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Aug 15, 2011

Welcome to Flag Day!

Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which took place on June 14, 1777. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson made a proclamation establishing June 14th as Flag Day. In August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an act of Congress, which was signed by Harry Truman. However, Flag Day is not an official federal holiday. Before the government recognized Flag Day, citizens had been celebrating it and working to bring it to prominence for many years. Bernard J. Cigrand, a schoolteacher from Waubeka, Wisconsin, held the first formal observance of "Flag Day", or "Flag Birthday", at Stony Hill School in 1885. Cigrand continued to advocate for Flag Day and became the president of the American Flag Day Association and the National Flag Day Society. Cigrand is usually described as the "Father of Flag Day". On June 14, 1894, over 300,000 public school students celebrated Flag Day in parks across Chicago. In the 1890's, observances took place in other cities such as New York City and Philadelphia. Currently, the week of June 14th is known as "National Flag Week", and the president makes a proclamation urging people to fly flags for its duration. Flags are flown on government buildings as well.

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Projecting Syracuse's depth chart after the spring: Who will emerge as perimeter playmakers under new OC? ( $; Bailey)

Syracuse football completed one of its most interesting springs of the Dino Babers era in April. The seventh-year head coach saw his new offensive coordinator install a pro-style scheme. He watched the defensive staff work to prepare its young linemen, tasked with paving the way for a bevy of veteran playmakers behind them. He monitored a special teams unit that's looking to bounce back, also under a new coordinator.

Now, as players shift to summer conditioning, it's time to take a look ahead. How did those 15 spring practices shape what the 2022 Orange will look like in the fall? Let's go position-by-position to project the team's two-deep depth chart.

We've already hit on quarterbacks, running backs and the offensive line. Now let's round out the offense with wide receivers, slot receivers and tight ends.


Kyle Acker, Fr., 5-11, N/A*
D'Marcus Adams, 5th-year rJr., 6-0, 180
Damien Alford, 3rd-year So., 6-6, 211
Donovan Brown, Fr., 6-2, 173
Devaughn Cooper, 7th-year rSr., 5-11, 180
Oronde Gadsden II, So., 6-2, 215
Umari Hatcher, rFr., 6-3, 178
CJ Hayes, 6th-year rSr., 6-2, 208
Courtney Jackson, 4th-year rSo., 5-11, 175
Isaiah Jones, 4th-year rSo., 6-4, 203
Kendall Long, rFr., 6-2, 214
Trebor Pena, 3rd-year So., 6-0, 176
Anthony Queeley, 5th-year rJr., 6-2, 198
Sam Warren, 4th-year rSo., 5-10, 196*
Nate Wellington, 4th-year rSo., 5-10, 186*
Ja'Vontae Williams, 3rd-year rFr., 6-1, 203

Tight ends/fullbacks
Chris Elmore
, 6th-year rSr., 6-0, 293
Steven Mahar Jr., 3rd-year So., 6-5, 232
Maximilian Mang, 3rd-year So., 6-7, 254

*indicates walk-on


Outside receiver


Official Visit Preview: Jalil Smith (SI; McAllister)

Class of 2023 Brooklyn (NY) Lincoln defensive lineman Jalil Smith is set to officially visit Syracuse this coming weekend. The 6-5, 230 pounder has been a priority target for the Orange for a while. Here is a look back at his recruitment.

First Offer

Smith's first offer came back in August of 2021 when Syracuse extended a scholarship opportunity. While Syracuse was the first offer, other power fives were expressing interest including Indiana, Rutgers, Pittsburgh and Boston College. His primary recruiter with the Orange is Nick Monroe.

"Yeah we speak almost daily," Smith said. "It's (the relationship) really good. He tells me about everything."

Recruitment Since

Despite the early power five offer, no other power five school has extended one to date. Others have jumped in the mix over the past 10 months including Stony Brook, Temple, UConn, Kent State and Bowling Green.



Official Visit Preview: Zyian Moultrie-Goddard (SI; McAllister)

Class of 2023 New Rochelle (NY) Iona Prep linebacker Zyian Moultrie-Goddard is one of several of Syracuse football's top targets that will be on campus for official visits over the next two weekends. Standing at 6-2, 240 pounds, Moultrie-Goddard has been one of the most sought after prospects in New York this cycle. Here is a look back at his recruitment to date heading into the June 17th visit.

The First Offer

Syracuse was the first to offer back in January 2020. The Orange sparked a bit of an offer run, as Arizona State and Tennessee both extended scholarship opportunities over the following six days.

Other Power Fives Enter The Fold

West Virginia offered in May 2021. The Mountaineers continued to pursue Moultrie-Goddard, staying in constant contact. Duke and Rutgers would later extend offers as well.

Visits And Camps

Moultrie-Goddard has taken a bunch of visits throughout his recruitment as well as participated in various camps. He attended the Under Armour Elite Underclassmen Camp in the summer of 2020. The following fall, he participated in the Elite V New York City Camp.

The spring of 2021 was when things got really busy for Moultrie-Goddard. He participated in the Rivals Camp Series, the All New York Showcase and other camps during the spring/summer.

During the fall, Moultrie-Goddard visited Notre Dame for the game against USC and West Virginia for the game against Oklahoma State. After his season concluded, Moultrie-Goddard visited West Virginia in December, Syracuse in February 2022 and a return trip to Central New York in March 2022. A trip to North Carolina to check out Wake Forest and Duke occurred in mid-March.

Here’s what the Phil Steele preview magazine said about Syracuse football, ACC (PS; Leiker)

Phil Steele’s annual college football preview magazine was released Friday, a reminder that the 2022 season is less than three months away from its first kickoff.

The magazine covers everything from the top players this season to each individual conference and team. The Syracuse football section specifically notes the program’s 17 returning starters, including running back Sean Tucker and quarterback Garrett Shrader, and the work done by coach Dino Babers to solidify the defense last season.

Shrader is Steele’s forecasted starting quarterback, with Florida transfer Carlos Del Rio-Wilson in the second position and Michigan transfer Dan Villari in the third. That could change, though, especially with new offensive coordinator Robert Anae at the helm. Steele notes that Anae could be the key to unlocking a new level of offense that pushes the Orange to their first winning season since 2018.

But despite having one of the most experienced returning rosters in the FBS, the Orange is still projected to finish last in the Atlantic Division.

Just like last season, Steele predicts Syracuse to be favored in four of its first five games – against Louisville, Connecticut, Purdue, Virginia and Wagner – and then struggle in the back half of the schedule. The Orange have the 12th-toughest schedule in football this fall, second in the ACC to Louisville, which is ninth. The two programs kick off their seasons against each other at 8 p.m. Sept. 3 at the JMA Wireless Dome.

2023 wide receiver, cornerback Zion Tracy receives Syracuse offer (PS; Leiker)

Syracuse football is looking to expand its 2023 recruiting class and extended an offer to an in-state player Monday.

Zion Tracy, a multi-position athlete from Long Island, announced he had received an offer from the Orange via a phone call with defensive coordinator Tony White. Tracy attended the Dino Babers Football Camp at Syracuse and made an unofficial visit on June 4.

After a great phone call with @CuseCoachTW I am BLESSED & HONORED to receive an offer from Syracuse University
— 11. (@ZionTracy11) June 13, 2022

Tracy plays both wide receiver and cornerback. He attended Long Island Lutheran for high school.

Originally a class of 2022 prospect, Tracy opted to extend his recruitment by playing a season at St. Thomas More School, a college prep school in Oakdale, Connecticut. Since that announcement, he’s received offers from Connecticut, Temple and Rutgers among others. Tracy had briefly been committed to Temple before re-opening his recruitment on Dec. 1. His announcement that he would play an additional season at STM and become a 2023 prospect was made Feb. 9.

Anthony Red, one of Syracuse’s currently-rostered offensive lineman, is a product of St. Thomas More. He appeared in two games last season.

Get to Know Your Orange Man: #77, OT Tyler Magnuson (TNIAAM; Wall)

We’re hitting the 70s and that means the focus goes to some of the bigger players on the Syracuse Orange roster

Name: Tyler Magnuson
Position: Offensive line
Height: 6’6”
Weight: 286 lbs
Class: Redshirt Freshman
Hometown: Plymouth, MN

High School: Wayzata

2021 stats: Steve won his bet that Tyler would redshirt his first season in Syracuse.

2022 projections: After spring practice it appears that Tyler is firmly in the mix to be a backup at tackle. He’ll probably be on the special teams blocking units and could see time in short-yardage situations. Talk form the spring focused around Tyler’s skills so as he gets stronger he could find himself emerging as a starter in 2023.

How’d he get here?: He had an offer from Duke and Arizona as well as Army and Air Force so obviously academics were a strong suit in high school.

What’d recruiting sites say?: Three stars from 247

Instagram feed: @tyler.magnuson


Get to Know Your Orange Man: #80, WR Isaiah Jones (TNIAAM; Wall)

It’s a new week of Get to Know Your Syracuse Orange football players and let’s start with.

Name: Isaiah Jones
Position: Wide Receiver
Year: Redshirt Sophomore
Height: 6’4”
Weight: 203 lbs.
Hometown: Cocoa, Fla.

High School: Cocoa (via El Camino College)

2021 stats: Jones was active in four games last season which was down from 2020.

2022 projections: It’s hard to see him jumping over a number of receivers but as we’ve said before this is a new staff and a new opportunity for everyone to make their case for playing time. Maybe we see Jones used in red zone packages and contributing on special teams.

How’d he get here?: Played one year at El Camino College where he caught 19 passes for 238 yards and a score and then transferred to Syracuse.

What’d recruiting sites say?: No news

Twitter feed: @Isaiahjones84

Tweets of wonder: Ohana

— Syracuse Football (@CuseFootball) August 14, 2021

Interesting nugget o’interest: If football doesn’t work out for Jones, maybe he can follow the career path of another Cocoa HS alum, Scott Thompson a.k.a Carrot Top

Let’s get a look at ya: Here’s a shot of Jones working in the red-zone offense during spring practice

(; radio; Axe)

Brent poses this question to Syracuse football fans: What is their motivation? Plus, Dior Johnson has once again changed his mind and will be heading to an Orange rival.

College Football Fantasy Five: ACC Analytics, Systems and Trends (; Grays)

Even though there are no official college football games being played, it doesn't mean that we can't start preparing for the 2022 fantasy college football season. I've already revealed my top five new head coach landing spots with significant college fantasy football (CFF) implications.

Now I'm going to dig into each conference to find some interesting offensive trends with an emphasis on Offensive Yards Per Play data over the last five seasons. Offensive YPP is a great indicator for a team's true efficiency and is extremely relevant for CFF purposes. I'll also sprinkle in some team passing and rushing percentages which help us understand whether a team has a tendency towards a certain play style on offense. Please be aware that 2020 was an odd season with the COVID-19 protocols and a smaller sample size of games.

Here are five interesting trends and patterns that popped off the paper at me:

Top Five Offensive Trends and Analytics for the ACC

5.) Which Clemson are we going to get?

Off YPP5.26.597.387.375.74
With Trevor Lawrence at QB from 2018-2020, the Tigers had one of the best offenses in college football. They took a significant step back in 2021 with D.J. Uiagalelei leading an offensive unit that returned just five starters. I'm not sure anyone expected Clemson to have the worst offense in the ACC, but that's what happened and it wasn't really even that close.

For 2022, Clemson has promoted Brandon Streeter, who has been with the team since 2015, to offensive coordinator. He inherits nine returning starters with loads of talent, so I believe there's some value to be had here as there will be some understandable recency bias for CFF drafts this upcoming fall. The fact remains that Clemson is the favorite to win the conference and RB Will Shipley is one of the most talented running backs in the country.

CFF Players to Consider
RB Will Shipley (ADP ~ Rounds 2-3)
QB D.J. Uiagalelei (ADP ~ Rounds 14-16)
WR Joseph Ngata (ADP ~ Sleeper Potential)
WR Beaux Collins (ADP ~ Sleeper Potential)

4.) Don't Write Off Pittsburgh Without the Stars

Off YPP6.
There's nothing particularly amazing about these numbers above and losing QB Kenny Pickett, WR Jordan Addison and their offensive coordinator should have you questioning whether you want any piece of the Pitt offense for fantasy purposes. Frank Cignetti will come over as the new OC from Boston College where they had a run percentage of 61.08 percent last season. The Panthers utilized a committee approach last season with Israel Abanikanda and Vincent Davis at running back, but there's some serious upside potential here as Pittsburgh is projected to have the best offensive line in the conference with all five starters back.

CFF Players to Consider
RB Israel Abanikanda (ADP ~ Rounds 17-19)
QB Kedon Slovis (ADP ~ Sleeper Potential)
WR Konata Mumpfield (ADP ~ Sleeper Potential)

3.) Virginia Will Have No Choice But to Score

Off YPP6.95.575.665.94.9
With the Cavs, it's all about the returning talent at quarterback and receiver as they have an entirely new offensive line and new head coach in Tony Elliott. Moreover, the defense is a huge problem (yielded 466 yards per game last year) and I don't see that getting much better for the 2022 season. With that in mind, Brennan Armstrong and his three-headed monster at wide receiver will be asked to play backyard football which could bode well for fantasy purposes. Virginia had a 62 percent pass rate last season, and that rate should be similar in 2022 considering what the Cavaliers have returning this season.

CFF Players to Consider
QB Brennan Armstrong (ADP ~ Rounds 3-5)
WR Dontayvion Wicks (ADP ~ Rounds 4-6)
WR Keytaon Thompson (ADP ~ Rounds 16-18)
WR Billy Kemp (ADP ~ Sleeper Potential)

2.) The Sky is the Limit for Louisville

Off YPP6.76.636.685.317.39
Over the last five seasons, Louisville has had only one blip and that was in 2018 when they had to replace the Heisman winner Lamar Jackson after his masterful 2017 season. Head coach Scott Satterfield came in during the 2019 season and has been solid offensively. He was at Appalachian State previously where he ranked 15th and 19th in Off. YPP for 2018 and 2017 respectively. That's five straight years as one of the most efficient offenses in college football and he's collaborating with one of the most talented quarterbacks in the nation. That sounds like a recipe for success and a lot of CFF upside to me!

CFF Players to Consider
QB Malik Cunningham (ADP ~ Rounds 2-3) *Should be a first-round pick
TE Marshon Ford (ADP ~ Rounds 13-15)
RB Tiyon Evans (ADP ~ Sleeper Potential)
WR Dee Wiggins (ADP ~ Sleeper Potential)
WR Tyler Hudson (ADP ~ Sleeper Potential)
RB Trevion Cooley (ADP ~ Sleeper Potential)

ACC football hot seat temperature check (; Dottavio)

This has been the coolest the Miami Hurricanes head coach’s seat has been in a few years. The Athletic Director is in place, the head coach, and Miami is already working on facilities upgrades to boot. But how does the rest of the Atlantic Coast Conference match up?

The head coaches around the ACC have varying degrees of temperature under their ass cheeks heading into the ‘22 season.

Cooler than being cool...

Mario Cristobal, Miami- Let’s get The U’s Cristobal out of the way first. Mario Cristobal could have a disastrous first season in Coral Gables and he’s 100% secure as the head man.

Dabo Swinney, Clemson- Dabo ain’t goin’ no where. I don’t care if Clemson has another ‘down’ year of only 10 wins and no College Football Playoff appearance. Swinney has earned the patience at Clemson and has two new coordinators and a potential QB controversy on his hands.

Pat Narduzzi, Pittsburgh- Kenny Pickett is a Pittsburgh Steeler and Mark Whipple will be a Grumpy Gus in Lincoln this year. Narduzzi’s offense might take a step back without Pickett and Jordan Addison but the Panthers won’t slip below .500. Narduzzi is safe after a recent contract extension.

Dave Clawson, Wake Forest- The Clawfence has won 10+ games at four schools in a row now and their staff continues to innovate and do more with less. An 11-3 season bought Clawson even more time to continue to build.

ACC football: 10 biggest storylines heading into 2022 season (; Kosko)

2022 should reveal plenty of contenders or more dominance by Dabo Swinney’s squad. Either way, it’s going to be a fun ride to watch ACC football in a few short months.

But there’s more than just the Tigers, as other teams could make a run for the title and even a College Football Playoff appearance. New coaches also headline a few programs, making them must-watches throughout the season.

Here are the 10 biggest storylines in the ACC going into the 2022 season.


The Clemson Tigers winning 10 games last year was actually a down year. So now, what happens in 2022? Quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei needs to be better, but that has questions in itself. 247Sports Composite five-star freshman Cade Klubnik is lurking behind him, and it wouldn’t shock anyone if he saw some snaps this season. But at their peak, the Tigers can win the ACC and get things back to normal, at least in their eyes. The defensive line should carry that side of the ball, so it’s up to Dabo Swinney whispering to Uiagalelei to be better than 2021 and possibly make a run to the College Football Playoff.


There are a lot of expectations for Miami once again. The Hurricanes hired Cristobal away from Oregon to become a contender. Perhaps they can contend right away with quarterback Tyler Van Dyke under center. The ACC is considered open once again, and it’s pretty much a “why not us” mentality for Miami. While winning the conference is a lot of pressure, at the very least Miami can serve as a dark horse based on Cristobal’s success with the Ducks. The head coach did win two Pac-12 titles after all. The playoff might be out of reach, and it might take a recruiting class or two to become the class of the ACC, but Miami is a team to watch out for.


Pittsburgh had a loaded offense in 2021 led by Kenny Pickett and Jordan Addison. Now that they are both off to the NFL and USC, respectively, the team replaced Pickett with former USC quarterback Kedon Slovis. Slovis was pretty good at USC before injuries derailed his time out west. Now that he’s in a new system, who’s to say he can’t be productive in a new place and lead the Panthers back to the title game? Of course, a lot of it is dependent upon Clemson’s rise back to the top, potentially. But, Pittsburgh shouldn’t be underestimated if head coach Pat Narduzzi has proven anything throughout his coaching tenure.

Kelly Gramlich and Eric Mac Lain talk ACC football - Gramlich and Mac Lain (; podcast; EM & KG)

ESPN's Jason Fitz joins the show to talk about his incredible journey from the country music world to ESPN! We also discuss his love of college football & the Raiders!

Links, News and Rumors 2022 June 14 (RX; HM)

Links, News and Rumors 2022 June 14

Well, the only "ACC" baseball team left standing after last weekend is Notre Dame...

From CBS Sports...

ACC football transfers: Pitt eyes Kenny Pickett's replacement while FSU, Miami add defensive stars

  • Louisville DL Jermayne Lole
  • Florida State LB Jared Verse
  • Miami DT Akheem Mesidor
  • Pitt QB Kedon Slovis
Top transfers for remaining ACC teams
  • Boston College -- TE George Takacs
  • Clemson -- QB Hunter Johnson
  • Duke -- DB Darius Joiner
  • Georgia Tech -- DB Ahmari Harvey
  • North Carolina -- LB Noah Taylor
  • NC State -- WR Darryl Jones
  • Syracuse -- CB Alijah Clark
  • Virginia -- DE Kameron Butler
  • Virginia Tech -- WR Jadan Blue
  • Wake Forest -- DL Kobie Turner

Clemson just doesn't get this whole Transfer Portal thing yet. IDK, maybe it helps them in high school recruiting when those players know the Tigers won't be bringing in an upperclassman ahead of them?
At least they haven't been hemorrhaging players like Virginia Tech over the last few seasons; that has to be a high priority for Coach Pry and his staff!

Major Bowl History, 1998-2021 (RX; HM)

Major Bowl History, 1998-2021

Since the start of the BCS (1998), how many major football bowl games (defined as either a BCS or New Year's Six Bowl) have (current) ACC member schools played in, which schools, which bowls, and how did they get there? Those questions will be answered in this post...

First, the raw data:*

Current ACC Teams (plus Notre Dame and Maryland) which have played in a BCS or CFP Bowl (by year):

Major Bowls, Current ACC Teams, 1998-2022

SeasonBowl Gameparticipating team (record)
1998-99Orange#15 Syracuse (8–3, Big East champ)
#2 Florida State (11–1, BCS #2,
ACC champ)
1999-2000Sugar*#1 Florida State (11–0, BCS #1,
ACC champ)
Sugar*#2 Virginia Tech (11–0, BCS #2,
Big East champ)
2000-01Fiesta#11 Notre Dame (9–2, At-large)
Sugar#3 Miami (10–1, Big East champ)
#2 Florida State (10–1, BCS #2,
ACC champ)
2001-02Orange#10 Maryland (10–1, ACC champion)
#1 Miami (11–0, BCS #1,
Big East champ)
2002–03Sugar#14 Florida State (9–4, ACC champ)
#1 Miami (12–0, BCS #1,
Big East champ)
2003–04Orange#9 Miami (10–2, Big East champ)
Orange#7 Florida State (10–2, ACC champ)
2004-05Fiesta#21 Pittsburgh (8–3, Big East champ)
Sugar#8 Virginia Tech (10–2, ACC champ)
2005-06Fiesta#6 Notre Dame (9–2, At Large)
Orange#22 Florida State (8–4, ACC champ)


How Bad is the Rebuild in Blacksburg? (RX; HM)

How Bad is the Rebuild in Blacksburg?

New Virginia Tech Head Football Coach Brent Pry inherited a pretty empty cupboard in Blacksburg, right? Well, maybe not...

The narrative that VT has 0 talent on the football roster is kinda far fetched.

Here is last years composite team rankings.

VT ahead of - Baylor, Iowa, Cincinnati, Minnesota, Virginia, Oklahoma State, West Virginia, and Wake to name a few.
— Drift (@DriftVT) June 13, 2022
This chart shows 21 power five conference teams with less talent than Virginia Tech, and two future P5 teams for good measure. Among the teams ranked below the Hokies are several 2022 opponents:
  • Boston College
  • West Virginia
  • Duke
  • Virginia
In addition, we can assume Virginia Tech has more talent than
  • Old Dominion
  • Wofford
  • Liberty
In other words, it's not hard to believe that, with some decent coaching, the Hokies could go 7-5 in Pry's first season as head football coach.



After three decades of talk, interest in the Inner Harbor is renewed. Local officials are looking for inspiration about how the community should use this valuable, and mostly-empty waterfront land going forward. This photo from 2019 shows one of the few new buildings on the water, the Iron Pier Apartments. (N. Scott Trimble |

‘We could be Armory Square on steroids’: What’s next for Syracuse’s Inner Harbor? (PS; $; Moriarty)

When Ed and Danielle Neubauer thought about how to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary, they opted for something they had never done before — a stroll along Syracuse’s Onondaga Creekwalk.

The Cicero couple parked at the Destiny USA mall, then walked along a landscaped waterfront path to the Syracuse Inner Harbor, a former state Barge Canal terminal between the mall and Franklin Square. There, they stopped for a drink at the new Meier’s Creek Brewing Co. taproom.

Unfortunately, there wasn’t much else for them to do at the harbor. “Literally, there’s nothing else here,” Ed said.

But there could be so much more on the largest chunk of undeveloped and little-used land in Syracuse, which connects the Onondaga Lake area with the edges of downtown.

After three decades of talk, interest in the Inner Harbor is renewed. Local officials are looking for inspiration about how the community should use this valuable and mostly empty waterfront land.

So far, some of the ideas are ones we’ve heard before. Bars and restaurants. Public art and bicycle trails. Playgrounds and picnic areas. More festivals, like the Battle of the Wings, which drew thousands of people in May. More celebrations, like the annual CNY Pride Festival & Parade.
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