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

John James Audubon, born on today's date in 1785, was the foremost wildlife illustrator in the United States for half a century, mainly focusing on ornithological paintings. He was born in Saint Domingue, a French colony that is now Haiti. His parents were a French naval officer and his mistress. His mother died shortly after he was born, and he was raised in France by his father and stepmother. In 1803, he came to America and lived at the family estate in Mill Grove, Pennsylvania, where he studied, drew birds, and met his wife, Lucy. He experimented with bird banding, being the first person known to have done so in North America. He and Lucy moved to Kentucky and started a family. He continued to draw birds as a hobby and owned a store until going bankrupt in 1819.

SU News

Syracuse football: developing three stars could be key to success for the Orange (TNIAAM; Wall)

Many Syracuse Orange fans have not come to terms with the program’s place in the current college football landscape. We see every year the expectations of recruiting which doesn’t match the realities (or history).

While the Orange might not be able to land top 25 recruiting classes, they also need to find ways to take the players they can land and turn them into professionals. Earlier this week The Athletic looked at which programs do the best job converting recruits to NFL Draft picks.

The data looked at recruits from 2009-2019 and draft results from 2012-2022. We know Syracuse isn’t going to be landing 5-stars in football, but the results showed that the Orange did a poor job in this time period converting 3-star recruits to draft picks. How bad? Well...

Syracuse Football: Opening versus Colgate makes my Orange heart happy (itlh; Fiello)

With the Syracuse football spring game over, the Orange faithful’s hearts look towards the fall for the start of the season. Nothing enhances optimism like a fresh start and the excitement of a new season.

And with that, comes a refresher of the schedule to remind us that on September 2nd, Syracuse football will open the 2023 football season against Colgate. Then a week later, they’ll play Western Michigan as well. This Syracuse football fan absolutely LOVES this for multiple reasons.

First, if Syracuse football is going to start a season against a smaller school, I like a local school being the team. Especially if you’re playing in the Dome, it’s a chance for a local team to have their family and fans there too. You may even help Colgate recruiting if a CNY high school player is being recruited and wants to play in the JMA Wireless Dome in front of their family and friends annually.

Second, last year I took flack for suggesting games like Colgate be considered a preseason or start of the season game. I don’t mind it counting but I definitely think it should be the first game played. Players need reps in game situations and a game like this should give more guys in-game experience before the schedule gets tougher.

2023 NFL Draft: Projections for Syracuse's top prospects and more (PS; $; Leiker)

The NFL Draft begins Thursday night, and Syracuse football has a handful of alumni hoping to find new places to call home during the draft or immediately following.

Matthew Bergeron has a chance to become Dino Babers’ highest-drafted player, as well as the highest-drafted Orange player since Justin Pugh was taken No. 19 overall in 2013.

Here’s what else to know.

Projected landing spots for SU’s top 4 prospects

Matthew Bergeron, OT

Bergeron’s draft stock has stayed pretty consistent since his collegiate career came to a close in late November. He’s a Top 10 offensive tackle prospect, if not overall offensive lineman, and garnered attention at all of the major scouting events he attended.

Most analysts have the former SU captain falling somewhere between picks No. 40-60 in the second round.

Emily’s prediction: Rd. 2, Pick No. 17 (No. 49 overall) to the Pittsburgh Steelers

Garrett Williams, CB

Despite still being in recovery from his ACL tear suffered in late October, Williams has been high on many draft boards and is often seen falling in the third or fourth round. He’s expected to be back at 100% in time for NFL training camps beginning in July.


https://syracuse./news/podcast-syracuse-football-in-the-2023-nfl-draft?yptr=yahoo?src=rss (The Juice; Podcast)

The 2023 NFL Draft kicks off on Thursday, and for the first time since 2013, Syracuse will have three players selected.

In 2013, Ryan Nassib, Justin Pugh and Shamarko Thomas were all selected, and 10 years later,

Garrett Williams, Matthew Bergeron and Sean Tucker all appear poised to get the call.

What do NFL scouts think of them, and what does the future hold for them in the NFL? I spoke with Rivals National Recruiting Analyst Clint Cosgrove on this week's The Juice on the Cuse Podcast, presented by , about each player and how they project in the NFL Draft.

On Bergeron: "You love the big body and the athleticism you see on the film. I think he could be a potential starter at some point in his career."

Michigan State football working hard to flip 3-star Syracuse DB (; Muldowney)

Mel Tucker is working relentlessly to land the best recruiting class possible for Michigan State football in 2024. After signing a top-25 class in 2023, Tucker is hungry to have an even better finish to the 2024 cycle and with official visit season approaching, recruiting will ramp up soon.

The Spartans recently made the top six for a couple of four-star prospects from the West Coast and four-star linebacker Dylan Williams announced that he will be taking an official in June.

On top of that, the Spartans could be on commit watch this week with four-star tight end Dylan Mesman announcing his decision on April 29.

The news has been rolling in lately, and it didn’t stop on Monday as three-star Syracuse defensive back commit Syair Torrence was offered by the Spartans and he quickly scheduled an official visit for June 9.

NEW: 2024 three-star DB Syair Torrence will take an official visit to #MichiganState on June 9th, he tells @C_Robinson247.@Syair_10 is committed to #Syracuse.
ARTICLE with quotes (VIP): Michigan State offers 2024 Syracuse commit Syair Torrence
— (@SpartanTailgate) April 25, 2023

Mikel Jones, S, Syracuse (; Staff)

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 64.11 (Role player)

Pro Comparison: Winston Guy


Mikel Jones has good quickness but overall play strength needs to improve. He brings his eyes down in space, which often leads to missing his target. Jones has disciplined eyes in zone coverage and is solid covering in space. He lacks ideal size for a consistent role and gets lost in traffic.


  • Disciplined eyes in zone coverage
  • Average covering in space
  • Good quickness
  • Overall play strength needs to improve
  • Brings his eyes down with tackling leads to missed target
  • Gets lost in the traffic
  • Lacks ideal size for more than a hybrid role (SI; McAllister)

Syracuse football is after one of the top linebackers in the Northeast in Camden (NJ) Eastside standout Fatim Diggs. The 6-3, 220 pounder released his top five schools on Tuesday, and the Orange made the cut. The top five included Maryland, Ole Miss, Penn State, Syracuse and West Virginia. Why was the Orange included?

"Great program and coaching staff," Diggs said. "Academics are great."

Diggs also held offers from Boston College, Virginia and Virginia Tech, but eliminated those three from contention. He took an unofficial visit to Syracuse last April and has maintained contact with the coaching staff ever since.

The next step for Diggs? Scheduling official visits. Nothing has been set yet, but he said Syracuse is in line to get one of those officials.

"Yeah I plan on visiting," Diggs said. "No dates right now."

Syracuse has had some strong linebacker play over the last few seasons in the 3-3-5 defense. In fact, its starting middle linebacker, Mikel Jones, is slated to be selected in the 2023 NFL Draft this week. Marlowe Wax, who is taking over for Jones in the middle after spending the previous couple of seasons on the outside, is likely to get NFL looks in 2024.


OPINION: Where former SU football players will land in the 2023 NFL Draft (; photo gallery)

Orange in the NFL Draft


New signage at Syracuse University announces the John A. Lally Athletics Complex

Syracuse Athletics receives $3 million donation from trustee for two of its biggest projects (PS; Leiker)

Syracuse Athletics announced a new $3 million donation Tuesday that will support the John A. Lally Athletics Complex and the JMA Wireless Dome Transformation project.

The donation comes from trustee and alum Ed Pettinella, now the president and CEO of Home Properties, a real estate management company, and his family.

Part of the funding will go toward continued work on Phase 1 of the Lally Athletics Complex. There was a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the facility in late February.

The other part will go to the JMA Wireless Dome Transformation, including the Miron Victory Court. It includes upgrading the seating in the venue, a process which SU said could begin following the 2023 commencement ceremonies.

“Ed’s generosity is matched by his vision and informed by his business acumen,” SU Chancellor Kent Syverud said in a press release. “He invests his time and philanthropy in faculty and academic initiatives that enhance both research and teaching, and in projects that transform the total student experience, both inside and outside the classroom. We are a much stronger university because of Ed.”

ACC News

Florida State or Clemson? ACC power rankings and key question for each team after spring practice (; Timanus)

The seismic shifts rippling through college football haven’t yet reached the Atlantic Coast Conference so far as its membership lineup is concerned. But there are changes afoot in the ACC nonetheless as the 2023 season approaches.

For one thing, the Atlantic and Coastal divisions are no more. But beyond that structural alteration, a changing of the guard on the field might be in the offing as well.

In the end, it might indeed be Clemson raising the championship trophy once again, but the Tigers’ grip has loosened a bit in recent years. But if the door is indeed ajar, is anyone else positioned to barge through it?

With spring practice wrapped up, here’s a look at how we think the conference stacks up with the biggest question for each team.

1. Florida State

Will the offensive line hold up?

The biggest reason for the program’s decline in prior to last season was a leaky front that couldn’t open holes or prevent quarterbacks from getting pounded. That unit appears to be a lot deeper now, and with incumbent quarterback Jordan Travis and receiver Kentron Poitier ready to shine next to star Johnny Wilson. The Seminoles will look to hit the ground running and avoid the early skid that effectively eliminated them from the championship picture in 2022.

2. Clemson

Where will the big passing plays come from?

Cade Klubnik is now firmly entrenched as the starting quarterback, but the dynamic plays from the wide-outs that have largely been missing over the last couple of seasons were again absent in the spring. The defense should be fine as usual, and the running back room has plenty of options as well, but the Tigers might need to hit the portal for some long pass catchers to make first-year coordinator Garrett Riley’s offense truly hum.

WATCH: Will Clemson leave the ACC? (; podcast; Staff)

ACC football schedule release: Every game for every team in 2023 (; Staff)

The ACC is ditching divisions for 2023, and that has set up a schedule that looks a good bit different from years past.

The league released its 2023 schedule for all 14 teams Monday, highlighted by a showdown between defending champion Clemson and upstart Duke on Labor Day and a September matchup between Clemson and Florida State.

The league announced last year it would cease divisional play in 2023, waving goodbye to the familiar Atlantic and Coastal divisions in favor of a 3-5-5 system that will pit each team against three annual rivals and alternate home-and-home series vs. five other league opponents every two years.

The new approach means rivalry games like Florida State-Miami (Nov. 11 in Tallahassee), NC State-North Carolina (Nov. 25 in Raleigh) and Virginia-Virginia Tech (Nov. 25 in Charlottesville) remain at the forefront, but Georgia Tech will also travel to Wake Forest for the first time since 2010, Louisville will play Virginia Tech for just the second time since joining the ACC in 2014, and Miami and Boston College, once Big East rivals, will play for just the second time since 2012.

2023 Louisville Cardinals Spring Football Game (youtube; video; ACC DN)

The Louisville Cardinals football team held their annual Spring Game at L&N Stadium on Friday with the defense looking remarkable on their way to a 51-30 win. The defense appears to be ahead of the offense right now for Jeff Brohm's club, as they held the offense scoreless in the 2nd half, picked off 3 passes and recorded 16 tackles for loss in the win. On offense, Jack Plummer looked good once he settled in, finishing the game with 130 passing yards and 2 touchdowns while only playing the first half.

Noles News: FSU football gets 2022 Cheez-It Bowl, state championship rings (; Kostidakis)


According to the 247Sports composite rankings, Florida State currently has the No. 6 class in college football an average rating of 90.42 and a class score of 192.17 with 11 commits.

They sit behind the Penn State Nittany Lions at No. 5 (average rating: 90.44, class score: 200.33, 12 commits), LSU Tigers at No. 4 (average rating: 89.84, class score: 204.97, 13 commits), Georgia Bulldogs at No. 3 (average rating: 94.36, class score: 227.45, 11 commits), and Ohio State Buckeyes at No. 2 (average rating: 93.31, class score: 229.74, 12 commits) and Michigan Wolverines at No. 1 (average rating: 91.87, class score: 234.77, 14 commits).

You can catch up on all the latest Florida State football recruiting news and pick the brains of our recruiting staff in the
latest edition of our recruiting thread.

Rx: How to Fix CFB - Spread the Talent (RX; HM)

Rx: How to Fix CFB - Spread the Talent

In yesterday's post, we left you with a question: what, if anything, can be done to restore some of the parity that made college football so great in the 80's and 90's?

Concentration of Player Talent

[ideas from 2021 USA Today article "College Football Monopoly"]

Redistribute recruiting talent.

College football doesn't have a player draft like the NFL, so there's no mechanism to level out the player talent (much less give a slight bump to the worst teams). No, in CFB, the best teams tend to get the best players year after year, to the detriment of the game. The NFL draft promotes parity; CFB's 2022 National Signing Day saw Alabama and Clemson each grab four of the top 22 players (according to 247 Sports rankings). The best college programs stockpile talent.

What could be done to fix this? In the absence of a player draft, college football could reduce team scholarship limits from 85 to 75 (or the NFL's 65?). This would prevent elite teams from hoarding 10 of the best players, spreading at least some of the talent around more evenly. The down side? (a) It would reduce total scholarship opportunities for players, and (b) some powerful schools (e.g. Alabama) wouldn’t like it.

Links, News and Rumors 2023 April 26th (RX; HM)

Links, News and Rumors 2023 April 26th

The Virginia-Maryland non-conference matchup, originally scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 16, will now be played on Friday, Sept. 15 and the two schools will square off at SECU Stadium in College Park, Md. The kickoff time and television designation will be announced later this spring.
2023 Virginia at Maryland football game moved to Friday
That game probably will get a lot better television audience on a Friday night.
From ESPN:

Notre Dame's Tyler Buchner enters transfer portal
Notre Dame quarterback Tyler Buchner on Tuesday said that he has entered the NCAA transfer portal "to explore my options, and decide what is best for my future." Buchner's portal entry has a red exclamation point, which means that he does not want to be contacted by teams...
He entered the offseason with some momentum after starting the Fighting Irish's 45-38 victory over South Carolina in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl, going 18 of 33 for 273 yards with three touchdown and three interceptions. He began the 2022 season as the starter in the first two games against Ohio State and Marshall before suffering a shoulder injury against the Thundering Herd...

Links, News and Rumors 2023 April 25 (RX; HM)

Links, News and Rumors 2023 April 25

From CBS Sports: Clocks will run after first downs in college football with NCAA changing half-century old rule

The NCAA approved rules changes Friday proposed earlier this year that will allow the clock to run after first downs are achieved in all divisions except Division III. The clock will continue to stop after first downs during the final two minutes of each half... Allowing the clock to run is expected to reduce the number of plays by an average of seven per game, according to Steve Shaw, secretary-editor of the rules committee.

The most controversial proposal - to keep the clock running after incomplete passes - was not approved. So, teams still have a path to come from behind (passing), but whether they make a first down or not on a given play is less critical (unless it's 4th down - looking at you, Colorado!)

Two other rules are apparently still being considered:



Aravelle is the newest wine grape developed by Professor Bruce Reisch and a team Cornell University AgriTech in Geneva, N.Y. It's a cross of Riesling and Cayuga White grapes. (Jason Koski/ Cornell University)

Aravelle: New York’s newest wine grape is related to Riesling and took 42 years to develop (PS; Cazentre)

If the Aravelle grape becomes the next big thing in New York wine, you won’t be able to say it was an overnight success.

It’s taken 42 years.

The newest wine grape developed by Professor Bruce Reisch and his team from Cornell University is a hybrid of Riesling, the Finger Lakes region’s top European-derived white grape, and Cayuga White, an earlier Cornell hybrid descended primarily from native American grapes.

Aravelle was bred to have the taste and aroma qualities of Riesling, combined with disease resistance and cold hardiness of Cayuga White.

“When it works right, it combines the best of both,” Reisch said. In particular, he said, Aravelle is not as susceptible to mold and rot as Riesling itself.

During Aravelle’s more recent development, Weis Vineyards in Hammondsport on Keuka Lake served as an incubator, growing the vines and producing wines for tasting by the research team and customers. That led to the first commercial version, a wine Weis calls Heart of the Lake.

“Heart of the Lake is one of our absolute favorite summertime sipping wines!,” Weis reports on its web site. “ ... Bursting with flavor and a hint of sweetness that makes is so drinkable. Floral notes of honeysuckle and fruity notes of pear, white peach, and citrus.”

Since 1906, Cornell has developed almost 60 grapes capable of producing new and potentially marketable wines. Like Aravelle, many are crosses of classic European vinifera grapes with native grapes or other hybrids. See the list.


Cafe Kubal set to open its sixth location in Central New York (PS; Cazentre)

The newest location for local coffee roaster and retailer Cafe Kubal is scheduled to open next week not far from Syracuse University.

The new Cafe Kubal shop will be located in a building at the corner of East Colvin Street and Julian Place (that’s behind the plaza on Nottingham Road that is home to a Tops grocery store). Pending final inspection and permits, it could open as soon as Monday, May 1, owner Matt Godard said.

It will bring the number of Cafe Kubal locations in Central New York back up to six, the number it had before the Covid pandemic.

The 1,000-square-foot cafe takes up about a third of the building on Julian Place, on the end facing Colvin. Godard hopes to add an outdoor patio, too. Hours may be limited the first week, but eventually it will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The new shop will offer much the same selection of coffee and tea drinks, plus baked goods, sandwiches, bagels and wraps found at the other Kubal locations. It also sells coffee beans by the pound.

But the University area location will provide more of what Godard calls the “manual” coffee options, such as pour-over, French-press and Chemex. It will also allow customers to learn more about the various roasts and “origin” points of the coffees that Kubal carries.

WATCH: Will Clemson leave the ACC? (; podcast)

WWE Hall of Famer dines at Syracuse restaurant with old friend from wrestling days (; Herbert)

WWE Hall of Famer Sgt. Slaughter was spotted in Syracuse on Friday night, enjoying dinner with an old friend from his wrestling days.

Ed Helinski, a longtime sportswriter and broadcaster, told | The Post-Standard that he dined with the legendary wrestler at Eva’s European Sweets on Friday. Slaughter was in town for a Saturday appearance at Toyfest at the New York State Fairgrounds.

“When legends & old friends get together,” Helinski wrote on Facebook. “And 40 years still seems like yesterday. Thank you Eva’s for a fabulous night of great food & fun for WWE Hall of Famer Sgt Slaughter & his business manager, Paul Incerto.”

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