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No recent Cali or Iggy awards; Mr Irrelevant
Aug 15, 2011
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SU News


Syracuse offensive lineman Matthew Bergeron after a Syracuse touchdown against N.C. State on Oct. 15. The Orange offensive lineman is in Mobile, Alabama, for the 2023 Senior Bowl. Dennis Nett |

Bergeron is turning heads at the Senior Bowl (what they’re saying) (PS; $; Leiker)

Syracuse football offensive lineman Matthew Bergeron’s name has been a popular one on Twitter this week from those on the ground at the 2023 Senior Bowl.

Practices started Tuesday for the American and National teams — Bergeron on the former — and concluded Thursday.

Bergeron, who played left tackle for SU, has taken a substantial number of practice snaps at guard. In a Q&A with in December, The Athletic’s NFL Draft writer Dane Brugler had said a move to the interior line could help showcase Bergeron’s strengths.

The Senior Bowl kicks off at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Hancock Whitney Stadium in Mobile, Alabama.

Great rep from Matthew Bergeron! The @CuseFootball OT dominates this set here at the Senior Bowl!
— Cam Mellor (@CamMellor) February 2, 2023

Auburn DE Derick Hall meet Syracuse OT Matthew Bergeron
— Ryan Roberts (@RiseNDraft) February 3, 2023

Impressive foot quickness from Syracuse OT Matthew Bergeron. Easily able to match Missouri DE Isaiah McGuire up the outside track and remains patient enough to stall the counter back inside. Really impressive.
— Ryan Roberts (@RiseNDraft) February 1, 2023

Byron Young vs. Matthew Bergeron, advantage Bergeron
— Cam Mellor (@CamMellor) January 31, 2023

#Syracuse OT Matthew Bergeron does a nice job resetting his hands inside and finishing the rep. He’s spent most of his day at LG but played tackle throughout college. #SeniorBowl
— Devin Jackson (@RealD_Jackson) February 1, 2023

This play doesn’t go anywhere, but watch Matthew Bergeron (No. 60) at LG and how quickly he gets to the second level.

Syracuse football: Darrell Perkins hired to coach safeties (TNIAAM; Wall)

The Syracuse Orange have added their fifth new assistant coach for 2023. Taking over the safeties/rovers position will be Darrell Perkins.

Perkins comes to Syracuse from UMass and before that he spent time at UConn, Fordham, Maryland and Old Dominion. He was a running back at Wyoming and during his first season with the Cowboys, Syracuse defensive coordinator Rocky Long was on the staff.

Fresh off his secondary allowing the ninth fewest passing yards in the FBS this season, @Coach_DPerk has joined the Orange to coach safeties and rovers.

More: Perkins Added as Syracuse Safeties/Rovers Coach - Syracuse University Athletics
— Syracuse Football (@CuseFootball) February 3, 2023

Looking at his 247 recruiting profile, Perkins was able to pull some Florida players to UMass so we’ll see if he can use previous ties to assist the Orange in the Sunshine State. He will join new cornerbacks coach Travis Fisher in taking over a Syracuse secondary which will be replacing three starters next Fall.

Even with the departures of Garrett Williams, Duce Chestnut and Ja’Had Carter, Syracuse does return experienced players in the defensive backfield. That group will be joined highly rated transfers Jaeden Gould and Jayden Bellamy Can the new coaches continue the recent success that the Orange have had at the position?

MAYO BOWL COMEBACK | Syracuse come from behind victory vs. Nebraska | College Football Revamped (youtube; simulation)

MAYO BOWL COMEBACK | Syracuse come from behind victory vs. Nebraska | College Football Revamped

Bowl game between the Syracuse Orange (8-4) and Nebraska Cornhuskers (8-4). Originally streamed on my Twitch channel 2.2.23.


Courtesy of Michele Lupton Allie Lupton performs with her Syracuse cheerleading teammates during the 2021-2022 UCA & UDA College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship in Orlando, FL.

A cheerleader's drive leads her to cheer at Syracuse University (; McKeon)

When Alejandra “Allie” Lupton saw the team ahead of her hit their last pose, all knowledge of her own routine left her mind.
In the middle of January of last year, Orlando, FL played host to the UCA & UDA College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship where Syracuse University is a regular customer.

By 9:30 a.m., Lupton and her Syracuse teammates were waiting to be called to take the mat at the ESPN World Wide of Sports, having already meticulously done their makeup, styled their hair, jumped into their five-piece uniform, taken a bus to the site and warmed up.
Throughout the 30 minute long warmup, Lupton remained stoic, going silent amid the chaos around her as a way to center herself. But when Syracuse was announced to the stage, the anxiety kicked in.

“I look at myself, I look at my teammates, and I’m like ‘Who are you? What are we doing? I don’t know where to go,’” Lupton said. “I forget everything and I go 100% blank.”

The team rushed out and Lupton assumed her position on the mat, and that’s when everything began to flow back. She recited the next steps in her head as she got to each breathing spot. A tumble rolls into a breathing spot here, then the arms go up, leading to a roundoff over here.

Lupton was back in her comfort zone, competing in the sport that has had a grip on her since she was eight years old, cheering for her local Pop Warner football team.

Lupton, a senior from New Jersey, is in her fourth and final year on Syracuse’s cheerleading team while she wraps up degrees from both the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and the Martin J. Whitman School of Management.
In her combined eight years of high school and college, Lupton has never watched a football game from the student section, but she wouldn’t have it any other way, she said. Instead, she’s performing backflips in the endzone, competing in national championships and training several times a week at a sport that many still deem as illegitimate.

‘The Traitors’ renewed; ex-Syracuse football RB reuniting with season 1 cast (; Herbert)

The Traitors” has been renewed for a second season, and will also bring back the first season’s cast for a reunion special.

Peacock debuted its new reality show last month, hosted by Alan Cumming, throwing celebrities and civilians together at a remote castle in the Scottish Highlands for a chance to win $250,000. The twist? Three of the contestants are “the traitors” who will devise a plan to steal the prize from the others, who are known as “the faithful.”

Former Syracuse football player Robert “Bam” Nieves, a 34-year-old tech sales VP from Rye, N.Y., appeared on the first season alongside famous contestants like Arie Luyendyk Jr. (“The Bachelor”), Brandi Glanville (“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”), Kate Chastain (“Below Deck”), Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte, and former cast members on “Big Brother,” “Survivor,” “Summer House,” and “Shahs of Sunset.” Together they were pushed to complete various challenges — including finding out who the traitors and the faithful are — before elimination.

Peacock announced Thursday that the show has been picked up for a second season, but first they’ll film a reunion special with Nieves and the rest of the first season’s cast. Bravo’s Andy Cohen will host the season 1 reunion, which will be released Feb. 28 on the streaming service.

Nieves told | The Post-Standard that he doesn’t know yet if he’ll be invited back for season 2, but confirmed he will be a part of the reunion special.

ACC News

ACC football: Projected regular-season win totals for every team in 2023 (; Hughes)

It has been two seasons since a team from the ACC reached the College Football Playoff, but the conference’s traditional powers in Clemson and Florida State attempt to snap the streak after terrific 2022 campaigns bled into strong offseasons for each program. The Tigers and the Seminoles highlighted a league-wide improvement for the ACC, which could lead to even better results in 2023. The conference boasted eight 8+ win teams in 2022 after just four the season prior.

The state of North Carolina should be a key battleground in the conference race after Wake Forest, Duke, NC State and UNC each posted eight-plus wins a season ago and combined for a 34-19 overall record. Tar Heels quarterback Drake Maye is the reigning ACC Player of the Year and has the second-best odds to win the Heisman Trophy next year behind USC’s Caleb Williams.

ACC play differs drastically in 2023 as the conference opted to eliminate divisions in favor of a modified eight-game conference schedule with three permanent rivals.

Keep scrolling for projected win totals for every ACC team in 2023, including a breakdown of where each program stands.


Projected win total: 3.5
Virginia stumbled to a 3-8 record, including a 1-6 mark in conference play during Tony Elliott’s first year at the helm. Things didn’t get much better this offseason when the Cavaliers lost starting quarterback Brennan Armstrong to NC State via the transfer portal. Monmouth transfer Tony Muskett and redshirt junior Jay Woolfolk are expected to battle for the starting job under center but will do so without wide receivers Billy Kemp IV (transfer to Nebraska), Keytaon Thompson (NFL) and Dontayvion Wicks (NFL).


Projected win total: 4
Like Virginia, Boston College lost its starting quarterback to a conference foe with Phil Jurkovec’s departure to Pittsburgh this offseason. Emmett Morehead is the clubhouse leader to take over under center for the Eagles. The redshirt sophomore started four games for an injured Jurkovec last season and completed 59.9% of his passes for 1,254 yards and 10 touchdowns against six interceptions. Boston College didn’t acquire much talent this offseason, signed the nation’s No. 57 transfer class and No. 60 recruiting class, its lowest-ranked group since 2019.


Projected win total: 5
Finishing 3-8 in Brent Key’s first year on the job, Virginia Tech halved its win total from 2021 and recorded its worst record since 1992. Former four-star quarterback Byron Drones from Baylor was a significant addition to a solid transfer portal class that ranked No. 28 in the nation and should challenge senior Grant Wells after a nine-touchdown, nine-interception season. The Hokies’ regular-season slate features winnable games against Old Dominion and Purdue and tough matchups against Purdue and Marshall.


Projected win total: 6
Georgia Tech removed the interim tag from Brent Key in November after the Yellow Jackets alum inherited a 1-3 team from Geoff Collins and led Georgia Tech to a 4-4 record over its final eight games, including two wins over ranked opponents. Though quarterback Jeff Sims left for Nebraska in the transfer portal, Georgia Tech added Texas A&M transfer Haynes King to add to an experienced quarterback room featuring Zach Gibson and Zach Pyron. Key’s first slate as the full-time head coach isn’t an easy one with matchups against Louisville, Ole Miss, Wake Forest, Miami, North Carolina, Clemson and Georgia.


Projected win total: 6.5
Syracuse started last season 6-0 but had it quickly unravel after the Orange suffered a six-point loss to Clemson in Death Valley on Oct. 22, the team's first of five-consecutive losses. Dino Babers returns quarterback Garrett Shrader and star pass-catcher Oronde Gadsden II but must replace do-it-all back Sean Tucker, who left for the NFL. On the defensive side, Babers replaced defensive coordinator Tony White, who departed for the same position at Nebraska, with New Mexico’s Rocky Long and his 48 years of coaching experience.


Projected win total: 7
Wake Forest suffered arguably the biggest loss of any ACC team this offseason when quarterback Sam Hartman transferred to Notre Dame, taking his ACC-record 107 touchdown passes with him. The Demon Deacons also lost star wideout A.T. Perry to the NFL Draft, leaving major holes in an offense that ranked No. 18 in the nation in points per game a season ago. Presumed starting quarterback Mitch Griffis played well in his lone start as a sophomore a season ago and should have time to get his feet wet prior to Week 5’s trip to Clemson as the Demon Deacons play Elon, Vanderbilt, Old Dominion and Georgia Tech in their first four games.


Most-watched 2022 CFB Teams (RX; HM)

Most-watched 2022 CFB Teams

According to an article posted on, these are "the average number of viewers per week" for 2022 regular season (but with zeroes for non-rated games, which really brings down the average!).

TeamVwrsper 100K viewers
Ohio State5,800,000**********************************************************
Notre Dame3,300,000*********************************
Penn State3,050,000*******************************
Southern Cal2,070,000*********************
Florida State2,030,000********************
Michigan St1,910,000*******************
Texas A&M1,870,000*******************
Oklahoma St1,680,000*****************
Kansas State1,230,000************
Mississippi St1,100,000***********
S. Carolina990,000**********
Washington St907,000*********
Iowa State882,000*********
NC State881,000*********
N. Carolina849,000********
Georgia Tech837,000********
W. Virginia774,000********
Texas Tech680,000*******
Oregon State625,000******
Miami FL608,000******
Wake Forest523,000*****

ACC recruiting roundtable: Biggest winner, impact players, QB most likely to start (; $; Staff)

The 2023 recruiting cycle is all but complete. Three ACC teams signed classes that rank in the top 25 nationally, headlined by Miami at No. 7 and Clemson at No. 11.

Ari Wasserman, Grace Raynor, Manny Navarro and Mitch Light of The Athletic’s recruiting staff share their thoughts on some of the most intriguing storylines in the ACC.

Biggest winner

Raynor: Miami. Even with the Hurricanes losing five-star cornerback Cormani McClain — whose saga finally ended with him signing with Colorado — coach Mario Cristobal still signed the best class in the ACC. The Hurricanes have seven top-150 players in the 247Sports Composite and an average player rating that is a full 1.15 points higher than second-place Clemson. Five-star offensive linemen Francis Mauigoa and Samson Okunlola headline the class at Cristobal’s old position, which should only help attract top quarterbacks in the future. Kudos to the Hurricanes for signing a top-10 class despite going 5-7 in 2022.

Navarro: It’s Miami for all of the reasons Grace pointed out. I’ll add this little stat to emphasize Cristobal’s success: 13 of the top 26 players signed in the ACC this cycle chose Miami. Six others went to Clemson, four to Florida State and one each to North Carolina, Louisville and Pittsburgh. But let me make a case for Clemson and Dabo Swinney considering some people thought he was headed in the wrong direction: 19 of the 26 signees for the Tigers were blue-chippers, two more than Miami and 10 more than Florida State, which was third on the list. Dabo just keeps stacking talent in Death Valley.

Light: In the spirit of spreading the wealth around to other programs, I’ll go with Louisville. The Cardinals rank fifth in the ACC and 35th nationally — not overly impressive — but it is also the smallest class in the league with only 15 signees. The quality of the signees, however, is quite good. Louisville’s average player rating of 89.05 ranks fourth in the league behind Miami, Clemson and Florida State. And the class’ blue-chip ratio of 40 percent (six four-stars among the 15 signees) is by far the highest in program history. For context, Louisville’s blue-chip ratio from 2015 through 2022 — the first eight cycles after it joined the ACC — was 9.8 percent (18 of 183 signees). While there were notable defections (five-star running back Rueben Owens and four-star wideout DeAndre Moore), Jeff Brohm and the new staff did a nice job keeping things together and bringing in some high-caliber prospects.

Wasserman: Sorry, Mitch, it’s Miami. It was one of only eight programs in the 2023 cycle to sign multiple five-star prospects and the only one in the ACC. That happened even after the Hurricanes lost out to Colorado for McClain at the last second. All the numbers Manny outlined are a great illustration of the success, but I love that both of the five-star prospects Miami signed are offensive linemen, neither of whom are from South Florida. There are countless elite-level skill players in South Florida the Hurricanes will surely get in the future, but building through the lines will be a nice way to get back on track in this conference.

2023 ACC Recruiting (247Sports Composite)


Most surprising development

Raynor: North Carolina’s fall. The Tar Heels’ average player rating of 88.18 is their lowest since an 86.23 average in 2019. Despite featuring one of the nation’s most electric quarterbacks in Drake Maye — and making the ACC championship game, no less — UNC missed out on a top-15 class for the first time since 2019. UNC’s No. 28-ranked class comes on the heels of the Nos. 11, 14 and 14 classes, respectively, in 2022, 2021 and 2020. Offensive coordinator Phil Longo leaving for Winsconsin hurts, but the Tar Heels still have on-field momentum, and Mack Brown is still known as an elite recruiter. The school also recently announced that it had extended Brown through 2028, which should alleviate questions about how much longer he’ll stick around. We’ll find out soon if the 2023 class was a temporary dip or part of a larger trend.

Navarro: Virginia Tech and Virginia didn’t really see a bump in their recruiting despite hiring new head coaches. I’d say it was also pretty disappointing for Syracuse and Dino Babers to finish last in the conference in the recruiting rankings after such a great start to the season on the field. I get there’s always going to be challenges recruiting the Northeast (there’s more talent south), but the Orange did not sign a player ranked in the top 1,000 from in-state or any neighboring states this cycle. There were 23 top-1,000 players in Pennsylvania, 16 in New Jersey, nine in Massachusetts, five in Connecticut and two in New York. It’s hard to go 0-for-55. Rutgers, meanwhile, signed five top-1,000 players from the same area. The Scarlet Knights were 4-8.

Light: To piggyback on Manny’s point, I find it stunning that Virginia and Virginia Tech combined to sign only one of the top 15 players in the state — three-star linebacker Kamren Robinson from Essex High in Tappahannock is headed to Virginia. Virginia Tech, at least, did some damage in the next tier, signing eight players ranked from No. 16 to No. 30. Virginia’s next in-state signee, after Robinson, is Miles Greene, a defensive lineman from Highland Springs who is ranked No. 32 in the state and No. 1,157 nationally.
... (ASD; JFann)

The 2023 ACC Football schedule was released a few days ago. As we do each year, we’re going to tell you what like about it, and later what we don’t like about the schedule.

Clemson vs Florida State – September 23, 2023

Now that the ACC has gone divisionless, the top two ACC teams can meet in the ACCCG. The ACC’s two highest-ranked teams going into 2023 will be Clemson and Florida State. Having them play early in the season when it’s likely, they’ll meet in the ACCCG is smart scheduling. There is plenty of time for of time for either to make up a ranking even with a loss.

You never know if they’ll end up being the ACC’s best two-best teams, but I like the attempt to set things up for the rest of the season in this way.

Labor Day Weekend National TV Games

ESPN always get criticized for now showcasing the ACC vs the other conferences they televise. Most of it deserved criticism too, but not on Labor Day weekend. This is the one weekend of the football season that ESPN treats the ACC right.

First, the Friday night between Georgia Tech and Louisville is a national TV game. Then Sunday night is LSU vs Florida State in a game that drew ratings in 2022. Monday is a Labor Day game between Clemson and Duke. These are exclusive national TV window games featuring ACC Teams. It doesn’t happen often for the ACC to be well covered by ESPN, but it does this week.

No Divisions!

This one speaks for itself. Matchups we just don’t see often we’re getting this year – Virginia Tech vs Florida State, Clemson vs Miami and multiple other previously rare Atlantic vs Coastal matchups we didn’t see often in the past. This will also set up the best matchup possible in the ACCCG. We’ve been waiting a long time for this, and now it’s finally here.

Equitable BYE Weeks

In years past we’ve seen ACC teams with extremely early BYE weeks or some more than two months in the season. It can create a level of iniquity during the ACC season. This season the conference did a good job spreading out the BYE Weeks. All ACC BYE weeks for each team are between Weeks 5 and 8. That’s a good solid job of scheduling.

Pittsburgh vs West Virginia – September 16, 2023

Last season’s Pitt and West Virginia game was a great way to open the season. It had good ratings and a full stadium in Pittsburgh. It had a lot of fans and media talking about how nice it was to have a traditional regional rivalry game.

Let’s do it again in 2023.

This time the Backyard Brawl is at West Virginia as the second game in a series from 2022-0225.
... (youtube; podcast; Basketball Conference: ACC)

After a long holiday and personal hiatus we get back together to go over all the Bowl games and recent QB Transfer news and other hires around the conference. (0:00) - Intro (4:00) - Garrett Riley hired at Clemson (14:30) - QB Transfers (32:25) - Fenway Recap (35:50) - Gasparilla Recap (37:25) - Military Recap (40:18) - Holiday Recap (43:05) - Pinstripe Recap (45:00) - Cheez-It Recap (48:10) - Duke's Mayo Recap (52:00) - Sun Recap (56:35) - Orange Recap (1:00:25) - Outro (; Baker)

As the ACC and Big 12 announced their 2023 football schedules last week, one other scheduling story with significant local implications was easy to overlook.

The ACC has asked its schools to schedule “most, if not all, of their future nonconference road games at either Power Five teams or Army,” The News & Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina, reported.

Commissioner Jim Phillips told the outlet that the league has pushed hard for its teams to play “really good programs and teams” and said that “when you have the opportunity to play home games or home-and-homes, they need to be against the very best competition you can.”

And that means few — or no — games at Group of Five teams. Which is unfortunate news for USF.

The Bulls hosted ACC teams every year but one from 2011-18 (Miami and Florida State twice, plus North Carolina State, Syracuse and Georgia Tech). They also have home games scheduled against Louisville and North Carolina State for 2024, although the Wolfpack want to move their game to 2029, according to The News & Observer, “buying time to negotiate a buyout or for the Bulls to meet the criteria.” USF is set to host Miami in 2027 as part of a two-for-one series (with games at Hard Rock Stadium in ‘25 and ‘28).

The Hurricanes have played or scheduled several other Group of Five road trips, including Appalachian State (2016), Toledo (2018) and Temple (this September). Their 2017 trip to Arkansas State was called off because of Hurricane Irma.



Jordan's Cannonball Tree courtesy of Maureen Doyle (PS; $: Croyle)

In 1935, a pair of men cut down a towering elm tree on their farm in Jordan, N.Y. Lodged deep in the trunk, buried in layer upon layer of new wood, they found a six-pound cannonball -- a relic of a dreary night that would forever enshrine the tree in local lore.

“We had always heard of it referred to as ‘the cannonball tree,’” Albert Arnold told the Herald-Journal in 1997. Arnold happened to remember the tree being cut down when he was a teenager.

The cannonball -- about the size of a softball -- had been blasted into the tree by a local military regiment honoring President Abraham Lincoln as his funeral train rolled through town in 1865. The soldiers, home on furlough, had been drinking and trying to impress some girls when they fired the shot.

The result was a one-in-a-million bullseye. The ball lodged itself into the 120-foot-tall tree, where it would remain for 70 years, nearly forgotten by time, until the tree was felled.

Today, that cannonball (and a chunk of the elm tree) is on display at the museum at 15 Mechanic Street. Jordan Historical Society and Museum President Maureen Doyle says it’s “one of their favorite artifacts.”

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