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Welcome to Limerick Day!

Limerick Day celebrates both the limerick poem and the birth of Edward Lear, who popularized the poems and was born on this date in 1812. It has been celebrated since at least 1987 and is marked by the reading and writing of limericks. Limericks are short, often humorous or ribald poems. They consist of five lines: the first two lines rhyme with the last line, and the middle two lines rhyme with each other. This is an example of an AABBA rhyme scheme. They are named after Limerick, Ireland; more specifically, the name comes from the chorus of the eighteenth-century Irish soldiers' song "Will You Come Up to Limerick?"

The first limericks were written around 1820, and popularized by Edward Lear, starting with the release of his Book of Nonsense in 1846. He said he got the idea for the book from a nursery rhyme that began with "There was an old man of Tobago." Limericks gained in popularity at the beginning of the twentieth century, and limerick contests were created by organizations such as magazines at that time.

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https://floridastate./news/divided-on-divisions-fsu-acc-still-trying-to-sort-out-football-scheduling (warchant.com; Schoffel)


When it came to the topic of scheduling, every football coach, athletics director and staffer who attended the ACC's spring meetings this week seemed to agree on at least one thing:

It makes no sense that Atlantic Coast Conference football players can go through an entire five- or six-year career without playing every other team in the conference.

And in some instances, the gap between games has lasted even longer.

Wake Forest and Miami, for example, squared off in 2013 and were supposed to compete again in 2020. But that game was scrapped due to the COVID pandemic, and now it's anyone's guess when they might meet again.

"We do want a model where we get to see the teams more frequently," Wake Forest athletics director John Currie said.
Finding that consensus was the easy part. The trick has been coming up with a solution.

ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips spoke with a group of reporters late Wednesday afternoon and confirmed there's a desire by many in the conference to switch to a 3-5-5 scheduling format. That would mean each school would have three permanent opponents, five other schools would be part of the schedule for two years, then the other five would come on for two years after that.
That would guarantee every school in the league would face every other school at least twice every four years.

In Florida State's case, Miami and Clemson would definitely be permanent opponents, according to FSU athletics director Michael Alford.
"That's for the betterment of college football," he said.

Alford declined to say who he would push for in the third spot, although he did not sound overly interested in nearby Georgia Tech. While many FSU fans would love having the Yellow Jackets on the yearly schedule -- and Atlanta is home to a huge number of Seminole alumni -- Alford said there are other considerations.

One is what is best for the conference as a whole. Another is what creates the best exposure and revenue opportunities for Florida State.
And a third, not mentioned by Alford but suggested by others, is maintaining competitive balance across the league; not overloading one school with three potentially very tough annual opponents.
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Syracuse Orange running back Sean Tucker (34) on the run against Virginia Tech on Oct. 23, 2021.

Axe: New ACC scheduling model would fill a void for SU football (PS; $; Axe)

3-3-5 (sigh)

It’s one of those ideas that makes you think “why weren’t they doing this all along?”

The ACC is on the verge of approving a 3-5-5 scheduling model in which its football members would play three permanent opponents, then rotate through the rest over a two-year period (five one year, five the next). The new structure would also eliminate divisions and match the league’s two best teams in the ACC championship game.

So you mean to tell me that a Syracuse would face every team in the ACC and visit every stadium in the ACC in a four-year period.

Yes please.

The ACC’s proposal should be the second item that is music to the ears of a Syracuse football fan in recent days with Penn State’s return to the schedule in 2027 and ‘28 being the other.

Nearly a decade into its ACC membership, Syracuse football’s schedule was starting to follow a dull drumbeat of facing the same opponents year in and year out.

Boston College. Clemson. Florida State. Louisville. NC State. Pittsburgh. Wake Forest.

Rise. Repeat.

The occasional blip of an alien visitor from the coastal side of the ACC would cause a stir.

For example, Syracuse will crossover to face Virginia in a Friday night matchup at the Dome-to-be-named-later. That’s a juicy matchup for a number of reasons, including the additions of former Cavaliers offensive coordinator Robert Anae and quarterbacks coach Jason Beck to the Orange coaching staff.

Syracuse should play Virginia more than once every six years. Same with Miami, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Georgia Tech and Duke.

As part of the 3-3-5 proposal (not to be confused with Orange defensive coordinator Tony White’s 3-3-5 defense) it would have to be decided who the Orange would play every year.
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Which ACC schools would be best for Syracuse football’s permanent rivals? (TNIAAM; Wall)

It looks like the Syracuse Orange football team’s days in the Atlantic Division of the ACC are coming to an end. As we discussed yesterday, the ACC is looking to scrap the divisions and word out of the conference meetings is that the league will move to the 3-5-5 model.

My only complaint about the ACC moving to a 3-5-5 scheduling model is that it didn’t happen last year so we couldn’t officially ended the coastal after it’s 7 different champs in 7 years.
— ️♈️ (@ADavidHaleJoint) May 10, 2022
I tossed out one possible option yesterday for Syracuse’s three rivals and many of you weighed in with votes for Virginia Tech or Miami (and a couple for Wake Forest). You could certainly go with geographic distance or former Big East conference mates. Let’s dig a bit deeper and take a look at a pro and con for each school?

Boston College Eagles: Closest school and old rival in an area with plenty of alumni. Dudes on the Green Line think Zay Flowers is a special teams player for the Patriots.

Clemson Tigers: This is the best ACC opponent to draw a national tv slot. Have to look at Dabo’s face in those new 8k sideline cameras.
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Opponent Analysis: NC State Wolfpack — 2022 Syracuse Football preview - The Juice Online (the juice; Sears)

As we countdown to kickoff in September, we’re going to be doing a team-by-team opponent preview each week over the spring/summer. This week, we’re previewing Syracuse’s matchup with NC State on Oct. 15 with their major storylines.

North Carolina State University football had an incredible year in 2021. Unranked in the preseason by every major outlet and projected to win no more than six games on average, the Wolfpack shocked the football world by cruising to a 9-3 record and a 20th overall ranking in the AP top 25.

Unfortunately, while they were scheduled to play UCLA in the SDCCU Holiday Bowl, it was canceled due to Covid concerns. There was an outbreak amongst the UCLA players and another opponent wasn’t able to be scheduled. On to 2022.

DEVIN LEARY STOCK ON THE RISE

Quarterback Devin Leary took a huge step up in 2021, passing for 3,433 yards and throwing 35 touchdowns to only five interceptions. He did it as a prototypical pocket passer as well, evidenced by his 54 rushes for -73 yards.

NC State didn’t have much of a ground game to speak of, so Leary was leaned on to be the offense and he delivered, routinely making big plays to his trio of talented wide receivers. The passing offense was ranked 19th in the country at 288.4 ypg under Leary, while the rushing offense chugged along at 99th with just 126.0 ypg.

A big part of that success was due to Ikem Ekwonu, the massive left tackle who gave Leary all day to throw and bulldozed his way to being the number six overall pick in last April’s NFL draft. His loss will surely be felt, but in all honesty the rest of the offensive line played well only giving up 25 sacks on the year, which is a great number considering how often the Pack threw the ball.

Another hurdle will be the departure of Leary’s top wide receiver Emeka Emezie. The senior caught 60 passes for 802 yards and six touchdowns but it wasn’t his numbers as much as his playstyle that helped Leary, routinely catching contested balls in big moments, such as his two touchdowns in the final two minutes to comeback and win the UNC game. A receiver with trusted hands like that is hard to replace, but Emezie is onto the Ravens as an undrafted free agent, and Leary still has the rest of his pass catchers all returning.
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Syracuse Football: “Experts” disrespecting Sean Tucker is total non-sense (itlh; Adler)

Star running back Sean Tucker went full beast mode for Syracuse football in 2021, breaking Orange program records and earning all kinds of Atlantic Coast Conference and national honors.

But even with his record-setting performance, I felt like some of those so-called national “experts” didn’t fully appreciate what Tucker did on the Hill in 2021.

For one, I was a tad stunned when he didn’t get named as one of the three finalists for the Doak Walker Award, which honors the country’s top running back every year.

Naturally, part of that certainly stems from the fact that the ‘Cuse, as a collective unit, went 5-7 a stanza ago after dropping its last three contests, while simultaneously failing to qualify for a post-season bowl game.

But should the Orange improve upon its victory total from last year in 2022, and Tucker produces another stellar season, if he isn’t getting more love from national analysts, commentators and writers, I’m going to be extremely annoyed.

Syracuse football RB Sean Tucker, hopefully, will get Heisman Trophy consideration in 2022.

Ever since the 2021 term concluded, I’ve come across articles from time to time that list early favorites for the Heisman Trophy ahead of the 2022 campaign. On numerous occasions, Tucker’s name was nowhere to be found.
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First Call: Pitt's possible partners in proposed ACC football scheduling changes; Capitals blow lead, on cusp of elimination (triblive.com; Benz)

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Changing formats

Talks are progressing to change the ACC football scheduling format. But no vote was taken at the ACC league meetings in Florida this week.

Via ESPN.com, Miami athletic director Dan Radakovich said he believes the league is “closer to the end than the beginning” on that front.

“We need to talk a little bit to our TV partners and see what they think and run it through the car wash one more time,” Radakovich said. “It’s not urgent to get it done right now because even if we decide to move this forward for 2023, there’s time to get it done. We want to be deliberate about it and make sure we’re doing it the right way.”

The so-called 3-5-5 format would ditch divisions. It would also mean every team in the ACC (14 total) gets three partners that it will play every season — presumably rotating home and away. The remaining 10 conference rivals would rotate onto the schedule every other season, five on, five off.

The goal being, your favorite ACC team would play each of the other 13 ACC teams at least once every two years, in your stadium at least once every four seasons.

Currently, within the seven-team Atlantic and Coastal Divisions, every ACC school plays each of its six division rivals, plus one crossover opponent, every season. The eighth conference game then rotates among the six other teams in the opposite division.

As a result, ACC programs face six of 13 opponents, only once every six seasons — once every dozen years at home.

That’s a lousy way to build conference rivalries.

David Teel of the Richmond Times-Dispatch projects that Pitt could get Louisville, Syracuse, Boston College as its three permanent rivals.
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BCI Debates: Who should be BC’s three permanent ACC football opponents? (bcinterruption.com; Staff)

Welcome to BCI Debates - a new(ish) semi-regular feature where our panel discusses and debates topics related to BC sports.

Today’s topic: If the ACC ditches divisions, and goes to a model where each school has three permanent ACC opponents with the rest rotating, who should BC’s three permanent opponents be?

Try to consider both who would realistically be picked, and who would be desirable from a BC perspective. Go!

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Joe Gravellese:

I’ll take a first pass:

1) Syracuse. We’ve had the rivalry conversation ad nauseum - who are our rivals, what makes a rivalry, yada yada - and I know most of these points have been made a thousand times. But Syracuse is probably the closest that we have to checking all the boxes for an in-conference rival, and there have been attempts to make the Thanksgiving weekend game stick as a permanent thing. I think it would be cool to make it permanent, and keep this as an annual game. You can’t have a tradition unless something actually keeps getting done, you know?

2) Clemson. This is kind of a blessing and a curse - part of why I hate the ACC divisions is that we seem to have gotten a pretty gnarly draw over the years, especially when you take into consideration the fact that Virginia Tech has been our permanent crossover opponent.
But there’s a case to be made that Clemson can be a compelling game to put on the schedule annually, assuming BC gets over the hump and wins one eventually. Thave been great clashes between these teams through the years, and there is a trophy involved (laugh all you want, but it does exist).

If we’re getting technical, the list of college football rivalry games only has 4 ACC opponents on it for Clemson — the O’Rourke-McFadden trophy with BC, the Textile Bowl with NC State, and un-named rivalries with FSU and Georgia Tech. So there’s room for BC on there even though plenty of ADs would probably jockey for a guaranteed semi-annual home game against Clemson.

3. Miami. One of the most annoying things about the divisional alignment is that Miami and Pitt are two schools that culturally, BC honestly has a pretty good amount in common with - in a larger city, lower-profile than the local pro offerings, etc. - in addition to some history from the Big East. And yet these teams come to Alumni Stadium for football once in a blue moon.

I think both of those opponents could have developed into pretty decent rivals for BC with a lot of traveling fans in either direction if the game got played every year. If you have to pick one or the other, give the nod to Miami for the history... ESPN never needs an excuse to show the Flutie Hail Mary so why not give them an annual time to do it? I remember Miami coming to town in 2007 - it was not a huge game, it was Thanksgiving weekend, BC had already clinched a spot in the ACC title game and Miami was down - but there was still some juice in the crowd.
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ACC football: Best-, worst-case scenario for every team in 2022 (247sports.com; Marsdale)

Clemson did not reach the ACC Championship game or College Football Playoff in 2021 for the first time since 2014. The Tigers look to change that in 2022, as the ACC figures to be highly competitive again. A big question is whether or not quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei can bounce back after throwing more touchdowns than interceptions and if five-star freshman Cade Klubnik is in any position to step in should he struggle.

"D.J.’s definitely our starter,” Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said after the Tigers’ spring game. “He’s had a great spring. He’s not done anything to not be the starter. You know Cade is a really talented player. We got two guys that I think can wing at a high level just like when Trevor and DJ were coming out in spring. So it’s not often that you can say that but I’ve seen enough from both those guys to know that so it’s a good situation."

Plenty of buzz also surrounds Miami in its first year under Mario Cristobal and Pittsburgh possibly having to defend its ACC title without 2021 Biletnikoff Award winner Jordan Addison. Will there be a bounce-back year at North Carolina? Can several coaches avoid hot seat talk?

Here are the best- and worst-case scenarios for each ACC team.

GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKETS (3-9 IN 2021)

Best-case scenario: The Yellow Jackets have never won more than three games in a season under Geoff Collins since his arrival from Temple in 2019, and boy does he have his work cut out for him in the first four weeks of the season. Georgia Tech plays at home against Clemson to start and then hosts Western Carolina. Ahead of ACC play, the Yellow Jackets then host Ole Miss and travel to UCF. That is a brutally tough out of conference test early in the season. After a road game against Pitt, Duke and Virginia come to town consecutive weeks.
If they were to sweep that two-game home stretch, they’d need one more game on their schedule to reach a bowl game.
Worst-case scenario: 2-10, 1-3 start with blowouts in all three losses, tough decision on future of Collins.
This could very well happen, as Collins is under pressure heading into his fourth season, compiling a record of 9-25 in his first three campaigns. Three of the four teams that Georgia Tech opens with won nine or more games a season ago. The Yellow Jackets’ performance early in the season is going to be something to watch.

BOSTON COLLEGE EAGLES (6-6 IN 2021)

Best-case scenario: 9-3; 5-0 entering home game against Clemson Oct. 9.
Leading up to hosting the ACC favorites, the Eagles host Rutgers, travel to Virginia Tech, host Maine, travel to Florida State and host Louisville. There will be palpable buzz if Boston College takes the next step up in its third season under Jeff Hafley. Should the Eagles knock off Clemson, the New Year’s Six hype would be real. The second half of the season includes some tough games, including a road game at Wake Forest the following week. NC State and Notre Dame also await the Eagles on the road in November.
Worst-case scenario: 5-7, missing out on bowl game.
This would not be considered progress under Hafley, who returns talented quarterback Phil Jurkovec for his third season after transferring from Notre Dame. In this scenario, the Eagles would lose at Virginia Tech and Florida State, at home against Louisville and Clemson and on the road against Wake Forest, NC State and Notre Dame.

DUKE BLUE DEVILS (3-9 IN 2021)

Best-case scenario: 6-6, bowl game in Mike Elko’s first season.
Duke has four non-conference games to start things off: against Temple, at Northwestern, against North Carolina A&T, at Northwestern. The home games should be wins, and the other two are far from a difficult challenge despite being on the road. For what it is worth, Duke beat both opponents in Durham in 2021. That stretch is followed up by a home game against Virginia, a road game against Georgia Tech and a game at home against a North Carolina team that has some question marks. Then, things get difficult. Should Duke be able to sweep non-conference play and win two of the next three, that would be a home run.
Worst-case scenario: 1-11, upset by Temple at home, only win comes against North Carolina A&T.
The Owls will arrive in Durham under first-year head coach Stan Drayton but could boast former Georgia quarterback and four-star prospect D’Wan Mathis at quarterback again. He has shown he can sling the rock. If the Blue Devils are upset, it could spell misery.

SYRACUSE ORANGE (5-7 IN 2021)

Best-case scenario: 7-5, bowl game for first time since 2018, start out 5-1.
Dino Babers is another coach under pressure, as the Orange have not had success since he led a magical 10-3 run in 2018 in his second year on the job. The Orange have a very manageable slate to open the season: against Louisville, at Connecticut, followed by four home games with Purdue, Virginia, Wagner and NC State. Purdue and NC State pose significant challenges, but it would be big for the Orange to get one between the two. Road games later in the season at Clemson, Pitt and Wake Forest are tough, and Syracuse even welcomes Notre Dame this season. Two games at the end of the year at home against Florida State and at Boston College could determine if the Orange go bowling.
Worst-case scenario: 3-9, decision time on Babers.
The game against Louisville to open the season is fascinating, as Cardinals head coach Scott Satterfield also faces questions entering his fourth year on the job. Virginia and first-year head coach Tony Elliot also come up to the Carrier Dome. In this situation, the Orange would sweep Connecticut and Wagner and split between Louisville and Virginia.
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Minimizing Distance (RX; HM)

If you are considering considering distance as a factor, pairing UL with Syracuse is a horrendous choice. Only Clemson, GT, FSU and Miami are further. And GT and UM are direct flights (much easier to travel to). It is harder to get to UL from Syracuse than any other school in the conference.

Minimizing Distance

Ever since this blog first began in 2012, we've pushed for scheduling teams closer to home. Now that the ACC is considering the 3+5 model, is it possible to select the 3 annual games to reduce travel? Of course it is! To do that, let's start with a distance chart:

Distance (miles)SyrB CPittLouUVAV TWakeDukeUNCNCSClemG TFSUMiami
SyracuseX30636367649057264762763664585296112331422
BC306X564982547696772693702712962106713001488
Pitt363564X3873123233984964755125656858961183
Louisville676982387X4933854625425385654394206641082
Virginia490547312493X1452101841872443985077161025
Va Tech572696323385145X122202198226302408619905
Wake647772398462210122X8380103213318529816
Duke62769349654218420283X1024274379642832
N Carolina6367024755381871988010X25272378583833
NC State6457125125652442261032425X296401487775
Clemson852962565439398302213274272296X121383771
Ga Tech9611067685420507408318379378401121X274671
Florida St12331300896664716619529642583487383274X487
Miami14221488118310821025905816832833775771671487X
There are some surprising numbers in this table. For one, how many of you knew that the second closest school to Boston College (after Syracuse) is, not Pitt, but UVA?
You may have known that Virginia Tech was the closest school to Louisville (two miles closer than Pitt), but did you know that the closest school to Virginia Tech is Wake Forest?
With just 3 annual games, it's not possible for everyone to play the very closest schools every year. Pitt, UNC, and Georgia Tech can't play everyone! However, some tradeoffs are actually much better than you might think, geographically-speaking. For instance, If Miami gets Florida State and Clemson, but can't get Georgia Tech, did you know that NC State is just 4 miles further than Clemson?
Here's my best shot at a minimum travel distance matrix for the entire ACC:

Distance (miles)SyrB CPittLouUVaV TWakeDukeUNCNCSClemG TFSUMiami
SyracuseX306363676
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This is all that's left of Nick & Angelo's Ristorante on Route 57 in Clay. (Rick Moriarty | rmoriarty@syracuse.com)


Longtime Liverpool-area restaurant is demolished; here’s what will replace it (PS; $; Moriarty)

A Route 57 restaurant that dates back to the 1960s has been demolished to make way for a new business.

Crews took down the former Nick & Angelo’s Ristorante at 7376 Oswego Road (Route 57) last week. The Italian restaurant closed for good in 2021 after operating under many different names and owners over the decades.

A car wash will take its place. Daniele Family Cos. plans to open a Royal Car Wash on the spot this summer. The family-owned, Rochester-based company operates nine car washes in Rochester and three in Buffalo, and plans to operate 20 in Upstate New York by 2025.

The restaurant had a long history. Mark Territo, Clay commissioner of planning and development, said town records show it started out as a Humpty Dumpty restaurant in the 1960s, became a Bonanza Steakhouse in the 1980s, then Pronto’s, Pier 57 and Carnegie on 57 before becoming Nick & Angelo’s in 2015.

A murder took place in the restaurant when it was Pronto’s. Lisa Siler, an employee, was killed by a shotgun blast behind the restaurant’s bar in May 1989. Her estranged husband, William Siler, was convicted of first-degree manslaughter in connection with the killing and sentenced to 8 1/3 to 25 years in prison.
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