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No recent Cali or Iggy awards; Mr Irrelevant
Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to Orangemen's Day!

Also known as the Twelfth or the Glorious Twelfth, Orangemen's Day commemorates and celebrates the Battle of the Boyne, fought in 1690, and the Glorious Revolution of 1688, which took place when James II, a Roman Catholic, was deposed, and William of Orange, a Protestant, received his throne. Orangemen's Day primarily is celebrated by people with Protestant Irish or Scottish backgrounds. In some locations, it is observed on the Monday closest to July 12th.

The Battle of the Boyne was fought on July 1, 1690, outside of Drogheda, along the River Boyne, in what now is the Republic of Ireland. Prince William of Orange and James II of England and Ireland, who was also known as King James VII of Scotland, each raised an army of about 30,000 troops, and Prince William came out victorious in the battle. The battle remains a symbol of the sectarian struggles in Ireland between Protestants and Roman Catholics. Not long after it, the defeated Catholics formed underground societies in an attempt to restore the line of James. The Protestants countered by forming the Orange Order.

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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. Well, we’ve reached the end of opponent previews. with the syracuse orange football season kicking off in less than two months, it makes sense that some preseason series start wrapping up. and. This week, we’re previewing syracuse’s matchup with pitt on nov. 5 with their major storylines. furthering the trend of 2021 being a strange year for the acc, we come to the pittsburgh panthers. coming off a 6 5 record in 2020, the panthers were expected to be a competitive team but not much else. they responded with an 11 3 campaign (their. Last season, syracuse posted an 18 10 overall record, but finished eighth in the acc with a 9 7 conference record. their regular season performance earned the orange an ncaa tournament bid as a no. As we countdown to kickoff in september, we’re going to be doing a team by team opponent preview each week over the spring summer. this week, we’re previewing syracuse’s matchup with fsu on nov. 12 with their major storylines. going into his third year as head coach of the florida state seminoles, mike norvell has a lot to prove.

Opponent Preview Syracuse Plays Georgia Tech In Renovated Carrier Dome Danny Emerman S Portfolio

Opponent Preview Syracuse Plays Georgia Tech In Renovated Carrier Dome Danny Emerman S Portfolio

As we countdown to kickoff in september, we’re going to be doing a team by team opponent preview each week over the spring summer. this week, we’re previewing syracuse’s matchup with boston college on nov. 26 with their major storylines. the boston college eagles are probably a better team than their 6 6 record showed last year. This week, we’re previewing syracuse’s matchup with nc state on oct. 15 with their major storylines. north carolina state university football had an incredible year in 2021. unranked in the preseason by every major outlet and projected to win no more than six games on average, the wolfpack shocked the football world by cruising to a 9 3. Syracuse and pittsburgh always play close games. out of the last eight matchups, only two were decided by more than a touchdown. i expect this to be closer than the north carolina game, but i would be (pleasantly) surprised if it finishes within a touchdown. syracuse vs. pittsburgh | saturday, september 19 | 12 pm | heinz field.

Analyst reveals the number needed for ACC teams to leave conference (; Pearson)

The talk lately around college athletics has been centered around conference realignment as USC and UCLA bolted from the Pac-12 to join the Big Ten starting in a few years. Now, the rumors are out that more teams will leave conferences and there will be a total shakeup soon.

That includes the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Teams like UNC, Clemson, Miami, Florida State, Duke, Virginia, and more have been brought up in terms of leaving and finding a new home with revenue sharing being the main factor. But for the conference, it has a contract through 2035 that makes it difficult for teams to leave.

However, all it would take is six according to an analyst.

The News & Observer’s C.L. Brown wrote on realignment and what it would take for the teams to get out and legally challenge the grant of rights:

The number is six.
There’s talk around the ACC that there doesn’t have to be a major upheaval for the league’s demise. If just six current members decide they want out and legally challenge the league’s grant of rights, the rest of the conference — and the deal that tethers it together — could come crumbling apart.
That’s not a guarantee that the contract signed by every ACC member, originally in 2013 then again for an amended version in 2016, can be broken. And a litigious process and potential negotiated exit fee wouldn’t happen quickly.
The problem for the ACC is that they could fall back with the SEC and Big Ten making moves to land teams. The ACC doesn’t want to fall behind in this race and needs to figure something out.

And as always, money will be a big factor in this especially if top tier teams do want to leave the conference.

ACC Preseason Predictions For Every Game: Preview 2022 (CFN; Staff)

The ACC is sticking with the divisions for one more year, and then it all changes in 2023.

Next season, the conference will become one big blob of ACC, with each team getting three permanent opponents to deal with and a rotation happening among the other five teams on the slate.

Make sense?

It’ll be a 3-5-5 format, basically meaning every team plays everyone else in the conference over two seasons.

For now, the ACC continues to be just about the same.

Duke and Georgia Tech will fight for scraps, Clemson – despite not playing for the ACC Championship last year – should be in a battle with NC State for the top spot, and everyone else can beat anybody else in the ACC depending on the moment.

Road games matter, off weeks are huge, and the teams that don’t get Clemson – or, this year, NC State – will be very, very happy.

ACC Preseason Predictions: Atlantic

ACC Atlantic Predicted Finish

1. Clemson
T2. NC State
T2. Florida State
4. Louisville
T5. Boston College
T5. Syracuse
T5. Wake Forest

Boston College Eagles

2022 Preseason Prediction: 7-5
2022 ACC Prediction: 4-4
2021: 6-6, Prediction: 7-5
2020: 6-5, Prediction: 5-6
2019: 6-7, Prediction: 7-5

Sept 3 Rutgers W
Sept 10 at Virginia Tech W
Sept 17 Maine W
Sept 24 at Florida State L
Oct 1 Clemson L
Oct 8 Louisville W
Oct 22 at Wake Forest L
Oct 29 at UConn W
Nov 4 Duke W
Nov 12 NC State L
Nov 19 at Notre Dame L
Nov 26 Syracuse W


History of CFB Power (RX; HM)

History of CFB Power

Nebraska was once the #1 football program in America. My, how things have changed. Here is a nice animation showing the top 25 teams in a rolling 5-year average from 1982 to 2021:

Which programs have had the best KFord Rating 5-year rolling average since the I-A/I-AA split in 1978? Here is a year-by-year look at the Top 25! Did your favorite team make the list?
— Kelley Ford (@KFordRatings) July 10, 2022
If you pay attention you can witness the rise and fall of several ACC teams. Of course you saw Miami, Florida State, and Clemson, but did you also see Pitt? Syracuse? UVA? NC State? North Carolina? Virginia Tech? Boston College? Louisville? Lots of good football history in the ACC...

Three Dominoes That Could Initiate the Next Conference Realignment Moves (SI; Lundquist)

It's been over a week since USC and UCLA ditched the PAC-12 for a larger paycheck in the Big Ten. In the days following that landscape-altering move, rumors of Big 12 expansion, conference mergers, and other realignment rumors have consumed college football fans.

Realignment has paused while conferences sort through their options and conversations take place behind closed doors. Today, we look at three dominoes that could initiate the next conference realignment moves.

1. The Reported PAC-12/ACC Partnership Falls Flat

Last week, both CBS Sports and The Athletic reported that the Big 12 was aggressively pursuing expansion. CBS described the Big 12 as being in "deep discussions to add multiple Pac-12 programs." A day later, The Athletic confirmed the report, saying the Big 12 "is having 'serious' talks with six Pac-12 schools — Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Oregon, Utah and Washington — and is determined to move quickly."

A few days later, Pete Thamel described those reports as "overstated". "The extent of the Big 12's discussions with Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado and Utah were overstated in reports this week were overstated," Thamel wrote. "But there's certainly been back channel conversations and interest."

What can we make of these conflicting reports?

It's impossible to know what conversations these journalists are having behind the scenes, but it's likely that the information being leaked from PAC-12 sources is different from the information coming from Big 12 sources. For TV purposes, the PAC-12 is motivated to leak a message of togetherness to inquiring journalists. So even while PAC-12 schools flirt with other conferences, it's important for them to appear loyal and committed to the PAC-12. The Big 12 has different motives and would stand to benefit if the PAC-12 broke up.

A few days after the USC-UCLA move, the PAC-12 announced that it would accelerate the timeline of its next media rights negotiation. "The Pac-12 Board of Directors met this morning and authorized the Conference to immediately begin negotiations for its next media rights agreements," the PAC-12 said in a statement.

Opening media negotiations gave the PAC-12 schools a minute to breathe, slow down, and explore new tv opportunities before making any drastic decisions. Until the PAC-12 schools explore all options with their current conference, it is in their best interest to publicly communicate loyalty to each other. The first way to publicly communicate a message is by releasing a statement, which most PAC-12 schools have done. Another way is to leak that message to college football reporters. After all, which network would want to bid on a conference that is on the verge of collapse?

Towards the end of last week, reports surfaced that the PAC-12 and ACC were exploring a tv partnership. Details of the partnership have not been completely ironed out, but the PAC-12 and ACC could schedule non-conference games and potentially stage a championship game featuring the PAC-12 champion against the ACC champion. Those conversations are ongoing, and the schools are supposed to receive some revenue projections this week.

That's when the plan might fall apart. "That's where there's some bottom-line skepticism," Pete Thamel said on the financial potential of the financial potential rumored partnership. "If the number crunching on the ACC arrangement with the Pac-12 come back underwhelming financially -- and that's the expectation -- things could potentially go from collegial to predatory in a number of directions."

... (; Fowler)

If his old school ever leaves the ACC, former Clemson football coach Tommy Bowden sees a natural landing spot for the Tigers amid the latest round of realignment.

“Geographically, historically and culturally, I just think they’d be a better fit in the SEC,” Bowden, who coached Clemson from 1999 to 2008, told The State. “It would just increase their marketability.”

Clemson is an ACC charter member, having competed in the conference since its 1953 conception in a hazy Greensboro hotel, but its athletic future has been a hot topic ever since Southern Cal and UCLA announced their move from the Pac-12 to the Big Ten two weeks ago. They’ll join the conference in 2024.

The Big Ten’s poaching of those two West Coast stalwarts came in direct response to the SEC’s June 2021 acquisition of Texas and Oklahoma (joining by 2025), and national reports have highlighted Clemson as another top expansion target for college football’s two soon-to-be mega-conferences.

Clemson will not comment on realignment reports, an athletics department spokesperson told The State last week.

Bowden, 68, said leaving the Atlantic Coast Conference was “never a point of discussion” during his Clemson tenure, which spanned athletic directors Bobby Robinson (1985-2002) and Terry Don Phillips (2002-12).

But he did get an extensive crash course in ACC and SEC tradition over his three decades in college football. Before leading Tulane for two seasons and Clemson for 10 seasons as a head coach, he spent the 1980s and ’90s traversing both conferences as an offensive assistant.

And his stints at Florida State, Duke, Alabama, Auburn (twice) and Kentucky — plus a decade coaching Clemson — revealed similarities between the Tigers and the football-rich conferences targeting them, per CBS Sports and Action Network reports.

Breaking down realignment options for Notre Dame Football (; Peterson)

Ever since the Big Ten made its move for USC and UCLA, signaling an entirely new era of college football realignment, I have thought Notre Dame held the key to the next steps.

If Nore Dame football was to join a conference, no matter what conference that might be, it would be a major change for the college football landscape and would certainly impact the current path of realignment.

But you get the sense that Notre Dame football was to remain Independent. From the perspective of the Irish, it’s worked and it’s been lucrative, so you can understand them not wanting to change that right away.

The Irish are going to be courted likely by the Big Ten, the ACC, and the SEC. Yet, you also know they are going to try and hold onto their independence. We’ll see if that remains a viable strategy and it might not be depending on what happens with the playoff.

And here’s a look at what each conference has to offer and break down things from the perspective of Notre Dame football.


Not many are talking about a move for Notre Dame to the ACC but the Irish did spend their only season in a conference in the ACC and played for the league title the last time they made the playoff.

The league also has some big-time names such as Miami, Florida State, and Clemson, plus Duke and North Carolina for basketball.

If the ACC added Notre Dame, as well as possibly taking West Virginia from the Big 12 (it belongs in the ACC with Pitt, Virginia, and Virginia Tech) as well as potentially teams like Jackson State and UCF, it could have enough star power to remain its own entity in this changing world of college football.
... (; Carter)

On the other end of the phone, Mike Tranghese sighed quietly. It was a sound that conveyed a sense of empathy, if not resignation. The emotions returned, almost 20 years later. Back then, as the commissioner of the original Big East Conference, Tranghese watched with a sense of helplessness while three of his league’s most important schools left for the better financial fortunes of the ACC.

For the old Big East, the spring of 2003 represented the beginning of the end. For the ACC, the spring of 2003 was supposed to represent a new beginning, one that would solidify its status for decades to come. Instead, a new Big East rose from the ashes and has rebuilt itself on its basketball roots. And now the ACC finds itself imperiled by a trend that in many ways it began.

Tranghese, now almost 80 years old and at peace in his retirement from college athletics administration, takes no joy in it.

“I don’t want to see any conference go away, because I’m not certain it’s healthy,” he said. “People have got to have people to play. ... Plus, there’s some people within the walls of the ACC right now who are friends of mine. Who, you know — I don’t want to wish them bad luck.”

Tranghese was speaking last week to The News & Observer, not long after another seismic shift in the industry in which he’d spent a lifetime. Now what did he think of the state of the enterprise and where it all seems to be headed?

“Oh boy,” he said softly, after that sigh. He paused.

Days after the latest conference realignment news, perhaps the most dramatic yet, the ripples were only beginning to reverberate. USC and UCLA, two of the most powerful and successful schools in Pac-12 history, were headed to the Big Ten. In an instant, major college athletics once again entered into a state of instability, if it had ever left it in the first place.

The implications immediately appeared dire for every conference outside of the two wealthiest in the country. About a year ago, Texas and Oklahoma announced their intention to leave the Big 12 for the SEC. Now two of the most recognizable schools on the West Coast planned to abandon their roots next to the Pacific Ocean for northern winters, and a conference based in the Midwest.

The Big Ten and the SEC, which for years had slowly separated themselves from the rest of their Power Five rivals, were no longer only the richest leagues in college athletics. Now they were becoming the largest — “two suns with all the gravitational pull,” as Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said in May at the ACC’s spring meetings in Amelia Island, Florida.

From the outside looking in, Tranghese had known what was coming.

“I wasn’t surprised at all,” he said. “I thought the Big Ten was going to do something.”

He’d found it “comical,” he said, that the SEC received criticism for taking Texas and Oklahoma.

“Every one of those other conferences had contacted Texas,” Tranghese said. “I know that for a fact. And Texas and Oklahoma made a decision, they wanted to leave. And they went to the SEC and the SEC got vilified, and so what do people do? They turn around and do the same exact thing.
... (RX; HM)

2022 Media Days Schedule

It's almost that time again: time for college football "media days". Here's the schedule:

Why does the SEC need four days when no other conference needs more than two? I guess it just means more...?
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Ryan Abraham and Chris Trevino discuss what the future holds for the Pac-12, Big 12, and ACC. The two explain how the ACC's grant of rights deal impacts further realignment and predict which conference is in the best position to survive. (; Reynolds)

The ACC’s Coastal Division will be one of the most interesting groups of teams in college football. Multiple new head coaches are beginning their first season in charge of teams within the division, while other teams are facing significant changes to their roster and coaching staff.

Over the last decade, the Coastal has been one of the most unpredictable divisions in college football. This season will be another interesting year in the final season that the ACC plays with divisions.

The Favorites

Pittsburgh won the Coastal Division in 2021, and eventually won the ACC Championship. Starting quarterback Kenny Pickett, who was a Heisman finalist, broke records in both passing yards and touchdowns.

However, Pitt will enter 2022 without Pickett after he was drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft. Kedon Slovis, one of the best quarterbacks to enter the transfer portal last season, will be the new starting quarterback for the Panthers. Pittsburgh lost star wide receiver Jordan Addison to USC, but they should still have one of the strongest groups of receivers in the entire conference.

Pittsburgh’s defense should also be excellent and returns several important players that helped the team to succeed last season. Pat Narduzzi could be set to lead the program to back-to-back New Year’s Six Bowl appearances.

Mario Cristobal’s return to the University of Miami has made the Hurricanes one of the favorites to win the division alongside Pittsburgh. Tyler Van Dyke, last season’s ACC Rookie of the Year, is set to lead on offense coached by Broyles Award winner Josh Gattis.

The Hurricanes’ defense is set to improve after several key additions from the transfer portal after the team struggled with issues surrounding missed tackles last season. Miami won five of its last six games last season, and Cristobal is hoping to help the team to its second ACC Championship Game appearance in his first season.

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ACC Pac 12 Loose Partnership (; McGuire)

The future of the Atlantic Coast Conference, like all of big-time college football, is very much in question.

But whatever the ACC ends up being, first-year UConn football coach Jim Mora is interested in being a part of it, while athletic director David Benedict is trying to get more ACC teams on future football schedules.

In an interview with Hearst Connecticut Media last week, Class of 2023 commit Jackson Harper of Simsbury said Mora told him "he has a goal of joining the ACC within the next few years."

During Twitter banter with UConn fans Friday afternoon, Benedict said the Huskies have 14 games with ACC teams in the next five years. When a Twitter user responded the current list of UConn's future opponents only includes 11 games against ACC foes in the next five years, Benedict responded, "Finalizing schedules!"

With UConn having a full slate of 12 games set for 2022 and 2023, that would mean the three added ACC opponents would be for 2024, 2025, and 2026. The independent Huskies have two openings in 2024, one in 2025 and four in 2026.
... (; Wagner)

After the recent bombshell of USC and UCLA departing the Pac-12 to join the Big Ten, the college football world is awaiting the next major move. As rumors swirl around possible future expansion in the Big Ten and SEC, multiple ACC teams have been linked to joining the future mega-conferences.

On his show on Monday, Dan Patrick revealed that his sources have informed him to watch out for three teams from the ACC as the SEC potentially looks at adding more teams.

“The question is what’s going to happen to the Pac-12, what’s going to happen to the Big 12,” Patrick started. “I would keep an eye on what’s gonna happen with the ACC… My source said keep an eye on Clemson, Miami, and Florida State joining the SEC.”
... (; Keepfer)

Amid the myriad projections, predictions and rumors concerning Clemson’s possible departure from the ACC is one major potential roadblock – namely, the ACC’s grant-of-rights agreement.

Clemson and the league’s other 14 teams extended their grant of rights in 2016 through 2036. The new deal, which coincided with the creation of the ACC Network, includes stipulations that would keep all of a school’s TV revenue in the conference even if that school decides to leave the league.

That financial concern could be enough to keep Clemson from jumping the ACC ship to the rich waters of the SEC.

Also, breaking the ACC grant of rights deal would require a sizeable exit fee of $120 million, according to ESPN's Andrea Adelson.

“I think it’s a definite sticking point,” said ESPN commentator Roy Philpott. “The fact of the matter is you’re looking at an exit fee that is in excess of $100 million at this second.”

Speculation has run rampant recently that Clemson, which has been a member of the ACC since the league’s founding in 1953, is strongly considering a move to the football-dominated SEC.

The announcement a couple of weeks ago that Southern Cal and UCLA would be leaving the Pac-12 to join the Big Ten only added fuel to the realignment fire.

“It felt like when USC and UCLA left that it would start an avalanche of movement,” Philpott said. “But that hasn’t happened yet, and the ACC with its grant of rights has the teams locked in for a long period of time, so you wonder how much of a factor that could be.
... (; Kidwai)

The “Big 10” conference will soon have 16 members. The “Pacific 12” is about to lose its flagship schools from the biggest city on the west coast, Los Angeles.

Welcome to the strange new world of college sports, where TV money means regional and traditional conference structures just don’t seem to matter anymore.

Last week, UCLA and USC dropped the bombshell announcement of their intentions to leave the Pac-12, which they had been members of since 1928 and 1922, respectively.

Last year, Texas and Oklahoma announced plans to leave the Big 12, where they are the premier programs, for the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in 2025. The Big 12 is a relatively young conference, dating back to the mid-1990s, but Texas and Oklahoma had been in their prior conferences together with many of the same schools since the 1910s. While teams have been switching conferences for a long time, this is something new in scale.

After the NCAA lost the ability to sell broadcast rights in 1984, college conferences became the primary vehicle for generating television revenue. As the amount of sports on TV have proliferated along with cable TV, and as ESPN and FOX joined the old big three networks ABC, NBC and CBS in airing games, college football has turned into a multibillion-dollar enterprise. The last wave of conference realignment settled around 2013, ending with a top tier known as the “Power 5” conferences: Pac-12, Big Ten, SEC, ACC, and the SEC.

The incentives are clear: Member schools in these five conferences earn over $30 million per year in their current contracts, according to financial records obtained by USA Today. Members of the sixth-highest earning conference earn around $7 million per year, and of the 10 total conferences in the Division 1 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), the schools in the lowest-earning conferences reportedly make around $500,000 annually from TV deals.

‘There’s no regional sensibility anymore’

The schools, conferences, and their representatives say these moves are being done for the benefit of the student-athletes. But it’s hard to see, for example, how UCLA volleyball and soccer players will benefit by traveling from Los Angeles to Columbus, Ohio, or Piscataway, N.J., for conference matchups while they’re also taking classes.

“It's all about money,” Michael Veley, professor of sport management at Syracuse University, where he is a former athletic administrator, tells Fortune. “The student-athletes and the fan bases are the victims of this takeover. There's no regional sensibility anymore.”
... (; Fyles)

From the drawers of the Top Secret Fyles:

Syracuse University head coach Dino Babers will gather his players for the start of a crucial training camp in about three weeks, and the fate of the season could hang in the balance around three months from now.
That’s when SU will be about halfway through its 12-game regular-season slate.

Despite his rosy credentials upon entering the Orange’s program in December 2015, Babers and his teams have produced less-than-stellar results. However, the 2018 squad that went 10-3 hit a home run enroute to a bowl game appearance — the program’s first since 2013.

Now, the bad news is next.

SU is coming off its fifth losing season under Babers in the past six years, with the Orange posting a 29-43 record.

The COVID-racked 2020 campaign was nothing less than a disaster, going 1-11. Last season, the Orange went 5-7, an improvement from 2020 but still essentially treading water from Babers’ early days in the program.

Athletic director John Wildhack has backed Babers for the 2022 season despite numerous assistant coaching changes, including the replacement of SU’s offensive coordinator.

SU has 17 returning starters, but three national publications each picked the Orange for last place in the seven-team Atlantic Division. However, Athlon’s projects SU to go 6-6 overall and meet SMU in the Fenway Bowl.
... (; radio; WakeUpCall)

Wake Up Call with Dan Tortora welcomes Alex Dodd, former Clemson reporter working for Rapid City Journal in Rapid City SD, to the broadcast to speak on Realignment, Clemson, future of the ACC, & More, followed by 2025 WR Jayden Sellers who received his FIRST D1 Offer from Syracuse, the same school his older bro, 2023 QB Lanorris Sellers, is Committed to Syracuse... (TNIAAM; Wall)

Sean Tucker
Position: Running Back
Year: Freshman
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 209 lbs.
Hometown: Owings Mills, Md.
High School: Calvert Hall

2021 stats: Last season Tucker set a Syracuse Orange school record with 1,496 yards rushing. He had 249 carries, caught 20 passes and scored 14 touchdowns as he broke out in a major way. Tucker was first team All-ACC and received several All-American honors as he carried the Syracuse offense on his back last year. After only two seasons he ranks 20th on Syracuse’s all-time rushing list.

2022 projections: It’s unrealistic to expect Tucker to increase his production from last year, but if Syracuse can put together a stronger passing game and give him a breather he could become more efficient. Tucker’s one negative last season was his struggle in the final two weeks so keeping him fresh should be the goal. Dino Babers said Tucker is even faster after his season with Syracuse track so I’m sure that thought won’t keep defensive coordinators up nights this fall.

How’d he get here?: Tucker chose Syracuse over Wisconsin and Rutgers and after last season we have to be thankful he didn’t end up with the Scarlet Knights.

What’d recruiting sites say?: Three stars from everyone and a reminder that starts don’t always tell the final story.

Money quote: We has a lot of discussion last fall about Tucker wearing the famed 44 but he decided he wanted to carve his own path.

“Personally, I mean, with all the success and everything that I have with my number, I’m sticking more toward keeping my number and just creating my own legacy,”
... (; O'Brien)

Panther247 takes a look at some of the ACC Football 2022 predictions for Pitt's opponents this upcoming season. Several media outlets have already published its predictions for each ACC team.

Today, we'll take a look at some of the ACC Football 2022 predictions for the Louisville Cardinals. Louisville finished with a 6-7 overall record (4-4 ACC) last season.

Teams previewed: Louisville, Syracuse, North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech.

Media Outlet:

Predicted 2022 finish: DratKings predicts that Syracuse will win 6.5 games.

What 247Sports had to say about the prediction on Syracuse's win total via Brad Crawford. He predicts that Louisville will win under 6.5 games:

Louisville faces several pivotal home games this season that will make or break this team's shot at bowl eligibility or even a shot at landing in the upper-tier of the Atlantic Division. Florida State, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest and NC State all must travel to Cardinal Stadium to battle this Malik Cunningham-led team and it's hard to image all four heading back home with victories. The final three weeks of the season for the Cardinals are popcorn-ready matchups against Clemson, NC State and Kentucky. Scott Satterfield's team won't be favored in any of those games. Cunningham makes them team dangerous against all the ranked opponents on the schedule.

Media Outlet: SI.COM

Predicted 2022 finish: Vegas Odds have Syracuse's chances of winning the ACC at 66-to-1. Syracuse is predicted to be the 10th best team in the ACC this season.

What SI.COM had to say via James Parks on the prediction coming out of Vegas:

What to expect: Getting quarterback Malik Cunningham back on the field is a major positive for the Cardinals. He was a 62% passer a year ago, throwing for 2,734 yards and 18 touchdowns to only six interceptions, while also rushing for over 1,000 yards and 20 additional touchdowns, both top 10 numbers nationally.

Media Outlet: ATHLON

Predicted 2022 finish: No. 6/7 in the Atlantic Division
What ATHLON had to say via Steven Lassan:

Back-to-back losing seasons and a 10-14 mark in that span have likely turned the ’22 campaign into a make-or-break one for coach Scott Satterfield. A handful of transfers on both sides of the ball have helped to address needs and hopes of a winning record are boosted with quarterback Malik Cunningham back under center. In ACC-only games, Cunningham led all quarterbacks in the conference in yards per attempt (9.4) and averaged 322.6 total yards a game. The senior will be throwing to a revamped group of receivers with Jordan Watkins, Tyler Harrell and Justin Marshall departing, but the additions of Tyler Hudson (Central Arkansas) and Dee Wiggins (Miami) bolstered the weapons on the outside. Tight end Marshon Ford (49 catches) is a first-team All-ACC pick by Athlon Sports for ’22. The line should be a strength with four starters back, including standout guard Caleb Chandler. There were signs of progress on defense last season, limiting teams to 23.9 points a game (down from 27.2 in ‘20) and 5.4 yards per play (down from 5.9) in ACC play. The linebacker unit will be a strength with Yasir Abdullah (10 sacks) returning, and a healthy Kei’Trel Clark at cornerback is a huge boost to a pass defense that finished seventh in the ACC. A schedule featuring toss-up games at Syracuse, UCF, Boston College and Virginia isn’t easy.

Media Outlet: College Football News

College Football News predicted 2022 finish: Best Case Scenario 9-3, Worst Case Scenario 5-7, Spring Football Version Prediction: 7-5.

What College Football News had to say:

The pressure is on the Cardinals and the coaching staff to come up with a much, much stronger season, and personnel-wise there’s no excuse. The young talent of last year should now form a veteran, experienced problem for the rest of the ACC. A few good transfers help the cause even more.
There are WAY too many early road games – four in the first six dates – and the finishing kick of at Clemson, NC State, and at Kentucky is a bear. However, with the talent returning and this slate, anything less than seven wins would be a huge disappointment.

Louisville finished with a 6-7 record last year and most of the publications listed in this article have them finishing a few games above .500. The Cardinals will be tested early in this season with four out of their first six games of the season being on the road.
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The college football season is approaching. With that, it is time for some of the best players in America to be recognized. Here are TGH’s preseason All-ACC Teams.

First Team

QB: Devin Leary (NC State)
RB: Sean Tucker (Syracuse), Will Shipley (Clemson)
WR: Josh Downs (North Carolina), AT Perry (Wake Forest), Dontayvion Wicks (Virginia)
TE: Marshon Ford (Louisville)
OL: Zion Nelson (Miami), Jordan McFadden (Clemson), Grant Gibson (NC State), Christian Mahogany (Boston College), Caleb Chandler (Louisville)

EDGE: Myles Murphy (Clemson), Xavier Thomas (Clemson)
DL: Bryan Bresee (Clemson), Calijah Kancey (Pittsburgh)
LB: Trenton Simpson (Clemson), Drake Thomas (NC State), Payton Wilson (NC State)
CB: Josh DeBerry (Boston College), Tyrique Stevenson (Miami), Kei’Trel Clark (Louisville)
S: Andrew Mukuba (Clemson), Jammie Robinson (Florida State)

K: Andres Borregales (Miami)

P: Trenton Gill (NC State)

Second Team

QB: Brennan Armstrong (Virginia)
RB: Pat Garwo (Boston College), Israel Abanikanda (Pittsburgh)
WR: Zay Flowers (Boston College), Keytaon Thompson (Virginia), Devin Carter (NC State)
TE: Will Mallory (Miami)
OL: Michael Jurgens (Wake Forest), Carter Warren (Pittsburgh), Matthew Bergeron (Syracuse), D.J. Scaife (Miami), Sean Maginn (Wake Forest)

EDGE: Habakkuk Baldonado (Pittsburgh), Yasir Abdullah (Louisville)
DL: Tyler Davis (Clemson), Cory Durden (NC State)
LB: Nick Jackson (Virginia), Isaiah Moore (NC State), Mikel Jones (Syracuse)
CB: Duce Chestnut (Syracuse), Garrett Williams (Syracuse), Armani Chatman (Virginia Tech)
S: Tanner Ingle (NC State), Brandon Hill (Pittsburgh)

K: B.T. Potter (Clemson)

P: Lou Hedley (Miami)

Third Team

QB: Sam Hartman (Wake Forest)
RB: Jaylon Knighton (Miami), Jalen Mitchell (Louisville)
WR: Jalon Calhoun (Duke), Antoine Green (North Carolina), Taylor Morin (Wake Forest)
TE: Gavin Bartholomew (Pittsburgh)
OL: Silas Dzansi (Virginia Tech), Dillan Gibbons (Florida State), Owen Drexel (Pittsburgh), Jacob Monk (Duke), Johnny Jordan (Virginia Tech)

EDGE: Rondell Bothroyd (Wake Forest), Tyjuan Garbutt (Virginia Tech)
DL: Robert Cooper (Florida State), Fabien Lovett (Florida State)
LB: Cedric Gray (North Carolina), SirVocea Dennis (Pittsburgh), Dax Hollifield (Virginia Tech)
CB: Tony Grimes (North Carolina), Storm Duck (North Carolina), Derek Pitts (NC State)

S: Jaiden Woodbey (Boston College), Erick Hallett (Pittsburgh)

K: Sam Scarton (Pittsburgh)

P: Porter Wilson (Duke)

Make sure to check out our college football page for more content like Schools the Preseason All-ACC Teams! (PS; Letters to the Editor)

To the Editor:

Now that the Carrier Dome has been renamed, I can remember when it first got its name. It was one of Carrier Corp.’s last independent acts before United Technologies took over. The big debate at the time was, why not call it the “Ernie Davis Dome”? Why just single out one Syracuse University athlete? There are three outstanding players who wore No. 44 — Jim Brown, Ernie Davis and Floyd Little — and several who did not do as well as these three. Two of them went on to have outstanding NFL careers, Davis won the Heisman Trophy and leukemia derailed his playing pro football.

Why hasn’t the new name been made to reflect some of great student athletes who have played there or coached there? One of those men, Wilmeth Sadat-Singh, died as a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, known as the Red Tails. Others have gone to great careers in other fields. Why do we need the name of company that has never played for Syracuse University?

W.L. McMillen



The Ranalli family, which owns the United Auto Supply chain, has purchased the vacant former Sears store at the Great Northern Mall in Clay. (Rick Moriarty | (PS; $; Moriarty)

A company with a solid record of redeveloping vacant commercial property has purchased the old Sears store at the troubled Great Northern Mall in Clay.

Ranalli Generations LLC, a company formed by the same family that owns United Auto Supply, bought the 147,000-square-foot former anchor store for $2.25 million on April 18, according to Onondaga County property records.

Though part of the mall, the former department store has always been separately owned. Ranalli bought the store from Seritage SRC Finance LLC, a Sears-related entity. The store closed in the fall of 2018 as the once ubiquitous department store chain collapsed.

The Ranallis are now looking for tenants for the space. They are marketing the former store through Cushman & Wakefield | Pyramid Brokerage Co. for lease or sale for retail and non-retail uses, including office, medical, industrial, multi-family housing, and use as a distribution and warehouse center.

“We’re looking to bring it back to life, with one tenant or two tenants,” said Christopher Savage, a real estate salesperson for the brokerage. “We want to get bodies in there.”

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