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

Welcome to Susan B Anthony Day!

Today we celebrate Susan B. Anthony, who was born on today's date in 1820. Susan B. Anthony Day is not officially celebrated nationally. In 2011, Representative Carolyn Maloney introduced the Susan B. Anthony Birthday Act, which would have designated the third Monday in February as Susan B. Anthony Day, but the bill did not become law. The holiday is celebrated in some capacities on the state level. As of 2019, Florida is the only state where Susan B. Anthony Day is an official holiday on February 15. In Wisconsin and California, the holiday is celebrated in public schools. In West Virginia, the holiday is celebrated on election day on even-numbered years. Anthony's birthday is celebrated each August in Massachusetts. Additionally, Susan B. Anthony Day is celebrated unofficially across the country, as the birthdays of prominent historical figures often are.

Susan B. Anthony was born in Adams, Massachusetts. Her Aunt Susan, whom she had been named after, married a man named Brownell, and that is where Anthony got her middle initial from. Her family was made up of Quakers and activists, and in 1845 they moved to Rochester, New York, where they became part of the abolitionist movement. Anthony became a teacher, where she pushed for educational reforms, such as for more inclusion for girls and African Americans.

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Syracuse plans ‘high-end sports lounge’ vibe, access to teams to JMA Dome pre-game atmosphere (PS; $; Carlson)

Syracuse University is planning to upgrade the pre-game experience for its biggest donors, providing behind-the-scenes access to the football and lacrosse teams before they take the field.

Those amenities will be part of the Kuhn Gameday Lounge. The school announced the lounge and presenting sponsor Hidden Level in a press release last month.

“This is for our most supportive fans,” Syracuse athletic director John Wildhack said. “Our court-side seat holders. We can do some things for our suite holders for football and lacrosse in terms of pregame. Think of a really, really high-end sports lounge. I think that’s the vision for this. ... It’s really going to be a transformative experience for (those fans).”

The lounge is one of many improvements that are either underway or planned by the school over the next two years, part of a continuing process of modernizing a building that opened in 1980.

Eagles OL Coach Jeff Stoutland's Journey From Syracuse University to Super Bowl LVII (; video; Eads)

John Eads guides you through the career of Jeff Stoutland. The veteran offensive line coach still thinks very fondly of his time spent with the Syracuse Football program. Stoutland also underwent a medical scare in 2010 that changed his life and coaching philosophy.

ACC News (SI; Lewis)

The Seminoles are anticipated to be one of the top teams in the country in 2023. Following a ten-win campaign where Florida State concluded the year with six straight victories, including a thriller in the Cheez-It Bowl against Oklahoma, head coach Mike Norvell appears to have the program on the right track.

FSU is returning plenty of talent this season including star quarterback Jordan Travis, running back Trey Benson, defensive end Jared Verse, defensive tackle Fabien Lovett, wide receiver Johnny Wilson, linebacker Tatum Bethune, cornerback Renardo Green, and safety Akeem Dent. The 'Noles have also added experience through the NCAA Transfer Portal with players such as defensive lineman Braden Fiske, tight end Jaheim Bell, offensive lineman Jeremiah Byers, and cornerback Fentrell 'Deuce' Cypress II, among others.

On Tuesday, ESPN released its initial 2023 Preseason SP+ Rankings and Florida State came in at No. 11, slotting in the program as the top-ranked team in the ACC. This comes on the heels of Bill Connelly listing the Seminoles as No. 1 in the country in returning production.

All things considered, this is a huge improvement from Connelly's final 2022 preseason rankings where the Seminoles were ranked No. 42. It's clear that the respect nationally is beginning to build once again in Tallahassee.

Teams ahead of Florida State in the SP+ Rankings include Georgia, Ohio State, Michigan, Alabama, Penn State, Tennessee, LSU, Oregon, Texas, and USC.

The Seminoles will face multiple teams in the initial SP+ top-50 in 2023 including LSU (No. 7), Clemson (No. 12), Florida (No. 20), Pittsburgh (No. 40), and Miami (No. 42)

What are the biggest spring practice questions in the ACC and with Notre Dame? (; $; Staff)

With spring football just around the corner, The Athletic’s college football experts broke down the most pressing question facing each Power 5 team. Here’s what to watch for in the ACC (plus Notre Dame).

Boston College

Does Jeff Hafley have a plan on offense?

The Eagles will be on their third offensive coordinator in three seasons and lost one-time NFL prospect Phil Jurkovec to Pittsburgh in the transfer portal. That’s after Boston College posted Iowa-esque production in yards per play and scoring last season. As much as Hafley wants another pro-style approach for whoever tries to develop junior quarterback Emmett Morehead, it’s not clear where the Eagles are heading. Boston College is 5-15 in its past 20 games. — Pete Sampson


How quickly can Garrett Riley install his offense with the Tigers?

Clemson has run a similar scheme for about a decade, and this spring will bring plenty of change. The good news: Riley is familiar with five-star quarterback Cade Klubnik from the recruiting process and already started building that relationship. — Grace Raynor


Can Riley Leonard again be one of the best QBs in the ACC?

The Blue Devils authored a remarkable one-year turnaround last fall, finishing 9-4 after a Military Bowl win against UCF. Riley Leonard was one of the best quarterbacks in the league, completing 63.9 percent of his passes for 2,967 yards with 20 touchdown passes while rushing for 699 yards and 13 touchdowns. Leonard’s play will be the key to determining the ceiling for this year’s squad, as Duke’s schedule is significantly tougher with nine opponents that reached bowl games last season. — Nicole Auerbach

Florida State

Can the Seminoles handle the hype?

Coming off a 10-3 season and with the most returning production of any FBS program, according to ESPN, there are not a lot of on-field questions in Tallahassee beyond how Mike Norvell will disperse three new offensive linemen picked up through the transfer portal. Beyond that, it’s really about handling preseason expectations once the season begins. — Manny Navarro

Georgia Tech

How does the new coaching staff settle in?

Brent Key was promoted to take over after Geoff Collins was fired during the season, and Key got the Yellow Jackets’ program on track. So what’s next for Georgia Tech? Can it continue the momentum from a solid finish to the 2022 season? This spring will help see what those answers are. — Daniel Shirley


Can Jeff Brohm give Pierce Clarkson time?

Because the Cardinals never did better than 8-5 in his career, it’s possible Louisville fans did not fully appreciate Malik Cunningham and his 9,660 passing yards, 3,179 rushing yards and 120 touchdowns. But they (and their new head coach) surely miss him now. The question heading into coach Jeff Brohm’s first season will be whether he and the Cards can afford to slowly bring along four-star freshman QB Pierce Clarkson, the face of the recruiting class and son of noted QB guru Steve Clarkson. Cal transfer Jack Plummer, who played his first three years for Brohm at Purdue, gives them a chance. He and Boilermakers star Aidan O’Connell shared the job under Brohm as freshmen in 2019, but the former walk-on O’Connell Wally Pipped him late that season. Ideally, Plummer serves as the poised, veteran bridge between Cunningham and Clarkson. — Kyle Tucker


Does Miami have the elite receivers and corners it needs on the roster?

The Hurricanes have a lot of issues to resolve following a 5-7 season, but finding an elite playmaker on the outside to put pressure on opposing defenses (and cover them when Miami is on defense) is a huge deal. The expectation is Colbie Young will take another step forward, but the Hurricanes could end up diving into the portal for as many as two more options at receiver if more guys don’t emerge during spring ball. — Navarro

North Carolina

Can a secondary overhaul stabilize UNC’s defense?

With quarterback and Heisman Trophy hopeful Drake Maye back, North Carolina shouldn’t have any problem putting up points … but what about allowing them? Last season, the Tar Heels secondary allowed 271.3 passing yards per game, which ranked 116th out of 131 Division I teams. Starting corners Tony Grimes and Storm Duck left via the transfer portal (for Texas A&M and Penn State, respectively), and former Indiana secondary coach Jason Jones replaced the departed Dre Bly, now in the NFL. UNC has intentionally shaken up its secondary, but results need to follow. — Brendan Marks

NC State

Now that he is reunited with his former offensive coordinator from UVa, does Brennan Armstrong look like his old self again?

Brennan Armstrong entered the 2022 season as one of the most experienced quarterbacks in the ACC but had the lowest completion percentage of his career as a starter. Under OC Robert Anae at Virginia, he ranked second nationally for passing yards per game in 2021. — Raynor


Is Phil Jurkovec a significant upgrade at quarterback?

It was clear last season that Kedon Slovis was no Kenny Pickett, and the Panthers’ passing offense (99th nationally in efficiency) floundered. Jurkovec comes in from Boston College, but can he regain his 2020 form? He was hurt in 2021 and averaged a career-low 6.9 yards per attempt last year, though that was an offense bereft of talent. With running back Israel Abanikanda gone, the Panthers will need more balance from a productive passing game. — Andy Bitter


How will Syracuse mesh this spring after so much turnover?

The Orange lost defensive coordinator Tony White, offensive coordinator Robert Anae, offensive line coach/run game coordinator Mike Schmidt, defensive passing game coordinator Nick Monroe and cornerbacks coach Chip West. That’s a ton of turnover for a Dino Babers team that was already going to fight an uphill battle in the ACC in 2023. — Raynor

The top five ACC returning quarterbacks in 2023 (; Turri)

The Clemson fan boy has Klubnik laughably high...

Though the ACC may not have been the toughest conference this past season, the ACC produced some of the top quarterbacks in the county, boasting some excellent talent at the position.

It may be a shock to some with the reputation the ACC has picked up over the past few seasons, but the top quarterbacks in this conference can compete with the best of them. With most of the top guys in the conference returning in 2023, the ACC could be one of the most exciting conferences to watch next season.

From a couple of surprise quarterbacks on Tobacco Road to the dual-threat dynamo down in Tallahassee, here is a look at our top five returning quarterbacks in the ACC for the 2023 season.

1 Drake Maye - North Carolina

2022 Stats:
Drake Maye exploded onto the scene in 2022, absolutely lighting up the ACC this past season. North Carolina’s slow finish is likely what kept him from attending the Heisman ceremony, and he did get swallowed up by Clemson’s defense in the ACC. Still, it is impossible to deny all he did last season. Maye is the top dog heading into the conference next season and should be a Heisman contender once again. It will be interesting to see how he fairs without star wide receiver Josh Downs.

2 Jordan Travis - Florida State

2022 Stats:
The only other person I considered for the top spot on this list, Jordan Travis, is very good at what he does. He’s consistent and plays with a certain level of intensity; you want to see how out of your quarterback. His dual-threat capabilities make him that much more dangerous. With the top returning production in all of college football next season, he could claim the top spot on this list sooner rather than later. If he isn’t already your top guy of course, which I would understand.

3 Cade Klubnik

This selection was the toughest pick on the list because I love the guy behind Klubnik’s game so much. Even so, I’m giving the nod to the Clemson starter under center for a few reasons. Klubnik’s freshman season was interesting, and it just felt like there was so much more room for him to excel; the opportunity just seemed to have come a little too late. This is an upside pick right here. With the flashes, we saw from Klubnik and the addition of offensive coordinator Garrett Riley, Klubnik could also be the top guy on this list come midseason.

4 Riley Leonard - Duke

I’ll put this in bold so everyone knows how serious I am here. Riley Leonard is a stud. Duke fans have to be thrilled with what they have in Leonard, who broke onto the scene in 2022, completely changing Duke football’s trajectory as long as he’s on the team. He was great through the air but also a dominant force on the ground, with 699 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. I watch a ton of football, and Leonard was one of my favorite players to watch this past season. I’m excited to see if he has an uptick in production in 2023 after a breakout season.

5 Garrett Shrader - Syracuse

Another dual-threat quarterback, Shrader, surprised me with his improvements from 2021 to 2022, becoming one of the ACC’s best quarterbacks this past season. His passing statistics won’t jump off the page, but he’s consistent. He was consistent and mobile, adding 453 rushing yards and nine touchdowns this past season.

Boston College Football Schedule 2023: Analysis, Breakdown, 3 Things To Know (CFN; Fiutak)

Boston College football schedule 2023: Who do the Eagles miss on the ACC schedule and what are 3 things to know?

Boston College Football Schedule 2023: 3 Things To Know

Sept 2 Northern Illinois

Sept 9 Holy Cross

Sept 16 Florida State

Sept 23 at Louisville

Sept 30 Virginia

Oct 7 at Army


Oct 21 at Georgia Tech

Oct 28 UConn

Nov 3 at Syracuse

Nov 11 Virginia Tech

Nov 16 at Pitt

Nov 24 Miami

Boston College Football Schedule What To Know: Who do the Eagles miss from the ACC slate?

The Eagles miss Clemson. Start with that, and everything else is fine.

Every ACC team misses five other teams, and now playing NC State and North Carolina is a massive plus, too. It might seem like not playing Duke is a bad break, but that’s a potentially loaded team returning, and not playing Wake Forest is a good thing.

There’s no complaining about the teams off the schedule, and to make things even better …

Boston College Football Schedule What Really Matters

There aren’t two road games two weeks in a row. Army and Georgia Tech are back-to-back, but they’re spread out by a week off.

Overall, the road games are spread out over the season after starting out with three home games to open things up, and there’s no dealing with three road games in four weeks like several other ACC teams do.

Best of all …

Boston College Football Schedule What To Know: What does it all really mean?

There are seven games against teams that didn’t go bowling last season, and UConn, Louisville, and Syracuse are more than manageable games against teams that got the extra date.

Basically, there’s no using the schedule as an excuse if this is another bad season.

There should be at least three wins built in if the Eagles are just okay – Northern Illinois, Holy Cross, and UConn – and at Army, at Georgia Tech, and Virginia need to account for at least two wins.

Get to six wins with this slate, Boston College.

ACC Rumor Mill Heating Up Fast! (RX; HM)

ACC Rumor Mill Heating Up Fast!

The ACC is normally very quiet about their plans, but recent rumors and rumblings make me wonder if they are about to spring into action.

Here are a couple of CSNBBS posts by a Georgia Tech fan who goes by GTFletch...

ACC expects record revenue in 2021-22

“We’re in the process of finalizing the financials from [2021-22],” second-year commissioner Jim Phillips said, “and as expected, our schools will receive a sizable increase following the ACC Network reaching full distribution last December. We are proud to have exceeded our initial projections, resulting in additional revenue to our schools.”
This is notable for several reasons:
- First, the ACC in 2020-21 reported a league-record $578.3 million in revenue, which translated to an average per-school distribution of $36.1 million.
- Second, 2021-22 was a season in which the Orange Bowl, the ACC’s contracted New Year’s Six postseason game, hosted a College Football Playoff semifinal. In those years, the ACC does not receive its Orange Bowl payout.
- Finally, 2021-22 marked the first season that no ACC team qualified for the CFP, denying the league a $6 million CFP payout.
To summarize: Despite losing approximately $46 million, or 8%, of its 2020-21 revenue, the ACC still expects to report a significant revenue increase on its 2021-22 tax forms, which won’t be filed until late spring.
That’s how valuable full ACC Network distribution, attained (half a fiscal year) with December’s carriage deal with Xfinity Comcast, is to the conference, its schools and media partner ESPN.

Yes, the ACC Network is killing it, but don't forget there's also an annual escalator clause which keeps increasing the T1 payout, too. And it won't be long before the ACC can get out from under that awful Orange Bowl contract and get a much better deal (hey, it couldn't be much worse).

Uneven revenue distribution model picking up steam in the ACC!

Clemson athletic director Graham Neff said he believes the ACC will adopt a different revenue distribution model.
How would that work:
Basing the model around the idea that last place gets no less than half of what first place gets, here’s how the payouts would look for a 10 team league that earned 426M or 42.6M per year per school:
1st place – $64M (15%)
2nd place – $53M (12.25%)
3rd place – $49M (11.25%)
4th place – $43M (10%)
5th place – $43M (10%)
6th place – $38M (9%)
7th place – $37M (8.75%)
8th place – $35M (8.25%)
9th place – $34M (8%)
10th place – $32M (7.5%)
As you can see, the top five schools all received at least what equal distribution would have produced, with first place netting more than $20 million more than that $42.6 million figure and second and third place picking up some extra cash, as well.
The schools that finished 6th through 10th all would have made less than the $42.6 million but not by a crippling amount. What’s more, while losing $10 million from the equal distribution would not have been fun for the 10th-place school it’s not as if wholesale changes would have to take place within an athletic department to account for it.

I figured the ACC might embrace "eat what you kill" in terms of bowl revenue, but I never imagined they'd
consider something this extreme... yet as long as it's 100% merit-based (and only in the revenue sports), personally I wouldn't have any problem with it.

Finally, some Pac-12/ACC rumors...

From Marc Daniels' "Is Another Wave Of Conference Expansion Coming?" on 969thegame:

Meanwhile, there appears to be a sense of urgency within the ACC. Commissioner Jim Phillips... is aggressive in trying to find more media money for his ACC schools. The only way to do that would be to expand and convince ESPN to rework the current deal... the whispers are on the ACC again pitching Notre Dame about becoming a full member. One idea Phillips has pitched to ACC schools is unequal revenue shares and there may be support...
But Phillips is also expected, if he hasn't already, engaged in talks with a few Pac 12 schools- such as Oregon, Washington, Stanford and Cal. The idea is that if the Pac 12 money is not attractive those schools have more in common with the ACC than the Big 12...
The ACC thought that if they could add Notre Dame and the Pac 12 four... ESPN would open up talks on a new value to the media deal. And that the ACC could move into third when it comes to revenue behind the Big Ten and SEC.
Such scenarios of those four schools to the Pac 12 and the "corner schools" to the Big 12 would end the Pac 12 and leave four major conferences and have three leagues sit with 16 schools and one with 20...

Top 10 returning linebackers in college football for the 2023 season | College Football | PFF (pff,.com; Chadwick)


It’s officially time to hit the reset button.

The 2022 college football season has come and gone, and so has the deadline to enter the 2023 NFL Draft. Now that we know who will continue playing on Saturdays next fall, let's take an early look at the top returning players at every position.

Here are the top 10 linebackers returning to college football next season. Please note that NFL projection is not taken into account here.


The son of former All-Pro linebacker Jeremiah Trotter Sr., the sophomore linebacker has lived up to his father’s name and then some.

The younger Trotter excels on passing plays, as he was the only Power Five linebacker with 80-plus grades as a pass-rusher and in coverage. Trotter was second in that same group in both passer rating allowed (42.9) and open target rate allowed (47.6%).

Jeremiah Trotter Jr with a pick6 off Spencer Rattler????
— RanDynasty (@ran_dynasty) November 26, 2022



Apizza Regionale in Syracuse, N.Y. is one of four Upstate New York pizzerias included on a 2023 Yelp ranking of the best pizza places in the U.S. Photos by Alaina Potrikus

Central NY pizzeria named among best pizza spots in the U.S. (PS; $; House)

You don’t need to travel to the Big Apple to find a good slice of pizza in New York state.

Three Upstate New York pizzerias have been named among the top pizza spots in the United States by Yelp. The pizza pie purveyors included in the recently released ranking of the nation’s top 100 spots for a great slice hail from Central New York and the Hudson Valley — well beyond the borders of New York City, the nation’s heavyweight pizza champion.

The Upstate NY pizzerias included on Yelp’s “all-time list” of the top pizza spots in the U.S. are:
  • Lolita’s Pizza in Poughkeepsie
  • Pizzeria Posto in Rhinebeck
  • Apizza Regionale in Syracuse
Yelp reported it crafted the cheesy roundup by ranking pizza businesses on its website by a range of factors, including each spot’s “total volume and ratings of reviews”.

Here’s where each Upstate NY pizzeria landed on the list:

Lolita’s Pizza

129 Washington St., Poughkeepsie

Coming in at No. 64, Lolita’s Pizza is the highest-ranking Upstate pizzeria on Yelp’s list.

Apizza Regionale

260 W. Genesee St., Syracuse

Second to last, but far from least, Apizza Regionale ranked No. 99 on Yelp’s list.

The downtown Syracuse eatery tops its pies with its own house mozzarella, made daily. And the pizzas — ranging from the “Utica nod”, topped with sauteed greens and pepperoncini, to the “Calabrian”, a pizza topped with soppressata and chili-infused local honey — are baked in a wood-fired oven imported from Naples.

One Yelp reviewer said “you can’t go wrong” when picking a pizza at Apizza.

“Really, nothing is ever bad here,” another reviewer wrote. “It is a tiny little place that is always packed, and for good reason!”

Syracuse University Again Named a Top Producer of Fulbright US Students (; Rodoski)

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs on Feb. 10 named Syracuse University a Fulbright Top Producing Institution for U.S. students. This recognition is given to the U.S. colleges and universities that received the highest number of applicants selected for the 2022-23 Fulbright U.S. Student Program cohort.

Ten students from Syracuse University were selected for Fulbright research, study and teaching awards for academic year 2022-23 to Austria, Colombia, Germany, Morocco, North Macedonia, Poland, Spain (two awards), United Kingdom and Uzbekistan.

“As Syracuse University prepares students to be global citizens, the educational and research opportunities offered by the Fulbright program are often a key part of that mission, so this designation is particularly meaningful,” says Vice Chancellor and Provost Gretchen Ritter. “Our Fulbright students make a difference in the world. Just as importantly, the Fulbright experience can be a transformational one for our students.”

Jake Glenshaw, ’19 (Maxwell/Arts and Sciences) is currently in Austria through a Fulbright Combined Award pursuing research and teaching English. His research is on sustainability in winter sports.
“On behalf of President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Secretary of State Antony Blinken, congratulations to the colleges and universities recognized as 2022-23 Fulbright Top Producing Institutions, and to all the applicants who were selected for the Fulbright Program this year,” says Lee Satterfield, assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs. “Thanks to the visionary leadership of these institutions, administrators and advisors, a new generation of Fulbrighters—changemakers, as I like to say—will catalyze lasting impact on their campus, in their communities and around the world.”

The Fulbright competition is administered at Syracuse University by the Center for Fellowship and Scholarship Advising (CFSA). The University has been named a Fulbright Top Producing Institution three times—for the 2012-13 cohort (under campus Fulbright advisor and professor emerita Susan Wadley), and 2019-20 and 2022-23 cohorts (under CFSA).

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