoff for ESPN, recently took a look at the path to the College Football Playoff (subscription required) for the top 10 teams in ESPN’s preseason FPI (Football Power Index).

Dinich broke down how each team can make the playoff, what its chances are according to ESPN’s FPI and AllState Playoff Predictor, and how the CFP selection committee will evaluate it.
Clemson, which is No. 4 in the preseason FPI, has a 59 percent chance to win the ACC according to ESPN, while its Playoff Predictor gives the Tigers a 59 percent chance to make the CFP and a 26 percent chance to make the national championship game.

Dinich notes that what the CFP selection committee won’t like when evaluating Clemson is its No. 44 strength of schedule, and she points out that of the top 12 teams in the FPI, ACC foe Pittsburgh (No. 54) is the only team ranked lower in that regard.

On the other hand, what the committee would like, Dinich says, is a perfect 4-0 nonconference record.

“Clemson shouldn’t have any problems with Furman or Louisiana Tech (especially at home),” Dinich wrote, “but if the Tigers can win at South Bend, Indiana, and beat rival South Carolina at home, they’ll have a much better case for the top four as an ACC champ. South Carolina is making strides under Shane Beamer and is a potential top 25 opponent.”

As for the biggest obstacle to the Tigers getting back to the playoff in 2022 after missing out on the action last season for the first time in seven years?

The marquee matchup at Notre Dame on Nov. 5.

“This should be Clemson’s biggest opportunity to impress the selection committee on the national stage,” Dinich wrote. “If Clemson loses this game, it can still finish in the top four with an ACC title, but it’s not a guarantee. It still depends on how the other Power 5 champions fare in similarly difficult nonconference games.”



The former Lock 24 restaurant, 33 Water St., Baldwinsville. It will reopen this summer as Angry Smokehouse, a barbecue place.Rick Moriarty

Smoke on the water: New concept coming to former Lock 24 restaurant in Baldwinsville (PS; Cazentre)

What his first restaurant did with garlic, Jeff Rogers’ new venture will do with smoke.

Rogers, owner of Angry Garlic restaurant in Baldwinsville, is taking over the former Lock 24 restaurant in downtown Baldwinsville and turning it in to a barbecue place.

The location at 33 Water St. will be called Angry Smokehouse. Rogers is aiming to open in late June, according to his posts on Facebook. Rogers could not be reached today for comment.

In 2019, he opened Angry Garlic at 29 Oswego St. in the village as a place where every single dish includes garlic.

According to his Facebook post, he seems to taking a similar approach with Angry Smokehouse, substituting smoke for garlic.

“WE LOVE SMOKE!,” the Facebook post said. “Angry Smokehouse is all about Smoke and BBQ. We express that through bold flavors, rustic plate presentation, unique menu items and incredible guest service. Located at Lock 24 on the gorgeous Seneca River.”

Lock 24, which specialized in seafood, steaks, burgers and more, closed in 2019, three years after it was purchased by Dave and Jennifer Baumgartner. The original owner was Dave Younis, part of the family that owned the B’Ville Diner for more than 50 years, who built and opened Lock 24 in 1997.

The location is reported to be the only spot on the 524-mile length of the New York State/Erie Canal system that has a restaurant adjacent to a lock.


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