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No recent Cali or Iggy awards; Mr Irrelevant
Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to Groundhog Day!

Taking place almost halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, Groundhog Day is an annual event when groundhogs are brought outside and are observed to see if they see their shadow or not. If they see their shadow, it is said that there will be six more weeks of winter. If they do not, it means the weather will be mild in the upcoming weeks, and spring will come early.

In the past, days with similar meanings and celebrations have been held on or around the same time. The Celts celebrated Imbolc, a religious festival that anticipated the coming of spring, the birth of farm animals, and the planting of crops. The Christian festival Candlemas takes place on the same day. Some European Christians believed that if it was sunny on the day it meant there would be forty more days of winter.

SU News (SI; McAllister)

: Darrell Gill

Position: Wide Receiver

Height/Weight: 6-3, 180 lbs

School: Atascocita High (TX)

Notable Offers: Purdue, Washington State

Quote: "Choosing Cuse was really easier than I led on because the University has everything I need to succeed, including pursuit of my NFL dreams," Gill said. "I have the best coaching staff, teammates that love the game just like I do. I smell an Orange conference championship! My degree plan is engineering and I haven't seen anything like the school of engineering at Syracuse. One of the best in the country."

Evaluation: You cannot teach size and you cannot teach speed. Syracuse football's latest signing in Darrell Gill brings both to the wide receiver position. A 6-3 track star from a talent rich state is a state is a great prospect to work with. But Gill brings more intrigue to the table as well. Often times with fast receivers will run primarily go routes in high school as opposing teams are ill equipped to cope with elite speed. In Gill's case, his highlight tape shows him running a variety of routes. Gill does run the traditional go, but also the corner and post as Atascocita takes advantage of his speed with a variety of deep routes.

Fordham grad transfer Tom Callahan officially signs with Syracuse football (PS; Leiker)

Heading into National Signing Day, Syracuse football had one known expected signee.

Tom Callahan, a grad transfer from Fordham, announced his commitment to the Orange on Jan. 27. He officially signed with the program Wednesday.

The long snapper spent four seasons with the Rams, playing defensive line in addition to the special teams duties he picked up in 2021.

Added some more Jersey to the 'Cuse.

Welcome to the Orange, @Tomcallahan57
— Syracuse Football (@CuseFootball) February 1, 2023

Callahan attended Seton Hall Prep in West Orange, New Jersey. He played for Vito Campanile, the older brother of SU’s new tight ends coach, Nunzio Campanile, and earned first team All-County and All-Conference honors, and a third team All State Non Public nod.

Mike McAllister "On The Block" 2-1-23 (ESPN; radio; Axe)

Mike McAllister joins Brent Axe to give an update on the football and basketball recruiting trail, plus some NFL talk with his Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl.

Keeping Up With the 315 2-1-23 (ESPN; radio; The 315)

Today in the 315 Brian Higgins talks Tom Brady’s retirement, looks back on 2003, and it’s signing day!

Smith: Syracuse’s 2023 recruiting class' ranking is concerning, but there’s more to it (DO; Smith)

National signing day has come and gone, and to put it mildly, the results don’t exactly stand out on paper.

Syracuse’s class isn’t just in the bottom of the Atlantic Coast Conference, but last out of all 64 Power Five schools according to all four major recruiting services (247Sports, ESPN, On3 and Rivals). Rivals’ rankings, for example, has Group of Five schools like Arkansas State, UTSA and Georgia Southern ahead of the Orange, who are listed at No. 94.

The last time Syracuse was this low in 247Sports’ composite rankings was in 2009, when Doug Marrone had just taken over for Greg Robinson. Marrone had to quickly piece together a 16-man class after rescinding almost all of the offers for players who had committed to play for Robinson. When Marrone abruptly left four years later, SU also garnered a low ranking — 74th nationally — as Scott Shafer scrambled to keep the class together. This year, the Orange are 72nd.

Syracuse lost its top recruit, 4-star quarterback LaNorris Sellers, to South Carolina in December, leaving it without a 4-or-5-star player for the fifth-straight cycle, per 247, solidifying Dino Babers’ worst-ranked class as he enters his eighth year as head coach. Four assistant coaches, including ace recruiter Nick Monroe, departed this offseason, too.

Yes, none of that is exciting news for an SU program that just returned to a bowl game for the first time in four years and only the fifth time since 2005. But context is also necessary.

For starters, recruiting doesn’t matter as much anymore with the transfer portal. Syracuse can go out and grab talented players it didn’t land out of high school, like Garrett Shrader, Carlos Del-Rio Wilson and Braylen Ingraham — all former 4-star recruits who have arrived from SEC programs. SU also had a lower number of players depart from last year’s team, either by graduating, pursuing the NFL draft or entering the transfer portal. This gave the Orange fewer scholarships to offer and a 15-man class, which is the second smallest in the ACC. Recruiting rankings place a significance on class sizes, which doesn’t Syracuse any favors.

Syracuse football adds to its signing class (; video; Finneral)

247Sports' James Finneral breaks down Syracuse's 2023 recruiting class.

MAILBAG: Syracuse Football Schedule + Impact Of Quincy Guerrier Not Transferring (; podcast; Locked on Syracuse)

Owen Valentine takes to Twitter to answer your questions surrounding Syracuse Athletics. There's a look at the Syracuse Football Schedule, Judah NBA talk, and a hypothetical lineup that could have made a big impact last year. It's your Locked On Syracuse Wednesday.

Syracuse football brings in well-rounded signing class (; Finneral)

Syracuse was expected to stay relatively quiet on National Signing Day as the wide majority of its recruiting class had sent in national letters of intent during the early signing period. The Orange did land one new player at an extremely important position.

New signee:

Darrell Gill Jr., WR

The surprise of the day for Syracuse was Darrell Gill Jr. committing to and signing with Syracuse. The six-foot-three, 180-pound wide receiver garnered offers from Washington State, Purdue and South Dakota State.

Gill took a visit to Syracuse last weekend and made his commitment official on National Signing Day. He played his high school football at Atascocita in Humble, Texas.

Gill has a great combination of speed and size. He is also a track athlete that runs a 4.41 40 yard dash which allows him to blow by defenders and get downfield in a hurry. At six-foot-three with leaping ability, Gill can also rise above defenders for contested catches.

Wide receiver was definitely a position of need for Syracuse heading into Signing Day. Bringing in a young receiver with a high ceiling is definitely a win for the Orange. Syracuse has covered the bases on a lot of other positions and Gill should be a quality addition to the receiver room.

Syracuse has set its sights toward the class of 2024. Here’s which prospects attended its Junior Day (PS; $; Leiker)

A quiet National Signing Day is expected for SU on Wednesday, but Syracuse football has been busy on the recruiting trail in the past month targeting players for the upcoming 2024 and 2025 classes.

Over this past weekend, it hosted Junior Day, welcoming prospects from both classes on campus for drills, tours and to meet coaches.

A majority of the recruits who attended were from neighboring states, with a heavy Pennsylvania presence.

Most class of 2024 prospects are not yet rated by popular recruiting websites 247 Sports, Rivals or On3.

Here’s a look at some players who attended the Syracuse Junior Day and could end up in next year’s signing class.

Note: This is not a complete list. Attendees were sourced through social media posts.

ATH Micah Ford

Ford (6-foot-1, 210 pounds) plays for Toms River North High School in New Jersey. He was the 2023 New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year, an award current SU running back LeQuint Allen received in 2022.

The quarterback — who wants to play running back collegiately — led his team to a 14-0 finish and the Group 5 state title. He threw for 1,203 yards and 17 touchdowns and rushed for 2,360 yards and 33 touchdowns. Twenty three of Ford’s total touchdowns came during Toms River North’s five-game postseason run.

ACC News

ACC football recruiting rankings: Where Clemson football shakes out in 2023 class (; Gray)

It was a quiet second National Signing Day on Wednesday for the ACC and Clemson football.

The Tigers' most notable happening on signing day was the introductory press conference for new offensive coordinator Garrett Riley. Clemson's 2023 class has dipped just outside the top 10 at No. 11 nationally but is No. 2 in the ACC.

Miami has the highest ranked class, per 247Sports, in the ACC, and it ranks at No. 7 nationally.

Alabama is the top-ranked class nationally, with Georgia at No. 2.

ACC football recruiting rankings: Class of 2023

As of 5 p.m. ET on Feb. 1; per 247Sports

1. Miami

Overall national ranking: No. 7
Total signees: 25
5-stars: 2
4-stars: 15
3-stars: 7

2. Clemson

Overall national ranking: No. 11
Total signees: 26
5-stars: 1
4-stars: 18
3-stars: 7

3. Florida State

Overall national ranking: No. 20
Total signees: 18
5-stars: 1
4-stars: 8
3-stars: 9

4. North Carolina

Overall national ranking: No. 27
Total signees: 20
5-stars: 0
4-stars: 6
3-stars: 14

5. Virginia Tech

Overall national ranking: No. 35
Total signees: 27
5-stars: 0
4-stars: 2
3-stars: 25

6. NC State

Overall national ranking: No. 41
Total signees: 18
5-stars: 0
4-stars: 3
3-stars: 15

7. Louisville

Overall national ranking: No. 43
Total signees: 14
5-stars: 0
4-stars: 6
3-stars: 8

8. Pitt

Overall national ranking: No. 51
Total signees: 19
5-stars: 0
4-stars: 1
3-stars: 18

9. Wake Forest

Overall national ranking: No. 53
Total signees: 20
5-stars: 0
4-stars: 1
3-stars: 19

10. Duke

Overall national ranking: No. 54
Total signees: 26
5-stars: 0
4-stars: 0
3-stars: 26

11. Boston College

Overall national ranking: No. 59
Total signees: 17
5-stars: 0
4-stars: 0
3-stars: 17

12. Georgia Tech

Overall national ranking: No. 60
Total signees: 20
5-stars: 0
4-stars: 0
3-stars: 20

13. Virginia

Overall national ranking: No. 64
Total signees: 20
5-stars: 0
4-stars: 0
3-stars: 20

14. Syracuse

Overall national ranking: No. 80
Total signees: 16
5-stars: 0
4-stars: 0
3-stars: 15

2023 ACC Football Schedule (; video; ACC Nation)

Will and Jim take a look at some of the highlight games in the recently released 2023 ACC Football Schedule. It's a whole different look as the ACC ditches the Atlantic and Coast Division setup, have the top two teams compete for the championship and a new and more dynamic 3-5-5 scheduling approach that will mix things up. Then the latest ACC men's and women's basketball Top 25's, NET Rankings and bracketology. You'll never believe who the top teams, by conference wins, are this season. Be sure to subscribe!

2023 ACC FB Games of the Week (Preseason) (RX; HM)

2023 ACC FB Games of the Week (Preseason)

I looked over the 2023 ACC Football Schedule week-by-week and tried to pick out the top 2, 3, or 4 best games (on paper - we won't know for sure until the season unfolds), then I went back and labeled my pick for "Game of the Week" [GotW] for each week. Here are my picks for most-anticipated games:

2023 ACC Football Games of the Week:

Week #1 (9/2/23)
  • [GotW] Florida State vs LSU (Orlando)
  • N Carolina vs S Carolina (Charlotte)
Week #2 (9/9/23)
  • [GotW] Texas A&M at Miami
  • Notre Dame at NC State
Week #3 (9/16/23)
  • [GotW] Pitt at West Virginia
  • Virginia at Maryland
Week #4 (9/23/23)
  • [GotW] Florida State at Clemson
  • N Carolina at Pitt
Week #5 (9/30/23)
  • [GotW] Louisville at NC State
  • Pitt at Virginia Tech
Week #6 (10/7/23)
  • Virginia Tech at Florida State
  • [GotW] Notre Dame at Louisville
Week #7 (10/14/23)
  • Louisville at Pitt
  • [GotW] Miami at N Carolina
Week #8 (10/21/23)
  • [GotW] Clemson at Miami
  • NC State at Duke

NSD 2023 ACC Highlights (RX; HM)

NSD 2023 ACC Highlights

The traditional National Signing Day is in the books now for 2023. How did ACC teams fare?

From 247Sports' "Class rankings, top prospects, incoming QBs: 2023 ACC Signing Day Superlatives," here are a few highlights (click the link to read it all):

[ACC] Team Rankings

  1. Miami
  2. Clemson
  3. Florida State
  4. North Carolina
  5. Virginia Tech
  6. NC State
  7. Louisville
  8. Pittsburgh
  9. Wake Forest
  10. Duke
  11. Boston College
  12. Georgia Tech
  13. Virginia
  14. Syracuse

Best Class: Miami

...Miami's class sits seventh nationally and it's the top class in the ACC. It's highlight by high-end talent along the line of scrimmage that starts with the top two offensive tackles in the nation.
The ACC has signed four five-star prospects and two of them are in Miami's class. Bradenton (Fla.) IMG offensive tackle Francis Mauigoa and Braintree (Mass.) Thayer offensive tackle Samson Okunlola are the No. 10 and No. 23 players in the country, respectively.
However, the key to Miami's recruiting success has been focusing on the state of Florida. Of the 25 players in the class, 17 are from the Sunshine State. The top talent producer in the state, IMG, was also a home for future Hurricanes. In addition to Mauigoa, Miami landed edge rusher Jayden Wayne, tight end Riley Williams and offensive line Antonio Tripp from the the high school...

Sleeper Class: Louisville

It is easy to overlook Louisville because of the way they played last season and that is what a lot of folks are doing. However, Louisville has put together a nice class that sits at No. 31 in 247Sports' rankings... they did all of this with a new coaching staff.

Final 2023 Recruiting Rankings (RX; HM)

Final 2023 Recruiting Rankings

Now that NSD is over, how do ACC football teams rank nationally?

Rank (+/-)TeamTotal (+/-)5* (+/-)4* (+/-)3* (+/-)
7 (dn3)Miami25 (-1)2 (-1)15 (+1)7 (-1)
10 (dn1)Notre Dame240204
11Clemson261187 (+1)
20Florida State18 (+2)18 (+2)9
27 (dn1)North Carolina200614
43 (dn13)Louisville1406 (-1)8 (+1)
35Virginia Tech27 (+1)02 (+1)25 (+1)
41 (up2)NC State18 (+1)0315 (+1)
53 (dn6 )Wake Forest200119
51 (dn3)Pittsburgh19 (-1)01 (+1)18 (-1)
54 (dn5)Duke260026
59 (dn5)Boston College170017
60 (dn2)Georgia Tech20 (-1)0020 (+2)
64 (dn4)Virginia20 (+1)0020
79 (dn10)Syracuse1600 (-1)15 (+2)

Who improved their class since Early Signing Day?

Nobody signed any new 5-star players (Miami lost one), and only five teams signed a 4-star (Miami, FSU +2, Virginia Tech, and Pitt) while two teams (Louisville, Syracuse) lost a 4-star player. Eight more 3-star players were signed, while two were lost.

Top 6 NY6 Bowls prior to 2022 (RX; HM)

Top 6 NY6 Bowls prior to 2022

Just a quick post this morning...

The top six college football bowl games in New Year’s Six history [prior to 2022-23], according to Pat Forde:

Cotton Bowl: Jan. 1, 1979. Notre Dame 35, Houston 34. The Joe Montana chicken soup game.
Fiesta Bowl: Jan. 1, 2007. Boise State 43, Oklahoma 42. The trick-play trinity.
Orange Bowl: Jan. 2, 1984. Miami 31, Nebraska 30. [Aka the "Fumblerooski" game]. The U arrives, and the state of Florida assumes command.
Peach Bowl: Dec. 31, 2012. Clemson 25, LSU 24. The rise of Dabo, the decline of The Hat.
Rose Bowl: Jan. 4, 2006. Texas 41, USC 38. Vince Young forever.
Sugar Bowl: Dec. 31, 1973. Notre Dame 24, Alabama 23. Robin Weber? Robin Weber.



Brooklyn Pickle owner Craig Kowadla in the location at 2222 Burnet Ave. in Syracuse. Kowadla is leading the company in an expansion beyond its three existing stores in Onondaga County. (Don Cazentre |

Syracuse-based Brooklyn Pickle is expanding, both in New York and out-of-state (PS; $; Cazentre)

For more than 45 years, the Syracuse area has enjoyed the New York City-influenced tastes of the local Brooklyn Pickle sandwich shops.

Now, for the first time, Brooklyn Pickle is planning to expand beyond its three locations in Onondaga County.

One new location is scheduled to open in Utica in March or April. Another is in the pipeline to open in North Carolina by the start of summer.

“Syracuse has always embraced us, and seems to like what we do,” said Brooklyn Pickle owner Craig Kowadla. “So it’s time to see how well that travels.”

The Brooklyn Pickle specializes in sandwiches, including extra-large subs and deli-style favorites, plus soups, salads, desserts and, of course, pickles. Its locations offer dine-in, take-out and catering.

While it offers such classics as pastrami on rye, Kowadla insists on calling it a sandwich shop, and not a deli. That, he said, is partly because it doesn’t cure or steam its own meats, as many authentic New York City delis do. “But we do make killer sandwiches,” he said.

Founder Ken Sniper opened the first Brooklyn Pickle in 1975 at 2222 Burnet Ave. (near Midler Avenue). It was originally a small space, and has been expanded over the years to its current 6,600-square feet. Two years later, Sniper opened a second shop on West Genesee Street (the newest version of that shop opened in 1984 at 1600 W. Genesee St.)

Kowadla, a former local high school basketball star who played in the European pro leagues, joined the Brooklyn Pickle team in 2002. He eventually worked his way up to company vice president and partner, before taking complete ownership when Sniper retired last year.

Under Kowadla’s influence, Brooklyn Pickle expanded in 2019 with its third location at 7175 Buckley Road in Liverpool (formerly the site of Hafner’s Red Barn).

“Ken never really wanted to expand,” Kowadla said. ”But I thought we could do it.”

Kowadla recently began scouting possible new locations in places like Rochester and Utica. He had a lead on a spot in New Hartford, before finding what he called “an ideal” location in an old industrial building at 600 State St in downtown Utica. It’s near several medical facilities and had plenty of off-street parking.


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