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Aug 15, 2011
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SU News

Early National Signing Day: Live updates as SU football signs 2023 recruiting class (PS; Leiker)

Syracuse football will sign its first set of recruits in the 2023 class Wednesday as part of Early National Signing Day.

Dino Babers is scheduled to meet with media members at 2 p.m. to discuss the new players and other topics surrounding his program. It’s the first time he will have spoken since the departures of Tony White and Robert Anae and hirings of his new offensive and defensive coordinators.

Note: Refresh this page throughout Early Signing Day to see the latest updates

The Orange entered Wednesday morning with verbal commitments from a dozen high school players, three junior college players and four transfers.

But there are two names everyone will be fixated on. And the Orange might only get clarity on one by the end of the day.

Four-star quarterback LaNorris Sellers, the centerpiece of the class, is weighing an offer from the in-state SEC school, the University of South Carolina. He’s said he won’t be announcing his choice until Friday.

On The Block On Demand 12-20-22 (ESPN; radio; Axe)

Brent Axe is On The Block to share his H0T Takes on the transfer portal and what Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi had to say about it. Also on the show, LaNorris Sellers, Syracuse’s top verbal commit, will make his decision known on Friday and the Blindside with producer Matt Watling.

National Signing Day Live Updates (SI; McAllister)

It is the early National Signing Day! The 2023 recruiting class will make it official on where they will start their collegiate career. Keep it here and continue to refresh as we will be updating this page as National Letters of Intent are received by Syracuse. We will also cover flips, surprises and more as the day goes. We will list the time the letter comes in below, and link our player profile for each prospect. The list will update from the top down, meaning the most recent information will appear at the top.

7:00a.m.: Letters can start being sent in.

A reminder that player's are not obligated to sign during the early period, and can elect to wait until the traditional National Signing Day in February. An early signing period was added in 2017 to allow players to make their intentions official. Prior to that, players could only sign in February.

While it is called National Signing Day, players can sign at any time during the early signing period which runs from December 21st through December 23rd. If a player does not sign by December 23rd, they will have to wait until the late period which runs from February 1st through April 1st.

Syracuse Football Early National Signing Day Preview – Orange Fizz – Daily Syracuse Recruiting News & Team Coverage (; Eads)

Happy Holidays! Early National Signing Day is back and it’s always filled with fireworks. Syracuse Football has picked up its game on the recruiting front as of late and the Orange have momentum into NSD. As of right now, Dino Babers’ 2023 class ranks 83rd in the nation and dead last in the ACC, according to

Last year, the ‘Cuse made some noise on this day and added some surprise studs to its class. SU is looking to do the same this year, but also retain its committed prospects. This year’s version of NSD may not be so fun for Orange Nation. Here’s who’s committed for now:


QB – LaNorris Sellers
DL – Vincent Carroll-Jackson
RB – Ike Daniels
DL – Rashard Perry
ATH – Muwaffaq Parkman
OT – Jayden Bass
TE – David Clement
WR – Bryce Cohoon

Edge – Jalil Smith
B – Zyian Moultrie-Goddard
OIL – J’onre Reed
OT – Lysander Moeolo
LB – Lonnie Rice
DL – Ty Gordon

Syracuse Football: Experts project 4-star QB commit will flip to Gamecocks (itlh; Adler)

Earlier this month, multiple media reports suggested that 2023 four-star quarterback LaNorris Sellers planned to honor his verbal commitment to Syracuse football and sign his national letter of intent with the Orange during the early national signing period that begins on Wednesday, Dec. 21.

However, on Tuesday, at least two experts logged predictions with medium confidence levels where they forecast that the 6-foot-2 Sellers will flip his commitment from Syracuse football to his home-state Southeastern Conference team, South Carolina.

Sellers, who was a senior standout for South Florence High School in Florence, S.C., has a strong relationship with ‘Cuse offensive coordinator Jason Beck.

But the Gamecocks, which offered a scholarship to Sellers in October, have been aggressively recruiting him lately, per reports. And the opportunity for Sellers to play close to home, I imagine, is appealing to this talented young man.

Syracuse football is in a recruiting battle with USC for 2023 four-star quarterback LaNorris Sellers.

On Tuesday, South Carolina received crystal-ball predictions for Sellers from 247Sports national analyst Brian Dohn and 247Sports director of football recruiting Steve Wiltfong.

Wiltfong also published a piece on Tuesday entitled, “South Carolina in strong position to flip four-star QB LaNorris Sellers.”

While analyst projections aren’t always correct, this is not a good sign for the Orange’s chances with Sellers, who recently led South Florence to the South Carolina Class AAAA state championship.

Is LaNorris Sellers signing Wednesday? Yes, but he won’t announce his future home until Friday (PS; Leiker)

Syracuse football fans will have to wait a couple extra days to find out whether the Orange’s most highly anticipated recruit will stick with his verbal commitment.

Four-star quarterback LaNorris Sellers will sign his letter of intent Wednesday when the early signing period opens but won’t announce where he’s penned his commitment until a ceremony at his high school Friday, according to a report by The State.

Sellers is the centerpiece of the Orange’s recruiting class and has been verbally committed to SU since March.

Sellers has been pursued heavily throughout a stellar season by his home state’s flagship, the University of South Carolina. He finished his final season of high school ball a state champion with over 3,000 total offensive yards and more than 60 touchdowns.

Sellers talked or texted with “practically every member of the USC staff” Saturday following his return home from competing in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, where he played alongside a handful of Gamecocks commits, according to the report.

He told The State the strength of his commitment to Syracuse was at “a 6 or a 7,” which falls in line with what Sellers told earlier this month about whether he would still be signing with SU.

“I think I’m pretty positive just because the relationship with coach (Jason) Beck and (Robert) Anae,” Sellers said Dec. 4. “I don’t think anything will change.”

While Anae is no longer at Syracuse, having departed days after Sellers’ comments, Beck is still around and was Sellers’ primary recruiter. Beck was promoted from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator.


Syracuse offensive lineman Matthew Bergeron (60) points on the line against Notre Dame on Oct 29. Bergeron officially declared for the 2023 NFL Draft on Tuesday. Dennis Nett |

Matthew Bergeron is the 4th Syracuse player to officially declare for the 2023 NFL Draft (PS; Leiker)

A fourth Syracuse football player has officially declared his time with the Orange is over.

Left tackle Matthew Bergeron announced Tuesday via Twitter that he is officially declaring for the 2023 NFL Draft. He did not explicitly state whether he the announcement doubles as an opt-out for the Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 29.

Bergeron joins teammates Chris Elmore (FB), Garrett Williams (CB) and Sean Tucker (RB) in having declared for the draft.

With that being said, I will be declaring for the 2023 NFL draft. Thank you Syracuse
— Matthew Bergeron (@MatthewkBerger1) December 20, 2022

The news comes as no surprise after Bergeron accepted a Senior Bowl invite last month. He’s the only Syracuse player set to appear in the annual draft showcase game.

A captain and four-year starter, Bergeron helped pave the way for another 1,000-yard season from Tucker this year and a total 4,399 yards from the SU offense. Bergeron posted his best overall offensive grade this season (74.8%) and was 46th in pass blocking at 81.4% according to Pro Football Focus.

He’s the No. 23 tackle of the 2023 draft class, also according to PFF, and was the No. 5 tackle on the most recent big board by ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr.

10 Fun Facts About the Syracuse Orange - (

Garrett Shrader ’23 is a pilot? Malcolm Folk ’25, a saxophonist? Maximilian Mang ’24 played volleyball in Germany? … Just a few interesting facts about the Syracuse Orange, which are competing in the Bad Boy Mowers Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on Dec. 29. Find out why this year’s roster is one of the deepest and most talented of the Dino Babers era.

Who’s the Boss?

Linebacker Kadin Bailey ’26 has football in his blood. The 6-foot-2, 217-pound freshman hails from the Peach State, where his father (Boss) and two uncles (Champ and Ron) were University of Georgia royalty. Boss led the defense on Georgia’s 2002 SEC Championship team before turning pro. He and Champ, a college and pro football Hall of Famer, then played together for the Denver Broncos. Ron had a brief career in Germany.

Tackling Opportunity

Victoriaville is a Canadian hockey town, but thanks to co-captain Matthew Bergeron ’23, it’s also known for football. The first person from his high school to earn an NCAA Division I football scholarship, the 6-foot-5, 322-pound junior is the lynchpin of Syracuse’s offensive line. The All-ACC tackle also is a top NFL prospect—the only member of the Orange to accept an invitation to the 2023 Senior Bowl.

Folk Hero

Malcolm Folk ’25 is one of many student athletes with hidden talents off the field. A trained musician, the 6-foot-1, 201-pound redshirt freshman plays multiple instruments including saxophone, guitar and drums. No surprise that his pregame ritual includes listening to rap and hip-hop.

Like Father, Like Son

Football runs in the family of wide receiver Oronde Gadsden II ’25. His father played for the Miami Dolphins, catching Dan Marino’s last touchdown pass in 1999. The 6-foot-5, 216-pound sophomore—the Orange’s sole representative on the 2022 All-ACC first team—is on the Biletnikoff Award watch list.

The Rise of a True Competitor - (

Social work senior David Sobczak ’23 has spent much of the last four years at the JMA Wireless Dome, where he developed his love of football into successful coaching experience.

Wilbert Montgomery knew there was something special about David Sobczak ’23 the minute he first saw him.

Montgomery, a former NFL star running back and Super Bowl-winning assistant coach, was watching his son participate in a football camp when he looked across the field and saw Sobczak, who was born with cerebral palsy and had difficulty walking.

What drew me to David right away was watching this young man being a competitor with what he was dealing with.
—Wilbert Montgomery, former NFL star running back and Super Bowl-winning assistant coach

Sobczak, a high school sophomore who had dreams of coaching in the NFL, was talking to a coach who told him that if he really wanted to coach football, he needed to talk to that man over there. He was pointing at Montgomery.

“I saw the struggle he was going through just to walk,” Montgomery says. “But he walked all the way around to the other side of the field to ask me if he could visit me sometime and talk about football. What drew me to David right away was watching this young man being a competitor with what he was dealing with.”

Montgomery, who has become Sobczak’s most trusted mentor, learned that day what many others have learned over the last several years—never underestimate David Sobczak.

Now a Syracuse University senior, Sobczak is walking without braces following multiple surgeries, and he’s finishing his fourth and final season as an offensive student assistant coach at Syracuse under head coach Dino Babers. On Dec. 29, the Orange will make their first bowl appearance since 2018 against the University of Minnesota in the Bad Boy Mowers Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium in New York City.

Sobczak is on track to graduate this spring with a degree in social work from the Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. He gravitated toward social work because of the time he spent in hospitals with other children and families who didn’t always have the resources to get the help they needed.

Syracuse Football: Looking at the NFL Draft value of star RB Sean Tucker (itlh; Nutting)

Syracuse football starting running back Sean Tucker (#34) has announced that he will declare for the 2023 NFL Draft after three seasons with the Orange. Tucker has had an incredible career at Syracuse, where he would run for 27 touchdowns and 3,182 yards rushing, and would also catch four touchdowns and 622 receiving yards.

So based on his performance and stats, where does Sean Tucker rank in terms of running backs heading into the NFL Draft? Based on his performance over the past few seasons, it might be possible to see Tucker get drafted as an early second-round to late first-round pick.

Some teams in the NFL will look at how Tucker’s speed, agility, and hands match up with the rest of the other possible rookies coming in. Tucker will need to show his skills off at the combine and show why he was a key piece for the Orange this season.

Sean Tucker will be going up against some tough competition when it comes to this running back class, going up against guys like Texas’ Bijan Robinson, Alabama’s Jahmyr Gibbs, and Michigan’s Blake Corum, who was one of the best in college football this season.

Syracuse football running back Sean Tucker will play in the NFL in the near future.

Tucker will need to prove that he has the ability and skills to be a factor for NFL teams that need help at that position, with teams like the Los Angeles Rams, the Buffalo Bills, the Seattle Seahawks, and the Baltimore Ravens.

The NFL Draft combine is where he will need to prove himself and teams will be looking at him as a guy who knows how to lead a team based on what he did for the Orange, where he was breaking records, helping his team in must-win situations, and being a player who the team could rely on.

Sports Speak Up! Optimism for Lobo football seems to be 'Long' gone (

Dec. 21—NO OFFENSIVE coordinator? No defensive coordinator? Wednesdays national signing day? Well I feel really optimistic about the direction of Lobo football.

— Davario

ROCKY IS GONE. Not surprising but sooo disappointing. He was the only proven commodity on the Lobo coaching staff. That, in conjunction with some key losses through the transfer portal leaves the cupboard pretty bare. This upcoming year may be Danny Gonzales' biggest challenge yet.

— Bob, UNM Area

I GUESS IT didn't take Rocky long to see that he and Lobo football fans were getting the short end of the stick. And that's the Long and the short of it.


— Rich, Corrales

THE UNM football program is not sinking as some allege. It has sunk! With top players rushing to the transfer protocol and the Number One Lobo Rocky Long leaving for a safe harbor in Syracuse. Over to you AD Nuñez. It's past time to clean house and start at the top.

— Dave C, Albuquerque

THE SYRACUSE football team got an early Christmas present this year: "A Piece of the Rock."

— Will, NE Heights

I DISLIKE saying this, but having been subjected to three seasons of lousy Lobo football: "I hope coach Rocky Long keeps Danny Gonzales' phone number handy in his back pocket. Just in case a football coaching job opens up at Syracuse U."

— North Valley Wally

ACC News

2023 ACC FB Schedule Preview (RX; HM)

2023 ACC FB Schedule Preview

The SEC released their 2023 schedule back on September 20th. The Big Ten released theirs on October 26th. However, the ACC has yet to release theirs.

What's the hold up, ACC? Technically, there are two: Georgia Tech and Miami each needs one OOC game to complete their non-conference line-ups. Git 'er done!

New Matrix: 2023 ACC Opponents

At least we know what each team's ACC schedule will look like (sans dates, of course) thanks to the opponent matrix the conference released when it announced it was doing away with divisions.
Boston College: Home – Florida State, Miami, Virginia, Virginia Tech; Away – Georgia Tech, Louisville, Pitt, Syracuse
Clemson: Home – Florida State, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Wake Forest; Away – Duke, Miami, NC State, Syracuse
Duke: Home – Clemson, NC State, Pitt, Wake Forest; Away – Florida State, Louisville, North Carolina, Virginia
Florida State: Home – Duke, Miami, Syracuse, Virginia Tech; Away – Boston College, Clemson, Pitt, Wake Forest
Georgia Tech: Home – Boston College, Louisville, North Carolina, Syracuse; Away – Clemson, Miami, Virginia, Wake Forest
Louisville: Home – Boston College, Duke, Virginia, Virginia Tech; Away – Georgia Tech, Miami, NC State, Pitt
Miami: Home – Clemson, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Virginia; Away – Boston College, Florida State, North Carolina, NC State
North Carolina: Home – Duke, Miami, Syracuse, Virginia; Away – Clemson, Georgia Tech, NC State, Pitt
NC State: Home – Clemson, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina; Away – Duke, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest
Pitt: Home – Boston College, Florida State, Louisville, North Carolina; Away – Duke, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest
Syracuse: Home – Boston College, Clemson, Pitt, Wake Forest; Away – Florida State, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Virginia Tech

ACC 2022 Football Factoids (Regular Season) (RX; HM)

ACC 2022 Football Factoids (Regular Season)

Boston College: First-team All-ACC WR Zay Flowers broke every major receiving record at BC in his senior season; pushing to the top of the chart in receptions (200), receiving yards (3,056) and receiving touchdowns (29).
Clemson: Clemson won 10 games for a school record 12th consecutive season. Clemson became only the third FBS program ever to post 11 consecutive 10-win seasons alongside Florida State (14 from 1987-2000) and Alabama (14 from 2008-21).
Duke: QB Riley Leonard is the first player in program history to record 10-plus rushing and 20-plus passing touchdowns in a single season. Leonard leads all ACC quarterbacks in rushing yards.
Florida State: Florida State is one of three teams, along with No. 1 Georgia and No. 6 Alabama, ranked in the top-15 nationally in both yards per play on offense and defense.
Georgia Tech: LB Ayinde Eley finished the season with 118 tackles, which are the most by a Yellow Jacket since P.J. Davis in 2014 (119 in 14 games). Eley is one of only three Yellow Jackets since 2000 with as many as 118 tackles in a season (Julian Burnett – 120 in 2011 and Davis).
Louisville: DE Yasir Abdullah was a dominating force on a defense that finished second nationally in the ACC in sacks. He was second in the league with 8.0 sacks and seventh in the conference with 13.0 tackles for loss.
Miami: First-team All-ACC safety Kam Kinchens tied for the nation’s lead in interceptions during the regular season and paced the Hurricanes with 59 tackles. His six picks trail only Bennie Blades (10) and Sean Taylor on Miami’s single-season interception list.
North Carolina: North Carolina has six road wins in a season for the first time ever. The Tar Heels were 6-0 in league play for the first time going 8-0 in 2015.
NC State: LB Drake Thomas leads the Wolfpack with 90 tackles and ranks first among all ACC defensive players with 13 tackles for loss in conference games. Thomas also ranks second in the ACC with 6.5 sacks in ACC contests.
Pitt: ACC DPOY Calijah Kancey is the only student athlete in the country who was named a finalist for both the 2022 Outland Trophy (top interior lineman) and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy (top defensive player). He has compiled 31 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks in 11 games played.
Syracuse: First-team All-ACC TE Orande Gadsden set single-season program records for receptions (54) and receiving yards (891) this season. He leads the nation in receiving yards and touchdowns by a tight end, and is sixth in the ACC in receiving yards by any player regardless of position.

(youtube; video; CFP&P)

Wake Forest vs Missouri NCAAF game preview for December 23rd, 2022. Wake Forest takes on Missouri in the Gasparilla Bowl. Wake Forest is 7-5 this year. Missouri comes into the game at 6-6. The game is close to even by NCAAF odds. Which team should you back to be the winning NCAAF pick?

ACC Transfer Portal News (SI; Staff)

As we close in on National Signing Day for the high school football prospects that will soon have put pen to paper, there’s been a considerable amount of action with the Transfer Portal, too.

It’s well known that the Miami Hurricanes have been active, with recent examples having been former Alabama offensive guard Javion Cohen and UCF cornerback Davonte Brown joining Mario Cristobal and his staff in Coral Gables.

What about the competition for the Hurricanes in the Atlantic Coast Conference though? Here are a few of the happenings that took place already that impact the opponents Miami will play in 2023. Let’s start with a closer look at rival Florida State, then add a few notes about other key programs from the ACC.

Florida State: Fellow Fan Nation site NoleGameday has reported about Virginia transfer defensive back Fentrell Cypress II and his official visit to Tallahassee. The Noles need defensive back help, so that’s a situation to monitor.

The Seminoles also needed offensive line help and will be getting Casey Roddick from Colorado. He has starting experience, so FSU did well with landing him.

The Noles also have South Carolina transfer Jaheim Bell, a tight end/H-back, coming to play for them. Also, FSU added former Miami defensive tackle Darrell Jackson. It's not been all good for the Seminoles.

FSU lost talented freshman defensive back Sam McCall to the Portal, and he was expected to be a big part of the Seminoles secondary when he first signed his letter of intent. Hard to find talent with McCall’s length and size at 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds.

Several other FSU players are in the Transfer Portal, including 2022 top defensive line recruit Shambe Jackson from Orlando (Fla.) Boone. Much like the Canes, the Noles will see quite a bit of turnover with the Transfer Portal this offseason.

North Carolina: With Keeshawn Silver having decided to transfer, it’s a disappointing end to a two-year stint for Silver in Chapel Hill. A highly regarded prospect, he never played much for UNC. The 6-foot-6 and 295-pound defensive lineman will likely see several suitors though. Cannot teach his size.

Overall, since earlier in the college football season, the Tar Heels have gone well past 10 players that entered the Portal. That’s a lot. It will be interesting to see how they finish recruiting to help offset some of those losses, as well as gaining transfers.

Clemson: It’s the one program that just does not seem to want to take players from the Transfer Portal. Much has been discussed about how Dabo Swinney much prefers to bring in high school talent, but can that be sustainable by itself and Clemson remain a top 10 program?

Several Tigers are now in the Transfer Portal, including just losing former cornerback starter Fred Davis II to UCF, linebacker Vanta Bentley to Colorado, and wide receiver Dacari Collins to North Carolina State.

Even former starting quarterback DJ Uiagalelei has made his intentions to transfer known. Indeed, Clemson has seen quite a few players leave and it’s going to be hard for the Tigers to reach 85 scholarships unless Swinney changes his plans about how he handles adding players from the Portal, too.

North Carolina State: There has been the aforementioned Collins coming to the Wolfpack from the Tigers, but there’s bigger news. Quarterback Devin Leary has been in the Transfer Portal for a while. Several schools have been rumored but it’s the point that it will be hard for NC ST to replace a possible future NFL quarterback.

Overall, the Wolfpack have not been as hard as the Tar Heels or Seminoles, but they have not landed as much talent from the Portal either.

Pittsburgh: After only one season, quarterback Kedon Slovis has entered the Transfer Portal again. Pittsburgh’s quarterback situation was expected to be held down by Slovis but he only completed 58.4% of his passes, passed for 2,391 yards, and threw 10 touchdowns to nine interceptions.

In sum, Pittsburgh has seen seven players enter the Transfer Portal since it officially reopened on Dec. 5. Look for Pittsburgh to be active in bringing in players after having a solid 8-4 season, including winning their last four contests heading into the Sun Bowl contest with UCLA.

All Hurricanes will be periodically checking back in with how some Miami opponents are doing with the Transfer Portal to give a glimpse of future matchups with the Canes.

Boston College football picks up transfer Arkansas DB Khari Johnson (bcinterruption; Flannery)

On Tuesday evening, Arkansas DB Khari Johnson announced that he was committed to transfer to Boston College in 2023.

Locked In! 617 let’s work! @BCFootball
— Khari Johnson (@EliteKhariJ) December 20, 2022

Johnson is a Boston native and will play his senior season back home on the Heights after spending his first three seasons down in Arkansas. Originally a 3-star prospect out of high school, Johnson worked his way into a larger role in 2022 and played in 10 games this season for the Razorbacks after playing in just 3 and 4 games in the 2020 and 2021 seasons, respectively. He wasn’t a terribly impactful player, making 25 tackles on the season and defending one pass, but he is welcome support in a defensive backfield that is losing pieces in Jaiden Woodbey and Jason Maitre.

Welcome home, Khari!

Michigan DL transfer George Rooks commits to Boston College football (bcinterruption; Flannery)

On Tuesday night, Michigan DL George Rooks announced that he has committed to transfer to Boston College for 2023.

Next Chapter...✌ #BCEagles
— George Rooks (@georgerooks_) December 21, 2022

Rooks is a New Jersey native entering his junior season after spending two years in Ann Arbor, being recruited out of high school as a 4-star recruit but never really getting an opportunity to shine on Michigan’s stacked roster. The 6’5” defensive lineman appeared in just 6 games for the Wolverines in 2022, but provided good depth as he recovered a fumble in their game against UConn and was able to sub in at the defensive interior, edge, and special teams when needed. He’ll add that depth to a BC front 7 that desperately needs it, after some disaster games led teams like Rutgers run all over the Eagles in 2022.

Welcome to the Heights, George!

NC State football recruiting class 2023: Meet the Wolfpack's early signees (; Thompson)

NC State football fans will get their first look at the future of the Wolfpack on Wednesday as the early signing period opens for the Class of 2023.

No. 23 NC State (8-4) had the No. 64-ranked recruiting class in 2022 and 10th in the ACC, according to the 247Sports composite. This year's class enters the early signing period ranked No. 41. The Wolfpack aim to carry their end-of-season momentum into recruiting after a regular-season finale upset over rival UNC behind the play of quarterback Ben Finley.

'Run The Damn Ball': New UNC Football Coaches Excited for 2023 - (; Koh)

UNC head coach Mack Brown had plenty to say in his first press conference since the ACC Championship Game. He spoke about Carolina’s upcoming bowl game, issues with the transfer portal and abuses of NIL, but took much of his time to introduce his two newest assistants: offensive line coach Randy Clements and offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey. Clements most recently coached at North Texas and has a 35-year career. Lindsey spent 2022 at UCF and has coached for 26 years, including a three-year stint as head coach at Troy.

Brown said he sought out coaches during the hiring process who would merely tweak the offense, not give it a complete facelift. He said his list of priorities included better red-zone efficiency, fewer tackles for loss and taking pressure off his star quarterback.

“I thought we got too dependent on Drake [Maye] this year, because he was so good,” Brown said. “And our skill was so good that we could beat most people just by throwing up and down the field. To win championships, you’ve got to run the ball and you’ve got to stop the run. And until we can do those two things, we’re not going to win any more games.”

And when Brown first met Clements for his interview, the O-line coach’s particular choice of attire was exactly what he was looking for.

“When I coached against Randy [at Baylor] before, they could run the football,” Brown said. “And that’s what he wants to do. He started out the interview by saying, ‘Run the damn ball.’ He had a hat that all the linemen wore that said, ‘Run the damn ball.’ He had a t-shirt on that said, ‘Run the damn ball.’ So I said, ‘I got it, man. I’m in!’”

Former Harrisburg High LB Andre White Jr. says he is headed to the ACC (; Linder)

Andre White Jr. has a new college football home.

Just two weeks after announcing that he was entering the transfer portal, the former Texas A&M and Harrisburg High linebacker said Tuesday that he will close out his career at Georgia Tech.

He will have one season of eligibility remaining.

White Jr. played in seven games for Texas A&M this year, making four starts. He missed five games with injury, and finished with 35 tackles, four for loss, with three pass breakups.

White Jr. played in 40 games across his career at Texas A&M with 14 starts. He finished his time there with 139 tackles with his best season coming as a junior when he was in on 57 tackles with 1.5 sacks and an interception.



Ed Gottlieb, of Pacific Properties, is seeking tenants for Center Armory, the development he owns in the heart of Syracuse's Armory Square. (Don Cazentre |

Armory Square’s empty storefronts: Are the lights about to come back on? (PS; $; Cazentre)

Cheryl Chaif admits there have been times recently when she’s been a bit depressed while looking out from her restaurant, The Hops Spot, on Walton Street in Armory Square.

“Some nights the only lights on are ours and the Lemon Grass (restaurant across the street),” Chaif said.

But she and her husband, Ryan, are doing their part to turn more lights back on in the city’s downtown entertainment and shopping district.

The Chaifs are opening two new businesses in the area: A cocktail bar that opens next week behind The Hops Spot and a “chicken and bourbon joint” coming next spring to the long-vacant Empire Brewing Co. space next door.

It was the open spaces nearby and the Chaifs’ desire to continue to be players in Armory Square that helped them make the decision.

“We’ve looked at other locations, but our home base now is Armory Square and there were these spaces available,” Chaif said. “There really wasn’t any reason to look anywhere else.”

Armory Square, long considered the beating heart of Syracuse’s downtown, has seen a rise in the number of empty storefronts and business closings in recent years, both during and since Covid. Several popular mainstays are gone. “For rent” signs have lingered too long. And, yes, many lights remain off.

But there are reasons to be optimistic heading into the new year.

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