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

Chinese is one of the six official languages of the United Nations. In February 2010, the UN created six language days "to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity as well as to promote equal use of all six official languages throughout the Organization." The days were also created "to increase awareness and respect for the history, culture and achievements of each of the six working languages among the UN community." The creation of the days was part of the 2010 International Mother Language Day. Besides Chinese, there are days that honor the Russian, English, Arabic, French, and Spanish languages. Events are held at the UN Headquarters each year. Common events have included a grand opening ceremony, film screenings, lectures, panel discussions, workshops for writing Chinese calligraphy, a martial arts demonstration, and performances of traditional music and folk dancing.

SU News

Sean Tucker, RB, Syracuse | NFL Draft Scouting Report (PFN; Hodgkinson)

Syracuse running back Sean Tucker possesses electric speed and an endearing social-media presence. In three seasons with the Orange, he’s become a much-loved and highly productive college football RB with multiple accolades and records to his name. However, his NFL Draft stock doesn’t match the CFB attention. Does Tucker’s scouting report suggest a smooth transition to the NFL level?

Look out for the Syracuse wide receivers in the spring game (; video; Finneral)

247Sports' James Finneral says the Syracuse wide receiver group is a position group to look out for in the spring game.

Justin Barron "The 315" 4-19-23 (youtube; radio video; The 315)

Syracuse football safety Justin Barron joins Brian Higgins to discuss being named a team captain, which young guys have impressed him in practice so far, what fans can expect at Friday's Spring Game, and more.

Syracuse Orange faces challenges, can compete on NIL in ACC – experts (itlh; Adler)

Syracuse Orange sports can compete on NIL in the Atlantic Coast Conference and on a national scale, but the ‘Cuse does face challenges and has work to be done, according to officials with a nonprofit collective supporting SU student-athletes as well as the founder of an organization that operates commercial collectives around the country.

Name, image and likeness initiatives related to the Syracuse Orange are a robust discussion point these days among ‘Cuse fans, after businessman and philanthropist Adam Weitsman recently said that he was getting out of the NIL game as it pertains to Syracuse Orange players.

Opinions vary among ‘Cuse fans I’ve interacted with on social media in the wake of that development as to whether Weitsman’s decision will be a huge blow to SU’s NIL efforts. Time will tell.

But officials I talked to for this article, while declining to comment on Weitsman specifically, did note that Syracuse University has a national brand, millions of fans worldwide, a substantial alumni base that includes wealthy individuals who could get into the NIL space through collectives, and a business base in the greater Central New York region that could be further tapped into as a significant NIL source.

“We can move forward in a positive way,” says Tony DeSorbo, co-founder of the 315 Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to support SU Athletics by matching Syracuse Orange student-athletes with charities.

Syracuse football: Orange rank 34th in early ESPN FPI rankings (TNIAAM; Wall)

The Syracuse Orange head into the final days of spring practice and we start to ramp up the discussion of the 2023 season.

ESPN’s first Football Power Index rankings for 2023 were released this week and Syracuse slots in at 34th. The Orange are ranked between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Pittsburgh Panthers.

The full ACC breakdown is like this:

Clemson (8), Florida State (14), North Carolina (25), Miami (29), Syracuse, Pitt (35), NC State (36), Louisville (46), Wake Forest (47), Duke (53), Virginia Tech (63), Georgia Tech (65), Virginia (72) and Boston College (74).

The other 2023 Syracuse opponents rank as follows: Purdue (50), Army (102) and Western Michigan (120).

FPI projects the Orange to have 7.5 wins with a 91% chance of reaching of 6 wins and a 2% chance of winning the ACC.

What do you think the Orange will do next season?

Syracuse Football: Visit put Orange ‘real high on my list,’ 4-star WR says (itlh; Adler)

Jason Robinson from California, a four-star wide receiver in the 2024 class, says in an interview that he has high interest in Syracuse football after recently taking a visit to the Hill.

The 5-foot-11, 160-pound Robinson, in an interview with the terrific SyracuseOnSI publisher Mike McAllister, had a lot of positive things to say about the Orange, the team’s coaching staff and the ‘Cuse facilities.

McAllister previously reported that Robinson was planning to take an unofficial visit to Syracuse football on April 12. Robinson is a junior at Long Beach Polytechnic High School in Long Beach, Calif.

At Syracuse Practice vibes! #GoCuse @WRCoachmj @CoachBabersCuse
— JASON ROBINSON JR (@JasonR0binsonJR) April 13, 2023

Several recruiting services presently rate Robinson as a four-star prospect and a top-50 wide receiver in the 2024 cycle. Per his bio on , Robinson has received close to 30 scholarship offers from a range of high-major programs throughout his recruiting process.

Syracuse football recently welcomed 2024 four-star wide receiver Jason Robinson on a visit.

Last September, Robinson committed to Southern California out of the Pac-12 Conference. But in February of this year, he de-committed from USC and reopened his recruitment back up. Robinson said on Feb. 9, 2023, via Twitter that he had received a scholarship offer from the ‘Cuse coaching staff.

ACC News

New Episode of ‘The All 22’ Duke Football Podcast Now Available - Duke University (; podcast)

'The All 22' podcast, an Inside Look at Duke Football, is back for the spring season and the fifth episode is now available via iTunes and Google Play.

The podcast, hosted by football radio crew members David Shumate, Dave Harding and John Roth, features guests including current and former players and members of the Blue Devil coaching staff as well as local and national football reporters to discuss all things Duke football.

With the Blue Devils back on the practice field, Mike Elko's group looks to build on a nine-win season during his first year in Durham. Ahead of the Blue & White Game on Saturday, the crew had a chance to catch up with Vice President and Director of Athletics Nina King to look back at a very impressive start to the Elko Era in Durham.

Below is a preview of the episode.

DS: First of all, thank you for coming back on the podcast. It's been a little bit since we've had you on, but man, what a year. I want to go back to the future before we start looking ahead and kind of picking apart last season. Let's go back, I guess, 16 months and you're sitting in conference rooms and talking to coaches all across the country, thinking about who the next right leader for the Blue Devils would be. I would imagine you always envisioned success when you're having those conversations, but could you have ever envisioned what this has turned out to be, particularly from a culture standpoint?

NFL Draft Bargains from ACC Schools (RX; HM)

NFL Draft Bargains from ACC Schools

From ESPN's "NFL draft bargains: Late-round finds for every Power 5 team", here are the ACC bargain draft picks...


Boston College

Matt Hasselbeck, QB (1998, sixth round, 187th overall, Green Bay)
At 6-foot-4 with a strong arm, it's easy to see how Hasselbeck might have been considered a serious prospect, but his relatively lackluster numbers at BC -- 22 career TD passes, 26 interceptions -- didn't exactly scream superstar. So he landed with Green Bay, where he backed up Brett Favre before following coach Mike Holmgren to Seattle. He spent a decade as the Seahawks' starter, made three Pro Bowls, and led the team to a 13-3 record and a Super Bowl appearance in 2005. He retired in 2015 with 212 career TD passes. -- David Hale


Grady Jarrett, DT (2015, fifth round, 137th overall, Atlanta)
Jarrett was overlooked coming out of high school. He was a two-star prospect who was supposedly undersized for an interior lineman, but nobody worked harder. Jarrett became a star at Clemson, but he was usually overshadowed by teammate Vic Beasley, who would be selected in the first round in 2015. Jarrett slid to the fifth round, and both players ended up with the Falcons. Beasley had some solid years in Atlanta, but it was Jarrett who became a Pro Bowler and one of the top defensive tackles in the NFL, with 112 career starts, 32.5 sacks and 420 tackles to date. -- Hale


Patrick Mannelly, long snapper (1998, sixth round, 189th overall, Chicago)
This honor will almost certainly belong to Michael Carter II soon. The former Duke safety was a fifth-round pick by the Jets in 2021, and he has already started 13 games with two picks and two fumble recoveries. But Carter is still at the outset of his career, and it's impossible to overlook the 16 years Mannelly spent in the NFL after being taken by the Bears in the sixth round in 1998. Hey, long snappers don't get much attention until they mess up, but there's no substitute for a good one, and Mannelly stayed in the league longer than any other Duke alum except Sonny Jorgensen. -- Hale

Florida State

Vince Williams, LB (2013, sixth round, 206th overall, Pittsburgh)
There aren't many former Seminoles who truly fell below the radar when it came to NFL scouts, but Williams certainly wasn't a hot name in the 2013 draft. He had been a leader and critical figure during the difficult transition from the Bobby Bowden era to the Jimbo Fisher era, and his work in the middle of the defense helped set the stage for 2013's national title. Vince's younger brother, Karlos, actually seemed to be the more prominent prospect. But Vince Williams landed in the perfect spot. Drafted by the Steelers, he started 11 games as a rookie and remains one of Pittsburgh's defensive mainstays. -- Hale

Georgia Tech

Dawan Landry, DB (2006, fifth round, 146th overall, Baltimore)
Georgia Tech actually has a lot of strong contenders for the honor of best late-round pick, from Dorsey Levens (fifth round in 1995) to Vance Walker (seventh round in 2006) to Darren Waller (sixth round in 2014) to Harrison Butker (seventh round in 2017). But Landry was the best of the bunch, spending nine years as a starter for the Ravens, Jaguars and Jets. He earned All-Pro honors as a rookie in 2006, when he picked off five passes, and finished his NFL career in 2014 with 13 career interceptions and three touchdowns. -- Hale


William Gay, CB (2007, fifth round, 170th overall, Pittsburgh)
Gay was a pivotal player for the 2006 Orange Bowl champion Louisville Cardinals, but despite running a strong 4.48 40 in the combine, he fell to the fifth round of the 2007 draft, landing with the Steelers, who have a knack for finding late-round talent. Gay went on to play 10 seasons with Pittsburgh (plus one year with Arizona in between), finishing with 13 career interceptions and helping the Steelers win Super Bowl XLIII. -- Hale


Chris Myers, OL (2005, sixth round, 200th overall, Denver)
No one goes to Miami to fly beneath the radar -- at least, not in the early 2000s -- so there aren't many former Hurricanes who can claim the honor of being massively overlooked in the draft. Still, Myers didn't draw much attention entering the 2005 draft after playing tackle as a senior. The Broncos drafted him and moved him to guard, but it wasn't until he shifted to center and joined the Houston Texans that Myers found his niche. He started every game from 2007 through 2014, making two Pro Bowls, before retiring following his 10th NFL season. -- Hale

NC State

J.R. Sweezy, OL (2012, seventh round, 225th pick, Seattle)
At NC State, Sweezy played on the defensive line and was considered a minor prospect. But Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable saw something in him and set up a private workout to test his footwork and strength to see if Sweezy might be able to make the change. It was a brilliant gamble. Seattle took Sweezy in the seventh round, but by the end of his rookie season, he was in the Seahawks' starting lineup at guard. He was a full-time starter the next two seasons in Seattle, when the Seahawks went to the Super Bowl both years. He played four more seasons after that with Tampa Bay, Arizona and the Seahawks, starting 70 games before retiring in 2022. -- Hale

North Carolina

Gerald Sensabaugh, DB (2005, fifth round, 157th overall, Jacksonville)
Sensabaugh's college career began at East Tennessee State, where he was a three-year starter before transferring to North Carolina. As a senior with the Tar Heels, he racked up 78 tackles and three sacks. The Jaguars selected him in the fifth round, and he spent his first three seasons in Jacksonville as a part-time starter before blossoming in 2008 with 70 tackles and four interceptions. That landed him a free-agent deal with Dallas, where he spent the next four seasons as a regular contributor. He finished his career with 14 picks. -- Hale


Damar Hamlin, S (2021, sixth round, 212th pick, Buffalo)
A four-year starter at Pitt, Hamlin was regularly among the ACC's top defensive backs, but he largely flew beneath the radar among NFL scouts. The Bills selected him in the sixth round, and he largely served as a backup during his rookie season in 2021. By 2022, however, Hamlin had emerged as a burgeoning star, starting 13 games with six tackles for loss and 93 total tackles. Hamlin drew national attention when he collapsed on the field in December after a hit and nearly died. His inspirational story galvanized fans across the world, and he said Tuesday that he has been fully cleared to return to playing football. -- Hale


Zaire Franklin, LB (2018, seventh round, 235th pick, Indianapolis)
Franklin never wowed the scouts in college. He was perhaps a step too slow, an inch too short. But based on what he did on the field, there was no doubt the guy could play. He topped 80 tackles in 2015, 2016 and 2017, and he finished his college career with 31.5 TFLs. Indianapolis saw him as a worthy project, and while his first three seasons in the NFL amounted to just four starts, the bet paid off big in 2021 when Franklin racked up 40 tackles in 11 starts. Last season, he was the full-time starter and finished fourth in the league with 167 total tackles. -- Hale

Active CFB Scoring Streaks, as of 2023 (RX; HM)

Active CFB Scoring Streaks, as of 2023

Which teams have the longest scoring streaks (another say of saying longest streak without being shut-out)? Here you go...

Current Scoring Streaks ... Georgia inched past VT in 2023 for third longest active streak - When you're dominant you get to play more games
— օ×ѵէ (@OX_VT) April 19, 2023
Georgia played 15 games last season. Virginia Tech played only 12 games. Advantage Bulldogs. Both teams could pass BYU and Michigan on the all-time list before the season is over - as long as neither is shut-out, of course.

Clemson hasn't gone as long without a shut-out, but they top eight.

How did Georgia, Ohio State, Texas and Clemson look in spring football? College Football Survivor Show (; podcast; Lesmerises)

A load of College Football Playoff contenders played their spring football games this past Saturday, and Doug Lesmerises and Shehan Jeyarajah are here to run through four of them: Georgia, Ohio State, Texas and Clemson. Expect four more teams to be discussed on the second episode this week.

For this episode of The College Football Survivor Show, the guys start (0:30) with the transfer of Georgia defensive tackle Bear Alexander and whether Doug mistakenly willed it to happen.

Then (9:30) it’s a comparison of Georgia and Ohio State this spring, how their quarterback battles looked in their spring games, and how their defenses match up.

Then (32:33) it’s Texas, quarterback Quinn Ewers, and the offense that might be coming together for third-year head coach Steve Sarkisian.

Finally (46:36) it’s Clemson, quarterback Cade Klubnik, an interesting run game and a freshman defensive lineman to watch.

Thanks for listening to The College Football Survivor Show.


Tori Brown is Syracuse’s new nutrionist, being hired last month after serving as a football dietician at West Virginia. COURTESY OF WEST VIRGINIA ATHLETICS

After a season full of injuries, SU is hoping new nutritionist can keep players healthy (DO; Smith)

Before spring practice started last month, Jatius Geer sat down with Tori Brown, Syracuse’s new director of performance nutrition. After weighing 227 pounds last year, Geer put on an additional 25 to 30 pounds by himself in the offseason. He wanted to maintain that weight and turn it into muscle. So Geer went to Brown, talking about what to eat daily and what weight he wants to be at by September. Brown now helps Geer plan his exact breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

Geer was one of the players who pushed head coach Dino Babers to bring in a team nutritionist. Mikel Jones publicly opened that discussion last summer at Atlantic Coast Conference Kickoff, and multiple players confirmed this spring they wanted the program to make the hire for years.

Syracuse hired Brown in early March, making it the last ACC school to add a team nutritionist. The Orange struggled with injuries last season, losing six starters for the year and several others for multiple games. Babers said Tuesday his main goal for Friday night’s spring game is keeping all his players healthy. Players said Brown has made a quick impact. Since her hiring, she’s focused on preventing injuries along with players eating and drinking right to get to an ideal weight.

“It’s been great. Tori came in, and she changed everything,” wide receiver Trebor Pena said. “She’s only been here for a couple of weeks or a month, but everybody can already tell the difference.”


UConn's leading wide receiver Aaron Turner enters transfer portal (; Aldam)

UConn football's leading receiver last year, Aaron Turner, has entered the transfer portal, according to 247sports.

As a sophomore this past fall, Turner led the Huskies in receptions (57), yards (527), and receiving touchdowns (3). He reached the 70-yard mark twice last season against Syracuse and Boston College.

Turner rose to the top of the depth chart with injuries to receivers Cam Ross in the preseason and Keelan Marion in UConn's opening game. Both Ross and Marion are healthy currently in spring camp, while Turner had been nursing a minor hamstring injury.

The transfer comes as a surprise, as UConn offensive coordinator discussed experimenting with Turner's role during practice on Saturday.

"We would like Aaron to get back because we want to start moving him around and see what he can do," Charlton had said. "In terms of position on the field, a lot of his stuff was like slot and underneath. I want to see what he can do outside."

Turner had returned to practice on Tuesday, where he was getting reps according to UConn intern journalist, Evan Rodriguez.

On Wednesday he entered the transfer portal. The receiving group now consists of Ross, Marion, and Jacob Flynn as returning players with incoming freshmen Zack Drawdy and Connecticut natives Teddy Williams (Portland/Salisbury) and Jackson Harper (Avon Old Farms).

ACC Now Podcast: How UNC, NC State and ACC football look as spring football winds down (; podcast; Carter)

On this week’s ACC Now Podcast, The News & Observer’s Andrew Carter is joined by Andrea Adelson of for a wide-ranging discussion of all things spring football.

Is this the year that North Carolina breaks through in Mack Brown’s second go-round in Chapel Hill? Might N.C. State, which entered last season with considerable hype, actually be poised for a breakout this fall?

And what to make of the ACC’s long term future?

WATCH: New ACC Video: 2023 Wake Forest Spring Football Game (; video; Johns)

From The ACC Digital Network:

Team Demon Deacons defeated Team Wake Forest, 27-24 in the 2023 Wake Forest Spring Football Game. Quarterback Mitch Griffis passed for 315 yards and 2 scores, and Michael Kern threw for 210 yards and tossed another score. Wide receiver Donavon Greene racked up 111 yards on 3 grabs with a TD, and Wesley Grimes snagged 10 catches for 157 yards. Running back Will Towns rushed for 106 yards and a scintillating 81-yard touchdown. Kendron Wayman notched 3.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks, and Jaylen Hudson tallied two sacks of his own.

Miami football returning defensive production ACC rankings (; Rubenstein)

The Miami football team is third in returning defensive production in the ACC per ACC PM on the ACC Network. Miami returns 77 percent of its 2022 defensive production. That is third in the ACC behind Florida State which returns 94 percent of its defensive production and Boston College with 79 percent of its defensive production returning.

Miami returns eight primary starters on defense. The Miami defense is led by the return of All-American safety Kamren Kinchens. Kinchens led Miami with 59 tackles, six interceptions and his six pass breakups in 2022 are the most among Hurricanes returnees for 2023. Miami is still looking for a run-stuffing defensive tackle.

The Miami football program added DTs Branson Deen and Thomas Gore during the offseason as transfers. Deen and Gore project more as interior pass rushers than run stoppers. Leonard Taylor returns at DT after starting 10 games last season. Jared Harrison-Hunte who projects as the other DT has 11 career starts.

Wesley Bissainthe became a starter at linebacker late in the 2022 season. Bissainthe is projected as a starting LB in 2023 with Washington State transfer Francisco Mauigoa. Jahfari Harvey and Akheem Mesidor are the projected starting edge rushers. Cornerback will be determined in training camp.



Empire Polymer Solutions President and owner Frank Murphy stands in front of bales of plastic in the company's plastic recycling facility in Van Buren. (Empire Polymer Solutions)

A plastics recycler just recycled long-abandoned Syroco factory, and he’s hiring (PS; $; Moriarty)

A Rochester businessman has turned a long-abandoned, vandal-plagued factory into a plastics recycling facility with a growing workforce.

Frank Murphy, president and owner of Empire Polymer Solutions, bought the former Syroco factory south of Baldwinsville in 2020 and sank more than $7 million fixing it up.

Now, 30 people are working in the building that closed nearly 16 years ago. They recycle plastic from used consumer and industrial products.

And Murphy is looking to hire more. He said he expects his workforce to increase to 70 within two years. Wages for production workers at Empire Polymer start at $16.50 an hour and typically increase after training.

“We’re proud of what we’ve done here,” said Murphy.

The 57-year-old mechanical engineer founded his recycling business in Rochester 15 years ago to help meet the growing demand for recycled plastic in the U.S. and Canada.

At first, the company only recycled plastics from industrial products. But more recently, it expanded to recycle plastic from consumer products such as deodorant containers.


Rapper Amine performs onstage during Rolling Loud Los Angeles at NOS Events Center on December 11, 2021 in San Bernardino, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/Getty Images)

Syracuse University Block Party reveals 2023 concert lineup (PS; $; Herbert)

“Caroline” rapper Aminé is set to headline the 2023 Block Party at Syracuse University.

Aminé will perform April 28 at the JMA Wireless Dome for the concert, staged by SU’s University Union. Special guest Faye Webster will open the show; doors open at 7 p.m.

Tickets are currently on sale to SU and SUNY-ESF students and faculty through Ticketmaster; prices are $20 for general admission and $25 for the floor. Tickets are not available to the public, but students/faculty are permitted to bring one non-SU/ESF college student as a guest, who must be enrolled in a college or university and have a valid college ID upon entry.

Aminé, whose real name is Adam Aminé Daniel, is a Grammy-nominated rapper best known for the 2016 hit “Caroline.” He’s released two albums and collaborated with artists like Snakehips, Disclosure, Young Thug, Bea Miller and Offset.

Webster is an indie folk singer-songwriter from Atlanta who’s released four albums, including “Atlanta Millionaires Club” and “I Know I’m Funny haha.”

According to the Daily Orange, University Union will also stage concerts, food trucks and giveaways on the Syracuse University quad before the Block Party concert. Performers will be announced soon.

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