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Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to Pizza Pie Day!

Pizza Pie Day, also commonly known as National Pizza Day and National Pizza Pie Day, is a day for eating pizza. Pie-shaped flatbreads with toppings were first eaten in Naples in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. At the time, this coastal city was not part of Italy, but its own kingdom. The working poor, or lazzaroni, lived outside or in small homes, and needed cheap food. Pizza consisted of flatbread with toppings such as tomatoes, garlic, cheese, anchovies, and oil, and it was sold by street vendors and informal restaurants, and eaten for any meal.

Pizza did not gain a foothold in Italy at the time, and it was in the United States, where Neapolitans immigrated to, that pizza gained in popularity. The first pizzeria in the United States was Lombardi's, which was started in New York City in 1905. Lombardi's is still in business, and although it is in a new location, the original oven is still in use. Neapolitans brought pizza to many other cities, including Trenton, New Haven, St. Louis, Chicago, and Boston. Pizza became popular all over the country, especially following World War II. Many styles of crusts and different toppings became popular in different regions. Eventually, pizza made its way back to Italy, as well as to other parts of the world.

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Syracuse offensive lineman Matthew Bergeron (60) waves to the fans before the Orange's 2022 season opener on Sept. 3. Bergeron is one of three SU players invited to the NFL Combine. Dennis Nett |

Matthew Bergeron rounds out trio of Syracuse players invited to 2023 NFL Combine (PS; Leiker)

The NFL released the list of all 319 draft prospects invited to the 2023 NFL Combine on Wednesday.

Three Syracuse football players made the list, two of whom had already shared their invites: running back Sean Tucker, cornerback Garrett Williams and offensive lineman Matthew Bergeron.

The NFL Combine will take place Feb. 27 through March 6 in Indianapolis. Position groups will arrive at the combine in waves and live drills begin on March 2. The combine will air on NFL Network.

Bergeron, who attracted heaps of praise at last week’s Senior Bowl, was expected to earn an invitation. Wednesday’s list was the first confirmation he’d actually received one. Projected as a mid-to-late second rounder by the NFL Mock Draft Database, he’s likely to be SU’s highest draft pick this April.

ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. had Bergeron as the No. 6 offensive tackle in the country in his most recent positional rankings. Pro Football Focus has him as the No. 9 player at his position.

Tucker is in Florida doing his offseason training and is expected to return to the Salt City for SU’s Pro Day after the combine. Williams is still rehabbing from his midseason ACL tear and will be limited in his combine participation.

Notably left off the combine invitation list was linebacker Mikel Jones. Jones has not appeared on draft lists like Tucker, Williams and Bergeron but started in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and was a third-time All-ACC selection this year.

Sean Tucker could provide important offensive redundancy in 2023 (; SmithforGM)

Sean Tucker
, RB
Syracuse | Conference: ACC
College Experience: Junior | Age: 21
Height / Weight: 5’10” / 205 lbs
Projected Draft Status: Rounds 3-4

Player Comp: Knowshon Moreno

College Statistics

Rushing & Receiving Table

Provided by CFB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 2/7/2023.

Player Overview

Sean Tucker has his roots in Baltimore, having played at Calvert Hall in high school, where he graduated as the 59th running back prospect in the country. This despite the fact that he was a track star, winning the 55 meter indoor title two years in a row, and taking the 100 and 200 meter titles as a junior.

At Syracuse, Tucker put up the third most rushing yards by a freshman in Orange history. During his sophomore season, he rushed for 1,496 yards, setting the single season rushing record at Syracuse and earning All American recognition.

In 2022, as a junior, Tucker put up over 1,300 all purpose yards and was named a second team All-ACC running back. In the pros, Tucker projects as multi-threat weapon, capable of delivering a home run every time he touches the ball.


  • One of the most pro-ready RBs in the class.
  • Has had great ball security (3 fumbles in 600+ touches).
  • Able to line up as a receiver and be effective in the pass game.
  • Former 55m, 100m, and 200m sprint champion.
  • Has very good vision as a runner.


  • Has some tread worn off his tires.
  • Would need to improve in pass protection.
  • Needs to continue to work on dropped passes.


Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Syracuse football: Orange return a lot of production in 2023 (TNIAAM; Wall)

Syracuse Orange football hasn’t begun spring practice but we’re already looking ahead to the 2023 season.

Yesterday Bill Connelly of ESPN released his “Returning Production Rankings” for all FBS teams. It’s an Insider exclusive so we’ll give you the Syracuse-centric information.

The Orange ranked 23rd with 73% of their production returning. If you’re wondering how it breaks down, it’s 73% on offense (ranked 39th) and 72% on defense (ranked 33rd). Bill’s formula breaks down things like this:

Percent of returning WR/TE receiving yards: 24% of the overall number
Percent of returning QB passing yards: 23%
Percent of returning OL snaps: 47%
Percent of returning RB rushing yards: 6%
Percent of returning tackles: 70%
Percent of returning passes defensed: 14%
Percent of returning tackles for loss: 12%
Percent of returning sacks: 4%

While the Orange are going to be without several key contributors from 2022, there should be hope that returning players like Garrett Shrader, Oronde Gadsden II, Caleb Okechukwu and Marlowe Wax will provide them with similar play in 2023. Building around those players can help ease some of the losses Syracuse will have to deal with next fall.

What's a Realistic Expectation for the 2023 Season? (; Griffin)

Yes, the opener is seven months away. Yes, there are still many unanswered questions about the roster (transfer portal among other things). But as the offseason chugs along, it’s never too early to break down what the fall might look like.

First and foremost, you have to remember that the coaching staff has an entirely new look. Gone are Robert Anae, Nick Monroe, and Tony White among others. Sure, the offense veterans are familiar with Jason Beck, but up until the Pinstripe Bowl he had not served as an offensive coordinator at the Division I level. However, the defense isn’t worth worrying about considering Rocky Long is the godfather of the 3-3-5 scheme we’ve grown accustomed to. It may take a few games for the offense to gain its rhythm…

But considering the first few games aren’t exactly difficult, that’s ok.

Here. It. Is.

September can't come soon enough!

More: The 2023 Syracuse Football Schedule is Here! - Syracuse University Athletics
— Syracuse Football (@CuseFootball) January 31, 2023

Colgate is an FCS opponent and Western Michigan is a Group of 5 team that you’re playing at home. Two games that should be chalked up as Ws here and now. Once the Orange travel to West Lafayette for a rematch with Purdue (after a wild one last season), that excuse goes out the window. Especially since ACC play will be right around the corner. Sure, you have two really tough games against Clemson and Florida State, but there are a lot of winnable games. The question will likely be can SU beat two of Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, and Wake Forest?

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Georgia's yearly college football recruiting spending reached $4.5 million, one-third more than any other school (; Weiszer & Berkowitz)

Georgia football is recruiting at an elite level and its athletic department is sparing no expense for the two-time national champions.

The Bulldogs spent just over $4.5 million on football recruiting during the school's 2022 fiscal year, according to an NCAA financial report the athletics department provided Wednesday to the Athens Banner-Herald in response to an open-records request.

No other program at a Power Five public school has come close to that number so far for 2022.

Texas A&M is No. 2 at $2.98 million and Tennessee is No. 3 at $2.92 million, followed by Texas at $2.44 million and Alabama at $2.32 million, according to documents obtained by the USA TODAY Network in partnership with the Knight-Newhouse Data project at Syracuse University.

Michigan, at $2.24 million (or less than half of Georgia's total), is the only other school to report having spent more than $1.85 million.

Clemson and Oklahoma, perennially two of the top spenders on football recruiting, have not yet released their financial reports to the USA TODAY Network. Neither have Virginia Tech and California.

Georgia athletics director Josh Brooks was not immediately available to comment on the football recruiting spending.

What counts as recruiting spending?

The recruiting expense totals in the latest NCAA reports cover transportation, lodging and meals for recruits and school personnel on official and unofficial visits for a period that, for most schools, covered July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022. It also accounts for phone charges and postage for pursuing recruits and the value of school’s vehicles and planes or those used by the school for recruiting.

See: Tony White's contract as Nebraska's defensive coordinator (PS; Leiker)

Nearly two months to the day from when news broke Tony White was leaving Syracuse football, his annual compensation as Nebraska’s new defensive coordinator.

White will make $1 million annually and be the second-highest paid assistant on head coach Matt Rhule’s staff, according to his contract released by Nebraska on Wednesday. Offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield is the highest paid with an annual compensation of $1.4 million.

Back in December, White told there would be an additional title he would take on at Nebraska in addition to his DC one, but declined at the time to reveal what it was. He’s since had “Associate Head Coach” added to his bio on the Nebraska website and is the only assistant on Rhule’s staff to hold the title.

His contract began Dec. 10, 2022, and runs through Dec. 31, 2025.

Nebraska assistant coach salaries have been made public. There are still three we don’t know yet.
— Sean Callahan (@Sean_Callahan) January 13, 2023

Florida State, football coach Mike Norvell agree to contract extension (

After leading the Florida State University football program to its first 10-win season since the 2016 season last fall, head football coach Mike Norvell and FSU committed to each other for the remainder of the decade.

According to a news release from FSU athletics, Norvell signed a multi-year contract extension. The university announced the agreement Wednesday.

Norvell, who completed his third season at the helm of the FSU football program in 2022, is now signed through the 2029 season.

The newly structured ACC schedule ensures a higher quality matchup in conference championship | College Football Today (; video; CFT)

247Sports' Carl Reed, Brandon Marcello, and Bud Elliot discuss the newly structured ACC schedule

Will anyone else in the ACC be able to keep up with Florida State and Clemson? | College Football Today (cbssports; video; CFT)

247Sports' Bud Elliot highlights Florida State and Clemson as the heavy favorites to reach the ACC championship

(; video; CFT)

The Super Bowl kicks off this weekend and many former top college football prospects are making an appearance. Our college football experts join College Football Today to show the proof that stars matter. 247Sports college football expert and host of the Cover 3 podcast brings the numbers to back up the claim that stars in fact matter when it comes to forecasting a prospects journey from high school to the NFL. Also, we give our way-too-early preview for the ACC. Plus, we hit on the biggest headlines happening in college football. It's another jam-packed episode of College Football Today on 247Sports!

Former ACC standout discusses what Riley brings to Clemson's offense (; Staff)

In a recent appearance on ACC Network’s ACC PM show, a former ACC standout and current analyst gave some thoughts on Clemson’s offense and new coordinator Garrett Riley.

Roddy Jones, the former Georgia Tech star running back and current ESPN/ACCN analyst, spoke about what Riley brings to the Tigers offensively after being hired last month to replace Brandon Streeter as the OC/quarterbacks coach.

“With Garrett Riley, I think what he does is he brings some modernization to Clemson’s offense,” Jones said. “I think for so long, that they had better players than just about everybody they faced, and they certainly had a better quarterback than just about everybody they faced – even going back to the Tajh Boyd era, where they were a little bit more on the cutting edge. But when you go through Deshaun Watson and Trevor Lawrence, you don’t have to be all that fancy with your preparation of the meal, because you got the best ingredients. But when the ingredients start to suffer, you’re going to have to dress that thing up a little bit. They have not gotten as good of receiver play or quarterback play since Tee Higgins and Trevor Lawrence left. And obviously, as good as Will Shipley is, Travis Etienne is tearing it up in the league right now and was a first-round pick. So, I think some of the talent drain has forced them to become a little more modern with their offense.”

Links, News and Rumors 2023 Feb 9th (RX; HM)

Links, News and Rumors 2023 Feb 9th

Level of interest in college football in the United States , as of January 2023, by ethnicity

EthnicityAvid fansCasual fansNot fans
source: College football interest level by ethnicity US 2023 | Statista
From which we can conclude that CFB fans come in black and white - but not much else.

Here's a comment from CSNBBS user jrj84105 posted on "Demographics of Fandom":

I also think that Urban/Rural may be surrogates that capture more proximal causes of differences in fandom.

I suspect that there might be some big differences in these demographics:
- No college.
- Some college or college at a schools without D1 athletics
- College graduate of a minor D1 school
- College grad of a major D1 school.

I think we he highest fandom among the first and last category. I think the distribution of these demographics is very skewed between urban/rural.

From SI's Winner's Club:

Michael Fabiano dove into an interesting and informative trend ahead of the Super Bowl that could concern Mahomes and the Chiefs. Only six quarterbacks who led the NFL in passing yards have also played in the Super Bowl. The list includes all-time greats like Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Dan Marino and Kurt Warner. The kicker? They all lost. Who led the league in passing yards this season? That would be Mahomes.

OT: Big XII vs Pac-12 Flame Wars (RX; HM)

OT: Big XII vs Pac-12 Flame Wars

If you read about the Pac-12 tv contract negotiations on the internet you'll likely see some comment about how bad it will be for them to have 50% or more of their content streamed on Amazon Prime. This drumbeat is particularly loud coming from Big XII fans and sports beat writers. Dennis Dodd had this to write in "Pac-12 Expansion... May Be Necessary...":

The Pac-12's next media rights deal will be heavily reliant on a digital streaming partner. Significantly more than half of each season's Pac-12 football games will be primarily available via streaming as part of the conference's next rights deal, sources tell CBS Sports.

Such a ratio is unprecedented for a Power Five conference and for whichever streaming giant becomes the first to more fully embrace college sports. The move would likely upset Pac-12 coaches, athletic directors and administrators who rely on widespread visibility for their games via linear (cable) and network platforms for everything from athletic recruitment to university enrollment.

Let's put aside the question of whether Amazon Prime - home of at least one NFL game per week - is all that bad a carrier, and let's compare the Pac-12 options to what the Big XII has already signed up for...

Last year, with Texas and Oklahoma still in the fold (and getting their ABC and Fox appearances), the Big XII had 17 football games which were streamed on ESPN+. That's out of a total of 67 games, which works out to 25% of all games on ESPN+. That's halfway to 50%, and you figure that number is just going to go up.

2022 ACC FB Attendance (RX; HM)

2022 ACC FB Attendance

We see the results of realignment in this table. The Top 13 teams in terms of average home attendance all are - or soon will be - members of either the Big Ten or the SEC. #14 is Clemson; #15 is Notre Dame. Here's the list down to the least-attended ACC team, followed by a few others of interest to you readers:

SchoolConference2022 Average
MichiganBig Ten110,246
Penn StateBig Ten107,379
Ohio StateBig Ten104,663
TexasBig 12100,242
Texas A&MSEC97,213
NebraskaBig Ten86,637
OklahomaBig 1283,835
Notre DameIndependent76,193
South CarolinaSEC75,785
WisconsinBig Ten74,159
IowaBig Ten69,250
Michigan StateBig Ten69,047
Florida StateACC67,254
Virginia TechACC64,356
Ole MissSEC62,575
Iowa StateBig 1257,344
PurdueBig Ten57,129
Texas TechBig 1256,870
NC StateACC55,924
Miami (FL)ACC54,964
Oklahoma StateBig 1254,735
Mississippi StateSEC53,822
Kansas StateBig 1251,165
RutgersBig Ten50,756
North CarolinaACC47,933
West VirginiaBig 1247,658
IndianaBig Ten46,906
TCUBig 1246,562
BaylorBig 1245,463
MinnesotaBig Ten45,019
Arizona StatePac-1243,081
KansasBig 1243,076
IllinoisBig Ten43,048
Fresno StateMtn West39,067



First Look: There’s a daily line to get into this new diner, and that says it all (PS; $; Miller)

The line to get into The Daily Diner an hour after its official opening last Monday swelled onto the Limestone Commons sidewalk.

On Tuesday, the line returned, with some of the same customers who made it through the wait on Monday. Same with Wednesday and Thursday. Over the weekend? Forget it.

“I’ve been here every day except Sunday, and that was because it was crazy busy,” Charlie Schott said as he planted himself at one of the 11 stools at the counter. “I’m going to come here every day until I’ve had everything this menu.”

Charlie quickly figured out you usually don’t have to wait for a seat at the counter. He’s not the only one. Most of the counter customers on Monday this week were on their second or third visit.

“It’s been nuts,” owner Mark Bullis said this week. “But we’re handling it. We’re getting people in, and we’re getting them out with a smile.”

The Daily Diner is the latest venture for Mark and his business partner Nathan Fullmer. Mark founded the Bull ‘n Bear Roadhouse restaurants in Central New York (Clay, East Syracuse and Fayetteville), and Nathan oversees the business operations. They recently took over the food and dining operations at Green Lakes State Park.

In 2021, Mark and Nathan opened YO!BURRITO in a tiny nook of Limestone Commons. They closed the to-go Mexican kitchen this past September and will turn that into a food truck this summer. They kept that storefront to expand into what they call “an old New Jersey-like roadside diner with a chef-inspired menu.”

They rented the vacant store next door, tore down the walls and created a bright and lively restaurant that can comfortably seat 75 customers.

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