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Aug 15, 2011
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Sean Tucker for Heisman


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Syracuse football fans should be Pl34sed with the Sean Tucker for Heisman website (TNIAAM; Wall)

The Syracuse Orange have finally jumped on board the Sean Tucker for Heisman campaign. Yesterday Syracuse unveiled the #Pl34sed website dedicated to listing Tucker’s long list of achievements.

#PL34SED to have this guy on our team. He's just getting started.

Introducing - the hub for all things @SeanTucker2020 this season. The site will be updated throughout the year as the Heisman hopeful continues his record-breaking career.
— Syracuse Football (@CuseFootball) July 25, 2022

In addition to seeing his statistics and accolades you can link to Tucker’s merchandise from Manny’s and see highlights like this (but really a 1-minute clip from all of last year?)

Let’s hope we’ve just started the hype. We want media members to be sent Sean Tucker trucker hats. We want babies using orange “Tucker Sucker” pacifiers and kids running around with bright orange “Monster Tucks” with 34 on the sides.

Seriously though it’s good to see Syracuse taking this step. If the Orange want to compete in the new NIL era they have to be willing to show current and future athletes that they will work to promote them and help grow the athlete’s brand. Things like this are important and we hope it will be something that grows during camp and into the season so that we can get all the Tucker content we crave...then we’ll definitely be #Pl34sed with this performance.

Syracuse Football: Heisman Trophy campaign for Sean Tucker is on point (itlh; Adler)

The launch of a Heisman Trophy campaign by SU Athletics for Syracuse football star running back Sean Tucker is both necessary and welcomed.

The Orange’s athletics department, via, has announced the release of a Heisman Trophy campaign slogan and microsite for Tucker, who in 2021 broke the team’s single-season rushing record by accumulating nearly 1,500 yards on the ground.

Naturally, if Tucker wants to make a serious run at the Heisman Trophy and other national awards in the upcoming campaign, the ‘Cuse is going to have to sport a strong record and earn a spot in a post-season bowl game.

But Syracuse football head coach Dino Babers recently opined that he thinks Tucker will prove even better in 2022 than he did a stanza ago, which for me is going to be really difficult to achieve.

Sean Tucker, though, is garnering a lot of pre-season All-America accolades ahead of the 2022 term. Undeniably, this next season could amount to another special one for the native of Owings Mills, Md.

Syracuse football fans should feel pleased with the Heisman campaign for Sean Tucker.

A year ago, we all thoroughly enjoyed the tweets that Tucker would put out after he fared well in 2021 contests. Tucker often saying that he was “pleased with his performance” has been transformed into a Heisman Trophy campaign slogan, #PL34SED, which obviously incorporates his jersey number, 34.

Axe: Sean Tucker won’t win the Heisman. The buzz is still a good thing for SU football (PS; $; Axe)

Syracuse running back Sean Tucker is not going to win the Heisman Trophy.

Tucker won’t be SU’s first Heisman winner since Ernie Davis, the only Syracuse player to claim the prestigious award in 1961.

That’s no offense to Tucker, the record-breaking Orange running back who has joined the pantheon of all-time Syracuse football stars no matter how his 2022 season turns out.

Tucker could have an off-the-charts season and would barely get a sniff from Heisman voters (full disclosure, I am one) because this game is rigged, man.

Get to Know Your Orange Man: #14, WR Anthony Queeley (TNIAAM; Wall)

: Anthony Queeley
Position: Wide receiver
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 198 lbs.
Class: (Redshirt) Junior
Hometown: Orlando, Fla.
High School: Lake Nona

2021 stats: After a strong 2020 season for the Syracuse Orange, Queeley’s output dropped to 15 receptions for 222 yards and two touchdowns.

2022 projections: The new offensive gameplan offers Queeley a reset this fall. He has the size and has shown the ability to make tough catches but will he find more success under the revamped Orange offense? Syracuse needs players like Queeley to step up and make key plays to keep drives alive.

How’d he get here?: He had 13 offers including ones from Duke, Minnesota, Rutgers, UCF, Tulane and Coastal Carolina but he opted for Syracuse.

What’d recruiting sites say?: Three-stars.

Money quote: Anthony knows that hard work is going to pay off in football and in life.

“The amount of hours, pain, work, blood, sweat, and tears into this game is a good feeling seeing it just help the team.”
Instagram: @aq.sovereign


How Syracuse Missed on Former CBA Star SirVocea Dennis – Orange Fizz – Daily Syracuse Recruiting News & Team Coverage (; Eads)

The Fizz has returned from a splendid trip to Charlotte, NC for the 2022 ACC Kickoff. Of course, we covered SU and spoke with Dino Babers, Mikel Jones, Matthew Bergeron, and Garrett Shrader. We also had the opportunity to chat with athletes that SU will meet on the gridiron later this fall. One of those players is SirVocea Dennis, a star linebacker for ACC rival Pittsburgh and a Salt City native.

Dennis was a criminally underrated two-star recruit out of Christian Brothers Academy. In case you didn’t know, CBA is a stone’s throw away from SU and the Dome. Considering the fact that Dennis is a 315 guy, he grew up cheering for the Orange.

“Growing up in the area, if you weren’t an SU fan there was a problem.”

The local product had offers from Air Force, Western Michigan, and UMASS amongst a few other mid-majors. One offer stood above the others though, and that was his lone power five opportunity courtesy of Pat Narduzzi and the Panthers.

The veteran head coach in the Steel City saw something in the overlooked Dennis that nobody else at the P5 level saw. There’s a funny story behind Narduzzi’s choice to offer the unheralded recruit.

Good story from SirVocea Dennis & Pat Narduzzi. Pat was recruiting 2 of his teammates but AD convinced him to meet with Dennis, too. Pat asked a few Qs including "Can you dunk?"

"Yeah, I've got a few videos on my phone," SirVocea says.

Here's what got him an offer:
— (@ADavidHaleJoint) July 22, 2022

Once Dennis received that offer from the Pittsburgh head coach he knew what his next move would be. The high school quarterback and defensive back had been committed to Air Force for a year but in February of 2019, right before the second national signing day, Dennis flipped to the Panthers. The former Brother probably would’ve played under center over in Colorado but instead trusted Narduzzi and his evaluation to play elsewhere on the field.

“He definitely thought I could be a linebacker. What sold me was that he said I could be an athletic linebacker. He said, you’re not the biggest, you’re not the strongest, I understand that, I know that. So what he sold me on was definitely our scheme and definitely how our linebackers looked in the past. Once he did that I understood I could be something special.”

One CFB Analyst Predicts “Mass Exodus” from ACC in Realignment – Orange Fizz – Daily Syracuse Recruiting News & Team Coverage (; Amendolara)

It’s been nearly a month since the dominos fell with USC and UCLA headed to the Big Ten. Since, everyone has braced for the next set of schools to fall. Is it Oregon and Washington? Will the Big 12 and Pac-12 eventually merge (right now the answer is no)? So far, it’s been quiet. And perhaps this is a rare moment of stability in college athletics realignment.

From Syracuse’s view of realignment, the best case scenario is status quo. The football program is such a nightmare that it’s risky to assume there’s much value in adding the Orange to a megaconference. Yes, the basketball tradition is a big time asset. But praying hoops give you a life raft in an ocean of football decisions isn’t very calming.

Tim Brando has been covering college football for decades, and is one of the most recognizable play-by-play voices of the sport. He thinks the ACC is the most vulnerable of the Power 5 conferences, and suggests the potential of a massive breakup.

“I think there is a real chance there could be a mass exodus from the ACC. Clemson has got to be thinking, ‘What in the world are we doing here?’ We’re not making 1/4th the money that Vanderbilt makes… if Clemson were to bolt, then UNC, Miami, Florida State… it would take a hiccup before they’re gone to.” – Tim Brando

The issues at the heart of ACC’s health is twofold. First, the financial penalty of leaving is enormous. Experts believe it would be close to $120M to break the contract with the ACC and go through the litigation, which the conference would almost assuredly lean into. Second, the desirability of ACC schools is not extremely high.

Only the Big Ten or the SEC would do the poaching. It makes no sense for an ACC school to leave for the Big 12 or Pac-12. The SEC would make the most sense in claiming ACC power schools. But Clemson doesn’t bring the state of South Carolina or the major market of Charlotte, because the SEC already has the Gamecocks. FSU doesn’t carry any state or markets that the Florida Gators don’t already do for the SEC. Miami? Sure, the brand is there, but does the SEC believe the Hurricanes are an enormous boost to their already heft valuation?

‎ESPN Syracuse: On The Block On Demand 7-26 on Apple Podcasts (; radio; Axe)

Brent discusses Sean Tucker's Heisman campaign and what it means for the SU football program. Later, Brent takes a few calls and discusses some of the takeaways from members of Boeheim's Army on this year's Syracuse team.

‎ESPN Syracuse: 30 Minutes In Orange Nation 7-26 on Apple Podcasts (; radio; Orange Nation)

Steve and Paulie start the show with news out of Big Ten Football Media Day which could further shake up college football. Then, Locked On Syracuse's Matt Bonaparte joins the show to discuss his Preseason All-ACC ballot and his takeaways from the ACC Kickoff Event. Later, Jordan explains why he currently needs crutches to get around.

Dino Babers, Scott Frost Among College Football Coaches Who Need A Few More Wins This Season (; Layberger)

There are coaches, most notably Herm Edwards at Arizona State and Bryan Harsin at Auburn, who have had a bumpy ride since the end of last season due to issues not reflected on the scoreboard.

Neither of the coaches listed below are operating under the cloud of an NCAA investigation (Edwards) or dealt with allegations of improper conduct (Harsin). Rather, in looking strictly at wins and losses, these coaches need to have a heftier number in the win column this season to prevent their seats from getting warm or, in a few cases, pretty darn hot.

Marcus Arroyo, UNLV

With two wins in two seasons and a new athletic director in Erick Harper, who has been at UNLV for a decade and who served as interim AD for a few months before assuming the role on permanent basis at the beginning of the year, Arroyo (2-16) might need to have the Rebels in the bowl conversation – the program last went bowling in 2013 — heading into the season’s last few weeks in order to return for a fourth year.

There were signs last season that the wheel was at least moving in the right direction. Though the Rebels lost their first eight games, they lost four straight by eight points or less. They eventually won two in a row before losing to MWC West Division champ San Diego State in a game that was tied late in the fourth quarter. Alas, Arroyo likely needs three or four of those close defeats to turn into wins.

Dino Babers, Syracuse

Everybody was feeling good in 2018 when the Orange capped off a 10-win season with a win over West Virginia in the Camping World Bowl. Heading into 2022, Babers’ seventh season at SU, they have yet to return to a bowl. In fact, the Orange are 11-24, including 5-21 in ACC play, the last three seasons.

While the defense improved vastly last season under first-year coordinator Tony White, the focus this past off-season was on righting an offense that has a big-time running back in Shawn Tucker. New OC Robert Anae is tasked with getting the most out of quarterback Garrett Shrader and a passing game that was 108th and 119th in efficiency the past two years.

With a favorable early schedule that has the Orange at home for five of their first six games, there is a good shot at getting on roll before the meat of the ACC slate.

1965 All-Eastern football team - Wikipedia (wiki)

Way Back Wednesday...

The 1965 All-Eastern football team consists of American football players chosen by various selectors as the best players at each position among the Eastern colleges and universities during the 1965 NCAA University Division football season.




  • Ken Lucas, Pittsburgh (AP-1)



  • Dave McNaughton, Penn State (AP-1)



  • Joe Bellas, Penn State (AP-1)
  • Mike Addesa, Holy Cross (AP-1)


  • Tony Yezer, Dartmouth (AP-1)
  • John Leone, Boston College (AP-1)





  • Sam Champi, Army (AP-1)
  • Ed Long, Dartmouth (AP-1)


  • Paul Savidge, Princeton (AP-1)
  • Phil Ratner, Cornell (AP-1)

Middle guard[edit]

  • Vince Casillo, Army (AP-1)


  • Townsend Clarke, Army (AP-1)
  • Stas Maliszewski, Princeton (AP-1)
  • Ray Ilg, Colgate (AP-1)


  • Charley Brown, Syracuse (AP-1)
  • Dave Poe, Harvard (AP-1)
  • Dick Gingrich, Penn State (AP-1)
Syracuse Orange football 2022 opponent preview: Wagner Seahawks - Tacki Sport (; admin)

Our Syracuse Orange football schedule preview rolls on with a third straight home game. Following a Friday night clash with Virginia, SU will get a break against an FCS opponent. Since this is a gimme game, we’re going to fly through this team as quickly as we expect the Orange to.

Wagner Seahawks

School: Wagner College
Nickname: Seahawks
#BRAND Slogan: #CHAOSonthehill
Alternate #BRAND Slogan Suggestions: #SADNESSonthehill or #ballHAWKS
RecommendedBlog: None
Conference: Northeast (NEC)

History vs. Syracuse: The Seahawks have only played the Orange twice in their history. Both games were blowout SU wins, with the scores being 54-0 in 2013 and 62-10 in 2018. The former was the first game in the Dome after Syracuse joined the ACC.

Coach: Tom Masella, third season. To say Masella has gotten off to a rocky start is an understatement. The Seahawks have gone 0-13 since he took the job. Things came full circle for Tom when he became the Seahawks’ HC: He grew up on Staten Island, played football for Wagner in college, and took his first coaching position there after graduating. After that, it was a roundabout journey back, with stops at Merchant Marine, Boston University, UConn, Louisiana Tech, UMass, Central Connecticut, and Fordham. He took an assistant position in 2012 but later left to return to UMass, and then Bryant. Finally, he accepted the head coach spot prior to 2020. His lifetime coaching record for him is 44-79.

2021 Record: (0-11) (0-7)

Recapping Last Season:

It was a year to forget for Staten Island’s football team. They opened the season by getting trounced 69-7 at Buffalo, then lost to Central Connecticut State by only two in the home opener. The losses just kept piling up from there. Wagner did manage to take the Delaware State into OT before dropping their fifth in a row. The final two games of the year were the worst; the Seahawks did not put points on the board for over 120 minutes to close out the (im)perfect season.

Wagner had the worst passing attack in the conference, due in large part to the o-line giving up 39 sacks on the year. Senior Jaalon Frazier could do little under center, throwing for 624 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions. Rickey Spruill rushed for 489 yards and 3 TDs, while Naiem Simmons had 271 receiving yards and a TD.

Leo Titus provided some excitement on defense with 71 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss, and 7 sacks. He earned NEC Defensive Player of the Year for the second time as a result. Another senior, Ahmad Lyons, had two picks. Kicker Austin Hosier was 4/7 on FG tries.

2022 Season Outlook:

There’s nowhere to go but up. The out of conference schedule has Wagner hosting Fordham to start the year, along with traveling to Rutgers, Syracuse, and across the bay to Columbia. Unlike the ACC, the NEC has all eight football teams play each other eleven, meaning seven conference games.

John Wildhack met with Nick Saban about leaving Alabama for ESPN: ‘He was intrigued’ (PS; Leiker)

John Wildhack was once part of a meeting to address a departure from coaching and move to ESPN for Alabama’s Nick Saban.

Then a senior executive at the sports conglomerate, Wildhack met with Saban and two agents in Pasadena, California, following the 2013 college football season, according to a new book from senior sports editor John Talty.

The book, entitled “The Leadership Secrets of Nick Saban” and set to release Aug. 9, reveals that the now 70-year-old coach did seriously consider leaving Alabama for ESPN back in 2014. The New York Post earlier reported on the details from the book.

Just a few years after that meeting, Wildhack departed ESPN to take his current job as Syracuse athletic director. He is now in his sixth year leading Orange athletics.

Saban met with sports media talent agent Nick Khan — now the co-CEO of WWE — ahead of his 2013 season. At the time, Khan was representing popular sports personalities Kirk Herbstreit and Skip Bayless, among others, according to Talty.

FSU Football picked to finish fifth in the ACC Atlantic Division in 2022 (; Nee)

Florida State was picked to finish fifth in the Atlantic Coast Conference Atlantic Division based on a vote of league media at ACC Kickoff from the Westin in Charlotte, N.C. last week. A total of 164 media members voted in the preseason poll.

The Seminoles were picked behind, in order, Clemson, NC State, Wake Forest, and Louisville in the Atlantic Division, while they were picked to finish ahead of Boston College and Syracuse.

In the Atlantic Division preseason voting, Clemson led the way with 111 first-place votes and 1,080 total points. NC State, which was tabbed as the likely second-place finisher, picked up 44 first-place votes while accumulating 959 points.

Defending Atlantic Division Champion Wake Forest (six first-place votes, 783 points) was picked for a third-place finish this season, followed by Louisville (591), Florida State (two first-place votes, 509) Boston College (one first-place vote, 469) and Syracuse (201).

Atlantic Division
(First-place votes in parenthesis)

Clemson (111) - 1,080
NC State (44) - 959
Wake Forest (6) - 783
Louisville - 591
Florida State (2) - 509
Boston College (1) - 469
Syracuse - 201

Miami was picked to win the Coastal Division, with Pitt in second. The Hurricanes were projected as the preseason Coastal Division champion for the sixth time and the first time since 2018. The Hurricanes’ lone Coastal Division championship came in 2017. Following the top two, the order of the Coastal Division preseason predictions was North Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, and Duke.

In the Coastal Division forecast, Miami received 98 first-place votes and amassed 1,036 total points. Defending ACC champion Pitt (38 first-place votes) was next with 911 points, followed by North Carolina (18 first-place votes, 823 points) and Virginia (six first-place votes, 667 points).

2022 ACC Football Preseason Predictions: Virginia Tech Picked Fifth In Coastal (; Cunningham)

The 2022 ACC football preseason poll was released on Tuesday afternoon, and Virginia Tech was picked to finish fifth in the Coastal Division. Miami is the media’s pick to win that division, while Clemson is the favorite to win the Atlantic and the ACC Championship for the fifth year in a row.

Fifth marks the lowest the Hokies have been picked in the division since joining the ACC in 2004. The previous low was fourth in 2016, the first year of Justin Fuente’s tenure. Tech won the Coastal and finished 10-4 that season.

Miami received 98 of the 164 votes to win the Coastal Division. The Hurricanes finished second in 2021 at 7-5 (5-3 ACC) under Manny Diaz, who was replaced by Mario Cristobal. It’s the sixth time Miami has been picked to win the Coastal since joining the league in 2004, the first since 2018 when Pitt won it. The Hokies and Hurricanes will meet in Lane Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 15.

Virginia Tech finished 6-7 (4-4 ACC) in 2021, a season that came to an end in the Pinstripe Bowl against Maryland. Brent Pry was hired as the program’s head coach in December. In his first year, the Hokies travel to Pitt (38 votes to win Coastal), North Carolina and Duke. Miami (98), Virginia (6) and Georgia Tech (1) all visit Blacksburg. In the final year before the ACC switches to the 3-5-5 model, Tech’s cross-division opponents are NC State (second in Atlantic, 44 votes) and Boston College (sixth, 1).

2021 ACC Football Preseason Notes

The number of ballots cast by the media in Charlotte at the 2022 ACC Football Kickoff was 164. That’s 17 more than the 147 cast in 20211. The media picked Clemson to win the ACC with 103 votes, while NC State (38), Miami (8), Wake Forest (4), Pitt (3), Virginia (3), Florida State (2), North Carolina (2) and Boston College (1) all received votes.

The media incorrectly picked both division champions last year (Wake Forest, Pitt) but correctly picked them the two prior seasons. It’s been ten years since the Hokies were last picked to win the Coastal Division in 2012.

Virginia ranked fourth in the Coastal in ACC Football Preseason Poll (; Carey)

With the start of the 2022 college football season for the Virginia Cavaliers just over a month away, the ACC has released its preseason media poll ranking the conference’s team in the Atlantic and Coastal Divisions. After finishing fourth in the Coastal in 2021, UVA is similarly ranked fourth heading into 2022.

Ahead of Virginia in the Coastal are Miami, Pitt, and North Carolina while Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, and Duke round out the bottom three of the division. This preseason ranking is obviously heavily influenced by last season’s results as the only changes are the swapping of Miami and Pitt in first and second and then North Carolina and Virginia Tech in third and fifth.

Considering the experience and talent that UVA boasts at the quarterback and wide receiver positions, the likely strengths at linebacker and defensive line, along with the question marks in the secondary, and the huge unknown that is the offensive line, the fourth place positioning for the Wahoos makes sense. The team has the potential to be better than its preseason ranking based on those strengths, but could also perform below it when taking into account the glaring issues this roster has.

Miami and Pitt are fairly obviously the top two teams in the division with solid rosters returning from fairly impressive finishes in the 2021 season. Quarterback Tyler Van Dyke should only continue to improve on an impressive first season with the Hurricanes. Meanwhile, USC transfer Kedon Slovis will hope to pick up where Kenny Pickett left off as Pitt has endured quite a transition of change following the departures of the Panthers’ offensive coordinator, wide receivers coach, and star wideout Jordan Addison.

Here’s the full ACC Preseason Poll with Division ranking and ACC Champion voting:

Overall Champion

Clemson - 103
NC State - 38
Miami - 8
Wake Forest - 4
Pitt – 3
Virginia - 3
Florida State - 2
North Carolina - 2
Boston College - 1

Coastal Division (First-place votes in parenthesis)

Miami (98) – 1,036
Pitt (38) - 911
North Carolina (18) - 823
Virginia (6) - 667
Virginia Tech (3) - 592
Georgia Tech (1) - 343
Duke - 220

ACC POLL | See where media picked Louisville to finish in the ACC's Atlantic Division (; Crawford)

Expectations are not running high outside of the Howard Schnellenberger Football Complex for the University of Louisville football team.

Despite returning six starters on offense and 10 players with starting experience on defense, the Cardinals will start the 2022 season picked to finish fourth in the ACC's Atlantic Division in a poll of media who cover the league.

The balloting, released Tuesday afternoon, tabbed Clemson once again as the favorite in the Atlantic and Miami as the favorite in the Coastal. For the seventh time in eight years, Clemson was chosen as favorite to win the overall ACC Championship. The coming season will be the last season for divisional play in the ACC, which approved a new format for the 2023-28 seasons.

N.C. State was picked to finish second in the Atlantic Division, followed by Wake Forest, then Louisville, Florida State, Boston College and Syracuse.

Louisville head coach Scott Satterfield said he's not worried about expectations. He knows what his team has back, is high on players he added through the transfer portal and recruiting, and knows that many of the team's defensive struggles a year ago were exacerbated to key injuries to players like linebacker Monty Montgomery and cornerback Kei'Trel Clark.

"We were a very competitive football team within our league last year," Satterfield said. "A lot of those games came down to the very end. We were on the short side of that maybe three or four times within the league. That leaves a bad taste in your mouth. We had a lot of success throughout the year. I think, offensively, (we) put up some good numbers. Defensively, we were good at times. The games that we did not play well on defense were the ones we let slip away right there at the end. I think the big emphasis this offseason, defensively, adding some players on that side of the ball as well as getting some of these guys back that we had injured last year."

Louisville is set to begin its fall camp on Aug. 3. Of particular interest will be some key transfers, like Tiyon Evans, a running back from Tennessee, and wide receiver transfers Dee Wiggins (Miami) and Tyler Hudson (Central Arkansas). Louisville also added Ole Miss linebacker Momo Sanogo on defense, along with a pair of cornerbacks, two safeties and a lineman through the portal.

Satterfield said his players have approached offseason workouts with an edge, feeling as if their record didn't indicate their talent, and that they are close to turning a corner.

"We feel like we got a great product and, you know, we've been middle of the road," Satterfield said. "We want to get over the hump and be in the upper echelon of the conference and compete for the championships. And the only way to go do that and earn respect is just to go out there and prove it on the field. And I think that's the chip we're talking about. We've got to go out and prove it every time we're out there on this field. You get 12 opportunities."

Louisville's first opportunity comes on Sept. 3 at Syracuse in an 8 p.m. opener in JMA Wireless Dome.

ACC Preseason Poll
(164 total votes)

Overall Champion

  1. Clemson: 103
  2. NC State: 38
  3. Miami: 8
  4. Wake Forest: 4
  5. Pitt: 3
  6. Virginia: 3
  7. Florida State: 2
  8. North Carolina: 2
  9. Boston College: 1
Atlantic Division
(First-place votes in parenthesis)

  1. Clemson (111): 1,080
  2. NC State (44): 959
  3. Wake Forest (6): 783
  4. Louisville: 591
  5. Florida State (2): 509
  6. Boston College (1): 469
  7. Syracuse: 201

Could ACC/Pac Merger Make Money? (RX; HM)

Could ACC/Pac Merger Make Money?

Could a Pac-12/ACC merger make more money?

From YouTube:

Without the Big 12, the Pac-12 has
one option left to make a big splash

Without the Big 12, the Pac-12 has one option left to make a big splash l Pac-12 Podcast

"Locked on Pac-12" podcast, Jul 21, 2022

The Pac-12... needs to make a disruptive move to remain relevant on the national scale and to maintain respect of the college football fanbase... Commissioner George Kliavkoff's next phone call should be to the ACC in an attempt to form a true "super conference" in college football--one that would span from the west coast all the way to the eastern seaboard.
It would be an aggressive move that bucks conventional wisdom about how college football conferences are formed--but it's worth taking a shot. A conference who's top football brands include Clemson, Miami, Florida State, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and others would be comparable (perhaps stronger) than the new Big 12. It would be a unique partnership that stands out in the CFP landscape, which is exactly what the Pac-12 needs.

What does that have to do with the ACC, you ask? Read on...

In "ACC Revenue 2018-21" we reported actual ACC tax return numbers showing that the
The average ACC team got $37.3 million in "NCAA/conference distributions, media rights, and post-season football payouts" in 2021 (the latest data available).
In "What is a Tier 1 CFB game worth?" we calculated the values as

CCG, SEC & B1G: $33M to $35M
T1 games: $13M each
T2 games: $4M each
T3 games: $1M each
Based on those numbers, the ACC should be getting an extra $6.6 million/year already (bad, bad ACC negotiating in the past, but we've covered that ad nauseum!).
Anyways, back to tv valuation.
I wanted to know how often each Pac-10 school appeared on T1 and T2 telecasts in either 2019 or 2021 (I skipped 2020 for obvious reasons!). I also assumed that all ABC and Fox games are T1, while ESPN/2/U are all T2. Finally, using the above values for T1 and T2 games, I came up with the following table of estimated TV value for our most interesting Pac-12 teams:

Arizona St90$36$369
note: all revenue numbers in $millions.

Notice that Oregon and Washington fairly dominate the tv value of the remaining Pac-10 schools - hence their request for unequal shares. Stanford, while not as valuable as those two, is still well above the ACC average and would bring up the conference. Arizona State is an interesting case since it wasn't on T1 television at all in either 2019 or 2021 - that value is based solely on T2 appearances, which is actually quite impressive. That said, it ESPN really doesn't want Arizona State in the ACC, there are other options - most notably either Cal (to sew up Northern California) or Utah or Colorado.

B1G Commish Warren's Comments - Why? (RX; HM)

B1G Commish Warren's Comments - Why?

The Predator is on the prowl again.
During Big Ten media days, commissioner Kevin Warren indicated that his conference may not be done expanding. Brett McMurphy got the inside scoop:

Kevin Warren told @ActionNetworkHQ besides ND Irish a "handful of schools" would add value to B1G. Sources said others considered: Oregon, Washington, Stanford, Cal, Miami & FSU. "We’re not messing around,” Warren said. "I don’t want to be Sears & Roebuck" McMurphy: What's Next for Big Ten? Kevin Warren Talks Expansion, CFP
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) July 26, 2022

Like a kid who licks the lollipop and then puts it back, Warren seems to be marking the teams he wants - basically telling them not to sign a GoR. Was this a move to prevent the ACC from adding the Pac-4? I feel like every time the ACC has tried to help itself in some meaningful way, the Big Ten has gone out of its way to sabotage it. If that's what this is, I wouldn't be surprised.

All-Time Best TV Ratings (through 2013) (RX; HM)

All-Time Best TV Ratings (through 2013)

Thanks to AllThingsFSU for this find...

From 2013 ESPN PR: Millions and Millions and Millions of Fans...

ESPN’s top 5 most-viewed regular-season games:

  1. USC at Ohio State: 10,586,000 viewers (September 12, 2009)
  2. Boise State at Virginia Tech: 9,888,000 viewers (September 6, 2010)
  3. Florida State at Miami (Fla.): 9,120,000 viewers (September 4, 2006)
  4. Miami (Fla.) at Florida State: 8,406,000 viewers (September 7, 2009)
  5. Arizona at Oregon: 7,787,000 viewers (November 26, 2010)

ABC’s top 5 most-viewed regular-season games:

  1. Michigan at Ohio State: 21,037,000 viewers (November 18, 2006)
  2. Notre Dame at USC: 16,059,000 viewers (November 24, 2012)
  3. Florida at Florida State: 14,829,000 viewers (November 30, 1996)
  4. Notre Dame at USC: 14,647,000 viewers (November 25, 2006)
  5. Miami at Florida State: 14,294,000 viewers (November 16, 1991)

see also: Most TV viewers? Ranking the most valuable college football programs (update)

This is a glimpse at what the ACC could've been - what it was supposed to be. Two of the all-time most-viewed ESPN regular season games (as of 2013) plus one of the top ABC games were Florida State vs. Miami. Had that continued, it would've been an annual conference game. Then you had a flash from Virginia Tech (I think the Ohio State game also drew big numbers, IIRC), and while Notre Dame only produces the very best ratings against USC, it's still a good scheduling partner from a tv point of view.



Margarita's Mexican Cantina is expanding its space in Armory Square, doubling the dining area and potentially offering space for late-night activities.

Armory Square restaurant to double in size, and maybe add ‘late night’ offerings (PS; Cazentre)

Margarita’s Mexican Cantina has a big plan to celebrate its third anniversary in the heart of Armory Square.

The Mexican bar and restaurant at 201 Walton St. is doubling the size of its dining area, while looking ahead to a plan that might make it more of a late-night venue.

“The main thing is we need more space,” said owner Alejandro Gonzalez. “We’ve been busy, and sometimes there’s a long wait for a table, especially on weekends. So we want to fix that.”

Margarita’s current dining area, kitchen and bar is at the corner of Walton and South Franklin streets. The expansion is taking adjacent space further down Walton Street (the address is 207 Walton).

That space was once home to the Daisy Dukes nightclub and other businesses, but has at various times been joined up with whatever has occupied the corner. That was true for the nightclub Ambrosia, which occupied both spaces until it closed after being seized for back taxes in 2009.

The expansion, now under construction, will increase the current 3,000-square-foot space to closer to 6,000 square feet, Gonzalez said. Seating capacity will increase from 140 to about 270. The work is also expanding the kitchen, servers’ station and the greeter’s station / takeout area.

That work should be complete by September. (Sept. 3 is Margarita’s third anniversary).

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