Co 2020-21 Iggy Award Winner MPG (special again)
- Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to National Graham Cracker Day!
Whether being used to make s'mores or pie, eaten in breakfast cereal or in the shape of teddy bears, or enjoyed right out of the box, Graham crackers are a ubiquitous snack food that you likely remember eating since you were a child. While the cookie-like food is usually enjoyed as a snack, this wasn't always the case.
Reverend Sylvester Graham, a Presbyterian minister from Bound Brook, New Jersey, developed the graham cracker in the 1820s. He designed it to be a health food that was part of his "Graham Diet"—a diet he believed would eliminate lust and suppress all carnal urges, which he thought led to various maladies like insanity, epilepsy, spinal disease, and tuberculosis, and to everyday ailments like headaches and indigestion. His diet was vegetarian and also required abstaining from alcohol, tobacco, and refined white flour. His graham crackers were made with graham flour, a coarsely ground and unsifted whole-wheat flour. The flour is brown and slightly nutty and sweet, and Graham used it to make graham bread and graham crackers. The crackers were biscuit-like and somewhat bland, as they didn't include any spices or sugar.
3-star offensive tackle Deandre Duffus picks Maryland over Syracuse, Indiana (PS; Leiker)
Syracuse football missed out on three-star offensive lineman Deandre Duffus, who announced his commitment to Maryland on Sunday via Instagram Live.
Duffus spent three consecutive weekends in June on official visits to his top three schools. He visited Maryland first, then Syracuse on June 17 and closed the series of trips at Indiana. The Floridian had 25 total offers.
He thanked the coaching staffs at both Syracuse and Indiana after announcing his commitment to the Terrapins.
The 6-foot-4, 330-pound offensive tackle is the No. 106 player at his position in the country and No. 175 player in his home state. Duffus attends Chaminade-Madonna Prep in Hollywood, Florida. The Lions were 12-1 in 2021, and the offense outscored opponents 426-128.
Syracuse’s 2023 recruiting class currently has seven members. Four are ranked as three-stars, including quarterback LaNorris Sellers, defensive lineman Rashard Perry, tight end David Clement and linebacker Zyian Moultrie-Goddard. The class currently ranks 77th in the country.
Syracuse football recruiting: Philadelphia OT Naquil Betrand releases Final 6 (247sports.com; Bailey)
Class of 2023 offensive lineman Naquil Betrand included Syracuse football in his Final 6 on Monday. A standout junior for Northeast High School in Philadelphia, he is formally considering the Orange as well as Georgia, Texas A&M, Auburn, Kentucky and Penn State. He has not announced a commitment date.
The 6-foot-7, 310-pound Betrand is rated three stars and the No. 76 offensive tackle in the Class of 2023 by the 247Sports Composite. He received an offer from SU assistants Michael Johnson Sr. and Mike Schmidt in late April before visiting Central New York twice in the last two months. Most recently, Betrand was on campus for an official visit two weekends ago.
In addition to his Final 6, Betrand holds offers from Cincinnati, West Virginia, Maryland, Boston College, Pittsburgh and Washington, among others.
Syracuse has seven players committed to its Class of 2023, none of whom are offensive linemen. Another top target in Deandre Duffus committed to Maryland on Sunday. SU is also pursuing Massachusetts big man Jayden Bass, who took an official visit last weekend.
Syracuse football in top 6 for 3-star offensive lineman, misses on another (itlh; Adler)
Syracuse football got one dose of good news and a second dose of unfortunate news over the July 4th holiday weekend as it pertains to three-star offensive linemen in the 2023 recruiting cycle.
We’ll start out with the less fun development. Deandre Duffus said via social media that he was committing to Maryland over other finalists including the Orange.
The 6-foot-4, 330-pound Duffus, who took an official visit to the Hill last month, attends Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory in Hollywood, Fla.
Throughout his recruitment, Duffus earned more than 20 offers from a variety of high-major programs, including Colorado, Florida, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Oregon, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Texas A&M, N.C. State, UCF, Temple and USF. Duffus received a ‘Cuse offer in April.
Syracuse football remains in the mix for another 2023 three-star OL.
On July 4, Naquil Betrand disclosed a top six of the Orange, Texas A&M, Kentucky, Penn State, Auburn and Georgia, which won the most recent College Football Playoff national title.
The 6-foot-7, 310-pound Betrand, a rising senior at Northeast High School in Philadelphia, gave a verbal commitment to Colorado in March, although it now appears that the Buffaloes have been eliminated from contention.
Axe: Where Syracuse, ACC stands after UCLA, USC jump to Big Ten (PS; Axe)
Who’s ready for a hot realignment summer?
The jolting announcement last week that USC and UCLA will join the Big Ten in 2024 likely elicited a heavy sigh from your average Syracuse University sports fan.
Oh man. Not this sh** again.
We went through it in the early 2000s when Syracuse was set to join Boston College and Miami in the ACC before that plan blew up.
We went through it again in 2011 when Syracuse and Pittsburgh actually jumped from the Big East to the ACC.
The college sports world seems ready for another earthquake with USC and UCLA leaving the Pac-12 behind.
Syracuse fans are left to wonder, again, where its beloved Orange programs will land when the dust settles.
The good news is the ACC’s grant of rights deal locks in conference members until 2036. If the SEC were to try to poach, say, Clemson and North Carolina, it would be a long and expensive legal fight that would balloon into an eight-figure exit fee.
The bad news is rules, standards and norms have gone out the window in college sports, and that fight might be financially worth it in the long run for a school that wants to leave the ACC for greener pastures.
It’s not going to stop with USC and UCLA.
Various reports around college football this weekend say several Pac-12 schools are looking to flee in USC and UCLA’s wake.
ACC Football Preview: Boston College (SI; Staff)
There are 15 ACC members playing football, with one school having a preview each day. All Hurricanes is going to provide an overview of the other 14 ACC programs during the course of the next two weeks.
The objective is to discuss the head coach’s career, the program’s overall recent record, including postseason performance, plus the key players and their statistics that are coming back in 2022.
This list of ACC football programs will be done in alphabetical order, one per day. Up first, a school Miami Hurricanes fans are quite familiar with, located in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Boston College EaglesKey Question: Can the Eagles get into the upper echelon of the ACC and at least be a contender for a major bowl?
Head Coach Jeff HafleyIn his two seasons at Chestnut Hill, Hafley has a 12-11 record. Prior to Boston College, he spent 11 years as a college assistant including Pittsburgh (2006-10) and Rutgers (2011).
Hafley also spent seven years experience as an NFL assistant (Tampa 2012-13, Cleveland 1014-15, and San Francisco 2016-18), and was the Ohio State Co-Defensive Coordinator (2019) prior to coming to Boston College.
Hafley is known as an aggressive coach and one of the top young minds in the college game. The Eagles have been competitive since he arrived on campus two seasons ago, and there are some steady expectations to consider.
This is a team with a couple of potentially big-time future NFL players, and it’s year three under Hafley’s direction. The continuity of the program is good, and that means opportunities to win more.
Recent History2021 record: 6-6.
Last 10 years: 56-66, 46.8%.
Postseason record last 10 years: 1-4, with a victory in the 2016 Quick Lane Bowl.
The Eagles are not a team that’s likely to be in the college football playoffs anytime soon, but they are a program that can beat just about anyone with their physical style of play. That’s Boston College hysterically, too.
Physical, tough, hard-nosed football. That’s the style of play most often employed by the Eagles.
Top Players and StatisticsFor one more season, Boston College has quarterback Phil Jurkovec behind center. The future NFL quarterback was injured for six games last year, and decided to come back to Chestnut Hill prior to heading off to the NFL.
In 2020, Jurkovec played in 10 games and threw for 2,558 yards, 17 touchdowns and five interceptions. He threw for 914 yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions during his injury-shortened 2021 season. Those numbers could spike this fall with more experience, and the help of some talented players.
Ranking the 20 college teams most likely to join a super conference next (usatoday.com; Neel)
A couple of dominoes have fallen over the past year that led to this. Last summer, the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners announced they would leave the Big-12 for the SEC no later than 2025. This past week, the USC Trojans and UCLA Bruins were the next pieces of the puzzle. The universities announced they would depart the Pac-12 for the Big Ten starting in 2024.
It looks increasingly likely that in the not-so-distant future, college football will be ruled by two or three mega-conferences that contain upward of 20 teams. If you’re in, you’re in. If you’re out, good luck. …
That’s what gives this all a sinking ship feeling. The iceberg has been struck, and people are flooding to the lifeboats, trying to find a sustainable home before the world of college football changes for good. In my mind, the three super conferences that will remain standing when all is said and done are the SEC, the Big Ten and a merged Big 12/Pac-12. Each will likely contain 20-plus teams, and the Power Five will become the Power Three.
With that idea in mind, we wanted to take a look at the current landscape and try to identify the teams most likely to move conferences in the coming months or years.
It should be noted that a number of ACC schools were included in this rankings despite those teams having a significant hurdle to clear before seeking a new conference. The ACC has a television deal that takes revenue rights away from any team that tries to leave before 2036. That is a lot of money. However, with the momentum this new era has, and the money that could potentially be thrown around in a new TV deal for the Big Ten from Fox, it’s not crazy to think that the hurdle could potentially be cleared.
If that were to be the case, a number of Power Five teams will need to find a place to go and quickly. But which teams should we be looking at to make a move?
We ranked the most likely candidates:
20 California Golden Bears
Where they would go: Big Ten
What they have to offer: Football Tradition. The Bay Area media market.
Analysis: It’s not hard to imagine the California Golden Bears being one of the teams that the Big Ten brings from the Pac-12, but they will not be among the first to go. Cal holds a nice place in the media market world, offering viewers from the Bay Area, but it doesn’t stand out from the rest of the pack in any revenue-driving sports.
19 Syracuse Orange
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Where they would go: Big Ten
What they have to offer: Historic basketball dominance.
Analysis: More of a basketball plan than a football one, the Syracuse Orange make sense to join the Big Ten because they can bring some real gravitas on the hardwood. Syracuse’s football team leaves a lot to be desired, but there’s room for improvement.
18 Arizona State Sun Devils
Where they would go: Big 12
What they have to offer: Solid football and basketball programs. Part of the Arizona media market. A whole lot of potential drama and sanctions.
Analysis: Despite the ongoing drama surrounding Herm Edwards and the Arizona State Sun Devils, they still offer a valuable piece in the world of realignment because they have a solid brand and a decently sized media market. ASU stays competitive in both football and basketball and would fit well alongside Baylor and Oklahoma State.
Which ACC schools make the most sense to join the Big Ten (victorybells.com Kreiser)
In response to the news that USC and UCLA are making the move to the Big Ten, Rubbing the Rock released an article as to why Clemson is a better fit for the Big Ten than the SEC. There was a lot of great points made in it, which brings up the question: which ACC schools would be best suited to join the Big Ten?
Geographically, the school that makes the most sense is obviously Pitt. Surely there would be no social media wars between the two fanbases if it was announced that Penn State and Pitt would be members of the same conference.
Schools such as Virginia, Virginia Tech, Boston College, and Syracuse would also make a lot of sense geographically.
The Nittany Lions have already scheduled a future non-conference home and home with Syracuse.
Penn State also missed out on a trip to Lane Stadium in 2020 to take on Virginia Tech. An addition of the Hokies to the conference would not only make up for that, but James Franklin would get an opportunity to go head-to-head with one of his former longtime assistants: Brent Pry.
Another pair of schools that could greatly benefit the conference, especially on the hardwood, would be Duke and UNC. The two are also outstanding academic institutions, which is something that the Big Ten prioritizes out of its member schools.
While Duke is traditionally one of the worst Power 5 schools in the country, UNC has a respectable football program which would make an addition of the Tar Heels a good one. Due to their electric basketball rivalry, the two neighboring schools are essentially a package deal.
The final school that would be a HUGE addition to the Big Ten is a team that we have already mentioned: the Clemson Tigers.
Not only would it make the conference even stronger than it already is, but it would feature a number of great matchups in fun environments, as Memorial Stadium is one of the better atmospheres in college football – especially their signature entrance.
The Tigers could also continue to build upon a rivalry between themselves and Ohio State that has begun to form in some recent College Football Playoff games.
One thing is for sure, Clemson is the most valuable item at the proverbial auction between the Big Ten and the SEC. The Tigers have been the best college football program of the last 10 years that isn’t named Alabama, and whichever conference is able to land the current ACC powerhouse will likely win this arms race.
While it seems like the Big Ten is primarily focused on extending west at this point it time, don’t expect it to take long before the SEC makes another move. If they make a move towards the ACC, anticipate the Big Ten to counter that move quickly.
(youttube.com; Buckeye Scoop)
After the bombshell news that USC and UCLA were joining the Big Ten on Thursday, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are now possibly the next big program that could dramatically reshape the college football landscape. They have played as an independent in all but one of their seasons of football (the 2020 COVID year), but the realities of a growing chasm between the SEC, Big Ten, and the rest of the college football world could mean that's about to change. Fernando Ramirez, the host of the Pot of Gold podcast and the Notre Dame beat writer for the South Bend Tribune, joins host Tom Orr to discuss the Irish and what could be next. - Will Notre Dame's tradition of independence win out, even as the rest of the sport shifts toward two mega-conferences? - Is there anything the ACC can offer the Irish to get them to become full-fledged members? - Will geography, traditional rivalries, and the potential for a massive TV payday be enough to convince ND to join the Big Ten? - And just how soon might all this happen?
Should Notre Dame Join The ACC In Football? (youtube.com; Football Recaps)
What do you guys think?
Is ACC Membership Better for Notre Dame Football Than B1G Mega-Conference? (unhd.com; tky21)
Let’s start with the preface that when talking about Notre Dame football independence, one currently discusses the level of independence and not absolute independence. Genuine, complete independence is a thing of the past, as 42% of Notre Dame’s football games are already being scheduled by the ACC with little to no say from Our Lady in the matter. However, suppose the Big 10 and SEC are successful in making themselves the Big 2 with all other conferences being largely irrelevant. In that case, Notre Dame will have little ability to simultaneously maintain both its football independence and relevance. I posit that Notre Dame is the only entity left with any power to stop the seemingly inevitable trek toward two mega-conference systems. But what will it decide?
As Notre Dame is currently a member of the ACC for Olympic sports and a partial member for football in that it plays five games in the ACC, the ACC is clearly the conference with which it is more closely aligned and the conference Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick thought preferable over the Big Ten or the SEC. The SEC is not a cultural or academic fit for Notre Dame, and the Big Ten just feels wrong on many levels.
The ACC, in terms of academics, culture, and feel, is a much better fit for the Fighting Irish. Additionally, the ACC provides a much more fertile recruiting ground for football as the ACC territory from Virginia through the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida is very important and talent-rich. So, while the Big Ten is certainly the conference seen as the most likely landing spot for Notre Dame given the recent changes, there is an argument to be made for the benefits and viability of making the ACC its home.
Building up the ACC into a heavyweight conference would be considerably easier than doing likewise in the Big 12 or Pac 12. The ACC has won three of the last nine football National Championships. By comparison, the Big 10 has won only one National Championship during that time. The ACC has a true power program in Clemson and others that are certainly very capable of becoming so, including Miami and Florida State. When performing at or near potential, a top four teams of Miami, under Cristobal, a resurgent Florida State, Clemson, and Notre Dame is nothing to sneeze at, and a conference that simply could not be ignored as the Big 12 or Pac 12 may be. But how might Notre Dame prevent a two mega-conference system while preserving as much independence and self-determination as possible?
First, I start with the suspicion that Jack Swarbrick might not mind the Fighting Irish entering the ACC as full members. He started them on this path as members for the Olympic sports, with five of the twelve football games scheduled by the ACC. He included in that deal (or agreed to include) that Notre Dame would have to join the ACC if it entered a conference before 2036, seemingly tilting the playing field in the direction of the ACC. The ACC has recently decided to go to a 3-5-5 scheduling system for football. As ACC commissioner Jim Phillips’s #1 priority is to get Notre Dame into the ACC, it is tough to believe that the switch to a 3-5-5 scheduling system was not at least run past Jack Swarbrick for his thoughts.
Again, what could have been in 2019 (RX; HM)
Again, what could have been in 2019Back in June of 2019 (just 3 years ago), there was a story we reported in that totally flew under the radar:
Wacky Pac-12 News for 6/26/19
In that post, we passed on a link about UCLA wanting to join the ACC. Word was that UCLA mega-booster Casey Wasserman was trying to get the Bruins to join the ACC. Apparently, the ACC wasn't interested; now the Bruins will be joining their cross-town rival the USC Trojans in the Big Ten.
Now suppose the ACC had invited UCLA, along with a few other Pac-12 teams - and suppose they had accepted. What might've been the result? Let's think this through...
1. ACC WestLet's assume these teams would want enough "friends" to make it worth their while. Call it eight teams:
- Arizona St
2. Notre DameThe ACC wouldn't even need to ask for more games because this would've bought them two more per year automatically - the games against USC and Stanford. That raises the Irish to 7 games per year, and once they look at the coast-to-coast ACC (American Coast Conference?), perhaps they'd even agree to a couple more...?
3. MoneyThis model essentially takes the full value of the Pac-12, but does so with only 8 of the 12 teams (leaving out Cal, Utah, Oregon State and Washington State). Since the Pac-12 TV contract was worth at least $30 million X 12 = $360 million. Also, by opening up the ACC contract - and increasing to 9 conference games per season - I'm estimating a 22-team contract worth about $660 million per year, or approximately $30 million per school in tv revenue alone. Add that to other streams and you're close to $60 million.
Best 2021 TV ratings by team (RX; HM)
Best 2021 TV ratings by teamRanking the most-watched college football programs in 2021
The numbers next to each school indicate the average number of viewers per week for a 12-week season. Streaming numbers are included when available. Games that do not have available data are counted as zero. (I've bolded P5 teams which are not in or soon to be in the P2, and colored ACC teams blue - Hokie Mark)
- Ohio State — 5.22M
- Michigan — 4.74M
- Alabama — 4.64M
- Penn State — 3.87M
- Georgia — 3.61M
- Oklahoma — 3.46M
- Auburn — 3.22M
- Michigan State — 2.89M
- Notre Dame — 2.84M
- Oregon — 2.57M
- Wisconsin — 2.41M
- Nebraska — 2.29M
- Texas — 2.26M
- Florida — 2.21M
- Arkansas — 2.03M
- LSU — 1.90M
- Texas A&M — 1.86M
- Mississippi — 1.81M
- Clemson — 1.74M
- Iowa — 1.64M
- Purdue — 1.63M
- Oklahoma State — 1.58M
- Tennessee — 1.51M
- Minnesota — 1.28M
- Florida State — 1.27M
- Indiana — 1.24M
- Iowa State — 1.219M
- Cincinnati — 1.216M
- UCLA — 1.18M
- Baylor — 1.16M
- Illinois — 1.13M
- Southern Cal — 1.11M
- Kentucky — 1.08M
- Navy — 1.039M
- Miami — 1.038M
- North Carolina — 1.032M
- Utah — 994K
- Washington — 985K
- Maryland — 971K
- West Virginia — 948K
- TCU — 907K
- BYU — 893K
- Mississippi State — 858K
- Army — 804K
- Texas Tech — 798K
- Stanford — 778K
- Arizona State — 739K
- Northwestern — 716K
- Boise State — 657K
- Kansas State — 636K
- Louisville — 616K
- Virginia — 611K
- South Carolina — 575K
- Pittsburgh — 550K
- Kansas — 540K
- Wake Forest — 526K
- NC State — 525K
- Rutgers — 488K
- Washington State — 483K
- Missouri — 462K
- Georgia Tech — 459K
- Virginia Tech — 447K
- UCF — 407K
- Colorado — 366K
- Tulsa — 358K
- Tulane — 356K
- Arizona — 337K
- Louisiana — 334K
- Oregon State — 321K
- South Florida — 303K
- East Carolina — 301K
- Air Force — 255K
- Appalachian State — 241K
- Houston — 232K
- Coastal Carolina — 223K
- California — 222K
- Syracuse — 219K
Marquardt of Cazenovia is moving into new territory and expanding into the drone technology industry. The expansion will bring several new jobs to Central N...
Longtime Central NY company switching gears to join region’s growing drone industry (PS; $; Moriarty)
A longtime Central New York manufacturer of switches and key fobs, which for decades relied heavily on customers from the auto industry, is expanding into the drone business.
Marquardt Switches is partnering with Airtonomy, of Grand Forks, North Dakota. Airtonomy makes software modules that, with the push of a button, allow drones to fly pre-programmed routes to inspect windmills and other hard-to-reach infrastructure such as power lines and cell towers that are often dangerous for humans to inspect.
Under their partnership, Marquardt will help design and manufacture Airtonomy’s modules, which plug into drones and control their radar, cameras and other sensors and wirelessly transmit the data for analysis.
The leap into the drone industry marks a pivotal change for Marquardt, which until recently mostly made parts for the auto industry.
Now, it’s aiming to join Central New York’s emerging drone industry, where software makers and small manufacturers are gaining a foothold. It wants to take advantage of the region’s drone testing corridor, a unique skyway that makes it easy for drone makers to test their products.