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No recent Cali or Iggy awards; Mr Irrelevant
Aug 15, 2011
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Syracuse offensive lineman Omari Palmer warms up before Florida State game on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, at the Carrier Dome. Palmer is now a wrestler for WWE under the name "Odyssey Jones." Stephen D. Cannerelli |

Ex-Syracuse football player turned pro wrestler headed to WWE ‘Monday Night Raw’ (PS; Owens)

A former Syracuse football player is advising professional wrestling fans to “get your popcorn ready,” as he gets ready to make his debut on WWE’s “Monday Night Raw.”

Omari Palmer, an offensive lineman for the Orange from 2013-2016, is now a professional wrestler performing under the name “Odyssey Jones.” He had been on the roster of NXT — the developmental brand of World Wrestling Entertainment — but was “drafted” to the “Raw” roster in the recent WWE Draft, which determined which wrestlers would be performing for “Raw” and “Smackdown,” the WWE’s flagship shows. Palmer was one of several NXT wrestlers who moved to the main shows.

The roster changes take effect next week, so it’s possible that Palmer could appear on Raw as soon as this Monday, although no matches have been announced for the show as of yet.

The 6-foot-3, 300-plus pound Palmer played four seasons in Syracuse, starting 24 games over his final three years. His senior season was cut short, though, when he suffered a leg injury in just the third game.

In an edition of the “After the Bell” podcast with WWE announcer Cory Graves in 2021, Jones called his years at Syracuse “interesting,” and said they prepared him for the unpredictable world of professional wrestling.

“In my five years there I had three head coaches, four offensive coordinators and five O-line coaches,” Palmer said. “So every year, it was something new. A new playbook, a new step to learn, and I kind of stayed ahead of the curve and was always toward the top of the depth chart.”

Offensive Duo Among PFF Top Returners - Syracuse University Athletics (

Two of the top-10 highest-graded returning players in the country according to Pro Football Focus are returning to the Orange this season.

Quarterback Garrett Shrader checks in at No. 10 on the list of highest-graded returning quarterbacks, while Oronde Gadsden II is No. 8 on PFF's list of returning WRs. Florida State and Oregon are the only two other programs nationally that have a top-10 QB and pass catcher returning for 2023.

Shrader heads into his final season as one-of-five active FBS quarterbacks with over 5,000 passing yards and 1,500 rushing yards in his career. His 23 rushing touchdowns enter the season tied for 13th in ACC history by a quarterback, despite him playing less than two full seasons in the league. A now two-time team captain, Shrader was on the Maxwell Award and Davey O'Brien Award watch lists last season.

Gadsden was a First Team All-ACC selection at tight end last season, where he led the nation in passing yards and receptions by a tight end, catching 61 passes for 969 yards and six touchdowns. He also set program records for most receptions by a sophomore and most receptions and yards by a tight end. He was also named to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List midway through the season.

Gadsden a Top 10 returning wide receiver per PFF (PS; Leiker)

The debate over whether Syracuse football’s Oronde Gadsden II is a tight end or wide receiver may span his entire collegiate career.

The Orange’s roster still lists him at tight end, a position he moved to last season. During spring ball — Gadsden played all across the field lining up in both tight end and wide receiver slots — SU coach Dino Babers said “have fun figuring out” what position the 6-foot-5 All-ACC player is at.

But Pro Football Focus listed Gadsden at No. 8 on its list of Top 10 highest graded wide receivers who’ll be back for the 2023 season Tuesday morning.

Highest graded returning Wide Receivers
— PFF College (@PFF_College) May 4, 2023

It’s fair considering Gadsden led Syracuse in receiving yards last year, finishing with 969 receiving yards and six touchdowns on 61 receptions. The next closest pass catcher was Devaughn Cooper with 490 yards.

His overall offensive grade for the season from PFF was 82.2%. Gadsden’s receiving grade specifically was 82.7%.

When they strap on the uniforms, anything can happen...

ACC News

ACC football: Every team's biggest question after spring practice concludes (; Hughes)

The ACC is in a transitional period as it adopts a division-less model for the upcoming season, which should raise the stakes and tighten the race for the conference crown. Spring practice offered a small glimpse at the construction of each roster, and what concerns each team needs to address before fall.

Clemson and Florida State highlighted a league-wide improvement for the ACC, which could lead to even better results in 2023. The conference boasted eight 8+ win teams in 2022 after just four the season prior.

The state of North Carolina should be a key battleground in the conference race after Wake Forest, Duke, NC State and UNC each posted eight-plus wins a season ago and combined for a 34-19 overall record. Tar Heels quarterback Drake Maye is the reigning ACC Player of the Year and has the second-best odds to win the Heisman Trophy next year behind USC’s Caleb Williams.

Here are the biggest questions each ACC team faces after spring ball:


Is the secondary shored up?
The Demon Deacons ranked No. 121 in the nation in passing yards allowed per game last season (279.2) and allowed an alarming 42.3% conversion rate on third down. Head coach Dave Clawson did not sign a defensive back in the portal, and the Demon Deacons' highest-ranked corner in their 2023 signing group, Antonio Robinson, ranked as the No. 518 overall prospect in the nation. Wake Forest does return stud cornerback Caelen Carson, but do the Deacs have enough around him to withstand some of the ACC's best passing attacks?


Is Phil Jurkovec an upgrade over Kedon Slovis?
Slovis struggled mightily in his first and only season with the Panthers in 2022, and the team's record dipped from 11-3 to 9-4. With Slovis off to BYU, the Panthers turn to Boston College transfer Phil Jurkovec at quarterback. Jurkovec reunites with former Eagles coordinator Frank Cignetti, making the transition much easier in his sixth year of eligibility. However, Jurkovec hasn't looked the part of a top-tier ACC quarterback since his first year at Boston College in 2020, when he threw for 2,558 yards and 17 touchdowns.


What will the secondary look like?
Syracuse must replace three starters, including both cornerbacks, from a defensive backfield that helped the Orange finish 14th nationally in pass defense last season.
Cornerback Duce Chestnut transferred to LSU, and safety Ja'Had Carter left the program for Ohio State; All-ACC cornerback Garrett Williams departed for the NFL. Jeremiah Wilson nearly left the team but withdrew his name from the transfer portal in mid-December. The Orange added a pair of former high school teammates in Nebraska transfer Jaeden Gould, a former four-star high school prospect, and Notre Dame transfer Jayden Bellamy.

Dear Andy: What impact will no divisions have on ACC? (; Staples)

The ACC is headed to a big change without divisions. Wisconsin is headed to a big change with its new offense. You had questions about that and more.

Note: Submitted questions have been lightly edited for length and clarity.

Will the elimination of the Atlantic and Coastal divisions within the ACC increase the likelihood of a new champion, or will traditional powerhouses like Clemson and Florida State continue to rise to the top? — Mallory

The elimination of divisions will increase the likelihood of more than one ACC team making the College Football Playoff when it expands in 2024. That is why almost every conference is eliminating divisions, but the ACC’s have been so lopsided that it feels like the impact will be even bigger there. Clemson has been the clear best team in the conference, but Florida State is on the upswing. Wake Forest has been consistently good. And after finally bringing in Jeff Brohm, Louisville might be about to move back into the conference’s upper crust.

And now all those programs have a real chance to play for the title. That hasn’t been the case since the conference split into divisions in 2005. They all played in the Atlantic, so only one of them could have made the conference title game.

Let’s take a trip back to 2016, which might be the strongest year the ACC has had since it expanded. Clemson wound up winning the national title, but Florida State was a 10-win team and Louisville was capable of beating just about anyone on the right day during Lamar Jackson’s Heisman Trophy season.

Coastal Division champ Virginia Tech lost by seven to Atlantic Division champ Clemson in the ACC title game, but the Hokies might have been the fourth-best team in the league that year. Louisville’s only conference loss was a 42-36 defeat at Clemson. Losses to Houston and Kentucky would have hampered a potential CFP run that year, but in a 12-team format, Louisville might have earned a berth by winning the conference title.

On Second Thought: Pac-10 and ESPN (RX; HM)

On Second Thought: Pac-10 and ESPN

Dennis Dodd created some ripples by tweeting this:

It appears @espn is out as a @pac12 primary rightsholder. While that was an industry assumption for a while, it takes the No. 1 sports rights leader off the table at a critical time. Pac-12's murky future finds shred of clarity with ESPN appearing out as option for primary media rights
— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) May 4, 2023

Thing is, even if he's 100% right, it's not really a negative for the Pac-10. All he's saying here is that ESPN isn't interesting in bidding on the Tier 1 media rights (at the asking price). That doesn't mean they aren't still interested in, say, "Pac-12 After Dark"...
Here's how the Pac-10 might be able to keep up with the Big XII (and ACC, for that matter) in terms of TV revenue - posted by "ken d" on CSNBBS:

If that is true, and the possibility exists that NBC Universal (USA) would pay $200 million for Tier 1 rights, the PAC could certainly yield more than the Big 12's $31.5 million deal if they stay at 10 members. If the media partners insist on expanding to 12 with San Diego State and one other school, it's a lot harder.
With 10 members, they have 81 regular season games to sell. Of these, 45 are conference games (assuming a full round robin), leaving 36 OOC which could include 12 P5 opponents. That's a total of 57 P5 games.
Let's say the NBC Universal piece is for 28 afternoon games (2/week including 6 on NBC when Notre Dame is not at home), and ESPN takes 12 conference games for the late night time slot (7PM local time kickoff). ION could take one game a week, 14 total, and you have sold 54 P5 games. The remaining games are aired on the PACN.
NBC $200M
Total $320 million, or $32 million each plus whatever the PACN earns.

Those numbers are not outlandish. The 28 T1 games for NBC/Universal would cost $200M/28 = $7.14M each. The ESPN games would have be of the "alternating T1" variety, since they would cost $90M/12 = $7.5M each under this proposal (pure T2 would be worth less). Finally, the 14 games on ION would be all T2 at $30M/14 = $2.14M each.

On the other hand, I tend to think it might be tough to sell 28+12 = 40 games at a T1 price, so the Pac-10 may need to drop one or both of the NBC and ESPN prices and rely on another revenue stream to make up the difference. Could that involve the ACC Network as previously rumored? I think so. For one thing, we haven't really talked basketball yet.

2022 FSU Revenue Data (RX; HM)

2022 FSU Revenue Data

Earlier this week we looked at UNC's 2021-22 financials; today we look at FSU's...

From the Tallahassee Democrat: Florida State athletics profits over $10.3 million in 2022 fiscal year
Here are some insights and observations...

For the 2022 fiscal year, from July 1, 2021-June 30, 2022, the Seminoles listed $161.1 million in operating revenue. The operating expenses for the year was $150.7 million.

2021-22 FSU Operating Revenue$161.1 million
2021-22 FSU Operating Expenses$150.7 million

This year, the Seminoles saw a return to normalcy for ticket sales to bring in more revenue, but also a return to normal for travel costs, as well as recruiting costs.


Here is a summary of the biggest FSU Athletic Department revenue sources for 2021-22:
Media Rights Fees (TV)$30.3 million
Other ACC Revenue$10.7 million
Revenue from Royalties$24.4 million
Donor Contributions*$42.3 million
Ticket Sales$18.8 million
Institution Support$13.6 million

Comments on Revenue:

1. TV revenue continues to rise rapidly, but not as rapid as in the SEC and the Big Ten.
2. Other ACC Revenue must include NCAA Basketball Tournament distributions, since I don't see anywhere else it might be hiding. CFP base distribution, as well as bowl pool, ACC CG pool, and other shared revenues would also be included here, presumably.
3. The article mentions that donations were down a bit, possibly due to the economic slowdown. (* note: the OP reported $41.7 M in donations, but here I'm using the number from the Knight-Newhouse database instead).
4. On the other hand, Ticket Sales were up, driven by $15.13 million in football ticket sales.
5. The University itself pitched in another $13.6 million (this was negligible in 2021), and reflects a portion of the Federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) which was allocated to Athletics.


Now for a summary of FSU's primary Athletic Department Expenses for 2021-22:
Coaches' Salaries$25.6 million
Overhead/Admin$22.2 million
Sports Team Travel$9 million
Gameday expenses$3.5 million
Recruiting expenses
$1.6 million

Links, News and Rumors 2023 May 4th (RX; HM)

Links, News and Rumors 2023 May 4th

ACC spring football overreactions by David Cobb

There's only so much that can be learned from spring practice, but with some imagination, those morsels of insight can interpreted in more meaningful fashion. Here are the biggest overreactions we can take away as ACC spring practices have come to a close...

Here are the bullet points; click the link above to read the details.

  • Boston College: Donovan Ezeiruaku will get drafted in 2024.
  • Clemson: Garrett Riley's hire will pay quick dividends.
  • Duke: The Blue Devils will upset Clemson in opener.
  • Florida State: the Noles will win the ACC Championship Game.
  • Georgia Tech: Haynes King will shine.
  • Louisville: The Cardinals will match or exceed Scott Satterfield's best win total.
  • Miami: Don't trust Mario Cristobal to truly open up the offense.
  • North Carolina: The Tar Heels are too dependent on Drake Maye.
  • NC State: Anae and Armstrong will keep the Wolfpack thriving.
  • Pitt: The Panthers are facing a rebuilding season.
  • Syracuse: Oronde Gadsden II is the ACC's best receiving threat.

Way Too Early 2023 GoY Odds (RX; HM)

Way Too Early 2023 GoY Odds and have released 63 college GOY spreads

...the website posted 63 “Game of the Year” spreads for the upcoming college football season. Not all of these games will end up as “marquee matchups” and there are probably a few missing... but this is a good gauge as to where the oddsmakers view these teams going into the season.
College football GOY lines will be quite volatile, and they will be updated daily...
no money
IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: These odds are provided strictly for informational purposes. We recognize that many fans appreciate knowing how outsiders view their team's "odds of winning". However, neither Hokie Mark nor ACCFootballRx supports, endorses, or condones gambling. We strongly urge you NOT TO GAMBLE! Please use this information as it is intended by us: for informational and entertainment purposes only.

Here are the ACC-related early odds...

Saturday, Sep 2, 2023

South Carolina at North Carolina (-2)

Sunday, Sep 3, 2023

LSU (-1½) at Florida State

So they are expecting two very close games that, honestly, could both go either way.

Saturday, Sep 23, 2023

Florida State at Clemson (-2.5)
Ohio State (-7) at Notre Dame
September 23rd looks like a HUGE day for fans of the ACC and the Fighting Irish.

Saturday, Oct 14, 2023

USC at Notre Dame (-1)

We should already know something about Notre Dame, so this week we find out how they (and, by extension, their scheduling partners in the ACC) compare to USC and the Pac-12.

Saturday, Oct 21, 2023

Clemson (-10) at Miami FL

This could be put-up-or-shut-up time for the Hurricanes.



This artist rendering provided by the Buffalo Bills, on Thursday, March 2, 2023, shows the team's proposed new National Football League stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y. Get the shovels out, because the Buffalo Bills can finally begin breaking ground on their 60,000-plus seat, $1.54 billion new stadium after the project received unanimous approval from the Erie County legislature on Thursday, May 4, 2023. (Courtesy of Buffalo Bills via Populous, via AP, File)

Buffalo Bills get final OK from Erie County to build new $1.5B stadium (PS; AP)

Get the shovels out, because the Buffalo Bills can finally begin breaking ground on their 60,000-plus seat, $1.54 billion new stadium after the project received unanimous approval from the Erie County legislature on Thursday.

The 10-0 vote was the final formal step in a lengthy process that was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and comes some 13 months after the parameters of an agreement were reached with taxpayers committed to funding $850 million of the cost.

The new stadium is to be built across the street from the Bills current home in Orchard Park, New York, and on track to be completed in time for the start of the 2026 season.

“Well, we’ve got people working out there today, is that fast enough?” Bills executive vice president and COO Ron Raccuia told The Associated Press by phone when asked how quickly construction can begin.

“It’s exciting. We’ve concluded successfully one major part of this project and now we get to go and completely turn our attention to construction and opening the new stadium for the 2026 season,” Raccuia added. “I don’t know about doubts, but it took its twists and turns. But we were all committed to making this happen.”


Housing development proposed in Van Buren 2 years ago is back, and even bigger than before (PS; $; Doran)

Two years ago, a developer proposed a $40 million development with 124 homes and six three-story apartment buildings on 108 acres in Van Buren. Dozens of residents fought the development, in large part because of concerns about Haudenosaunee artifacts in the area, and the project stalled.

Now the same developer is back with a revised plan after state preservation officials signed off on the proposal. The new plan calls for even more residential units on the same site off Downer Street at Tappan Street and Crego Road.

The $100 million development, named Brolex Living Community, includes 425 residential units, said Brandon Jacobson of Manlius-based Brolex, which would build the subdivision.

The proposal calls for 95 single-family homes, with half a dozen of those on the Seneca River. The plan includes 145 townhomes for rent, and 185 one and two-bedroom apartments. The development would also have a clubhouse on the water with a gym overlooking the river, a six-acre green parcel called Crego Park and walking trails connecting the entire development.

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