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Aug 15, 2011

Welcome to Pinot Noir Day!

Pinot Noir Day on August 18 is a fan favorite among wine connoisseurs. Pinot Noir is one of the most versatile and enjoyed derivatives of wine in the world. Originally grown in France, today, we can enjoy Pinot Noir grown and made from every corner of the globe. Its rich history is complemented by its rich flavors, making this a day all can enjoy.


Pinot Noir derives its name from the grape species from which it is made; it is derived from the French words meaning ‘pine’ and ‘black.’ As far back as the 1st century, Pinot Noir and its consumption can be found in the regions of Burgundy, France. Today, the grape species can be found all over the world, its roots in French history are an important part of the history of Europe and the culture of wine today.

When invading Romans arrived in Ghaul they were impressed by the rich quality, texture, and unique flavors of ripe red fruit, cherries, toast, and spices. The grape, mostly grown in the Burgundy region of France, became a coveted item to the Romans for more than 300 years. When the Romans established vineyards and began to farm the grape commercially, it soon became the wine of choice among the nobility and was soon the grape of choice grown by the Catholic Church, harvested, and used in religious settings.

SU News (; $; Kekis)

Dino Babers enters his seventh season at Syracuse with high hopes there won’t be a repeat of last year when the Orange were poised for a solid finish, then flopped.
“We think we have a really stable foundation right now,” Babers said. “We think that we have the type of team now that can go deep into November and do some of the things that we think we needed to be doing in some of those other years.”

Last season was chock full of drama as the Orange (5-7, 2-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) switched starting quarterbacks early, giving dual threat Garrett Shrader the job in Game 4. Syracuse played four straight games decided by three points, losing three of them in a row, and closed the season with three straight losses, scoring just 34 points and allowing 113 to miss the postseason again.

The Orange fired offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Sterlin Gilbert and hired the architects of Virginia’s potent offense — offensive coordinator Robert Anae and quarterbacks coach Jason Beck — to jumpstart an offense that relied too much on the run. Shrader and tailback Sean Tucker gave the Orange a ground game that averaged 5.2 yards per carry and 213.5 yards per game, and the two combined to rush for 26 of the team’s 39 touchdowns.

But the receiving corps had just seven touchdowns.

“We know we’re more than capable and competent, and we’ve got a lot of receivers that didn’t get a chance to show themselves,” said the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Shrader, who passed for just 1,445 yards and nine TDs with four interceptions. “We’re going to be explosive this year.”

The Orange’s 3-3-5 defense is in year three and stocked with talent, including leading tacklers LBs Mikel Jones (110) and Stefon Thompson (79) along with DBs Garrett Williams and Darian Chestnut. Replacing linemen Josh Black, Kingsley Jonathan, McKinley Williams and Cody Roscoe is the top priority for a unit that ranked 19th in total defense in 2021 (330.3 yards per game).


Tucker rushed for a school-record 1,496 yards and more big things are expected. The school has already begun a campaign touting him for the Heisman Trophy.

"Sean Tucker is better. I’m not trying to pump him up. I’m saying that modestly — he’s better,” Babers said. “To his credit, he’s stronger, he’s faster, he’s really learned the playbook. It’s going to be fun.”



Vinny Lobdell (right) with his father, Vince. Vinny has made a six-figure commitment to the 315 Foundation, the new collective constructed to enable Syracuse University coaches to better compete for players in the bold new world of NIL.

He gave a six-figure sum to launch Syracuse’s NIL collective (PS; $; Ditota)

For Vinny Lobdell, investing in a collective to help Syracuse athletes capitalize on their name, image and likeness seems like essential use of his charitable clout.

Lobdell, 42, has made a six-figure commitment to the 315 Foundation, the new collective constructed to enable Syracuse University coaches to better compete for players in the bold new world of NIL.

He is a Pulaski native and president of HealthWay Family of Brands, the global air purification company founded by his father that surged during Covid before the family sold it last year.

And he’s a big SU sports fan who wants the Orange to compete with deep-pocket initiatives intent upon luring and retaining college talent.

Collectives, all the rage in college sports these days, pool money from donors and provide school-specific opportunities for athletes, who are then supposed to provide a service to justify the NIL money they receive. Collectives operate independently of the schools they support.

The 315 Foundation has a philanthropic bent. SU athletes will be paired with Central New York non-profits and the Foundation will pay the athletes to perform tasks for those organizations.

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Syracuse Training Camp Highlights: August 16, 2022 (SI; video; Schwartz)

Highlights of Tuesday's Syracuse football training camp practice in the video above.

Syracuse QB Garrett Shrader flashes precision, confidence as passer during team period (Day 13 takeaways) (; $; Bailey)

Syracuse football returned to the practice field on Wednesday, roughly midway through its 2022 preseason camp. Returning starting quarterback Garrett Shrader turned in his strongest outing in front of media this month, Carlos Del Rio-Wilson was again the only signal-caller to work in behind him and -- this is becoming a theme now -- the Orange offensive line worked with a new grouping.

Let's break it all down as part of our Day 13 takeaways:


Shrader has looked sharp throughout camp, typically putting the ball on the money during goal line periods while consistently throwing the best during RVAs and 1-on-1s. On Wednesday, though, he was the clear star of an extended team period.
The dual-threat QB zipped three passes into tight windows over the middle, displaying not only precision and power but anticipation. He first connected with Courtney Jackson on a crossing route after stepping up in the pocket. Then working with the second-team line, he slotted in a perfect seam ball for Michigan State transfer C.J. Hayes, who filled the space between three SU defenders. And working against the third-team defense, Shrader gunned in perhaps his most impressive pass, finding Devaughn Cooper as he cut in front of safety Malcolm Folk at the last second.

Syracuse football: Will a move the chains offense be the new fast? (TNIAAM; Wall)

Dino Babers is keeping the Syracuse Orange offense pretty guarded as the Orange move through pre-season camp. It certainly makes sense that he doesn’t want to give the Louisville Cardinals anything to prepare for before the opening game. I’m sure Louisville’s staff knows about the running threat of Sean Tucker and Garrett Shrader but it’s not easy to picture them running the 2021 Virginia Cavaliers offense is it? We know that Shrader struggled on the deep ball last year while Brennan Armstrong was among the best in the P5.

Most 20+ yard completions among P5 QBs:

1. Sam Hartman, Wake Forest: 39
2. Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh: 35
2. Brennan Armstrong, Virginia:
— PFF College (@PFF_College) November 23, 2021
Does that mean Syracuse fans can expect to see Shrader airing it out this fall? Perhaps they will but more likely they will see the Orange focus on “moving the chains”.

“If he operates at a high level, chains move, chains move, redzone, redzone, scoring points opportunity, scoring points, everybody’s happy,” Babers said.

This makes a lot of sense when you look at the strength of the Syracuse offense. We know what Tucker can do running the ball so if the Orange can get a better mix of play design and play calling they can have an effective passing game. It’s a lot easier to throw when teams are loaded up to stop the run or caught off-balance.

Syracuse Football Roundtable: Our picks for MVP’s for 22-23 (TNIAAM; Wall, Ostrowski and Haller)

With the Syracuse Orange season opener approaching, we’re going to put our reputations on the line with predicting the key players for each Syracuse unit. We’re going to save our breakout picks for another piece so let's get to it.

Offensive MVP not named Sean Tucker:

(Ed. note: It’s obvious who the Syracuse offense will run through again this season. We all agree that this is Tucker’s team so we decided to go for a less obvious choice here.)

Kevin- Carlos Del Rio-Wilson

We know Sean Tucker will be good and I expect Syracuse will spread the ball around so that none of the receivers will rack up #1 numbers. History tells us that Syracuse will need their back-up QB to play and there’s a strong chance it’ll happen in a crucial point of the season. I don’t think CDRW will steal the starting job but he’s going to end up winning a game that keeps the Orange on a path to bowl eligibility.

Mike- Damien Alford

I cannot stress enough how important a deep threat will be to have a successful offense against this fall’s schedule, and Alford can be just that. We saw flashes of it last year with his game-winning catch at VT but he’s now in a position to get more targets and will likely find himself in a similar late-game situation at least once this year.

Steve- Enrique Cruz

Since we’re going at least second level depth on this question, likely because we all know the real answer, I’m opting for a second-string lineman. Why, you ask? Well, it’s been a damn long time since we haven’t needed to utilize our sixth lineman in the rotation. Enrique Cruz is that sixth lineman, and to keep that real MVP who’s name we’re not mentioning as the MVP upright and moving towards the end zone, we’re going to need this road grader to step up in a big way

Syracuse football 2022 opponent preview: Pittsburgh Panthers (TNIAAM; Ostrowski)

The Syracuse Orange may finally be reaching the light at the end of the tunnel in this portion of our football schedule preview. After hosting Notre Dame in the third straight game against expected-to-be-ranked teams, SU travels to western Pennsylvania to take on the defending ACC Champs.

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History vs. Syracuse: Pitt is the longest continuous opponent of SU, having played them every season since 1955. The Panthers hold a 42-32-3 series lead over the Orange, but that record is a bit deceiving. Their history against Cuse is filled with long stretches of both winning and losing. Pittsburgh has won 17 of the last 20 games, including eight of nine since the mutual switch to the ACC. Before that, Syracuse won 16 of 18. That period came right after 11 straight losses, which in turn followed a 7-2 run.

This rivalry (that fans on both sides refuse to acknowledge) has produced some noteworthy games. Namely, 2016’s matchup remains the highest-scoring regulation FBS game in history, as both teams forgot the concept of defense in Pitt’s 76-61 triumph. It’s bested in total points only by Texas A&M’s 74-72, 7OT win over LSU in 2018.

Syracuse Football: There’s something about this team that has me excited (itlh; Adler)

I know that Syracuse football head coach Dino Babers has only produced one winning season during his tenure in Central New York.

I recognize that, a year ago, the Orange was in a legitimate position to secure a post-season bowl berth, and then the ‘Cuse dropped three in a row to finish at 5-7.

I get that many of my fellow ‘Cuse fans are frustrated. A contingent wants a new head coach. Some are rethinking whether to renew their season-ticket packages, especially if Syracuse football is disappointing in 2022, yet Babers isn’t fired.

I acknowledge, on paper anyway, that Syracuse football will have to navigate a daunting docket this fall in the hopes of notching at least a half-dozen triumphs.

But even still, I just find myself enthusiastic about Syracuse football in 2022.

Not too long ago, I watched the ACC Road Show make a trip to Central New York to visit with the ‘Cuse in a broadcast that aired on the ACC Network.

Any of my fellow Syracuse football fans been watching the road trip on ACCN tonight? I’m really enjoying it. I know SU’s schedule in 2022 is brutal, but something about this team…
— Neil Adler (@DAMNTWIN) August 11, 2022

Throughout the show, those in the Syracuse football program to speak included Babers, running back Sean Tucker, quarterback Garrett Shrader, linebacker Mikel Jones, cornerback Garrett Williams and cornerback Duce Chestnut.

There were some light-hearted moments when the ACC Network personalities, led by Wes Durham, had some fun with these Orange guys.

Syracuse NFL (; Richardson)

The last time Syracuse football produced four NFL draft picks in a season was 2006. Over a decade and a half later, they have the chance to do it again.

Garrett Williams, Mikel Jones, Sean Tucker, and Matthew Bergeron are all poised to hear their name called in Kansas City next Spring. In 2022, the Orange had zero players taken in the draft for the first time since 2017.

Beginning with the Heisman hopeful, Sean Tucker enters this season with his sights set on breaking his own single-season rushing record. ESPN NFL draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. has Tucker as the 8th best ball carrier, while the Athletic's Dane Brugler has Tucker slotted 5th among running backs.

However, other analysts are not as high on the Orange's bell cow back. Lead College football analyst for Pro Football Focus (PFF) Anthony Treash released his top ten running backs in college football heading into this season. Tucker was absent from the list.

One of Tucker's biggest strengths is his elite speed, as he competed for the SU indoor track and field team last Winter. Tucker's elusiveness and ball security are also considered plus tools, but scouts would like to see increased development in pass protection, as well as continuing to improve as a receiver. With new offensive coordinator Robert Anae added to the coaching staff, the latter likely won't be an issue.

Head coach Dino Babers has said multiple times in training camp that Tucker will be better in 2022. If that is the case, I'm sure Tucker will be pleased with his rising draft stock after this season.

The other Orange prospect that created some serious buzz after last year was All-ACC corner, Garrett Williams. Williams led the ACC in pass breakups for the second year in a row in 2021. PFF has Williams ranked as the second-best ball hawk next season. Mel Kiper Jr. ranked Williams as the 9th best corner in the 2023 class.

(youtube; podcast; Locked on Syracuse)

Matt Bonaparte and Owen Valentine run you through the latest news in Syracuse Athletics. What's happening in training camp? What did Boeheim say about the starting lineup? All that and more on today's episode.


Who’s Under More Pressure to Have a Successful Season, Football or Basketball? – Orange Fizz – Daily Syracuse Recruiting News & Team Coverage (; Frank)

For most of the past decade, and really past two decades, Jim Boeheim has run his program in circles around the football program, which has been led by too many coaches to count. Of course, there were the good years under Doug Marrone, Dino’s aberration in 2018, and not much else outside of that.

Last season was the first year that both teams disappointed heavily, considering that football stood at 5-4 with three games to clinch a bowl game, and basketball did not finish above .500 for the first time since Boeheim was the coach. 2021-2022 is in the past, and the expectations are higher and bigger for 2022-2023 for Syracuse football and basketball.

Starting with football, the group has a top-50 NFL Draft prospect according to ESPN’s Sean McVay, and in ESPN’s top-100 players in college football, Sean Tucker comes in at 15th overall in the entire country. That is not something that happens every year for the Orange under Dino Babers.

Tucker has a chance to be the biggest Syracuse star in decades, and make a name for himself on the national stage while playing against five preseason-ranked teams this season. Along with stars on the defense like Mikel Jones, Garrett Williams, and Duce Chestnut, SU has the star power to potentially compete in the ACC, it’s all about if the coaching and quarterback can mesh and work well together. There’s potential with football to make a bowl, maybe even an expectation to do so.

Syracuse Joins Fantastec SWAP to Offer Student-Athletes Their Own NFTs (; Friend)

All Syracuse University athletes can potentially have their own personal NFTs after the school’s athletic department struck a partnership Fantastec SWAP.

Any 2022-23 Syracuse athlete, from any sport, will be eligible to have an NFT via Name, Image and Likeness. Syracuse is the first collegiate program to have deal with Fantastec SWAP, which previously has produced NFTs for soccer clubs Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid.

According to the university, the athletes’ NFTs can be collected, traded or sold through the Fantastec SWAP APP. The first iteration of the partnership—Syracuse’s "Season Preview Collection"—will become available this Thursday, leading to more releases during the season.

College Football World Reacts To Biggest Fan Base Rankings (; Audilet)

A recent study has provided some interesting data about the distribution of college football fans around the country.

The findings indicate that 92% of all college football fans support a Power Five program and the top-16 fanbases make up 50% of all fans.

The Ohio State football program holds the largest fanbase by a wide margin with an estimated 11.26 million fans. The Buckeyes are followed by Notre Dame, Texas, Penn State and Michigan in the top five.

Upon first glance, there are several head-scratching positions on this data list.

The college football world took to Twitter to react to this data.

"Whew... this isn't gonna stir up some arguments at all," one fan wrote.

"Thinking Georgia has a smaller fan base than Oregon is not based in reality," a Bulldogs fan account said.

"This is hilariously bad," another added.

Several fans pointed out the fact that the Syracuse football program somehow made its way into the top-15.

"I’d probably go back to the drawing board and figure out what I did wrong if I conducted a study that told me that Syracuse had a top 15 fanbase in college football," college football reporter Tyler Calvaruso wrote.

"Haters can’t handle the truth, Syracuse is one of America’s favorite teams," another joked.

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Clemson Preview Football

Clemson, an outlier in the ACC, spent $43.8 million on football in 2020-21. The ACC average was $25.8 million. During the same time period, the average spending of SEC schools was $34.7 million.
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Teel: Hokies' AD Babcock on ACC football investments and losing Miami as annual opponent (; Teel)

In documents submitted to the U.S. Department of Education, the ACC’s 14 football members reported approximately $361 million in total football expenses for 2020-21, ranging from Clemson’s $43.8 million to Georgia Tech’s $19.6 million. The average was $25.8 million.

Accounting practices vary, but the question remains: Are ACC schools spending enough on football?

A committee of four athletic directors selected by league commissioner Jim Phillips is efforting an answer.

Virginia Tech’s Whit Babcock serves on the panel, and in a wide-ranging interview last week he discussed that process and other ACC issues. This is the second of two pieces detailing our conversation — the first centered on Hokies-centric matters.

Given the revenue gap between the conferences, no one should expect ACC schools to spend SEC-like amounts on football. Indeed, the SEC’s average football expenses in 2020-21 were $34.7 million, about 35% north of the ACC.

Babcock sits on the ACC football investment committee with Clemson’s Graham Neff, Duke’s Nina King and Georgia Tech’s Todd Stansbury. The group’s charge, Babcock said, is to “find some ways, apples-to-apples, where we can compare the investments every school is making in football.

“That’s a lot of trust, to put your information out there but we feel like there’s a way to do it through an independent party where it [shows] just as schools 1-14. It’s an attempt by the commissioner, and at the request of some of the ADs, so they can know, quite frankly, what some of the benchmarks are. And maybe some of the administrations at some of the schools can see that as well.”

With the sport generating 75-80% of revenue, the laser focus on ACC football starts with Phillips and includes the ACC Network and the conference’s athletic departments. Improving the on-field product is paramount if the league is to close the revenue gap, and that progress will hinge, in part, on sound investments.
“Is it X number of employees?” Babcock said. “Is it recruiting budget? ... I think it will be a good peer comparison, and that’s what we’re working on, not to call anybody out or give away any trade secrets. But the way people count analysts, quality control [staffers], trying to get all that together.

“It’s just a collective effort on the ACC’s part to be even better in football. We have been good, just not enough teams and not enough depth — yet.”

Another committee of athletic directors is studying the feasibility of disparate revenue sharing in the conference, and given his experience as an administrator at Missouri when the Tigers competed in the Big 12, Babcock is not sold on the practice.

ACC schools have long divided league revenue into essentially equal shares. But some advocate rewarding success, particularly in football, as well as the brand power that enhances television revenue.

Fair as that might sound, the Big 12’s catering to Texas caused resentment that helped push Texas A&M and Missouri to the SEC, and even then, the Longhorns eventually bailed, also to the SEC.

#11 Wake Forest WR A.T. Perry | 2022 ACC Top 25 Returning Players (; video; ACC Digital Network)

Wake Forest wide receiver A.T. Perry is a perfect fit for Sam Hartman and the Demon Deacons' high-powered offense. At 6'5" and 206 lbs, the physical wideout is known for going up and meeting the ball at its high point and coming down with the reception regardless of the defenders draped on him. He can make plays on deep balls down the field or make defenders miss and pick up yards after the catch with his elusiveness. Perry finished the 2021 season with 71 catches for 1,291 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns.

#10 Clemson DL Bryan Bresee | 2022 ACC Football Top 25 Players (; video; ACC Digital Network)

Clemson defensive lineman Bryan Bresee will be back with a vengeance in 2022 after starting only 4 contests in 2021 due to an injury derailing his season. Despite starting only 4 games, Bresee was still a third-team All-ACC selection. The once highly-touted recruit has flashed dominance on the field when healthy.

Best ACC Games to Watch Each Week This Season (SI; Vasile)

Week 0: Florida A&M at North Carolina

Aug. 27 at 8:15 p.m., ACCN

Pickings are slim for Week 0 matchups, but if you want to start watching college football right away, this could be an interesting nonconference game. Florida A&M, a historically Black university, has a storied history that includes 15 Black college football national championships. Last year, head coach Willie Simmons and the Rattlers went 9–3. They will be going up against Mack Brown and the Tar Heels, who are looking to bounce back after a lackluster 6–7 record last year.

Week 1: West Virginia at Pitt

Sept. at 7 p.m., ESPN

The Backyard Brawl is back for the first time in more than a decade, and College Gameday is making a visit. The Mountaineers have won seven of the last 10 matchups, including a 21–20 victory back in 2011. But a lot has changed since then, and West Virginia shouldn’t feel too comfortable against Pat Narduzzi and a surging Panthers squad that went 11–3 and claimed their first ACC title last season.

Week 2: Tennessee at Pitt

Sept. 10 at 3:30 p.m., ABC

Pittsburgh faces another interesting home matchup at the newly named Acrisure Stadium when Tennessee heads north for the second installment of the Johnny Majors Classic. The Volunteers may have won fewer games in the 2021–22 season (7–6), but they have one thing the Panthers don’t: a returning quarterback in Hendon Hooker. Narduzzi hasn’t named his starter yet, and the loss of Heisman finalist Kenny Pickett will be felt this season. (First-round pick Pickett is technically staying in Pittsburgh—as the Steelers’ quarterback.)

Week 3: Miami at Texas A&M

Sept. 17 at 9 p.m., ESPN

This nonconference matchup is the first of our picks to feature two teams ranked in the Preseason AP Top 25, with new coach Mario Cristobal and the Hurricanes traveling to College Station to take on Jimbo Fisher and the Aggies. Both teams were unable to compete in the bowls they were chosen for in the 2021–22 season.

No. 13 NC State ready for season of heightened expectations :: (; Beard)

Coach Dave Doeren knows all about North Carolina State's title drought — more than four decades have passed since the Wolfpack last won an Atlantic Coast Conference championship.

The coach also believes the wait could end this season.

“I want to bring it to them, man,” Doeren said of N.C. State fans. “I want to help them ease that pain.”

The expectations are high with the Wolfpack ranked 13th, matching the program's program’s best for the preseason AP Top 25 set in 1975. N.C. State was the second-leading vote-getter for preseason favorite in the league behind Clemson, though it would have to beat out the Tigers in the Atlantic Division to play for the title in the final year of the league’s two-division format.

The defense has 10 starters back, including top linebacker Payton Wilson from injury, after ranking highly in the Bowl Subdivision ranks. There's also an offense led by the preseason pick for ACC player of the year in quarterback Devin Leary.

N.C. State won nine games last year, including its first win against Clemson since 2011. It missed on a shot to become only the second Wolfpack team to reach double-figure wins when a Holiday Bowl matchup with UCLA was canceled due to COVID-19 issues within the Bruins program.

North Carolina aims to contend in ACC despite QB uncertainty :: (; Beard)

Mack Brown’s rebuild at North Carolina appeared ahead of schedule with a top-10 national ranking to open last season, only to see the first true setback since his return for his second stint with the program.

That led to changes for the Tar Heels — namely with the defensive coaching staff — along with self-reflection for the College Football Hall of Fame member.

“A really good, well-coached football team plays hard every week,” Brown said. "That's what I pride myself on. We didn't. We played up and down. ... And that's my responsibility.

“I've been more open with the coaches about that than you all. I've told them: ‘This was unacceptable, and we’re not going to do it anymore.' That's why I'm out here every minute pressing everybody to wake up and get back to where we were the second year."

The Tar Heels spent most 2020 in the AP Top 25 and opened last year at No. 10 – “criminally overrated,” Brown says now – only to go 6-7 despite the presence of star quarterback Sam Howell.

With Howell in the NFL, the Tar Heels have a position battle between third-year sophomore Jacolby Criswell and redshirt freshman Drake Maye to determine who gets the first shot at targeting star receiver Josh Downs (1,335 yards, eight TDs).

3 takes from FSU football practice (; Mire)

The days are inching closer to kickoff and the Florida State Seminoles are putting in the work. Running backs coach David Johnson arrived at practice jogging with his group, chanting “mindset” in a low tone as they approached the Sod Cemetery and crossed under the archway into the Dunlap Training Facility.

Head coach Mike Norvell mentioned after practice how grueling these past two days were and that today was the first extensive work they’ve had digging into the Duquesne game plan.

“With two back-to-back days, real physical work. the numbers of the work. We had guys hitting top speeds that they haven't hit all camp. That was a grueling practice yesterday when it came to the workload. Today we wanted a very similar approach.”

The team was able to break into two teams again and get some repetitions and looks arranging players around that are similar to what they’ll see in 10 days time.

Here are three observations from today:

Back and forth competition on both sides of the ball

The defensive backs and receivers were fun to watch in 1 on 1’s and 7 on 7. Wide receiver Ontaria Wilson had a couple of big catches but one in particular that I saw was him crossing the end zone about three steps ahead of defensive back Malik Feaster for a score.

*Feaster is still getting acclimated to a new defensive and offensive scheme so we can’t really judge him on a couple of plays. Wilson was having good day to start off with.

2022 Returning Starters by Team (RX; HM)

2022 Returning Starters by Team

Football season begins in just 9 days! How many starters return for each ACC team?

No @ACCFootball school has more returning starters than @CuseFootball

Which ACC school do you have the highest expectations for this season?
— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) August 16, 2022
I'd be more impressed with that Syracuse number if they had been good last year. Clemson was good, and they return most of the 2021 starters; beware of the Tigers.
... (RX; HM)

A Look at Potential Alumni Donors

Here's a way of looking at ACC schools that you may have never thought of before (at least, I hadn't). If we start with the number of living alumni for each school and multiply that by the average salary for graduates of that school, we get a potential pool of money from which donations, ticket purchases, etc. can be generated. Here's the chart:

ACC School#Living$AvgSal.Total potential$
North Carolina335,000$62,000$20,770,000,000
Virginia Tech255,000$73,000$18,615,000,000
Florida State360,000$50,000$18,000,000,000
Boston College182,736$93,000$16,994,448,000
NC State250,000$61,000$15,250,000,000




A Central New York developer has a signed contract to purchase the troubled Great Northern Mall and plans to convert it into a “lifestyle center” with luxury apartments and townhomes, a movie theater and hotel, high-end shops and restaurants.

Guy Hart Jr. of Hart Lyman Cos., who has a similar proposal at Lakeshore Golf Course in Cicero, said he believes the deal to purchase the mall will close this fall.

Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon, who earlier this year encouraged developers to invest in the dying mall, confirmed the planned sale to | The Post-Standard.

Hart’s company was able to secure a contract, and McMahon said he’s pleased with Hart’s plans for the mall property.

“To have a local company we can work and we have faith in is the right route for us,” the county executive said.

Hart said he sees Great Northern being redeveloped into a pedestrian-friendly lifestyle center with a village center feel to it. It would have high-end retail and grocery store names, along with a wealth of other amenities.

Hart has no immediate plans to shutter the mall, which is down to about 10 stores.

Hart said his interest stems from McMahon’s efforts to attract a chip manufacturer to a site in Clay just three miles from the mall. If the county lands a plant, it could mean a $40 billion to $90 billion investment boost and the creation of 4,000-8,000 jobs over the next 20 years.
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Hokie Mark

2nd String
Apr 15, 2013
BTW, that's $18.3 billion with a "b" in the hands of Syracuse alumni every year.
They have to spend it somehow.

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