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Co 2020-21 Iggy Award Winner MPG (special again)
Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to National Mac and Cheese Day!

Mac and cheese, more formally known as macaroni and cheese, is one of the most beloved comfort foods. As is apparent from its name, it is made with macaroni—usually of the elbow-shaped variety—as well as with melted cheese. Other types of pasta can be used, and other ingredients are commonly added with the cheese. It can be made from scratch or out of a box, the latter variety being the first meal that many learn how to make.

Etruscans, Romans, Chinese, and Koreans may have all had a hand in the invention of mac and cheese. It likely was being eaten by the Early Middle Ages, although the first recipes didn't appear until centuries later. The first recipe may have appeared in an Italian cookbook titled Liber de Coquina (Book of Cooking) in the thirteenth century. The recipe, titled de lasanis, consisted of sheet pasta that was cut into two-inch squares, cooked in water, and tossed with grated cheese, which most likely was Parmesan. Mac and cheese gained popularity around Europe at this time. A mac and cheese recipe dating from 1769 that appeared in The Experienced English Housekeeper by Elizabeth Raffald is sometimes seen as being the first modern mac and cheese recipe.

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Syracuse’s Guide to Handling Conference Realignment – Orange Fizz – Daily Syracuse Recruiting News & Team Coverage (; Griffin)

Ever since Oklahoma and Texas announced their intentions to move to the SEC, conferences have continued to realign. There’s a strong chance it continues in the coming days. After UCLA and USC announced their decision to join the Big Ten we wrote about how that affects Syracuse. Two weeks later, more schools are switching it up and more rumors are floating around.

SOURCE: North Carolina, Florida State, Clemson, and Virginia are all negotiating to join the SEC. ESPN is trying to void their TV deal with the ACC.
— Braden Keith (@Braden_Keith) July 7, 2022

Well, this could be problematic.

It goes without saying that this affects John Wildhack and his brass. Assuming no movement in the ACC, and that is a very large assumption, here’s the breakdown of it all. We’ll look at the recruiting landscape as well as a few what-if scenarios.


With how much the PAC-12 has dismantled, that’s one fewer high-major conference to worry about going up against for top prospects. Also, the travel in a lot of these conferences is about to be absolutely ludicrous. College athletes are not going to want to take red-eyes from Rutgers to UCLA. All 15 ACC schools fall in the Eastern Time Zone. There’s a recruiting pitch for you.


The competition in the ACC now looks a heck of a lot worse. It already wasn’t great in football. Now, unless the quality of competition suddenly improves in the ACC, it’s essentially the Big Ten, SEC, and EVERYBODY else. If a big-time recruit’s main focus is competition, that makes the 315 a pretty big long shot.


Until we get clarity on what is going to happen with the ACC, Syracuse should do absolutely nothing. Its situation is perfectly fine, why should it go through another change? If the rumor that North Carolina, Florida State, Clemson, and Virginia are trying to join the SEC proves true and it actually happens, then there needs to be action.

What should be on Syracuse’s ACC Network Takeover day (TNIAAM; Wall)

The ACC Network has begun their Takeover days and with the Syracuse Orange scheduled for Saturday we wanted to put on our programming hat and come up with a better schedule than what we’ll get from the folks in Charlotte.

15 Schools. 15 Days @theACC school takeovers begin tomorrow on ACCN
— ACC Network (@accnetwork) July 4, 2022
In recent years the 24 hours usually includes several repeat airings of games and no original content which is really just one of the failures with the ACC Network. We know this is planned every July so task each school with producing a couple of recap shows themselves to go along with the games. The entire premise of the ACCN is to promote the schools and the conference and these days are not being maximized for this purpose. Takeover days are only focused on the previous year so we aren’t going to get classic moments and with the year Syracuse had in 21-22 we’re going to make sure every Orange team gets shown.

Here’s what we would schedule for Saturday:

Football beating Virginia Tech: A dramatic come from behind victory which featured a lot of offense and a Syracuse win. We’d also be fine with showing the Orange’s wins over Liberty or BC but I think most agree that the win over the Hokies was more exciting throughout.

W. Ice Hockey winning CHA title: Syracuse winning a conference title in overtime on home ice to earn their 2nd trip to the NCAA’s. Even if you condense the game to an hour, this needs to be on the schedule.

MBB win over Wake Forest: Giving this one the nod because it is against an ACC opponent although no issues if the Indiana game is chosen. Again these days should highlight big wins in interesting games because it’s summer and if you want people to watch it needs to be engaging.

Get to Know Your Orange Man: #28, RB Juwaun Price (TNIAAM; De Guzman)

Juwaun Price
Position: Running Back
Year: Redshirt Sophomore
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 198 lbs
Hometown: Phoenix, Ariz.
High School: Peoria (New Mexico State)

2021 stats: Price played all 12 games for New Mexico State last year, averaging 5.13 yards per carry with 10 touchdowns. He also caught 26 passes for 181 yards and returned 20 kicks for 358 yards.

2022 projections: Sean Tucker’s usage was way up last year due to the fact the coaching staff didn’t really trust any other running back on the depth chart. The addition of Price might give Tucker a break every few possessions. Price is most likely the No. 2 running back on the depth chart and given his numbers at New Mexico State, he’ll probably get some valuable playing time.

How’d he get here?: Syracuse and UMass gave price offers when he entered the transfer portal. The Orange won out after Price was in the portal for three weeks.

What’d recruiting sites say?: Out of high school, Price got two stars from 247sports and Rivals. He wasn’t ranked by ESPN. Their loss.

Money quote: Don’t believe me that Price’s addition on the depth chart is important? 247sports named him Syracuse’s most important transfer.

“Syracuse already has one of the nation’s best running backs in Sean Tucker, a legitimate All-American candidate that will stuff the stat sheet. But the Orange desperately needed depth beyond him. The next-leading rusher at running back from 2021 was Jarveon Howard and his 79 net yards. Price will give Tucker some much-needed relief, as the New Mexico State transfer is coming off a year in which he scampered for 692 yards and 10 touchdowns.”
Twitter feed: @JuwaunPrice_28

Tweets of wonder: Price impressed early in the spring practice game.

Juwaun Price with 64 yards rushing on 6 carries
— Syracuse Football (@CuseFootball) April 2, 2022

Get to Know Your Orange Man: #27, DB Malcolm Folk (TNIAAM; Ostrowski)

Malcolm Folk
Position: Defensive Back
Year: Redshirt Freshman
Height: 6’1”
Weight: 204 lbs.
Hometown: Pottsgrove, PA
High School: Episcopal Academy
2021 stats: Did not play
2022 projections: Folk will get another opportunity to crack the two-deep now that his position group is a bit thinner than last year. He’s one of the bigger-built DBS on the roster so there’s the potential for him to also get some work inside the box.

How’d he get here?: Chose the Syracuse Orange over Army, Buffalo, Northwestern, Rice, and other teams

What’d recruiting sites say?: Top-100 safety nationwide, Top-30 PA prospect, and 3-star rating

Money quote: Folk enrolled at SU a semester early to get a head start on football

“With COVID, it kind of made sense for me to get up there. I also play basketball and it doesn’t look like we’re going to have a basketball season this winter and it just kind of made sense for me to get up to Syracuse and start things a little bit earlier.”
Twitter: @malcolmfolk3
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Syracuse University Becomes First Athletic Department To Deploy TVU Networks’ Cloud-Based Instant Replay System (; Staff)

TVU Networks announced the adoption of its cloud-based instant replay system by the athletic department at Syracuse University (SU). Starting with the upcoming fall season, the Orange will use TVU Replay to monitor all calls during home games of “Olympic” sports, such as volleyball, field hockey, soccer, softball, and Lacrosse. TVU Replay is a multi-camera control app empowering officials to instantly review plays from their phones or tablets.

Introduced at NAB 2022, the app was developed with input from the Syracuse athletic department staff and vetted by a D1 One official and game operator. Scott Hecht, Executive Producer/Coordinating Director/Manager, Syracuse University, says the ability to use any video input, provides the immediacy and cost-effectiveness making it a solid winner for the Orange sports teams.

“There is little training required because it’s as simple to use as any app on your phone, and we can immediately watch the review of a play from any angle where we have positioned a camera on the field,” explained Hecht. “Because this is a cost-effective, cloud-based system, we’re able to use it within our D1 sports programs that haven’t had the luxury of instant replay. It’s extremely exciting for our entire athletic program and should be as well for other University athletic departments.”

All on-site camera feeds are brought into the app in milliseconds, the game operator selects the optimal sources from which to review a call, and officials can zoom in and out/rewind/fast forward for the best angle enabling immediate determination. Frame speed is controlled with your fingers on the touchscreen of the interface using a video game controller for a laptop which again, makes this a ‘next-generation’ application in college athletics.

“Not only is Syracuse now able to provide instant review during games to sports other than football and basketball, but students can easily operate TVU Replay,” said Jared Timmins, SVP, Global Solutions, TVU Networks. “We developed this cloud-based review system in response to what various collegiate conferences described as a need for a futuristic review solution. We’ve created a tool set revolutionizing the way replay is handled due to the ease of operation, the speed of determining the right calls during games and all within a fully realized cloud workflow.”

Syracuse University to Pilot Private Cellular Network in Select Residence Halls, Academic Buildings (; Staff)

Syracuse University, in partnership with JMA Wireless, will soon install a cutting-edge, 5G private wireless network in select residence halls and academic buildings as part of a pilot program that will run for the duration of the Fall 2022 semester. The pilot program will assess technology aimed at simplifying connectivity, improving bandwidth and increasing coverage for students, faculty and staff, inside and outside the classroom. This initial pilot program will focus on a random group of students selected to participate.

The University, in partnership with JMA Wireless, will install a cutting-edge, 5G private wireless network in select residence halls and academic buildings as part of a pilot program. Photo by Marilyn Hesler, staff photographer
“Technology is among the most rapidly evolving parts of our lives—professionally, personally and recreationally,” says Eric Sedore, interim vice president and chief information officer. “As our community’s needs and expectations change, it is imperative that we align our technology to meet our students, faculty and staff where they are. My colleagues in Information Technology Services [ITS] and I are looking forward to learning from this pilot program, assessing the feedback and applying key learnings to the future of technology on our campus.”

This new technology is being leveraged at various facilities across the United States, including on college campuses and at event facilities and private companies. The pilot program will help the University determine whether its users will broadly adopt and benefit from this technology.

“Given the ever-growing digital nature of teaching, living, learning and research at Syracuse University, now is the time to advance our technology infrastructure,” says Sedore. “I am confident the pilot will provide our community with the elevated experience provided by 5G wireless technology.”

Individuals selected to participate will receive a survey request from ITS to indicate their willingness to opt into the pilot program and identify the phone and laptop models they plan to use to connect to the on-campus network. ITS will monitor adoption rates and collect and assess feedback through the fall semester. The outcomes of the pilot, along with anticipated next steps, will be shared with the campus community in spring 2023.

Attendees Announced for 2022 ACC Football Kickoff (

The Atlantic Coast Conference announced Wednesday the 42 student-athletes who will attend the 2022 ACC Football Kickoff, July 20-21, at The Westin Charlotte in Charlotte, North Carolina. For the second consecutive year, each of the league’s 14 teams will bring three players to the annual event.

ACC Network will broadcast live from the ACC Football Kickoff. The two days of expansive coverage will begin at 9 a.m. on both Wednesday and Thursday and the 24/7 national network dedicated to ACC sports will provide the event’s most robust television coverage to date.
Among the offensive players in attendance at ACC Kickoff will be nine quarterbacks, seven offensive linemen, four wide receivers, two tight ends and two running backs. Defensively, eight linebackers are scheduled to attend, along with seven defensive linemen and three defensive backs.

Four of the quarterbacks at this year’s event ranked among the ACC’s top five in passing yards per game last season – Virginia’s Brennan Armstrong (first, 404.5 yards per game), Wake Forest’s Sam Hartman (third, 302 ypg), Miami’s Tyler Van Dyke (fourth, 293.1 ypg) and NC State’s Devin Leary (fifth, 286.1 ypg).

Hartman threw 39 touchdown passes in 2021 to rank second in the conference and leads returning ACC quarterbacks this season. Leary threw for 35 touchdowns last fall and Armstrong for 31.

The ACC continued to establish itself as the Conference of Quarterbacks in 2021, and many of the leading players return this season. Armstrong ranked fourth nationally in total passing yards (4,449) while Hartman (4,228) ranked seventh. Hartman’s 39 touchdown passes tied for fifth nationally, and Leary’s 35 TD passes ranked 10th. Armstrong stood second nationally in total yards per game (427.3), and Hartman (327.9) placed seventh. Louisville’s Malik Cunningham led the league with 20 rushing touchdowns, while also averaging 218.5 yards passing. Boston College’s Phil Jurkovec (255.8 passing ypg in 2021), Clemson’s DJ Uiagalelei (15 career starts; 196.5 total offense/game in 2021), Florida State’s Jordan Travis (14 career starts, holds school career record for QB rushing yards and rushing touchdowns) and Syracuse’s Garrett Shrader (14 rushing TDs in 2021) round out the quarterback contingent at media day.

North Carolina’s Josh Downs, who led the league in receptions per game and was second in receiving yards per game, is among the Tar Heels’ three representatives. Georgia Tech’s Dylan Leonard and Miami’s Will Mallory – two of the league’s top tight ends – will attend the event in Charlotte.

Four of the top 10 and six of the top 18 tacklers from last year will be in Charlotte, including Virginia’s Nick Jackson, who led the league with 117 stops (9.8 per game). Syracuse linebacker Mikel Jones (2nd, 9.3 per game), NC State’s Drake Thomas (4th, 8.3) Duke’s Shaka Heyward (6th, 8.2 per game), Florida State’s Jammie Robinson (10th, 7.1), Virginia Tech’s Dax Hollifield (11th, 7.0 per game) and Pitt’s SirVocea Dennis (18th, 6.7 per game) also will attend ACC Kickoff. Linebacker Yasir Abdullah, the league’s returning leader in sacks (10) and tackles for loss (17.5), will represent Louisville.

The ACC Kickoff student-athletes hail from 18 states with eight from Florida, seven from North Carolina and six from Georgia. Three call the commonwealth of Virginia home, with two each from Ohio, Connecticut and New Jersey. Eleven states are each represented by one player, along with Quebec, Canada (Syracuse offensive lineman Matthew Bergeron).

The complete list of 2022 ACC Football Kickoff student-athletes include:

Boston College
Head Coach Jeff Hafley
Josh DeBerry, DB, Grosse Point Park, Michigan
Zay Flowers, WR, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Phil Jurkovec, QB, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Head Coach Dabo Swinney
K.J. Henry, DE, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Jordan McFadden, OT, Spartanburg, South Carolina
DJ Uiagalelei, QB, Inland Empire, California

Head Coach Mike Elko
DeWayne Carter, DT, Pickerington, Ohio
Shaka Heyward, LB, Dacula, Georgia
Jacob Monk, OL, Clayton, North Carolina

Florida State
Head Coach Mike Norvell
Fabien Lovett, DT, Vicksburg, Mississippi
Jammie Robinson, DB, Cordele, Georgia
Jordan Travis, QB, West Palm Beach, Florida

Georgia Tech
Head Coach Geoff Collins
Dylan Leonard, TE, Milton, Georgia
Dontae Smith, RB, Spring Hill, Tennessee
Zamari Walton, DB, Melbourne, Florida

Head Coach Scott Satterfield
Yasir Abdullah, LB, Miramar, Florida
Caleb Chandler, OG, Jefferson, Georgia
Malik Cunningham, QB, Montgomery, Alabama

Head Coach Mario Cristobal
Jahfari Harvey, DE, Port St. Lucie, Florida
Will Mallory, TE, Jacksonville, Florida
Tyler Van Dyke, QB, Glastonbury, Connecticut

North Carolina
Head Coach Mack Brown
British Brooks, RB, Gastonia, North Carolina
Josh Downs, WR, Suwanee, Georgia
Ray Vohasek, DT, McHenry, Illinois

NC State
Head Coach Dave Doeren
Devin Leary, QB, Sicklerville, New Jersey
Isaiah Moore, LB, Chester, Virginia
Drake Thomas, LB, Wake Forest, North Carolina

Head Coach Pat Narduzzi
Deslin Alexandre, DL, Pompano Beach, Florida
SirVocea Dennis, LB, Syracuse, New York
Carter Warren, OT, Paterson, New Jersey

Head Coach Dino Babers
Matthew Bergeron, OL, Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada
Mikel Jones, LB, Miami, Florida
Garrett Shrader, QB, Charlotte, North Carolina

Pac-12/ACC Deal Taking Shape? (RX; HM)

Pac-12/ACC Deal Taking Shape?

Some very interesting ACC-related tidbits in this Pac-12-oriented article:

Canzano: Pac-12 looking for a friend in Bristol

ESPN working on a timeline now.
by John Canzano, 7/13/2022
Eight days ago, the Pac-12 Conference announced on Twitter that its Board of Directors met and authorized the conference to begin immediate negotiations for the conference’s next media rights agreement... given the defection of USC and UCLA, there was now urgency. The remaining 10 members were eager to explore options and find stability in the wake of the loss of the Los Angeles television market...
ESPN has emerged as the most likely bidder for the Pac-12’s rights. I’ve learned a number of things in the last few days that position that network as the conference’s most intriguing and viable lifeline.
More thoughts:
• If the Pac-12 and ESPN happen to reach a handshake agreement before the end of the 30-day window, they’d still have to wait for Fox to either bid or waive its rights.
• The defection of USC and UCLA comes with a $200 million-a-year hit to the conference’s media rights value. Bob Thompson, the former Fox Sports Network president, told me he expected the Pac-12 would get about $500 million a year prior to the departures. Now, that estimate is roughly $300 million.
• The conference went from 12 members to 10. The pie is being split with fewer entities, so the actual estimated distribution went from $41.6 million per university to ~$30 million. That’s “only” a 28 percent hit. But I wonder if that $11.6 million shortfall might be closed with some fresh and creative ideas.
• ESPN needs Pacific Time Zone college football inventory and it also loves college basketball programming. ESPN has the potential with a “loose partnership” to marry the Pac-12 to the ACC, another of its partners. Everyone knows Clemson, Miami, Florida State and others are restless. The Pac-12’s current plight presents ESPN with an opportunity to generate additional revenue for itself and the ACC.
• With a partnership, ESPN would add significant new subscriber revenue for the newly named ACC Network. This would allow ESPN to pay the ACC schools more. The best football and basketball games would be carried on ESPN/ABC. Under that scenario, ESPN+ would get the Pac-12’s Olympic sports and the Pac-12 Networks probably goes away.
• I’d expect a “loose partnership” between the ACC and Pac-12 would likely include some annual early-season crossover football games between the two conferences (i.e. Oregon vs. Miami? Or Utah vs. Clemson? Or how about Washington vs. Florida State?).
• I was told by one insider that if the partnership happens, the Pac-12 and ACC would likely still play a normal regular-season schedule within their respective conferences. The aim is to reach the soon-to-be-expanded College Football Playoff and make a pile of money. A crossover “championship game” between the winner of the ACC and the Pac-12 regular-season champ could help that effort. That event presumably would take the place of the traditional Pac-12 title game that is currently played in Las Vegas.
• That kind of early-December match-up would be attractive to ESPN, who might utilize the new event to make it rain cash for the restless ACC members. Also, the added game would give both conference regular-season champions an opportunity for one final “showcase” in front of the playoff selection committee.
• The second-place teams from each conference might also play head-to-head on the same day in a Las Vegas football double-header. This would create an additional inventory asset for ESPN, a windfall payday for both conferences, and one last-ditch chance for the second-place teams in both conferences to make a playoff case.

Projected Revenue by Conference, 2022-29 (RX; HM)

Projected Revenue by Conference, 2022-29

This guy says he took the Navigate projections from earlier this year and adjusted them for the recent announced change of USC and UCLA to the Big Ten:

I reworked all of the conference payout projections from Navigate's 3/22 report by moving USC/UCLA's projected $$ from the PAC12 to the B1G starting in '24.

-B1G would surpass SEC
-ACC/Big12 about 50% of "Big2"
-PAC12 would be $20M+ behind Big12 & ACCConference Payouts Recalculated (Navigate's data to The Athletic 3.22)
— Jeffrey Fuller (@jjfuller72) July 13, 2022
Here's the data table, sorted by conference payout, highest to lowest:
Reworked Navigate Research Projected Payout Per Team: P5

Best/Worst Records When Favored (2018-21) (RX; HM)

Best/Worst Records When Favored (2018-21)

Some teams can pull upsets, but crumble when they are the "hunted". Here are the best and worst record since 2018 when playing as the favorite...
FBS: Best record since 2018 as favorites
New Mexico State6-0
Notre Dame40-1
Ohio State42-3
Georgia Southern22-3
Utah State21-3
Kent State13-2
Source: @CFBHome
Only one true ACC football team there - Clemson. Notre Dame also makes the list.
What about the teams that can't seem to stand having the target on them?

FBS: Worst record as favorites since 2018
Colorado St6-8
Old Dominion
Georgia Tech9-8
Oregon State6-5
Virginia Tech16-13
New Mexico6-4
Arkansas St16-10
Florida State13-8

OT: ACC Student-Athletes and Admins Travel to Alabama... (RX; HM)

OT: ACC Student-Athletes and Admins Travel to Alabama...

From the official ACC release of Wednesday, July 13, 2022...

ACC Student-Athletes and Administrators to Travel to Alabama for Transformational and Educational Experience on Social Justice

GREENSBORO, NC – The Atlantic Coast Conference announced today that 48 student-athletes and administrators from all 15 league institutions will be part of a delegation traveling to Selma and Montgomery, Alabama. The experience is set to take place from July 15-17 and include an immersive journey to one of the centers of the civil rights movement. The group will participate in a variety of activities highlighted by a march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, the site of the 1965 Bloody Sunday attack.
The initiative, conducted in collaboration with the Big Ten and Pac-12, is part of the ACC’s commitment to supporting student-athletes through meaningful educational opportunities, including the area of social justice. The trip is part of the league’s social-justice platform, ACC UNITE.
“This weekend’s event will be incredibly powerful and meaningful for all that are able to attend, and we know the experience will be shared with their peers when they return to their respective campuses,” said ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips, Ph.D. “As a conference, we continue to be proud of the ongoing work in this critical area and we remain committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, now and in the future.”

3 Rumored ACC Teams to Join the SEC? Don’t Count On It. (; Colombo)

Dan Patrick is a trustworthy sports pundit since his early days at ESPN.

With his chill, Steve Martin in “Father of the Bride” way, Patrick worked his way into the good graces of young sports fanatics in the ’90s and early 2000s. There’s no reason to question Dan Patrick and his sources, right?

Well, there might be when it comes to ACC schools leaving the conference for the SEC in the flurry of conference realignment.

Dan Patrick’s “Three ACC Schools to Join the SEC”

During his Monday broadcast of The Dan Patrick Show, the ESPN legend dropped this nugget.

“The question is what’s going to happen to the Pac-12, what’s going to happen to the Big 12. 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,'” he said.

Credit where credit is due, Patrick is right about the first half of that statement. At this point, it’s less about what’s going to happen in the Pac-12 and more about where the Pac-12 is going to go. After years of failing to improve play for big schools like USC and UCLA, the Pac-12 is left clinging to schools like Oregon and Washington, praying they don’t leave. The Pac-12 is in shambles.

Also in trouble is the Big 12, although not as immediately as their neighbors to the west. The Big 12 is set to lose Oklahoma and Texas to the SEC by 2025, a target both schools appear to be set for. And while this has always seemed like something the Big 12 could bounce back from, the evaporation of the Pac-12 is worrisome, to put it mildly. With the Pac-12 in desperation mode, could they claw BYU away from their planned move ahead of the 2023 season? And on the other hand, is UCF, Cincinnati and Houston going to be enough for the Big 12 to stand up to the Big Ten and the SEC?

Report: Football remains the financial king in Year 1 of NIL - (

One year after the floodgates opened for name, image and likeness (NIL) money in college athletics, Axios published a report breaking down the financials. According to Axios, college athletes, as a collective, made $917 million in the first year of NIL: July 1, 2021-May 31, 2022.

Unsurprisingly, football players pulled in the largest share of NIL money. Say what you will: there’s an incredible amount of cash flowing through and around college football in 2022. The money spigot is on and there’s no one to turn it off; athletes will continue to see some benefits of that, while college administrators, coaches and TV executives laugh all the way to the bank.

Regardless, per the Axios findings, 49.9 percent of NIL money went to college football players, far and away the largest share. (Given the current trend lines, I’m willing to bet this percentage grows and football players took in an even larger share over the next 12 months.)

After that, men’s college basketball players took in 17.0 percent of NIL money; women’s college basketball players followed in third at 15.7 percent.

Those three sports controlled nearly 83 percent of NIL money, according to Axios. There’s a large drop-off after women’s basketball, too: women’s volleyball checks in a No. 4 with 2.3 percent of NIL money. Softball follows with 2.1 percent, then women’s swimming and diving at 1.8 percent. Baseball players brought in only 1.7 percent of NIL cash.

Paul Finebaum believes Florida State wants 'badly' out of the ACC (SI; Lewis)

Conference realignment talk has dominated the media since it was announced that USC and UCLA would be joining the Big Ten as of 2025 back in late June. It's becoming more evident by the day that the college teams that truly want to be at the pinnacle of the sport in this age need to find a way to get into the Big Ten or SEC. The two conferences are going to be able to provide media deals worth over $100 million annually to each institution under their respective wing in the near future.

That number is simply not something that the other conferences throughout the country can compete with. While speaking on the Mac Attack Hour earlier this week, ESPN's Paul Finebaum expressed that Clemson and Florida State are making it clear that they want to leave the ACC. The dominoes will fall when one program makes a decision.

“The ACC has no chance of competing with the Big Ten or SEC without Notre Dame,” Finebaum said. "I think Clemson wants out of the ACC badly and so does Florida State ... this is all predicated on Notre Dame, by the way. I think things are going to happen. There's way too much activity going on. I think the chips are going to fall all over the place here."

Finebaum believes that everyone is waiting on Notre Dame to announce its future before the next round of conference realignment will begin. The Fighting Irish have four potential choices; join the Big Ten, SEC, or ACC or remain independent. You can almost certainly cross joining the Atlantic Coast Conference as a full-time football member off of the table.


Watch, hear hail come down hard in Marcellus as storm rips through CNY (video, photo) (PS; McClendon)

Much of Central New York was hit hard Wednesday afternoon by a fast-moving storm, but Marcellus may have gotten it the worst.

Heavy rain, strong winds and a rapid drop in temperature brought hail the size of marbles down on many parts of the village and town of Marcellus.

The temperature dropped 10 degrees in Marcellus between 4:30 and 6 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

A video submitted by a village of Marcellus resident shows hail slamming against outdoor furniture, vehicles and houses.

The storm had mostly subsided as of 9:30 p.m., but over 2,500 National Grid and NYSEG customers were still without power.

Marcellus hail

Hail was littered across a road in Marcellus after a fast-moving storm on Wednesday, July 13, 2022. James McClendon |


Hokie Mark

2nd String
Apr 15, 2013
These ACC school reps need to stop crying publicly about how they want out of the conference. Unless you have an invitation to join another one, you have nowhere else to go!


Co 2020-21 Iggy Award Winner MPG (special again)
Aug 15, 2011
These ACC school reps need to stop crying publicly about how they want out of the conference. Unless you have an invitation to join another one, you have nowhere else to go!
Kind of ironic that Florida State is complaining so much about the ACC contract.

From what I have read, they, more than any other school, were the driving force that led to the ACC signing the infamous contract that extends to 2035.

They wanted more money immediately, focused only on the short term, ignored the long term implications and now are crying the most over their intense lobbying led to the awful deal.

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