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Axe: Only 2 things will matter to SU fans in the JMA Dome (PS; $; Axe)

Now we wait.

For Syracuse University sports fans, the big questions that need to be answered after Thursday’s grand introduction of the JMA Wireless Dome are the following:

1. Will the Wi-Fi work?

2. Will the teams that call the Dome home win again as a result?

The first question will be answered relatively quickly.

As for the second, Syracuse athletic director John Wildhack marked the tape and proclaimed a new dawn is set to rise for football, men’s and women’s basketball and men’s and women’s lacrosse as a result of JMA’s involvement.

“Today’s announcement combined with the upcoming renovations to the Dome sends a very clear message about the future,” Wildhack said. “Syracuse University is committed to its athletics program. We are committed to provide the best experience competitively and academically for our student-athletes to compete and compete successfully in the ACC and on a national level.”

JMA, led by Central New York native John Mezzalingua, deserves credit for putting skin in the game (not to mention millions of dollars into the Syracuse Athletics budget). The local company is not just slapping its name on the building for the free mentions on ESPN.

Mezzalingua, who was there on that hot and sweaty night when the Carrier Dome opened on Sept. 24, 1980 as Syracuse football hosted Miami (Ohio), wants to provide an assist to the coaches, athletes and fans that desire better days in the Dome.

“I remember when Syracuse redefined college athletics with the Dome, a unique venue that ushered in a period of unprecedented success for Syracuse sports,” Mezzalingua said. “With this partnership, we have an opportunity to lead once again. The Dome will have the most advanced 5G network of any collegiate stadium, connecting fans as never before.”

Mezzalingua claimed the new digital infastructure will give Dino Babers, Jim Boeheim, Felisha Legette-Jack, Gary Gait, Kayla Treanor and the athletes they coach a competitive edge.

“The university that figures out how to use 5G to redefine its athletic programs will be at a different level than anyone,” Mezzalingua said. “It’s not just about speed. It’s about being smarter.


Oct 2, 2021; Tallahassee, Florida, USA; Syracuse Orange wide receiver Courtney Jackson (85) is tackled during the first quarter against the Florida State Seminoles at Doak S. Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Myers-USA TODAY Sports

Position Breakdown: Receivers and Tight Ends — 2022 Syracuse Football preview - The Juice Online (the juice; Sears)

As we countdown to kickoff in September, we’re going to be doing a unit-by-unit preview each week over the summer. This week, we’re discussing Syracuse’s 2022 WRs/TEs.

Of all the position groups on the Syracuse Orange offense, the receiving core of wide receivers and tight ends is the one I’m most concerned about heading into 2022.

We’ve covered the need for SU’s passing game to take a step up in the quarterbacks positional preview and while the onus is certainly on the signal caller to make everyone around him better, the guys you’re throwing to matter just as much. As it stands right now, Syracuse doesn’t have a true number one receiver that can stand as a focal point for the offense.

In 2021, SU ranked 122nd in the nation in passing offense with just 153.0 yards per game. They didn’t have a single receiver break 40 catches or 400 yards. Part of that was the former offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert preferring to lean on Sean Tucker and the ground game. But the plain fact is there was no alpha receiver who could be trusted to take over a game.

Here’s the depth chart as I see it here in May with the returning players. Note that I’ve cut the position down to six slots as these are the only guys who will realistically see the field for any meaningful action whether on passing downs or special teams. But a pair of transfers (more on that below) could break into the top 6 at the end of summer camp.

  1. Courtney Jackson- 5’11” 175 pounds
  2. Anthony Queeley- 6’2” 198 pounds
  3. Damien Alford- 6’6” 211 pounds
  4. Trebor Pena- 6’0” 176 pounds
  5. Umari Hatcher- 6’3” 178 pounds
  6. Devaughn Cooper- 5’11” 180 pounds
Jackson led the team last year with 37 catches for 389 yards and three touchdowns. The coaching staff moved him around a bit as well giving him four rushes but it wasn’t particularly effective as he gained only 23 total yards. He took over the kick and punt return duties for the final four games when Trebor Pena was injured and played well, getting a punt return touchdown in that limited work. I’d expect him to put up similar numbers next year unless there’s a concerted effort to get him the ball.

Queeley was the other outside receiver and played in all 12 games but could only muster 15 catches for 222 yards and two touchdowns. He’s got a good mixture of size and speed but 2021 was a step down for him as he had 37 catches for 378 yards and two touchdowns the year before. Still, his experience keeps him at the top of the depth chart.

Alford is the team’s deep threat with a 73 yard touchdown on his first catch of 2021, and a 45 yard last second touchdown in the comeback win over Virginia Tech. He’s my sleeper candidate to take the number one spot on the depth chart but he’s got to prove himself in camp first. The spring game was hopefully a sign of things to come as Alford and Justin Lamson connected on a 75 yard TD in which Alford used his size to push through contact with the DB and his speed to take the ball to the house.

Syracuse Football: Ohio State, Irish among those in contact for QB commit (itlh; Adler)

Syracuse football 2023 three-star commit LaNorris Sellers said in a recent media report that he’s focused on the Orange, however, some other big-time programs might be showing an interest in the stellar quarterback.

As we noted earlier this week, the 6-foot-2 Sellers recently on Twitter that he plans to take an official visit to the ‘Cuse campus on June 24.

Sellers, a junior at South Florence High School in Florence, S.C., is one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks across the country in his recruiting cycle.

At one time, he was verbally committed to fellow Atlantic Coast Conference squad Virginia. But coaching changes in Charlottesville, including offensive coordinator Robert Anae and quarterbacks coach Jason Beck departing for similar roles with the Orange, led Sellers to reopen his recruitment back up.

Syracuse football landed a terrific prospect in three-star quarterback LaNorris Sellers.

In mid-January, the ‘Cuse coaching staff offered a scholarship to Sellers, and he committed to the Orange in early March.

Throughout his recruiting process, he has picked up other offers from teams such as Virginia Tech, Memphis, Washington State, Appalachian State and Georgia State.

In a recent piece by Phil Kornblut on, it seems that college squads potentially showing interest in Sellers include South Carolina, Appalachian State, Georgia State, Coastal Carolina, Liberty, Virginia Tech, Ohio State and Notre Dame.

Syracuse football recruiting: New York City EDGE Jalil Smith sets official visit (; Bailey)

Class of 2023 EDGE Jalil Smith will take an official visit to Syracuse football during the weekend of June 17, he announced on Twitter. The standout junior at Lincoln High School in Brooklyn will be on campus at the same time as another in-state defensive target -- linebacker Zyian Moultrie-Goddard.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Smith is unrated by the major recruiting services, but holds offers from the Orange, Bowling Green and Temple. SU defensive pass game coordinator/safeties coach Nick Monroe extended Smith his first scholarship opportunity in August.

Smith previously visited Stony Brook for junior day in March as well as Connecticut in April.

The Orange currently has three Class of 2023 prospects committed this cycle in quarterback LaNorris Sellers, who will take his official visit the weekend of June 24, as well as tight end David Clement and defensive lineman Rashard Perry.

Syracuse JUCO Offensive Line Target Savion Herring Sets Decision Date (SI; McAllister)

Junior college offensive lineman Savion Herring has scheduled his decision date for May 25th, he announced on Twitter. Herring officially visited the Orange at the beginning of the month.

"We took tours around the whole facility," Herring said after the visit. "Sat with a few of the coaches. The head coach, offensive coordinator, offensive line coach, wide receivers coach, pretty much just offense. They shared information on their careers, what they've done, what they've accomplished, their goals for this season, everything like that. They want to win, they want to build a team where everybody holds each other accountable. There's some good things on."

The 6-6, 315 pounder is scheduled to officially visit Kansas this weekend. He has also heard from Missouri, South Carolina and Oklahoma State. Herring has also officially visited Middle Tennessee.

One of the highlights of his trip to Central New York was being able to spend time with the Syracuse coaching staff.

"It was great, honestly," Herring said. "It seemed like it was family. They really care about the guys they have with them. They care to even help after they go to the NFL or even if they don't go to the NFL, they're there to help. I really liked that. I was big on that."

‎Locked On Syracuse - Daily Podcast On Syracuse Orange Football & Basketball: The Carrier Dome is No More, Which Recruits Should SU Basketball Target, WRs Depth Chart on Apple Podcasts (; podcast; Locked on Syracuse)

Matt Bonaparte and Brad Klein recount their favorite and least favorite memories from inside the Carrier Dome, talk about the future of SU basketball recruiting and give you their WR depth chart for the coming football season.

‎Locked On Syracuse - Daily Podcast On Syracuse Orange Football & Basketball: Syracuse Football's Josh Black Gets NFL Nod and a Projected Defensive Line Depth Chart on Apple Podcasts (; podcast; Locked on Syracuse)

Syracuse football might have a new rep in the NFL after Josh Black parlayed his camp invite into a free agent deal. Brad Klein and Matt Bonaparte determine what this means for Syracuse football recruiting. Plus, Zyian Moultrie-Goddard might be the next big splash for the Orange on the recruiting trail. Finally, the depth chart projection continues with attention giving to the under-the-radar defensive line.

‎Locked On Syracuse - Daily Podcast On Syracuse Orange Football & Basketball: Syracuse Football's Potential Permanent Matchups and QB Depth Chart, Buddy Boeheim's NBA Chances on Apple Podcasts (; podcast; Locked on Syracuse)

Matt Bonaparte and Brad Klein discuss the future of Syracuse Football scheduling, the QB depth chart, and whether or not Buddy Boeheim has a chance at the NBA.

ACC football: Predicting the first loss for every team in 2022 (; Marsdale)

The first loss of any team's season could come at any time. There are early-season out of conference challenges, trap games, horrible upsets in "buy" games or just times where you get beat. Every year, fans and media map out their team's schedule and calculate a route to a goal. Many teams in the ACC have lofty ones for 2022 after what they believed to be strong spring seasons.

"I think the biggest thing is we're more disciplined," North Carolina head coach Mack Brown said recently in an interview with InsideCarolina. "We're better coached. They seem to be more engaging. The first two years, I thought we played hard every week, we did a good job. Last year it was up and down. I can't stand that — it just wears you out. But this spring, we didn't have a bad practice. They worked hard every day, all of our coaches are getting along."
Brown and company need a big season, and they have an early-season test at home with Notre Dame coming to town. Will the Tar Heels emerge victorious or suffer their first defeat?
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Here is an idea of when the first loss will occur for every ACC team.


This one will be a major challenge for head coach Geoff Collins and company heading into a crucial season. The Yellow Jackets get the ACC favorites at home to open Week 1. Simply having this game close in the fourth quarter would be a positive for this team. The Yellow Jackets host Western Carolina the following week and then have a home game against Ole Miss and a road trip at UCF. It is a tough task in what some think is a make-or-break year for Collins.


Boston College and Virginia Tech both had the same amount of wins during the 2021 season. This is a tough test for the Eagles, as they head down to Blacksburg after hosting Rutgers Week 1. Brent Pry takes over the Hokies, as this will mark his first game in Lane Stadium. Boston College emerged victorious in Chestnut Hill a season ago by a score of 17-3. The Hokies will be out for revenge after opening their season at Old Dominion.


Duke beat Northwestern in Durham last fall, but that will not be the case this year. The Blue Devils will travel to Evanston on what should be a hot day and face a Northwestern team looking to bounce back from a dreadful season after winning the Big Ten West in 2021. In year one under Mike Elko, the Blue Devils have plenty of question marks. This one could be close, but Pat Fitzgerald and company come out on top.


The game against Louisville to open the season is fascinating, as like Dino Babers. Cardinals head coach Scott Satterfield also enters a crucial season. Malik Cunnningham is back at quarterback. He will be the difference-maker in this one. The Orange will have a tough time containing him on the ground, as he will extend and make just enough plays to give the Cardinals a narrow win in the Carrier Dome. This one could truly go either way.

ACC Football: Which Team Should be the Favorite to win the Coastal Division in 2022? (; Lassan)

The ACC's Coastal Division isn't short on unpredictability or chaos in most college football seasons. The 2022 season is likely to be another challenging year to predict in the Coastal, as Pitt must replace star quarterback Kenny Pickett, Miami is transitioning to a new coach in Mario Cristobal, three teams in the division (Duke, Virginia Tech and Virginia) all changed coaches, while Georgia Tech brings back just five starters. North Carolina was the preseason favorite last year, but coach Mack Brown's program must replace Sam Howell and fix a porous defense.

Even though Pitt lost Pickett, should the Panthers be the pick atop the division in '22? Or should Miami under Cristobal take a big step forward and return to the conference title game? Could a wild-card team emerge out of this division? Athlon editors and college football contributors debate which team should be the favorite in the ACC Coastal this season:

ACC Football: Which Team Should be the Favorite to win the Coastal Division in 2022?

Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven)
This is a tough call, especially with receiver Jordan Addison likely to depart Pitt as a transfer instead of returning to the Steel City for another year. Assuming Addison does leave, I don't think we should dismiss the Panthers from winning the division. Whichever quarterback (Kedon Slovis or Nick Patti) wins the job to replace first-round pick Kenny Pickett returns a deep backfield, all five starters on the offensive line, and one of the ACC's top defenses. Also, the receiving corps returns capable options in Jared Wayne and Konata Mumpfield, along with tight end Gavin Bartholomew. Regardless of what happens with Addison, I think I would give a slight edge to Miami under new coach Mario Cristobal. Last season, the Hurricanes started 2-4 and had to overcome an injury to starting quarterback D'Eriq King. However, the emergence of Tyler Van Dyke allowed Miami to win five out of its last six games to finish second in the Coastal Division last season. Van Dyke should thrive under new coordinator Josh Gattis, and the 'Canes have the makings of one of the ACC's top backfields and potentially offensive lines. Bigger concerns remain on defense, but new coordinator Kevin Steele should be able to address some of last year's issues. Although Miami gets Florida State and Clemson in crossover play (compared to Louisville and Syracuse for Pitt), the Nov. 26 home date against the Panthers might decide which team wins the Coastal.

Eight from ACC on 2022 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List (

Payton Wilson should be on this list...

Eight Atlantic Coast Conference football student-athletes are included on the 2022 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List released Thursday by the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation. The ACC is represented by Clemson DT Bryan Bresee and LB Trenton Simpson, Duke LB Shaka Heyward, Miami DL Akheem Mesidor, North Carolina CB Tony Grimes, Pitt DL Calijah Kancey, Virginia LB Nick Jackson and Wake Forest S Nick Andersen.

Named after former NFL Hall of Fame star Ronnie Lott, The Lott Trophy is presented annually to the Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year, a player who has had the biggest impact on his team both on and off the field. IMPACT stands for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity, all characteristics exhibited by Lott during his illustrious playing career.

The annual winner is selected by a national voter panel, consisting of former winners, members of the media, coaches, and members of the Board of Directors of The IMPACT Foundation.

The winner is announced at a gala black-tie event at The Pacific Club in Newport Beach, California. The event has sold out the first two years. The 2022 banquet is Dec. 11.

Links, News and Rumors 2022 May 20th (RX; HM)

Links, News and Rumors 2022 May 20th

"The Dome" in Syracuse officially has a new name.
Not sure when (or if) we'll learn about the financial teams of this deal.

We are pleased to honor the Super 11, the best SID teams in the country and our coach of the year. FWAA > News > Super 11
— Football Writers Association of America (@TheFWAA) May 19, 2022
From the Football Writers' Association of America:
Three first-time winners and eight previous ones comprise the 13th Annual Super 11 Awards, which the Football Writers Association of America rewards annually to the best performing sports information departments in the Football Bowl Subdivision. The awards announced this week are for the 2021 season.

The 2021 Super 11
Colorado (9)
Iowa (2)
Kansas State (4)
Louisville (1)
Miami (2)
Ole Miss (2)
Navy (5)
Nebraska (8)
New Mexico (1)
South Carolina (1)

In addition, the FWAA presented a Super 11 Coach of the Year Award to Boston College Coach Jeff Hafley who granted outstanding access to his program during the 2021 season.
For the complete story, click here.

Yay! The missing partner for UL has been found!

I ran a twitter poll for Hokie fans. Assuming two of the three annual games would be VT/UVA and VT/Miami...

"If VT must take one of these to be their 3rd annual game under new divisionless scheduling, which would you rather have?"
Here are the results:
Boston College15.4%|==

Small sample size, but a pretty decisive winner!

Early Odds for 2022 Week 1 (RX; HM)

Early Odds for 2022 Week 1

Here are the latest College football lines for week #1 games - courtesy of Josh Barton.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: These odds are provided strictly for informational purposes. We recognize that many fans appreciate knowing how outsiders view their team's "odds of winning". However, neither Hokie Mark nor ACCFootballRx supports, endorses, or condones gambling. We strongly urge you NOT TO GAMBLE! Use this information as it is intended by us: for informational and entertainment purposes only.

2022 CFB Season, Week 1

Thursday, September 1st

Pittsburgh -6½ over West Virginia

Friday, September 2nd

Virginia Tech -8 over Old Dominion
Duke -6½ over Temple

Saturday, September 3rd

Louisville -3½ over Syracuse
North Carolina -3½ over Appalachian State
Boston College -8½ over Rutgers
Ohio State -14 over Notre Dame

Sunday, September 4th

LSU -3.5 over Florida State

Monday, September 5th

Clemson -21 over Georgia Tech
Odds are subject to change and current numbers can be found here:

Teel: NCAA's sensible measures enhance Division I college football (; Teel)

Thanks to the NCAA, college football got better Wednesday. Feel free to adjust your glasses and/or suggest that I take a breathalyzer, but it’s true — on multiple counts.
First, the NCAA’s Division I Council waived for two years the 25-man cap on signing classes. Second, the council rescinded a decades-old policy that conferences wishing to stage a football championship game must either play a round-robin regular-season schedule or have divisions.
Bravo on both and sound the irony alert.

Why, it’s been just this month that talk percolated of Bowl Subdivision football programs shedding the feckless NCAA and governing themselves, a notion first voiced by Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith and all but endorsed by ACC commissioner Jim Phillips. But Wednesday showed that the NCAA can, in rare instances, be nimble.
The 25-man limit on recruiting classes was well-intended and effective. No longer could a coach run off any players he deemed expendable, content that he could sign as many prospects as needed the next year to reach the 85-scholarship Bowl Subdivision maximum or 63-scholarship Championship Subdivision maximum.

But the script has flipped. Now it’s empowered athletes putting coaches in a bind.



Tuesday, June 29, 2021: Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh whispers to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg at the Syracuse Center of Excellence where they joined others to discuss the I-81 project.N. Scott Trimble |

Syracuse Mayor Walsh on I-81 grid: If lanes have to be wide, keep traffic slow (PS; $; Breidenbach)

Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh has accepted the state’s insistence that the street-level grid that replaces Interstate 81 will need 12-foot-wide lanes.

However, as soon as it opens, Walsh said the state should immediately monitor traffic to make sure the average speed is less than 30 miles per hour.

If the traffic is too fast, Walsh asked transportation officials to reconfigure the roadway to slow it down. Using police to curb speeds would not be an acceptable solution, he said in a letter Monday to the state and federal governments.

The letter is a response to the latest plan – the Final Environmental Impact Statement, released last month. In it, the state and federal governments confirmed their plan to tear down the aging highway and send traffic to street level through the heart of the city. High-speed traffic will circle the east side of the city on an improved I-481.

Walsh supports the grid. But he isn’t giving up on a list of concerns about keeping the area safe and walkable and less like a high-speed highway. He has also asked for a pool, a community center and a new fire department without success.

Hokie Mark

2nd String
Apr 15, 2013
The problem with conference games week 1 is simple: someone has to start 0-1, and that's no way to start a football season!

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