No recent Cali or Iggy awards; Mr Irrelevant
- Aug 15, 2011
In French, Mardi means Tuesday, and gras means fat, so it makes sense that Mardi Gras is often called Fat Tuesday. It is also called Carnival or Carnaval—a name that is also used to refer to the whole period between Epiphany and Ash Wednesday—as well as various other names in different countries. It takes place on the day before Ash Wednesday—when Lent begins—although, in many places where it is widely celebrated, it is a week-long festival. Mardi Gras is held all around the world, particularly in cities with large Roman Catholic populations. Its epicenter is New Orleans, where most non-essential businesses are shut down and locals and pilgrims come together for parades, music, food, and drink. Revelers wear costumes, dress in purple, gold, and green, and wear beads they catch at parades. Large Mardi Gras festivals are also held in Brazil and Venice, and celebrations of the holiday commonly take place in Mississippi, Alabama, Canada, Germany, and Denmark.
https://www.si.com/college/syracuse/recruiting/josiah-brown-puts-syracuse-in-top-10 (SI; McAllister)
Class of 2024 Hicksville (NY) Holy Trinity athlete Josiah Brown released his top 10 on Monday and Syracuse made the cut. The Orange joined the following other schools in his top 10: Michigan, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Nebraska, Miami, Duke, Penn State, Georgia and Rutgers. He also added that his recruitment remains open.
"I love the atmosphere that Syracuse gives," Brown said. "It's a family over there."
Brown is listed as a four star prospect on 247 Sports, On3 and ESPN. He is considered the number one player in New York in the 2024 cycle by each of those outlets. Rivals, however, has Brown as a three star prospect and the second best player in the state behind offensive lineman Marcus Harrison.
The 6-0, 180 pound talented athlete has visited Syracuse multiple times in the past. He visited for the Purdue game this past season and was up for spring ball last April. Brown hopes to be back this spring as well.
Daily News and Wicked Local Staff Photo/Art Illman
Otto Zaccardo, a 2015 Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School graduate who played football at Syracuse University traveled to Houston this past weekend to try out for the United States Football league (USFL ), here working out on Myers Field, Feb. 14, 2023.
PHOTOS: 2015 LS grad Otto Zaccardo has USFL tryout (metrowestdailynews.com; photo gallery)
Syracuse Lally Athletics Complex Opens Entranceway - Coach and Athletic Director (coachad.com)
The Syracuse University John A. Lally Athletics Complex entranceway is complete.
The first milestone in the ongoing multimillion-dollar, multi-year capital campaign to build a new home for the Orange will welcome all visitors to the Lally Athletics Complex. When completed, the John A. Lally Athletics Complex will stand as a state-of-the-art academic and athletics village serving all 20 Syracuse University teams and more than 600 student-athletes.
Last Friday afternoon in front of more than 100 esteemed donors, coaches, student-athletes, and University leaders, Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Svyerud, Director of Athletics John Wildhack ’80 and lead donors John A. ’82 and Laura Lally cut the ribbon to officially mark the opening of the John A. Lally Athletics Complex entranceway.
“The John A. Lally Athletics Complex is an Athletic and Academic Village,” Wildhack said. “It represents our commitment to provide every student-athlete with the tools to reach their full potential, both academically and athletically. We will provide best-in-class services in academic support, sports medicine, nutrition, strength and conditioning, career counseling, and personal support for every student-athlete at Syracuse. It will enable us to recruit the brightest and best student-athletes. It will help us compete and win at the ACC and national level. The success of our student-athletes, both academically and athletically, will bring great pride to our University, our community, our alumni, and Orange fans around the world.”
A key priority of Forever Orange, Syracuse University’s comprehensive capital campaign, the Lally Athletics Complex will elevate the student-athlete experience and provide a first-rate facility to help the department continue to develop, recruit and retain high-caliber student-athletes.
Friday’s ribbon cutting marked the completion of construction on a new front entrance and expanded meeting space that features engaging interactive technology and state-of-the-art video boards.
The entranceway will be the central entry for all alumni, friends, staff, coaches, student-athletes, and prospective student-athletes and their families to enter into the home of Syracuse Athletics. Future plans for the complex call for the second level of the entranceway to be expanded into a student-athlete academic success center serving all Syracuse student-athletes.
The Pac 12’s Leadership Needs To Ink A New Media Deal Then Start ACC Merger Talks. (Forbes.com; Williams)
Last week in a show of solidarity the Pac 12 conference presidents issue a statement saying a new media rights deal will be out soon and no one is leaving. Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, Utah. Washington and Washington State are sticking together as they watch USC and UCLA head off to the Big Ten in 2024.
The statement on the future of The Conference of Champions was short and to the point:
“The 10 Pac-12 universities look forward to consummating successful media rights deal(s) in the very near future,” the statement says. “Based upon positive conversations with multiple potential media rights partners over the past weeks, we remain highly confident in our future growth and success as a conference and united in our commitment to one another.”
Now Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff goal is to work with Amazon, ESPN, and a few potential mystery partners in the hopes of beating the Big 12 deal done with Fox and ESPN that pays about $31.7 million per school for the next six years. At the moment new Big 12 commissioner Brett Yormark has not hidden his plans to expand west and look at the possibility of adding some Pac 12 members.
Realignment chatter: How the Pac-12 holds the key to it all (ESPN; $; Thamels)
The looming changes to the structure of college football simultaneously highlight the strength of the SEC and Big Ten while exposing the fluidity of the rest of the major-conference landscape.
With the Big Ten and SEC preparing to start 16-program versions in 2024 and the 12-team playoff looming the same year, the rest of the college football landscape is left to sort itself out. The only certainty is that more change is coming.
What's most apparent after interviews with industry and campus sources over the past week is how that financial gap between the SEC and Big Ten and everyone else is going to cause further unrest. It's safe to say the schools in the Power 2 are going to be making more than $30 million more than teams in the other leagues now and going forward. (The Big 12 is at least safely established in the upper-middle class after agreeing to a recent deal with ESPN and Fox.)
The only variable is time, and the next significant trigger could emerge in the coming weeks when the Pac-12 schools find out what their television deal could look like.
And this all plays out against a backdrop of industry-wide uncertainty -- evolving television markets, financial stress in the tech industry, new NCAA leadership and lawsuits and potential government action that loom as change agents.
What's next for an industry perpetually in flux? Here are four big questions to answer on the Pac-12's potential problems and how it will affect the Big 12, Big Ten and even the ACC.
ESPN insider hints at future ACC shake-up over next six years (on3.com; Vessels)
For all of the seismic changes across college sports conferences over the past couple of years, the ACC has managed to remain in tact. Although the other four Power 5 leagues either added or lost teams through realignment, the ACC kept the same 15 schools it has had since 2014.
However, it likely won’t stay that way.
In a recent article about conference realignment, ESPN senior writer Pete Thamel pointed to TV deals as being a major factor in the ACC’s future. The conference’s current contract with ESPN runs through 2036, while the other four major conferences’ deals will expire well before then.
That gives them a chance to increase revenue and has led to concern among some ACC leaders about how their schools will stack up financially against the rest of the country. Still, others are fine with the way things currently stand.
“There’s a disparate nature to the ACC,” an ACC source told Thamel. “You have publics and privates and big schools and small schools. It’s a little bit of the ACC uniqueness. But times like now, it really, really shows itself. In the last year, it has become so apparent.”
A&P - can it work? 2023 Feb 20 (RX; HM)
A&P - can it work? 2023 Feb 20
I've read a lot of speculation about how the ACC could benefit from the Pac-12 tv contract situation post USC/UCLA. Some think the ACC should try to add Washington and Oregon. Others think the conference should add four or more Pac-12 teams. Some think a scheduling agreement is the way to go, maybe even with a shared conference championship game.
I'm here to tell you, they're all wrong. There's only one deal the ACC and Pac-12 can make that would truly benefit conferences, in my opinion. What is it? Putting Pac-12 games (mostly 2nd tier) on the ACC Network, for a price, and getting the ACCN full distribution in Pac-12 territory in return.
Why tier 2? Because most of the tier 1 games are spoken for. For instance, Clemson already has 10 games scheduled against power five teams. Every year for the forseeable future - they aren't in the market for Pac-12 games. True, a few schools like Miami have some openings, and if the money is there you could still have a game between Oregon and Miami, for example - I just don't think that's where the mutual benefit lies.
By selling games to the ACCN that might otherwise end up on ESPN+ or, worse, some obscure regional PTN channel, you're getting East Coast exposure for the Pac-12, late night programming for the ACCN, and better monetization of the product.
What games am I thinking about? How about these:
- Syracuse vs California - battle of the wine growers
- Boston College vs Stanford - battle of Notre Dame's secondary "rivals"
- Georgia Tech vs Colorado - battle for the 1991 National Trophy
- Duke vs. Arizona State - battle of the devils
- Louisville vs Arizona - Cardinals vs those other Wildcats
- NC State vs Utah - who wears red better?
- Pitt vs Washington State - Catfight: Panthers vs Cougars
- N. Carolina vs Oregon State - (I got nothing)
News: Ally to Sponsor ACC Women's Sports (RX; HM)
News: Ally to Sponsor ACC Women's Sports
From the official ACC release of February 20, 2023...
Ally Becomes Official ACC Sponsor
- Ally and Disney create unprecedented media and collegiate collaboration to advance parity for women’s sports
- First-of-its-kind initiative turns the tables on traditional media buying with more than 90% anchored in women’s sports
- Through this relationship, Ally will become an official sponsor of the ACC, featuring the first-ever title sponsorships of the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament and Women’s Soccer Championship, as well as the exclusive presenting sponsorship of the 2023 ACC Women’s Lacrosse Championship.
Links, News and Rumors 2023 Feb 21 (RX; HM)
Links, News and Rumors 2023 Feb 21
Not a lot of news in general, but more football news in particular than I would have expected...
From the ACC's most recent "Points of Pride":
ACC NetworkACC Network will present more than 80 hours of live ACC Winter Championships coverage across the network’s platforms through early March. Viewers will see the crowning of ACC Champions in seven events – men’s and women’s swimming & diving, men’s and women’s fencing, men’s and women’s indoor track & field and wrestling live on either ACCN or ACC Network Extra (ACCNX), ACCN’s digital platform available to authenticated subscribers on the ESPN App.
Virginia AD confident 'resilient' Cavaliers can navigate challenging financial climate (dalyprogress.com; Teel)
The University of Virginia reported school-record athletics revenue on its NCAA financial disclosure for 2021-22, but the 53.8% growth was more about bookkeeping than windfalls.
A near-tripling of reported contributions, from $23.9 million to $62.1 million, fueled a revenue increase from $105.3 million to $161.9 million. Deputy athletic director/chief financial officer Steve Pritzker said the influx of donations stemmed from the Virginia Athletics Foundation transferring $29 million in recorded gifts to the department for capital projects.
The Cavaliers’ master plan for facilities modernization headlines those projects, and last June officials broke ground on an $80 million football operations center scheduled to open in the spring of 2024.
Which Florida School is most likely to return to prominence? (saturdayblitz.com; Pryor)
Florida State football went 2-0 against interstate rivals Miami and Florida. Are the Noles the best positioned of the Florida football schools for a return to prominence?
Any college football fan that began watching in the late 1980s to the early 90s remembers that the Florida schools dominated the college football scene. Florida, Florida State, and Miami dominated the college football landscape for nearly 25 years. Though rarely dominant at the same time, these three schools competed against one another on the field and off the field for recruits.
Bobby Bowden took the Florida State football job in 1976, and a decade later, the Seminoles began one of the great runs in all of sports. The Seminoles would win at least ten games and finish in the top five for fourteen consecutive years. Howard Schnellenberger took over the Hurricanes in 1979 and won a National Championship five seasons later.
The Gators were last to the party, with alum and Heisman Trophy winner Steve Spurrier taking the helm of the Gators in 1990, winning a National Championship in 1996.
Each school has had some success after the departure of their legendary coaches, Florida State football with Jimbo Fisher, Florida with Urban Meyer, and Miami with Butch Davis. However, there has been no sustained success. Each school has hired new coaches and invested in its respective football programs.
ICYMI: NC State Extends Contract Of Head Football Coach Dave Doeren Through 2027 (bcsnn.com; Staff)
The NC State Board of Trustees have approved a one-year contract extension for head football coach Dave Doeren, with the new terms of his new agreement running through Dec. 31, 2027.
"We are very proud of the standard and culture that Dave has established for our football program," Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan said in a release. "We look forward to seeing him build on the progress we have enjoyed on and off the field under his leadership."
Doeren boasts the second-longest tenure among current ACC coaches and the seventh-longest in the Power 5. He has guided NC State to at least eight wins in five of the last six seasons, with three nine-win campaigns in that time. The Wolfpack ranks third in the ACC in conference wins since 2018 and eight of his 10 Wolfpack squads have qualified for postseason bowls.
"I'm very grateful to Chancellor Woodson and Boo Corrigan for their commitment to our program and for all of the support they've given me personally," Coach Dave Doeren said. "This is home and I'm excited about the future of Wolfpack football."
Ohio State Football hitching its hopes on transfers (scarletandgame.com; Stano)
The transfer portal has become a huge part of the college football landscape. Players are now jumping in and out of the portal at their leisure. The Ohio State football program has used the portal, but not as much as other programs have since it became a thing.
This year is a bit different though. This is the first time under Ryan Day that the program will be counting on multiple transfers to do something significant for the team. Justin Fields is obviously the most significant transfer the Buckeyes have had, but he was just one guy.
In 2023, the Buckeyes are looking for multiple players to start right away and have big impacts, specifically in the secondary. Both Ja’Had Carter and Davison Igbinosun are expected to come in and fix some of the problems that plagued the secondary a year ago.
Both players have shown the ability to do so in their previous stops, but that’s still a lot to ask from two transfers. Victor Cutler, a tackle who transferred in from ULM, could fight for a starting role on the offensive line as well. That would be three transfers who could start next season.
The secondary is going to be a big deciding factor on whether or not the Ohio State football team is able to win it all. That’s the unit that kept the Buckeyes from winning a national title this past year. It needs to have a big improvement next season in order for a national championship to be won.
I wouldn’t expect the transfer portal to become a normal source of super-talented players for the Buckeyes. Recruiting has always been the primary way that Day gets his guys. He has said on multiple occasions that the portal will only be used to fill immediate needs.
First Look: It took 4,700 miles, 22 days, 5 states and 1 madman to create B’ville’s newest BBQ menu (PS; $; Miller)
Angry Smokehouse could have opened weeks ago, but owner Jeff Rogers wasn’t ready.
The public certainly was. Folks have been not-so-patiently waiting for this barbecue restaurant along the Seneca River to start serving hickory-smoked ribs, brisket and pulled pork. For months now, customers at Jeff’s popular restaurant down the road, Angry Garlic, have hounded him and his waitstaff daily for an opening date.
“Of course we could’ve rushed it and opened, but it has to be perfect. If it’s not perfect, people will remember,” Jeff said midway through Friday night’s soft opening. “Now? I think we’re finally ready. Yep, it’s time.”
There’s no looking back now, as Angry Smokehouse opens at 11:30 a.m. today. It’ll be open for lunch and dinner six days a week, closed only on Mondays. Jeff has already booked music for every weekend through the end of the year, and he’ll soon launch a Sunday blues brunch.
You might want to get here early, though. This restaurant doesn’t take reservations, so Jeff and his folks might direct you to nearby BG1, Pizza Man, Olive’s Eatery and Two Twisted Sisters or any other Baldwinsville spot for a drink while you wait. “All the other bars and restaurants here help each other out,” he said.
A half rack of ribs with BBQ seasoned sweet potato fries and smoked creamed corn at the Angry Smokehouse in Baldwinsville. (Charlie Miller | email@example.com)
Jeff, 47, bought the building at 33 Water St. on Dec. 20, 2021. It had been Lock 24, a family steak and seafood restaurant for years. He closed on the property last March and immediately trashed the horseshoe bar in the center and the spongy green carpet below it.
He built a bar parallel to four ceiling-high windows and stocked it with plenty of bourbon and 20 draft lines that dispense mostly New York beers. He lined the walls with instruments that musicians performing here can grab and play, including a guitar from Aretha Franklin’s band. He turned whiskey barrel staves into coat racks and artwork. He hired a local furniture maker, Salt City Woodworks, to build custom tables to accommodate 88 people inside, and he’s adding a bar to the 92-person-capacity deck outside with fire pits on the surrounding grass.
He equipped the kitchen with a sausage grinder/stuffer, and he stationed three smokers outside that can collectively cook 1,200 pounds of meat at once.
“Pretty much everything that comes out of this kitchen touches a smoker at some point,” he said. “The beans, the onions, even the salt. They will spend time with smoke.”
While garlic is the star at his restaurant on Oswego Street, the meats are the headliner at the Smokehouse.
Hayner Hoyt Corp. is transforming the former Sibley's Department Store in downtown Syracuse into City Center, an office and commercial center. (Rick Moriarty | firstname.lastname@example.org)
Hot Syracuse startup Impel expanding into new downtown location (PS; Moriarty)
A red-hot Syracuse startup company has decided to move to larger downtown quarters to accommodate its rapidly growing workforce.
Impel, formerly SpinCar, will occupy 30,000 square feet of space at the new City Center project at South Salina and West Jefferson streets. That’s three times the space it has at Icon Tower, where it has been since 2018.
Impel will be the fourth and final anchor tenant of City Center, the former Sibley’s Department Store that Hayner Hoyt Corp. is transforming into an office and retail building at a cost of nearly $40 million.
The company’s lease includes 20,000 square feet of space on the first floor, spanning from the building’s courtyard on Jefferson Street to Clinton Street, said Hayner Hoyt President Jeremy Thurston. It also includes 10,000 square feet of space on the second floor, he said.
Devin Daly and Michael Quigley, two former classmates at Christian Brothers Academy in DeWitt, started Impel in 2011. The company sells software that allows auto dealerships to display 3D images of their vehicles online. The software is used by 4,000 auto dealerships in 53 countries.
Impel started out as a tenant in The Tech Garden business accelerator and later moved to Icon Tower on South Warren Street.
The company’s sales have doubled in the last two years, hitting the $50 million mark last year, and the firm has set a goal of tripling sales to $150 million by 2025. It recently landed $104 million in funding led by a Boston-based growth equity firm, money it says it will use to expand its product offerings and to fund mergers and acquisitions.
Impel’s workforce has grown from 60 in 2018 to 200 this year, including 80 at its Syracuse headquarters. Daly said he expects the company’s workforce to double by 2025.
“We ran out of space in Icon Tower,” Daly said. “There’s just not enough space for our continued growth plans.”