Co 2020-21 Iggy Award Winner MPG (special again)
- Aug 15, 2011
Star Wars Day celebrates the film series Star Wars, which was created by George Lucas. The eponymously-titled first film of the series was released on May 25, 1977. Later gaining the title Episode IV: A New Hope, the film became a worldwide cultural phenomenon and helped usher in the concept of the blockbuster movie. It was followed by The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983); these three films made up the original trilogy. A prequel trilogy was released between 1999 and 2005, and a sequel trilogy began being released in 2015. All of the films were commercially successful, and there have been spin-off films to the series as well. Star Wars became a franchise, and books, games, television series, and more have been produced under its name. Star Wars merchandise has also been very successful.
May fourth was chosen as the date of Star Wars Day because of the phrase "May the fourth be with you," which is a pun of the phrase "May the Force be with you"—a phrase used multiple times in Star Wars films. An early record of the pun dates to May 4, 1979, just shy of two years before the release of the original film. Well wishes were printed in The London Evening News that said May The Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations.. These wishes were directed to Margaret Thatcher, who became Britain's first female prime minister on the day.
Syracuse 'A Favorite' For 2023 Linebacker Christian McKinney (SI; McAllister)
Syracuse football has hosted a plethora of recruits over the last couple of months. One recent visitor was 2023 Flossmoor (IL) Homewood-Flossmoor linebacker Christian McKinney. McKinney is listed at 6-1, 220 pounds and holds offers from Air Force, Army, Central Michigan, Iowa State, Liberty, Navy, Toledo and Western Michigan in addition to the Orange.
"I got to have a meeting with the head coach, tour the campus and facilities," McKinney said. "I got to look at what players apartments and dorms look like. I got to do a photo shoot. I also had a meeting with coach (Tony) White."
The discussion with defensive coordinator Tony White was about McKinney's fit with the Orange.
"We talked about the plan he had for me at Syracuse," McKinney said. "How he would develop me and how I would fit into the defense. He had a slide presentation comparing my clips to Mikel Jones."
The conversation with head coach Dino Babers was also important and a key takeaway from the trip.
College football’s "chaos" is self-inflicted (TNIAAM; Wall)
In what is a good-news/bad-news scenario for Syracuse Orange fans, the combination of the one-time transfer waiver and NIL has thrown the college athletics world into chaos. Pittsburgh Panthers All-American wide-receiver Jordan Addison appears to be lighting the match to the gasoline fire that’s been allowed to build up the last few years.
Several reports claimed over the weekend that Addison, who had not even submitted transfer paperwork, had reached a deal with USC for a seven-figure NIL contract and other amenities (a house?). This is of course good for Syracuse in that they wouldn’t face him next year but it should make you nervous that similar problems could arise for the Orange in the future.
However this and the Isaiah Wong news aren’t signaling the death of college athletics. It also doesn’t mean this is all the NCAA’s fault either (although no one will miss Mark Emmert’s “leadership”). For years college administrators have seen where things were headed. Instead of coming together to provide players the opportunity to earn money while also maintaining some guidelines, they deferred action and tried to pass the job on to Congress.
'''This shows what many feel is going on behind the scenes.If valid it’s CHEATING & not allowed by @NCAA rules.A PLAYER CAN NOT BE RECRUITED INTO PORTAL! @Pitt_FB @USC_FB @cbfowler @KirkHerbstreit @PeteThamel Additional details emerge regarding possible tampering with Jordan Addison, USC
— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) May 2, 2022
Two Syracuse football players are taken No. 1 overall by the same team in separate CFL drafts (PS; Mink)
A pair of former Syracuse football players were the first players selected in separate drafts for the Canadian Football League on Tuesday.
Both players were drafted by the same team.
Linebacker Tyrell Richards was the No. 1 overall pick for the Montreal Alouettes in the CFL draft.
Earlier Tuesday, defensive end Kingsley Jonathan, a native of Nigeria, was selected by the Aloutettes with the first overall pick in the CFL’s Global Draft, which pools non-Canadian and non-American prospects.
Jonathan agreed to a deal with the Buffalo Bills after going undrafted in the NFL draft over the weekend.
Richards transferred out of the SU program after the 2020 season but did not play last fall.
A native of Brampton, Ontario, Richards finished his college career with 54 tackles, including 9.5 for loss and six sacks. He was honored as the team’s top special teams player at its end-of-season banquet in 2019.
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Tyler Van Dyke opened a lot of eyes last year after becoming Miami's starter and now fans want to know if he will be the top quarterback in the conference in 2022
Virginia Tech football recruiting: Local OL Hannes Hammer commits to Hokies (gobblercountry.com; Manning)
The Virginia Tech Hokies picked up their third commitment of the 2023 recruiting class Sunday when three-star offensive tackle Hannes Hammer announced his commitment to the good guys.
Hammer is a 6-foot-6, 272-pound offensive lineman who plays at North Cross in Roanoke. He is from Cologne, Germany, and moved to the United States last year to earn a football scholarship. He was recently offered by Virginia Tech offensive line coach Joe Rudolph.
Hammer wanted to finish up his recruitment before heading home for the summer, and Rudolph pushed for his commitment, and Hammer obliged. He joins fellow offensive lineman Lance Williams (Alcoa, Tennessee) and defensive end Jason Abbey (Richmond) as 2023 commitments.
Hammer projects as an offensive tackle in college. Rudolph is one of the best in the business, and when he gives his approval to an offensive lineman, I am all in. Rudolph was aggressive in his pursuit of both Williams and Hammer for 2023.
The Miami football roster has evolved a lot during the offseason. In the nearly two months since spring practice began, Miami has added several transfers. Mario Cristobal made it clear during the spring that establishing a culture of accountability and physicality will be the foundation he is building the Miami program around.
With 17 players out due to injuries and the transfers Miami added over the last month, August training camp will have a very different look than spring practice did. Several of the transfers Miami added will start, particularly on defense. Miami has upgraded the defensive line and likely starters at cornerback and linebacker.
Cornerback Darryl Porter Jr., from West Virginia, defensive ends Mitchell Agude from UCLA, another former Mountaineer, Akheem Mesidor and linebacker Caleb Johnson a former Bruin teammate of Agude all project as 2022 starters for the Miami football team. ESPN broke down each ACC team after spring practice.
ESPN posted “ACC spring football recaps: Breaking down the offseason for each team.” Each ACC program was analyzed with what was learned after spring and what needs to be learned by week one. The biggest questions for Miami will be the offensive line, is the tackling improved and can all the new players build chemistry.
What we learned this spring: The Miami offensive line made huge strides throughout the spring, and that is a credit to both new coach Mario Cristobal (a former offensive lineman) and offensive line coach Alex Mirabal.
Multiple SEC in Expanded CFP? (RX; HM)
Multiple SEC in Expanded CFP?
When the CFP playoffs finally expand (and we all know it's inevitable), will that result in multiple SEC teams in the field every year? To get an idea, let's look at the history of the 4-team field through the lens of realignment. Here's a table of all CFP participants with their old and new conference:
|1 Alabama (12–1)||SEC||SEC|
|2 Oregon (12–1)||PAC||PAC|
|3 Florida State (13–0)||ACC||ACC|
|4 Ohio State (12–1)||B1G||B1G|
|1 Clemson (13–0)||ACC||ACC|
|2 Alabama (12–1)||SEC||SEC|
|3 Michigan State (12–1)||B1G||B1G|
|4 Oklahoma (11–1)||XII||SEC|
|1 Alabama (13–0)||SEC||SEC|
|2 Clemson (12–1)||ACC||ACC|
|3 Ohio State (11–1)||B1G||B1G|
|4 Washington (12–1)||PAC||PAC|
In this September 2021 file photo, Deborah Preaster stands near the 12-foot deep sinkhole that opened up on her property on Valley View Drive, in Syracuse's North Valley neighborhood. Looking on is Syracuse University geology professor Peter Plumley. Glenn Coin | email@example.com
Underground mystery in a Syracuse neighborhood isn’t so mysterious after all, city says (PS; $; Coin)
When residents in a North Valley neighborhood began comparing notes last summer, it felt like the ground was literally shifting beneath their feet.
Trees were leaning and falling. Basements were cracking; kitchens were sagging. A sinkhole suddenly opened in a back yard.
But after investigating, city and federal officials say it appears there’s nothing going on in the Valley View Drive area that not’s also going on in other areas of the city. The U.S. Geological Survey and the city engineer didn’t find anything unusual, said Corey Driscoll Dunham, the city’s director of operations. She said there were no more dead trees, damaged foundations or changes in ground levels in the Valley neighborhood than in other parts of the city.
“We really haven’t seen anything to indicate that there’s a larger issue going on there,” Dunham said.
USGS, the federal agency that studies natural hazards, offered to do a more in-depth study for the city for $71,000, including aerial and 3D mapping. The city has so far declined.
Instead, to be on the safe side, the city plans to do quarterly monitoring of low spots in some yards to see if they sink. City officials also encourage residents to take photos and document problems they see with dying trees and cracking foundations.
Deborah Preaster, who got the attention of officials last summer after she lost a couple of trees and a 12-foot-deep hole opened in her back yard, said she’s angry that the city hasn’t done more to address the problem.
“No one wants to be honest about what’s really going on right now,” Preaster said last week. “Until that changes, I don’t have anything to say about it.”
She declined to offer specifics.
Last September, Preaster’s activism led to an on-site meeting of officials from USGS, the state Department of Environmental Conservation, Onondaga County Soil and Water Conservation District, and the city sewer department. They walked the neighborhood with Preaster and concluded that what was happening here wasn’t so unusual.
Those dying trees, for instance. City arborist Steve Harris said that while some evergreens growing in low-lying spots looked unhealthy, it was likely due to last summer’s near-record rainfall, said a report from the city engineering office.
The report said the hole on Preaster’s property was probably a dry well or root storage area built decades ago.