Co 2020-21 Iggy Award Winner MPG (special again)
- Aug 15, 2011
On June 2nd each year, chicken lovers celebrate National Rotisserie Chicken Day. While there a numerous ways to cook a whole chicken, rotisserie chicken offers a slow cooking method that seals in flavor.
#RotisserieChickenDayWhen cooking chicken using a rotisserie chicken, the whole chicken is cooked on a rotisserie or spit that turns continuously over a heat source. This process slowly roasts and sears the skin to seal in the flavor. The result is a tender and juicy chicken. Some cooks inject rotisserie chicken with a blend of seasonings to give increase the flavor. The popularity of rotisserie chicken continues to grow as the health benefits of it become more widely known.
Rotisserie chicken goes well with a variety of side dishes, too. Whether you like traditional salads, potatoes, rice, and steamed vegetables, or more elaborate dishes, you will not go wrong. You can even use the leftovers in many ways, including salads, sandwiches, and casseroles. It is just as delicious cold as it is hot, too.
Fredrick Moore 'Shocked' by Syracuse Offer (SI; McAllister)
Syracuse football extended an offer to 2023 Saint Louis (MO) Cardinal Ritter College Prep wide receiver Fredrick Moore on Wednesday. Moore, a 6-1, 180 pound speedster also has offers from Arkansas, Boston College, Cincinnati, Colorado, Duke, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Penn State, Rutgers, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, West Virginia, Wisconsin and several others.
"I was just shocked, honestly," Moore said of his offer from the Orange. "I was in New York this weekend (visiting Rutgers) and my trainer was saying he wanted to get me that Syracuse offer. Then I get back, I talked to the recruiting guy up there (Khalil Ahmad), then talked to coach (Mike) Johnson and he offered. I was mainly just shocked."
Moore's trainer wanted the offer from Syracuse for a couple of reasons. First, the fit within the Orange's system. The thought is Moore would excel playing on the outside and in the slot in Syracuse's up tempo system. In addition, Moore has also trained with new Orange quarterback Carlos Del Rio-Wilson. That connection makes Syracuse a more attractive option for the highly coveted receiver.
"It's definitely important because you want to trust the person throwing you the football," Moore said. "I know Carlos has the arm strength to get me the ball."
Garrett Williams Could Be The Next First-Round NFL Draft Pick For Syracuse (twsn.com)
The last time a player from the Syracuse Orange football team was selected in round one of the NFL Draft was in 2013. That player was Justin Pugh who was selected by the New York Giants. They even had a player selected in round one the year before with Chandler Jones going to the New England Patriots. It has been a while since the Orange have had a player worthy of a first-round pick, but Garrett Williams could change that in the 2023 NFL Draft.
Williams ended up committing to Syracuse back in 2018 as a three-star recruit out of Hickory Ridge High School in North Carolina. He wasn’t always a cornerback though, he originally played at the quarterback position until his junior year on the high school team. That year the head coach for Hickory Ridge decided to see how Williams would do at cornerback. In the first defensive series, Williams went on to intercept a pass and turn it in for a pick-six. From there the position stuck and over the next two seasons he would go on to have four interceptions, 26 passes defended, and 99 tackles to close out his high school career. This production led to him getting offers from Syracuse, Appalachian State, East Carolina, and West Virginia.
After redshirting his first year in 2019, he immediately had a breakout season in 2020. He became the top cornerback in the ACC leading the conference in pass breakups with 10, and tackles per game with 5.8. Over the 11 games that 2020 season, he had 64 total tackles with 54 being solo, two interceptions, and even one sack. His first interception at the college level was very similar to his first ever at the position in high school as he intercepted Trevor Lawrence and returned it for a touchdown. This was the first-ever pick-six of Lawrence’s college career.
In 2021, he would again lead the ACC in pass breakups with nine and would have 52 total tackles with five going for a loss. He did that in 10 games as he would miss two dealing with a lingering hamstring injury he suffered in week two against Rutgers. Despite that, he still dealt with it throughout the season and put up great production even though he wasn’t playing completely healthy.
Cartersville High School Coach Conor Foster Talks Carlos Del Rio-Wilson (audible.com; podcast; Locked on Syracuse)
Matt Bonaparte speaks with Cartersville High School Coach Conor Foster about his former player, Carlos Del Rio-Wilson.
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Two Syracuse football players among Mel Kiper Jr’s top NFL draft prospects (TNIAAM; Wall)
Syracuse Orange football fans didn’t get to hear any Syracuse names called during the 2022 NFL Draft but that’s likely to change next April. ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. released his top 25 2023 Draft prospects and top 10 players by position and two Orange players were listed.
Sean Tucker was 8th on Kiper’s list of running backs, a list topped by Texas’ Biljan Robinson. The third-year Syracuse runner is looking to build on a historic 2021 campaign and with a better passing threat he could find more room to run this fall. Tucker was the only ACC running back on Kiper’s list.
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Syracuse cornerback Garrett Williams was 9th at his position and was also the top ACC corner among the draft prospects. Williams and Duce Chestnut give Syracuse one of the best duos in the league.
Orange fans will get to see five of Mel’s Top 25 overall prospects this season. Clemson defenders Bryan Bresse (6th), Myles Murphy (17th) and Trenton Simpson (25th) along with Notre Dame tight end Michael Mayer (7th) and linebacker Isaiah Foskey (19th) will mean that plenty of NFL scouts will have eyes on Syracuse those weeks for sure. The two games will give Tucker, Williams and others an opportunity to make a name for themselves.
Get to Know Your Orange Man: #96, DL Elijah Wright (TNIAAM; Ostrowski)
New football season. New Dome name. New reasons for optimism for Syracuse Orange fans? Let’s get to meeting the 2022 Orange...up next is
Name: Elijah “Bubba” Wright
Position: Defensive Line
Year: Redshirt Freshman
Weight: 277 lbs
Hometown: Syracuse, NY
High School: Solvay High School
2021 stats: Did not play last season.
2022 projections: Even with the many departures on the defensive line, Wright will likely only rotate in at best. He could see some time on special teams.
How’d he get here?: Wright joined the Orange as a Preferred Walk-On in 2020, turning down offers from Albany, American International, Cortland, Hobart and Utica.
What’s recruiting sites say?: Nobody showed the guy any love as he went unrated.
Money quote: “A lot of the Solvay coaching staff played at SU. Carrying on that tradition means a lot, knowing I’ll carry on that legacy.”
ACC football: Ranking the teams by returning production in 2022 (247sports.com; Backus)
With the advent of the NCAA's one-time transfer waiver and the fact that college stars can declare for the NFL Draft after just three academic years, it is becoming harder and harder for programs to retain talent. Now that the spring practice slate is over and the deadline for players to enter the portal and maintain their eligibility has passed, rosters are practically set in stone.
Some teams fared better than others when it comes to holding onto returning production. Given that college football is entering the quiet of summer, ESPN's Bill Connelly went through all 131 FBS teams and ranked them in terms of the production they are bringing back.
The Atlantic Coast Conference did pretty well overall when it comes to retention, with four programs ranking in the top 20 and two occupying spots in the top 10. But those in the bottom half of the conference were decimated by transfers out, on top of the traditional sources of attrition.
Here is how the ACC's football teams rank in terms of returning production in 2022:
14. DUKE BLUE DEVILSReturning production: 49%
Overall rankings: 121
New Duke coach Mike Elko has quite a rebuild ahead of him. The Blue Devils elected to move on from veteran coach David Cutcliffe after the program stagnated under him in recent years. They have not had a winning season in three years and have just two such campaigns since 2016. Now, facing the negative outside perception, Elko has to replace more talent than any other team in the ACC. Duke has to replace its leading passer, rusher and receiver on the offensive side of the ball and lost some key defensive pieces to the transfer portal. Those losses come from a defense that finished dead last in the conference last year.
13. GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKETSReturning production: 49%
Overall ranking: 118
This seems like a make or break year for coach Geoff Collins, so having less than half of his total production back is concerning. In three seasons with Georgia Tech, he has amassed a 9-25 overall record and has yet to win more than three games in a single year. The odds are against a bounceback for the Yellow Jackets in 2022. The most notable loss for them is running back Jahmyr Gibbs, who transferred to Alabama. Gibbs was a lone bright spot on one of the ACC’s worst offenses last season and accounted for a majority of Georgia Tech’s production on that side of the ball. Georgia Tech returns just two starters on defense, to boot.
12. VIRGINIA CAVALIERSReturning production: 53%
Overall ranking: 108
Virginia lost some serious talent on the offensive side of the ball, but it should be fine in that regard. Quarterback Brennan Armstrong and his 4,449 passing yards are back. As is dynamic passing target Keytaon Thompson, a former starting quarterback in his own right that is electric with the ball in his hands. The offensive line is a pretty big concern, but Virginia addressed that position well through the transfer portal. Speaking of the portal, the Cavaliers loaded up on defense to quell some questions there. The highlight is Miami (Ohio) edge transfer Kameron Butler, who should go a long way to improving Virginia’s pass rush.
11. BOSTON COLLEGE EAGLESReturning production: 60%
Overall ranking: 81
Boston College had the ACC’s worst offense in 2021, but that should change next season with a fully healthy Phil Jurkovec back at quarterback. He top two offensive targets return, but the offensive line is a big question mark. The Eagles return just one starter in the trenches, though that single starter just happens to be a reigning first-team All-ACC selection in Christian Mahogany. The defense should be in pretty good shape at every level, as leading sacker Marcus Valdez, leading tackler Kam Arnold and safety Jaiden Woodbey are all back.
10. VIRGINIA TECH HOKIESReturning production: 64%
Overall ranking: 74
Virginia Tech has a great chance to have one of the ACC’s strongest defenses next season. New coach Brent Pry spent his career coaching various defensive positions as an assistant coach, and had defensive coordinator stints at two Power Five schools, before earning the coaching job at Virginia Tech. In total, the Hokies’ four top tacklers and five of their top six in tackles for loss yardage are back, so they should be plenty disruptive. The offense is a bigger problem. Virginia Tech has to break in a new starting quarterback, though the competition should be healthy between former backup Connor Blumrick and Marshall transfer Grant Wells. The Hokies lost star wide receiver Tayvion Robinson to the transfer portal, but Temple wideout transfer Jadan Blue is just as dynamic with the ball in his hands and should step up to fill the void.
9. NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELSReturning production: 64%
Overall ranking: 73
The biggest challenge facing North Carolina is replacing quarterback Sam Howell. The 2022 NFL Draft fifth-round pick started 37 games in three years with the Tar Heels and amassed 10,283 passing yards and 92 touchdowns to just 23 interceptions in his career. Finding someone to fill that gap is a mighty task. Whoever steps up will have the benefit of throwing the ball to Josh Downs. The 2021 Biletnikoff Award semifinalist is poised to become a household name and is easily one of the best wide receivers in the entire nation.
8. PITTSBURGH PANTHERSReturning production: 69%
Overall ranking: 45
Pitt is actually one of the most experienced teams in the entire nation, but it also happened to have a couple of the more notable departures of the offseason. The first was Kenny Pickett, who ran out of eligibility and became the only quarterback taken in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft. Replacing him should be a fairly easy task, as the Panthers nabbed former USC starting quarterback Kedon Slovis through the transfer portal. In a much more shocking move, reigning Biletnikoff Award winner Jordan Addison entered the transfer portal and — ironically — ended up at USC. Finding someone to step up for him is a much more Herculean task, and without his presence Pitt’s offensive outlook is a lot worse.
7. WAKE FOREST DEMON DEACONSReturning production: 70%
Overall ranking: 39
Unlike a lot of other teams in the conference, Wake Forest has the luxury of a superstar quarterback coming back for another year. Sam Hartman will helm the offense once more in 2022 after a spectacular breakout showing last season in which he threw for 4,228 yards, which ranked seventh nationally. Star wide receiver Jaquarii Roberson is off to the NFL, but Wake Forest already has his replacement in-house with A.T. Perry. Defensively, there are some concerns at linebacker and cornerback following key departures, and the Demon Deacons were not that great on that side of the ball last season anyway.
6. CLEMSON TIGERSReturning production: 72%
Overall ranking: 30
After a “down” year in which Clemson still won 10 games despite missing out on the ACC Championship for the first time since 2014, the Tigers are poised to jump back onto the national stage — assuming quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei can bounce back. The defensive front seven is about as good as it gets in the sport, with plenty of experience and talent all over the place. Xavier Thomas and Myles Murphy are an elite edge-rushing duo and Bryan Bresee is one of the best interior defensive linemen nationally. Trenton Simpson is an elite disruptor at linebacker and spearheads a veteran unit there. The secondary has to shore up some lost production, but the Tigers have recruited at an elite level there and should be okay.
5. MIAMI HURRICANESReturning production: 73%
Overall ranking: 29
Miami is set on offense with Tyler Van Dyke at quarterback. He has the upside to be a top-10 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft and has all the arm talent in the world. The defense has plenty of question marks, but the Hurricanes loaded up with one of the best defensive line transfer portal hauls from the 2022 cycle. The Hurricanes and new coach Mario Cristobal landed four defensive line transfers that hold at least a grade of 87 in 247Sports’ transfer portal rankings, highlighted by four-star West Virginia transfer Akheem Mesidor. UCLA transfer Mitchell Agude and UAB transfer Antonio Moultrie should provide immediate pass rush help after the Hurricanes lost Zach McCloud and Deandre Johnson.
4. FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLESReturning production: 78%
Overall ranking: 17
Florida State closed the 2021 season on a bit of a hot streak and carries that momentum into 2022 with plenty of impact players back. The major losses are leading rusher Jashaun Corbin and a pair of star edge rushers in Jermaine Johnson and Keir Thomas. As for Corbin, the Seminoles have potential breakout star Lawrance Toafili and four-star transfer Trey Benson to man the backfield, so they should be good there. Replacing the pass rushing is a bit less cut and dry, but Albandy edge transfer Jared Verse, who holds a 247Sports transfer grade of 93, is a great start.
3. LOUISVILLE CARDINALSReturning production: 79%
Overall ranking: 12
Malik Cunningham is one of the nation’s most underrated quarterbacks. Given the rushing dimension of his playing abilities, he can affect a game all by himself. Fortunately, the Cardinals were able to replace most of their major losses via the transfer portal, surrounding Cunningham with some elite offensive talent. Tennessee running back transfer Tiyon Evans is a bowling ball of a runner if he is locked in. Louisville lost a pair of impact receivers in Jordan Watkins and Tyler Harrell to the transfer portal, but it used the portal to effectively scoop up some replacements. Central Arkansas wide receiver Tyler Hudson was named a 2021 FCS All-American and he can replace Harrell’s big-play ability. The Cardinals also loaded up by adding six defensive back transfers.
2. SYRACUSE ORANGEReturning production: 80%
Overall ranking: 9
The Orange are in an excellent position when it comes to returning production. On offense, they bring back their leading passer in Garrett Shrader, who is also an excellent runner, their top rusher in Sean Tucker, who at 5-foot-10, 209 pounds is one of the ACC’s best options at the position, and their leading receiver in Courtney Jackson. On defense, Syracuse’s leading tackler in linebacker Mikel Jones and two of their top four leading sack producers in Stefon Thompson and Marlowe Wax. The secondary also has plenty of experience thanks to the return of freshman star Duce Chestnut and Garrett Williams.
WVU Featured in Two of ACC's Top 5 Non-Conference Matchups (SI; Callihan)
For now, Virginia Tech and Pitt are out of conference opponents, but reigniting the rivalry may spark interest from the ACC to add WVU in the future.
For a number of reasons, the ACC saw West Virginia as an institution that did not meet the requirements nor saw the financial benefit of adding WVU to the conference more than a decade ago. Oddly enough, they brought in the likes of Pitt, Louisville, and Syracuse - each of which has significantly smaller fan bases.
This fall, the Mountaineers will be featured in two of the ACC's top five non-conference matchups. The Backyard Brawl against Pitt to open up the season and then they head to Blacksburg just two weeks later to try and hold on to the Black Diamond Trophy for another year when they meet Virginia Tech.
Reigniting the rivalries with Pitt and Virginia Tech will show the ACC the benefit of having WVU in the conference in the future. With Texas and Oklahoma set to leave the Big 12 for the SEC, there's no telling how stable the Big 12 will be. If a move to another conference becomes possible, the ACC makes the most sense and West Virginia makes the most for the ACC should they choose to expand.
Conference realignment talks are never-ending, but for now, WVU fans can at least be happy that each of their main rivals is on the docket for the 2022 season.
Pitt Football: 2022 Panthers Season Preview and Prediction (athlonsports.com)
As feel-good stories go, few rivaled that of the 2021 Pittsburgh Panthers. Their leap to ACC champions featured a Heisman Trophy chase, a Biletnikoff Award for wideout Jordan Addison and the most victories for the program in 40 years.
Eighth-year coach Pat Narduzzi, awarded a contract extension through the 2030 season, is ready for the next step. “What happened last year? I don’t even remember,” says Narduzzi, whose program went 11–3, earned a No. 13 ranking and reached its first major bowl game in 17 years. Narduzzi’s Panthers look to overcome the departure of Addison and Heisman finalist quarterback Kenny Pickett and ride the momentum of a season ago.
Previewing Pitt's Offense for 2022
USC transfer Kedon Slovis is not expected to match Pickett’s 2021 numbers, but he is hardly a novice. This former Pac-12 Freshman of the Year completed 68 percent of his passes for 7,576 yards and 58 TDs in three seasons. His first year was his best, when he threw for 3,502 yards and 30 TDs in leading USC to an 8–5 record. Touted by USC as a Heisman candidate entering 2021, Slovis regressed, throwing for 2,153 yards with 11 TDs and eight interceptions. He entered the transfer portal last December due to a coaching change and the emergence of USC freshman Jaxson Dart (who later transferred to Ole Miss). Narduzzi personally recruited Slovis, who called his selection of Pittsburgh a “no-brainer.”
Longtime backup Nick Patti is a worthy challenger. Patti started the 2021 Peach Bowl before suffering a game-ending broken collarbone while diving for a touchdown. Whoever emerges, he must adjust to the departure of offensive coordinator Mark Whipple, who migrated to Nebraska after helping the Panthers rank No. 3 nationally in scoring (41.4 points) and No. 8 in total offense (486.6 yards). Longtime NCAA and NFL coaching vet Frank Cignetti Jr., a run-first devotee, returns to the coordinator role he held in 2009-10.
Reigning Biletnikoff winner Addison (100 receptions, 1,593 yards, FBS-best 17 TDs) opted to enter the transfer portal in late April and eventually landed at USC. It's no secret he will be missed, but Pitt still has capable weapons returning outside. Jared Wayne, a 6'3" senior who had 47 receptions, 658 yards and six TDs, will need to step up. Two other pass-catchers to watch: Akron transfer Konata Mumpfield, a Freshman All-American last season with 61 receptions for 751 yards and eight TDs, and sophomore tight end Gavin Bartholomew.
50th Anniversary of Title IX on ACCN (RX; HM)
50th Anniversary of Title IX on ACCNFrom the official ESPN Press Release of June 1, 2022...
Fifty/50: ACC Network Announces Programming Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Title IX
- Over 120 hours of programming celebrating women’s sports
- Three original programs will premiere on June 23
- Hour-long documentary on the 22-time NCAA Champion North Carolina women’s soccer team
- Marathon of the best of ACC women’s sports from 2021-22
All Access with Pitt Women's Lacrosse | The Inaugural Season | June 23 | 7 p.m.ACC Network (ACCN) will offer a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the Pitt women’s lacrosse team as it competed in its first official season as an NCAA Division I program with All Access with Pitt Women’s Lacrosse | The Inaugural Season. The one-hour documentary looks back at the process to start a program after Pitt Athletics Director Heather Lyke announced the university would add women’s lacrosse as a varsity sport on November 1, 2018, and how it culminated February 11, 2022 with the team’s dramatic win in overtime in their inaugural game. [click the link for more]
Hidden Dynasty: The Story of Carolina Women’s Soccer | June 23 | 8 p.m.North Carolina’s unrivaled women’s soccer dominance will be chronicled in a one-hour original documentary Hidden Dynasty: The Story of Carolina Women’s Soccer. Executive produced by Emmy and Peabody Award winner Ross Greenburg, Hidden Dynasty tells the story of the building of the North Carolina women’s soccer team, the women who paved the way and its head coach and Anson Dorrance. [click the link for more]
Great OOC Wins: Duke at Northwestern 2018 (RX; HM)
Duke vs. Northwestern Football Highlights (2018)
Duke vs. Northwestern: Daniel Jones threw 3 touchdowns in the first half and the Blue Devil defense was stout as Duke topped Northwestern, 21-7. Duke held the Wildcats to only one score while hurrying the quarterback 14 times and generating 4 sacks in the win. Daniel Jones left the game early in the 4th quarter with an injury.
After defeating Northwestern on the road, Duke went on to log a regular season record of 7-5, then won the x Bowl to get to 8 wins.
On the other side of this game, the Wildcats went on to win 8 games in the regular season - all in conference (8-1 in the Big Ten), which was good enough to claim the Big Ten West title. They lost to Ohio State in the B1G CCG, but then finished the season with a win over Utah in the Holiday Bowl.
ACC Wins over SEC/B1G Champs, 2014-18 (RX; HM)
ACC Wins over SEC/B1G Champs, 2014-18By now you may have noticed a pattern in the "Great OOC Wins" series. If not, I'll spell it out for you:
|Year||ACC Team||defeated||champions of:|
|2014||Virginia Tech||Ohio State||B1G East, B1G, National Champs|
|2015||Florida State||Florida||SEC East Champs|
|2016||Pittsburgh||Penn State||Big Ten East, Big Ten Champs|
|2017||Clemson||Auburn||SEC West Champs|
|2018||Duke||Northwestern||Big Ten West Champs|
From 2014 to 2018, ACC teams defeated a Big Ten or SEC conference or division champion in a regular season non-conference game each year, as shown in the above table. We're not just talking G5 champs, although that happens too; we're talking Ohio State, Florida, Penn State, Auburn. Yeah, Northwestern may not have seemed like a big deal when Duke beat them, but they went on to win the Big Ten West and play for the conference championship - so, yeah, pretty big deal!
This streak of beating "Big 2" champions ended in 2019, then there were no OOC games between P5 leagues during the highly-irregular season of 2020. Last year, ACC teams had a two shots at restarting the streak, but came up short in both:
- Georgia vs. Clemson (at Charlotte)
- Miami vs. Alabama (at Atlanta)
- Florida State vs. LSU (at New Orleans)
- Florida State vs. Florida
- Miami at Texas A&M
Let's hope one of those ACC teams can pull out the victory that proves to be another Great OOC Win!
Mangia Bene Italian Restaurant & Market on State Fair Boulevard. Charlie Miller | firstname.lastname@example.org
Celebrated Italian restaurant in suburbs mysteriously closes overnight (PS; $; Miller)
Mangia Bene, an Italian restaurant and market near the New York State Fairgrounds, closed over the weekend and emptied the kitchen of its equipment.
Roy Sardo, the owner and cook at Mangia Bene, said he had no choice but to close because of a disagreement with the building’s owner over the lease. The restaurant’s last night was Friday, but Sardo catered parties that had already been booked in the building Saturday and Sunday night. He removed the appliances and other kitchen equipment Tuesday evening.
“It breaks my heart,” Sardo said Wednesday morning. “I’m so passionate about food. I’m passionate about making good food.”
Mangia Bene, which means ‘Eat Well’ in Italian, opened a year ago. It was located in Lakeland, 1½ miles west of Gate 1 of the State Fair. The building had been home to Ernie’s Lakeland Cafe for 17 years until the roof collapsed in 2017. It quickly became a popular takeout spot after a story highlighted how he made his own sausage and meatball mix used in his recipes.
Chris Maroney bought the building and went into business with Sardo. Maroney said he had offered Sardo a lease in September, but he instead had been paying month to month up through May. He is half owner of Mangia Bene with Sardo.