Co 2020-21 Iggy Award Winner MPG (special again)
- Aug 15, 2011
Heads raise upwards and eyes scan the sky, keeping watch for meteors, for it is National Meteor Day, also commonly known as National Meteor Watch Day. Meteors, sometimes called shooting or falling stars, glow brightly as they fall through the Earth's atmosphere. They start out as meteoroids, a small piece of space dust made of rock or metal, which may be as small as a particle or as large as a rock, and which has broken off from an asteroid or planet. Meteoroids come up against air particles, which creates friction. They then heat up and burn to the point of vaporization. The glow they produce is the hot air that remains as they burn.
Meteors may appear to be a momentary bright white light, but they actually change colors as they burn, the colors indicating the gases the rocks are made up of. Silicate burns red, sodium is orange and yellow, copper is blue or green, potassium is purple, and iron is yellow. If a meteor makes it through the Earth's atmosphere intact or without completely burning up, and reaches the ground, it is known as a meteorite. Meteorites make craters many times their size.
Tickets are on sale for SU football’s game vs. Notre Dame, with a catch (PS; Leiker)
Orange football fans can now buy tickets to see Notre Dame play at the JMA Wireless Dome, but they have to be willing to make more than a one-game commitment.
SU announced Wednesday that tickets to see Syracuse and Notre Dame face off on Oct. 29 are available through a three-game ticketing plan. The package includes a ticket to the Orange’s game against the Fighting Irish, plus one to either Louisville or Purdue and another to either North Carolina State or Florida State.
Plans start at $100, which is the same starting price for season ticket packages. Purchasing a season ticket is the only other option to get access to the Notre Dame game currently, as single-game tickets for the matchup are still unavailable.
Notre Dame is one of Syracuse’s most anticipated opponents this season. The Orange hasn’t hosted the Fighting Irish since 2003, when Walter Reyes rushed for 189 yards and five touchdowns in a 38-12 victory in the Carrier Dome.
Notre Dame beat Syracuse 50-33 at MetLife Stadium in Dino Babers’ first year as coach. The two teams met again in the New York City area in 2018 at Yankee Stadium.
Syracuse has yet to face off against new Notre Dame coach Marcus Freeman, who was hired in 2021 after Brian Kelly departed for LSU.
(youtube; podcast; Locked on Syracuse)
John Garcia Jr. from Sports Illustrated joins the podcast to talk about Syracuse football recruiting in 2023. QB LaNorris Sellers and LB Zian Moultrie Goddard, among others, are piecing together an interesting class for Dino Babers and the Orange. Garcia gives Brad Klein and Matt Bonaparte his take on the major pieces from the class and the program as a whole.
Bryce Cohoon Commits to Syracuse (SI; McAllister)
Class of 2023 Maize (KS) High wide receiver Bryce Cohoon has committed to Syracuse. Syracuse was his only power five offer, but the Orange was able to earn a commitment before others that have been showing interest extended a scholarship opportunity. The 6-3 had 40 catches for 804 yards and seven touchdowns last season. He is also a state champion track star in the 100-meters after running a 10.57.
Cohoon has only played wide receiver for two seasons, transitioning from running back prior to his sophomore year. Syracuse saw enough within his development during that time, along with great size and speed, to extend an offer and secure a commitment.
"I would say my favorite part was just hanging around all the players and coaches," Cohoon said. "Getting to know the deal for how they really are and what the people are like there. Justin Lamson (was my player host). We kind of hit it off right away. We're pretty similar in every way. Him and all the other dudes made all the recruits feel welcome. That it could possibly be a home for all of us.
"The coaches I spent the most time with were obviously coach Johnson and then I spent quite a bit of time with coach Babers. With all the experience they have, the players they've coached, all of the big time players they've created, just them saying they think they can do something really big with me. That if I just trust them they think something big can come out of it."
Instant Juice: 2023 WR Bryce Cohoon commits to Syracuse football - The Juice Online (the juice; Sears)
A quick take on 2023 WR Bryce Cohoon committing to Syracuse on Wednesday afternoon:
WHAT HAPPENED: Syracuse received a commitment from Bryce Cohoon, a wide receiver from Maize (KS) High. Cohoon took his official visit last weekend and was offered on the trip. After the official visit, Cohoon told The Juice Online that the Orange was ‘at the top’ of his list. It was the latest in a flurry of recruiting activity for SU, who has received four commitments in the last two weeks.
ANALYSIS: This was Syracuse’s first commitment from outside of its traditional eastern recruiting ground. Currently, Syracuse has four commitments from New York State (Zyian Moultrie-Goddard, Jalil Smith, David Clement and Rashard Perry), and another one from New Jersey (Muwaffaq Parkman). Syracuse’s only commitment outside of the northeast as of right now aside from Cohoon is South Carolina quarterback LaNorris Sellers.
HERO: Syracuse receivers coach Michael Johnson was the lead recruiter as the Orange picked up its first WR in the 2023 cycle. The speedy Cohoon is a two-sport athlete, and was a Kansas 100M state champion, with Cohoon logging a blistering 10.57 seconds in the dash. In his junior season, he finished with 40 receptions, 804 receiving yards and seven touchdowns.
ZERO: Cohoon committed to Syracuse over offers from Air Force, Army, UPenn, Northern Iowa, and UMass, among others. Other schools showing interest included Kansas, Kansas State and Rutgers.
WHAT’S NEXT: There’s been a lot of speculation that 2023 Massachusetts OL Jayden Bass could be the next to commit. Also keep an eye out on 2023 OL Deandre Duffus, who is expected to commit on July 3. Syracuse, Maryland and Indiana are the three schools he has either officially visited, or plans to visit.
Syracuse football adds first WR recruit to 2023 class (PS; Leiker)
Syracuse football added its first wide receiver to its 2023 recruiting class Wednesday.
Bryce Cohoon from Maize, Kansas, announced his commitment to the Orange on social media. He received his offer from Syracuse on Saturday during an official visit to campus.
The 6-foot-2, 175-pound wide receiver also had offers from Air Force, Kansas, Massachusetts and Army among others. Cohoon is a dual-sport athlete and was recruited by Syracuse wide receivers coach Michael Johnson. He is the reigning Kansas 5A state champion in the 100-meter, winning with a time of 10.57 seconds.
Other prospects who visited alongside Cohoon this past weekend include three-star offensive lineman Eric King and wide receivers Josh Richards and Jeremiah Augustin. Cohoon is the second commitment coming out of the weekend and the fourth in eight days. Running back Muwaffaq Parkman joined the class Sunday. Linebacker Zyian Moultrie-Goddard and defensive edge Jalil Smith — both in-state players — announced their commitments last week.
The Sunshine State Gem Syracuse Needs – Orange Fizz – Daily Syracuse Recruiting News & Team Coverage (orangefizz.net; Griffin)
Thanks to the ACC’s new scheduling format, Syracuse will travel to Florida at least three times in a four-year stretch. That makes recruiting in the Sunshine State a little more accessible, but also a little more important. Based on Syracuse’s needs for the Class of 2023, one player from Florida stands out as a big-time target for Dino Babers and company. And that player is, drumroll please…
Middleburg High School running-back Michael Mitchell. Since Sean Tucker will be draft-eligible this coming April, SU’s running-back room is about to be wide open. Bring in a guy like Mitchell, now the direction is a little clearer, isn’t it?
Now let’s take a look at some of the schools that have offered the 3-star. Arkansas and Louisville are the big dogs in the mix, but given the presence those programs have in college football, you can’t bank on playing time there. The main problem will be Iowa State. The Cyclones have turned around completely under Matt Campbell, reaching five straight bowl games. Other than those three? Schools include Appalachian State, Buffalo, Georgia Southern, Troy, and Middle Tennessee State. Quite the powerhouses. Sure, Iowa State, Arkansas, and Louisville will be tough to beat, but Syracuse would be foolhardy to think it doesn’t have a chance at landing Mitchell.
The Orange can offer Mitchell what the Razorbacks and Cyclones can not: three trips to your home state in four years. That’s pretty enticing, isn’t it? The Cardinals are the problem in that regard because they can offer that too. But for someone as talented as Mitchell, playing significant minutes at Syracuse is almost a certainty. Considering Louisville’s sustained success recently (only missed a bowl game twice since 2010), it’s hard to be certain you’ll get playing time there. So at this point, it’s actually playing or being on one of the best teams in the ACC but not playing as much.
Syracuse football 2022 opponent preview: Louisville Cardinals (TNIAAM; Ostrowski)
We’re drawing closer to the start of the 2022 Syracuse Orange football season. Hopefully you’ve been following along with our Get to Know Your Orange Man series where we highlight every player on the roster. Now it’s time for us to start breaking down each of SU’s 12 opponents.
Kicking things off is an in-conference foe who will come to the Dome for the season opener:
Louisville CardinalsSchool: University of Louisville
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History vs. Syracuse: Louisville has won seven of eight against Syracuse since joining the ACC, including a 41-3 beatdown in Week 11 that started a downward spiral to close out last season. The only SU victory in that time was in 2018, when the Orange scored 30 in the 2nd quarter alone en route to a 54-23 final. Louisville leads the all-time series 13-7. The most impressive Orange win came in 2012, when using a fake Ryan Nassib quote backfired for the then-undefeated Cardinals in the 45-26 upset. In one peculiar instance, the two teams played in the Tokyo Dome back in 1989. There was also that game in 2016... which we don’t talk about for obvious reasons.
Coach: Scott Satterfield, fourth season. It’s been a decent start for the former Appalachian State athlete and coach. Years after playing QB for the Mountaineers, Satterfield returned to his alma mater as a receivers coach. Following stops at Toledo and FIU, he then came back again and became an assistant coach in 2012. He was promoted to head coach the next season and remained there until being hired by Louisville. Since taking the head coaching gig, the Cardinals have gone a combined 18-19 (15-15 in ACC play), making two bowl games and winning one. His tenure began by turning around a 2-10 squad that had enough of Bobby Petrino, going 7-5 in the regular season and then winning the Music City Bowl over Mississippi State. His future isn’t as clear after a 10-14 record the last two years.
DT with McKinley Williams - God's Plan from Syracuse to the NFL (youtube.com; radio; Tortora)
Dan Tortora (DT) welcomes McKinley Williams, #Syracuse #Orange #Football alum, to the #broadcast as the duo discusses the extended career of McKinley at Syracuse, how he got the name "Bear" from birth thanks to his Grandma, signing with the #Indianapolis #Colts as a rookie free agent (RFA), & Much More...
Axe: Wildhack says SU's Big 5 pointing in right direction after a down cycle (analysis) (PS; Axe)
Four of the five front-facing Syracuse University sports programs had tough seasons during the 2021-22 athletic year.
In men’s basketball and lacrosse, they were historically bad.
“You always want to win more. There’s no question,” Syracuse Athletic Director John Wildhack said during a media availability Tuesday to review the previous athletic season and preview the next.
“At the end of any year, no matter what sport it is, there’s only one school that’s really, really happy.
“What I’m most pleased about is the offseason for those sports has been really, really good. That’s important. I think the arrow on all five are pointing in good direction for 2023.”
Here’s where the Big Five (football, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s lacrosse) stand after tough seasons.
You be the judge if they are pointing in the right direction.
ACC football: Is removing divisions a good move? (saturdayblitz.com; Lloyd)
ACC football has recently announced its intention to remove divisional ties for coming seasons. Is doing so a wise move to make?
Tuesday, the ACC officially announced its plans to remove the current divisional format that it has held for years.
The change is supposed to be enforced in 2023, with the conference wanting to get going as soon as possible with a design that it firmly believes is in everyone’s best interest.
Getting a closer look at what said design entails, it basically gives each ACC power three “primary opponents” that will be faced on an annual basis. As for the league’s other 10 teams, they will alternate, with five on the schedule for one year while the other five are on the schedule for the next.
This decision has come as rather upsetting news in the eyes of many ACC football fans, most namely because they see their beloved team’s rivalries taking a hit for no good reason. However, that isn’t quite the case.
Some of the in-conference rivalries will still be played annually due to members’ aforementioned primary opponents. Said rivalries include but are not limited to Florida State-Clemson, Florida State-Miami, Wake Forest-Duke, and North Carolina-NC State.
The Block: Florida State has the toughest draw in the ACC's new scheduling model (cbssports.com; podcast; Reed & Brock)
247Sports' Carl Reed and Blake Brockermeyer tackle the biggest storylines of the day in college football on "The Block"
2022 Best Games of September (RX; HM)
2022 Best Games of SeptemberFrom SI: Ten September College Football Games We Can’t Wait to See
The season starts with a bang in Week 1—including Notre Dame–Ohio State—but that’s not the only early matchup to note... here’s a list of games we can’t wait to see and why.
Notre Dame at Ohio State
I agree with the Notre Dame and Florida State games, but they left off a fairly big Thursday night game:Georgia vs. Oregon (in Atlanta)
Florida State vs. LSU (in New Orleans)Good luck making a prediction on this game, but it will be fun to see these two get together on a Sunday night in New Orleans... Brian Kelly’s LSU program will be is a true mystery on one side. On the other, the Seminoles are also looking for an identity, especially on offense in Year 3 under Mike Norvell.
Cincinnati at Arkansas
Army at Coastal Carolina
Renewal of the "Backyard Brawl"!
West Virginia at Pitt
West Virginia at Pitt
Week 2Alabama at Texas
Again, there's this pretty big game involving the Panthers that SI forgot all about...
If this live up to the game in Knoxville last year, it should be a good one!
Tennessee at Pitt
Tennessee at Pitt
ACC football 2022: Every team's reason for optimism this year (247sports.com; Gates)
The 2021 football season in the ACC was one that saw quite a change in the norm of the way things had been going. For the six seasons prior to 2021, Clemson had won the league title and in a convincing fashion. But last year saw a changing of the guard at the top.
An early season loss to NC State handed Clemson its first loss of the ACC slate and then a loss to Pittsburgh a month later was all that was needed to derail the Tigers’ chances at the league title. Pittsburgh went on to the ACC Championship Game where it ended up defeating Wake Forest for the league title.
The Tigers have plenty of reasons to be optimistic in 2022, though, as does every team in the league. They are all different reasons to be excited, but every program should feel good about the upcoming season with a chance to make a splash.
With the 2022 season quickly approaching, we look ahead to some of those reasons for optimism. Here is one reason every ACC team should be optimistic in 2022.
Why to be optimistic — Third year for Hafley
Most coaches need three or four years to really implement their culture into a program and get things rolling the way they want it. We will see if that is the case for Hafley, as he enters the third year of his tenure with Boston College. Things are already moving in a good direction, as the Eagles have won six games in each of his first two seasons. Now as he starts to turn a corner in his tenure, Hafley could really get things rolling.
PITTSBURGHWhy to be optimistic — Kedon Slovis
The loss of Kenny Pickett and Jordan Addison from the Panthers’ offense is brutal. There is no way around that. But Pittsburgh hit the transfer portal to replace its star signal-caller from last year and landed one of the biggest splashes out there. Slovis, the former USC signal-caller, threw for more than 7,000 yards and had 58 touchdowns while throwing just 24 interceptions in three seasons. The Panthers could have faced a massive drop-off without immediate help but Slovis should help ease out of the transition from Pickett.
GEORGIA TECHWhy to be optimistic — Jeff Sims’ return
When teams are returning a starting quarterback from the year prior, the season ahead is already in good shape. That is what Georgia Tech has with Sims back in 2022. Sims threw for 1,468 yards and 12 touchdowns last year, while also scoring four times on the ground. Sims does need to work on his turnovers from last year but experience should go a long way toward helping that.
WAKE FORESTWhy to be optimistic — Peak season in 2021
During Dave Clawson’s eight seasons at Wake Forest, the 2021 season was by far his best. He led the Demon Deacons to 11 wins, including a bowl win, while also taking them to the ACC title game. Reaching a landmark season like that is huge for a program to show that they can indeed contend for championships. With that one under the belt, Wake Forest should be able to build on its success.
VIRGINIA TECHWhy to be optimistic — Brent Pry’s defense
While many in college football focus on offense, Virginia Tech is going the other way, hiring a defensive-minded guy in Pry to be the next head coach. From 2014-21, Pry led a strong defensive unit with Penn State and now brings that into the ACC. Pry has seen elite talent in the Big Ten for years and is more than prepared to slow down impressive talent in the ACC.
SYRACUSEWhy to be optimistic — Babers showed bounce back
The 2020 season was a disaster for Syracuse. The Orange won just one game and finished 1-10 overall. It looked like Babers’ time at Syracuse could be coming to an end after that. But Syracuse bounced back well in 2021, going 5-7. While there is still a lot of work to be done for the Orange, it is clear that the 2020 struggles were an outlier and Babers should be able to turn this thing back in the right direction.
BREAKING: State offers $15M to keep ACC HQ in NC (RX; HM)
BREAKING: State offers $15M to keep ACC HQ in NCIt's been a very busy day/week/month for the ACC...
From WRALSports: NC earmarks $15M to put ACC headquarters in Charlotte
North Carolina would give the Atlantic Coast Conference $15 million if it keeps its headquarters in North Carolina, likely in a move to Charlotte, for at least the next 15 years and stages a number of postseason events in the state over the next decade under a Republican budget proposal released Tuesday night.
...The legislation is a compromise between House and Senate lawmakers. It must still pass each chamber and be signed by Gov. Roy Cooper. The bill is agnostic as to where in the state the headquarters must be located to qualify [i.e. stay in Greensboro or move to Charlotte - Hokie Mark]... (
BREAKING: Packer and Durham to end this Friday (RX; HM)
BREAKING: Packer and Durham to end this FridayFrom ESPN Press Room: An Update from ACC Network and Packer and Durham
Today, ACC Network announced its signature morning show Packer and Durham will come to end with its last show to air on Friday, July 1...
Said Aaron Katzman, Coordinating Producer, ACCN, “Packer and Durham has been a staple show since ACCN launched in 2019 and instrumental to its success. While the end of the show is bittersweet we look forward to continuing to bring our viewers the best ACC content with Mark and Wes as integral and valued voices on the network.”
It sounds like Wes Durham is going to focus on play-by-play for football and basketball moving forward, while Mark Packer may be doing a different show in the future.
Best wishes to both Packer and Durham - and thanks for three great seasons!
On Second Thought: ACC SoS and the 3 annual games (RX; HM)
On Second Thought: ACC SoS and the 3 annual gamesTwitter account @KFordRatings analyzed the new ACC pairings by strength of schedule:
It sounds like, as a consolation prize for not getting either UNC or NC State annually, the Deacs were given an easier path to bowl-eligibility (the only way it could be any easier would be to substitute Syracuse for Virginia Tech).Same exercise but this time I only included KFord Ratings since 2018 (instead of 2014). Perhaps this captures current program strength a bit more accurately when calculating SOS
FSU & GT have the toughest primary opponents, on avg. While WF has close to the easiest draw possible https://t.co/Wfk3ak9Zpl pic.twitter.com/QRUtCtyZpN
— Kelley Ford (@KFordRatings) June 29, 2022
Which brings me to my next point - here's how I think FSU vs Syracuse went down:
$1 billion plan for Syracuse neighborhood near I-81 revealed: housing, high school stadium, other surprises (PS; $; Breidenbach)
A new stadium for high school sports, concerts and community exercise. A health center. A YMCA. A fruit tree forest and urban gardens. Free internet. A place to drop children at day care while parents train for jobs in construction.
The $1 billion plan to rebuild the neighborhood in the shadow of Interstate 81 goes way beyond the proposal to replace public housing.
Syracuse.com | The Post-Standard used the Freedom of Information Law to obtain a copy of the city’s first application for a $50 million grant from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development.
While the city did not win the competitive grant, the documents show in new detail what planners have in mind for a 27-block, 118-acre neighborhood that ranks among the most impoverished in America.
The projects are so enormous, and involve so many players, they are the kinds of proposals that would normally be announced separately over many years in Syracuse.
The ambitious neighborhood remodel would start next year with a plan to raze public housing and build brand new apartment buildings and townhouses that could be used by the current low-income residents as well as people willing to pay market-rate prices to live near Syracuse University and the hospitals. But the plan goes far beyond the bricks and mortar of new homes.
“Everyone’s mind for that neighborhood goes directly to the highway, which isn’t even going to happen until 2026, and the housing, which is major,” Deputy Mayor Sharon Owens said. “But this focus is really around the people that live in that housing.”
While the building of I-81 in the 1950s and 60s tore apart a thriving Black community, the tearing down of the elevated highway offers a chance to build a new neighborhood, city planners say.
There are proposed new streets, public parks, retail stores and festival spaces – the kinds of amenities that make a place a neighborhood.
Unlike other neighborhoods, however, there is also a focus on education, child care, job training and health care – intended to pull the residents out of poverty. Each of these concepts comes with plans for new multimillion-dollar buildings and services to be built over the next 10 years.