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Aug 15, 2011
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Class of 2024 Running Back Sam Cooper Commits to Syracuse (Sl; McAllister)

Class of 2024 Fairless Hills (PA) Conwell Egan athlete Sam Cooper has committed to Syracuse, he tells All Syracuse. Cooper was on the Syracuse campus on Saturday for junior day, picked up an offer during the visit and committed before heading home. Cooper is an athlete who plays running back, wide receiver and linebacker in high school, but is coming to the Orange as a running back.

The 5-11, 185-pounder is the second 2024 verbal commitment for Syracuse, joining wide receiver Syair Torrence out of local CBA. That makes two early pledges to start off the Orange's 2024 class before the late signing period for the 2023 cycle has even begun.

Micah Ford Recaps Syracuse Junior Day (SI; McAllister)

One of Syracuse football's top targets in the 2024 recruiting class is Toms River (NJ) North athlete Micah Ford. Ford plays quarterback, running back and defensive back for Toms River North, but also has the skill set to play wide receiver. After posting 2,360 rushing yards with 33 touchdowns and 1,203 passing yards with 17 more scores during his junior season, Ford has racked up offers.

The Gatorade Player of the Year in New Jersey, Ford has offers from UConn, Wake Forest, Temple, Syracuse and others. He spent Saturday on Syracuse's campus for Junior Day.

"We got to learn more about the school academically and we got to sit with our position coach to see how they run stuff," Ford said. "The best part was sitting down with the head coach face to face and truly getting to know about him.

How to watch NFLPA Collegiate Bowl: Time, TV channel, free live stream (PS; Axelson)

The 2023 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, the premiere showcase for draft-eligible college football all-stars, kicks off Saturday, January 28 (1/28/2022) at 6 p.m. ET at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California.

The game will air on NFL Network, and can be streamed live on fuboTV (free trial), Sling (half off first month) and other live TV services.

The best up and coming college football talent are invited to play in front of NFL scouts and coaches at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. The Bowl gives players a preview of the intensity of professional football, as well as the business and lifestyle side of becoming a professional athlete.

Included in the roster this year is Syracuse University linebacker Mikel Jones and University of Buffalo wide receiver Justin Marshall, both playing for the 2023 American Team. Other top talent to watch at this year’s Bowl include Louisville QB Malik Cunningham, Clemson WR Joseph Ngata and Texas TE Jahleel Billingsley.

Buffalo Bills reportedly meet with ‘buzzy’ Syracuse LB at NFLPA Bowl (PS; $; Talbot)

After a strong week at the NFLPA Bowl, Syracuse linebacker Mikel Jones put himself into a position to potentially get selected in the 2023 NFL Draft.

Ryan Fowler of The Draft Network referred to Jones as a “buzzy name” throughout the past few weeks while praising his versatility on the field.

The Buffalo Bills may agree with Fowler’s assessment as the team reportedly met with Jones last week. In addition to Buffalo, Jones also reportedly met with teams including the San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Chargers, Tennessee Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers.

During his four seasons at Syracuse, Jones recorded 299 total tackles (22 TFL) while logging 8.5 sacks, four interceptions, three forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and two passes defensed.

Jones recorded a team leading five tackles in the American Team’s win in the NFLPA Bowl.

Sources: UTEP offensive coordinator Dave Warner resigns post with Miners (; Brice)

Dave Warner, a college coaching veteran who joined Dana Dimel's UTEP staff in January 2021, has resigned from the Miners' program, multiple sources told FootballScoop.

Warner, whose work in his first season in El Paso, Texas, saw him spearhead the Miners's most productive offense by yards since 2009, helped UTEP win 12 games in his two seasons, a stretch that included the program's return to the postseason following a pivotal 2021 season.

A former Syracuse quarterback whose coaching career has included stops at his alma mater, as well as Kansas and Michigan State among Power-5 stints as well as several additional Football Bowls Subdivision stops, has coached parts of the past five decades in college football.

UTEP slipped to a 5-7 campaign in 2022, dropping four of their final six contests.

The Miners are slated to open the 2023 season against Jacksonville State and has additional non-conference games against Incarnate-Word, Northwestern, Arizona and UNLV before diving into Conference-USA competition.

ACC News (newsobserver; $; Decock)

Not good news for UConn...

Coming off a year in which the ACC played 10 road games at non-Power 5 opponents — and lost three of them — schools received new guidance from the league office: Don’t.

While the nonconference portions of the schedules to be released Monday are often set years if not decades in advance, the ACC has asked schools to schedule most, if not all, of their future nonconference road games at either Power 5 teams or Army.

That sounds simple enough, except it can cost anywhere from $500,000 to $1 million to buy a home game against even a low-level FBS team, and playing home-and-homes or two-for-ones are often the best balance between finances and, to be blunt, wins.

Throw in geographic considerations where going on the road makes sense for recruiting reasons or otherwise — Appalachian State and Charlotte and East Carolina for the North Carolina schools, Liberty and Old Dominion for the Virginia schools — and it’s a tough nut to crack.

“It’s potentially more expensive,” North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham said, “but theoretically you can build more competitive, better schedules.”

That’s why ACC commissioner Jim Phillips made that ask, although creating better inventory for the ACC Network and the league’s partners at ESPN was certainly a consideration, as well.

“Those end up being individual campus decisions, but we have pushed hard about making sure when we have opportunities to play really good programs and teams in the nonconference, we need to do that,” Phillips said. “We just do. When you look at some of our better teams over the last three or four years, in particular a school like Clemson, that’s what they’ve done. And you have to do that.

“It doesn’t mean all 12 of your games have to be at that level, but when you have the opportunity to play home games or home-and-homes, they need to be against the very best competition you can.”

That can make things a little tricky. While the mandate didn’t extend to getting out of existing contacts — and both Duke and N.C. State travel to Connecticut this year — some schools have looked for escape routes.

While it hasn’t been announced yet, the Wolfpack has pushed a 2025 road game against South Florida to 2029, buying time to negotiate a buyout or for the Bulls to meet the criteria. In future years, N.C. State still has trips to Appalachian State, East Carolina, Troy, Charlotte and Louisiana Tech on its schedule.

In September, Wake Forest canceled a home-and-home with FBS independent Liberty in part because of the ACC’s guidance, Wake athletic director John Currie confirmed. The Deacons were supposed to go to Lynchburg in 2025 and host the Flames in 2026.

“The 2025 date is a possibility to make up the Appalachian State home game postponed during the COVID-2020 season,” Currie said in a press release last fall. “In 2026 we travel to both Purdue and Army, so our focus for our remaining dates that year will be on home games.”

But North Carolina — which played two road games at Group of 5 opponents last season — doesn’t plan to get out of games at Charlotte in 2025 and UConn in 2027. And Duke not only intends to play several future road games against non-P5 teams as scheduled but intends to stay true to its overall scheduling philosophy, which is built around home-and-homes with teams that give Duke a good chance at a nonconference win without undue financial burden.

In addition to UConn his fall, Duke goes to Middle Tennessee State, Temple and Tulane in future years.

That last game — in 2025 — looks awfully good now, with the Green Wave coming off a Cotton Bowl win over Southern Cal, even if Tulane doesn’t fit the ACC’s criteria, technically speaking.

But that is, Phillips said, the goal.

“We’re working together to create better matchups and matchups that people around the country, their fans and others, would like to see,” Phillips said. “And certainly television would like to see.”

COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: ACC Football Kickoff goes to 3 days (

For the first time in the history of the event, the Atlantic Coast Conference will conduct the annual ACC Football Kickoff with three full interview days, July 25-27, in Charlotte, North Carolina, at The Westin Charlotte. ACC Network will provide live coverage each day.

“ACC Football Kickoff is one of the league’s signature events, and we look forward to this year’s event and its expanded coverage,” said ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips, Ph.D. “This is another terrific opportunity to highlight our tremendous ACC football student-athletes, head coaches and programs and we look forward to all of them coming together. We appreciate ACC Network broadcasting live during all three days and the outstanding media dedicated to covering our league.”

With the elimination of divisions beginning this fall, the breakdown of schools will be as follows:

Tuesday, July 25: Commissioner Jim Phillips, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami, Syracuse

Wednesday, July 26: Duke, Florida State, Pitt, Virginia, Virginia Tech

Thursday, July 27: Boston College, Clemson, North Carolina, NC State, Wake Forest

Clemson 2023 Football Schedule to be Released Monday (; Kantor)

On Monday at 7:30pm the ACC Network will host a two-hour schedule release show unveiling the full ACC slate for the 2023 college football season. Where’s what we already know. Clemson’s full non-conference slate is available:

Week 2 (Sep 9): Charleston Southern
Week 3 (Sep 16): Florida Atlantic
Week 10 (Nov 4): Notre Dame
Week 13 (Nov 25): at South Carolina

With the new division-less scheduling model, the three permanent ACC rivals that Clemson will play annually are Georgia Tech, Florida State, and NC State. They host Georgia Tech and Florida State and travel to Raleigh to play NC State. The five remaining ACC games will include:

Wake Forest
North Carolina
at Syracuse
at Miami
at Duke

Notably absent are two former intra-division foes, Boston College and Louisville. With no non-conference game scheduled for week 1, Clemson will start the season with an ACC game. Here’s what I’m hoping to see:

Friedlander: Way-too-early prediction of every ACC team's starting QB in 2023 - Saturday Road (; Friedlander)

Last season was billed as the Year of the Quarterback in the ACC because of the abundance of highly regarded passers throughout the league.

Ten of the league’s 14 teams returned their starters, including all 7 in the now-defunct Atlantic Division. And that didn’t even include the eventual conference Player of the Year, North Carolina’s Drake Maye.

Maye will be back in 2023, as well as fellow Heisman hopeful Jordan Travis of Florida State and breakout star Riley Leonard of Duke.

So are super seniors Brennan Armstrong and Phil Jurkovec. Only they won’t be playing for the same ACC teams as they did in 2022.

Armstrong moved from Virginia to NC State while the Western Pennsylvania native Jurkovec returned home to Pittsburgh after spending the past 2 seasons at Boston College. They’re among a group of as many as 6 transfers projected to start under center in the ACC this fall.

Call it the Year of the Transfer Quarterback.

Though it’s still early and things could change dramatically depending on how things go in spring practice, here’s an early look at what to expect, team by team, at the most important position on the field:

Boston College: Emmett Morehead

The Eagles’ preparations for a bounce-back season in 2023 began in Week 8 of last season when Morehead took over as QB1 after Jurkovec injured his right knee early in the 3rd quarter of a loss to UConn. A strong-armed 6-5, 228-pound redshirt freshman, Morehead struggled in finishing that game and again a few weeks later in a shutout loss to Notre Dame.

But he also showed flashes of brilliance, particularly in driving BC 69 yards on 12 plays for the winning touchdown with 14 seconds remaining to beat NC State. He completed 59.9% of his passes for 1,254 yards and 10 touchdowns with 6 interceptions to firmly establish himself as the Eagles’ starter moving forward.

Clemson: Cade Klubnik

Klubnik was already penciled in to take over as the Tigers’ starter next season even before he supplanted incumbent DJ Uiagalelei with his MVP performance against North Carolina in the ACC Championship Game. So, the loss of Uiagalelei to the transfer portal will have little-to-no impact on coach Dabo Swinney’s plans moving forward.

The top-ranked passer in last year’s recruiting class, Klubnik put his potential on full display against the Tar Heels by coming off the bench to complete 20 of 24 passes for 279 yards and a touchdown. He also scored a touchdown on the ground while leading the Tigers in rushing.

Even though his inexperience showed in an Orange Bowl loss to Tennessee, the hype machine surrounding Klubnik is still going strong over the prospect of his work with new offensive coordinator Garrett Riley, the man who helped turn Max Duggan into a Heisman finalist at TCU.

Duke: Riley Leonard

It took until late in preseason camp for Leonard to beat out Jordan Moore for the starting job last fall. Suffice it to say there won’t be any competition prior to next season. Moore was moved to wide receiver, where he led the team with 60 catches. Leonard went on to engineer the biggest surprise story of the ACC season.

He threw for 2,794 yards and 20 touchdowns, and he led the team in rushing with 636 yards and 11 scores to help the Blue Devils more than double their win total from 2021 and earn Mike Elko conference Coach of the Year honors.

Florida State: Jordan Travis

Travis’ decision to come back in 2023 rather than enter the NFL Draft was a major victory for coach Mike Norvell and the Seminoles.

Travis was the driving force behind FSU’s emergence back into the top tier of the ACC, leading the team to 9 wins, including 5 straight to end the regular season. Travis blossomed in 2022, throwing for 2,796 yards and accounting for a combined 29 touchdowns passing and rushing. He finished the season as the No. 1-rated college quarterback in the country in rankings compiled by Pro Football Focus.

Georgia Tech: Haynes King

You don’t bring in a transfer quarterback to have him be a backup. It’s not a hard-and-fast rule. But it’s 1 to which most coaches subscribe. So even though freshman Zach Pyron showed promise in his 3 games before suffering a broken clavicle, including a stirring 4th-quarter comeback to beat Virginia Tech, the Texas A&M transfer King is the favorite to take the 1st snap against Louisville on Sept. 2 in Brent Key’s debut as the Yellow Jackets’ permanent coach.

King is a former 4-star recruit who was the Aggies’ opening-game starter in 2022. He completed 56% of his passes for a team-leading 1,220 yards and 7 touchdowns before being replaced after seeing action in 6 games.

Louisville: Jack Plummer

Brock Domann proved to be a capable backup filling in for Malik Cunningham this past season. And that’s what he’ll likely stay with the arrival of Plummer. A transfer from Cal, Plummer is no stranger to new Cardinals coach Jeff Brohm and his brother, offensive coordinator Brian Brohm, and the “Air Raid”-style offense they run. Plummer spent his 1st 4 college seasons playing for them at Purdue.

Plummer threw for 3,405 yards and 26 touchdowns in 17 games with the Boilermakers before losing his starting job to Aiden O’Connell. He completed 62.5% of his passes for 3,095 yards and 21 touchdowns last year in his only season with the Bears.

Miami: Tyler Van Dyke

Van Dyke was the ACC’s Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2021 and entered last season with visions of being a 1st-round draft pick this spring. But he struggled in his 1st season with offensive coordinator Josh Gattis before injuries finally ended his season.

While he’ll be 1st in line at regaining his freshman magic, the dynamic of the Hurricanes’ quarterback situation is anything but stable. For 1 thing, it’s unclear who will be calling the plays now that Gattis has been fired. And if things don’t go well early for Van Dyke, Jacurri Brown — 1 of 2 backups to have started games in 2022 — is waiting in the wings for another shot at taking over.

North Carolina: Drake Maye

Maye is on the short list of Heisman Trophy favorites heading into his 2nd season as the Tar Heels’ starter. He answered all the questions about how UNC would replace former star Sam Howell and then some in 2022 by throwing for 4,115 yards and 35 touchdowns while also leading the team to 9 wins and a Coastal Division championship on the way to earning ACC Player of the Year recognition.

NC State: Brennan Armstrong

Armstrong’s transfer to State reunites him with Robert Anae, his offensive coordinator at Virginia, where he led the ACC in passing while throwing for 31 touchdowns in 2021. His production dropped considerably in half last year after Anae left for Syracuse.

The most prolific left-handed passer in league history wasn’t just brought in to replace fellow transfer Devin Leary and lead a potentially explosive Wolfpack offense. He’ll also be asked to serve as a mentor for his heir apparent, MJ Morris.

Pittsburgh: Phil Jurkovec

After 3 injury-plagued seasons at BC, Jurkovec returns to his roots in hopes of giving the Panthers what last year’s transfer quarterback, Kedon Slovis, couldn’t. It’s a homecoming in more ways than 1. Like Armstrong, Jurkovec rejoins his former OC with the Eagles, Frank Cignetti Jr.

Despite his physical issues, Jurkovec still managed to amass 5,183 yards and 35 touchdowns on 59% passing in 24 games at Boston College.

Syracuse: Garrett Shrader

Shrader is coming off a career year in which he completed 65% of his passes for 2,640 yards and 17 touchdowns. The question is how much of his success can be attributed to Anae? The good news for the Orange is that their incumbent starter already had a good relationship with his new coordinator, quarterbacks coach Jason Beck.

Links, News and Rumors 2023 Jan 28 (RX; HM)

Links, News and Rumors 2023 Jan 28

Don't forget to tune in to the ACC Network on Monday night at 7:30 pm...

Countdown to the 2023 ACC Football Schedule Release continues! ⬇️✍️
— ACC Football (@ACCFootball) January 25, 2023
I will post my comments on the 2023 schedule late Monday night and/or early Tuesday morning.
The Hurricanes' offense was held to 10 points or less three times last season. Something had to change...

Miami dismisses Josh Gattis as OC after one season

Miami has fired Josh Gattis as offensive coordinator after one season... When Gattis was hired a year ago from Michigan, the move was widely applauded. Gattis had just won the Broyles Award as the top assistant coach in the country after helping the Wolverines make the College Football Playoff with a balanced offensive approach.

Best CFB Programs, last 100 years (RX; HM)

Best CFB Programs, last 100 years

If you look at college football over the last 100 years...

Top 30 CFB programs of the last 100 years, by average KFord Rating!

It’s interesting to me that Tennessee, Georgia, LSU and Penn State are all ahead of Nebraska when using this timeframe

What catches your eye?
— Kelley Ford (@KFordRatings) January 28, 2023


#3 Notre Dame has been very good for a long time - even if they have won a national title lately.
Three current ACC teams make the Top 30, and none of them are in the Sunshine State: #21 Georgia Tech, #22 Pitt, and #24 Clemson. Again, like Notre Dame, these teams did it with long-term consistency.
The real reason Florida State didn't make this list is that they haven't even been playing football for 100 years yet! (see "Lifespan of each College Football Teams in the Sunshine State"). An analysis of the last 50 years would be much different.
Miami has enough years, but too many bad ones.
No other ACC school has emphasized football long enough to register on this chart.
There are nine Big Ten schools and 10 SEC schools in this list. Soon the Big Ten will add #5 USC and the SEC will add #6 Oklahoma and #7 Texas.
The Big XII only has two teams in the top 30 - and they're about to lose both of them to the SEC. However, if we look at the original composition of the Big XII, it held five teams: Oklahoma, Texas, Nebraska (B1G), Texas A&M (SEC), and Missouri (SEC).
The Pac-12 currently boasts five teams on this list. One of them (USC) is headed to the Big Ten, but that still leaves a surprising number (#16 Washington, #20 Stanford, #28 Oregon, and #29 Cal).

Lifespan of each College Football Team in the Sunshine State (RX; HM)

Lifespan of each College Football Team in the Sunshine State

UPDATE: better map; added FAU and FIU.

Florida Teams

How long has each of the five biggest college football programs in Florida been in existence? Here's a graphical presentation to help you get the gist of it...

SchoolBeganYears since football program began

The Florida Gators have been around for over 116 years - what a head start on the rest!

PFF College 101: The 101 best players in college football in 2022 | College Football | PFF (; Chadwick & Kaiser)


Williams became head coach Lincoln Riley’s third quarterback in the last six years to win the Heisman Trophy, joining Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. The sophomore excels outside of the original play design. Outside of structure, Williams led the nation in passing yards (707), passing touchdowns (seven) and big-time throws (10).


While Williams brought home the coveted stiff-arm trophy, there’s a serious case to be made that Corum deserved the award. His 95.9 grade was the fourth-best PFF’s seen from a Power Five player since we began charting college football in 2014.

Highest-graded seasons by a Power Five player in PFF College era (Since 2014)

NamePositionSchoolYearPFF Grade
Kyle PittsTight endFlorida202096.0
Chase YoungEdge defenderOhio State201996.0
Quinnen WilliamsInterior defensive linemanAlabama201896.0
Blake CorumRunning backMichigan202295.9


There are not many players like Carter, who is one of the top defensive tackles we’ve ever seen in the PFF era. It’s rare to find an interior defender who is as dominant against both the run and the pass. He posted a 92.3 final PFF grade, which led the entire Power Five this season. Carter was the best player on college football's best defense two years in a row.


Robinson is the best running back prospect we’ve seen since Saquon Barkley, largely because of his special tackle-breaking ability. The junior forced 104 missed tackles this season, breaking David Montgomery’s PFF record. His 39% career forced missed tackle rate is also tied for the best in the PFF College era with Javonte Williams.


While he may not have received the same accolades this year, Young was just as spectacular as last season. He single-handedly carried a weaker Alabama team all year long, tallying 36 total touchdowns by himself. His 91.3 final PFF passing grade led the entire nation. Young will undoubtedly go down as one of the best quarterbacks in Alabama history.


Simply put, Harrison was the best receiver in the country this season. For as many good receivers as Ohio State has had in recent memory, Harrison could top the list, as he finished with 1,263 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. The scary thing is that he recorded the highest PFF grade amongst all wide receivers and still has to come back for another year.



The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, a 27-foot hot dog on wheels, is seen outside The Retreat restaurant in Liverpool, N.Y., on Friday, Jan. 27, 2023. (Geoff Herbert |

Hot dog! Oscar Mayer Wienermobile returns to CNY, seeks drivers (PS; Herbert)

Hot dog! The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile is back in Central New York.

The Wienermobile was spotted outside The Retreat in Liverpool on Friday evening, ahead of several appearances in the Syracuse area this weekend. The famed hot dog-shaped vehicle will be at B’ville Big Chill in Baldwinsville on Saturday from 12-2 p.m., according to the Wienermobile website, and then at Walmart in East Syracuse (6438 Basil Rowe) on Sunday from 11-5 p.m.

The 27-foot-long vehicle, painted yellow and red and shaped like an actual hot dog on a bun, is one of six Wienermobiles that regularly tour the country and encourage fans to take photos, play fun activities with families, and offer looks inside the ride or a chance at taking home a famous Wiener Whistle.

Oscar Mayer is also looking to recruit new drivers for the Wienermobile.

The company is seeking recent college graduates to become an official “Wienermobile Spokeperson,” also known as a Hotdogger. If hired, they become a brand specialist for Oscar Mayer, traveling the country “in a PR firm on wheels” and developing public relations skills while promoting Oscar Mayer and Kraft Heinz Company products.

Applications can be submitted online at Wienermobile Tour Schedule: Be a Hotdogger | Oscar Mayer®; the deadline is Jan. 31.

The Wienermobile previously visited Syracuse University last year and appeared at a Syracuse Winterfest event. The hot-dog-on-wheels visits the Salt City most years to recruit SU students and recent alumni to be official Hotdoggers.

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