No recent Cali or Iggy awards; Mr Irrelevant
- Aug 15, 2011
Great Lakes Awareness Day celebrates the Great Lakes and highlights the issues they face, and how the lakes can be preserved. Events for the day have involved organizations such as schools, aquariums, and museums. There is not much information available online about how the day is celebrated or how it came to be.
There are five Great Lakes: Superior, Huron, Michigan, Ontario, and Erie. Together they make up the largest body of freshwater on Earth and stretch 750 miles from east to west. They are located on the border of the United States and Canada and touch the states of Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, New York, and Pennsylvania. It is believed that at one time the Great Lakes were covered by a glacier—it receded towards Canada and left depressions filled with water.
Lonnie Rice, pictured here on a high school recruiting visit, had committed to Syracuse as a JUCO transfer in the class of 2023. He announced Friday that he's reopening his commitment
Lonnie Rice, a JUCO transfer in Syracuse’s class of 2023, announces he’s reopening recruitment (PS; Leiker)
One of Syracuse football’s expected summer arrivals in the class of 2023 won’t be arriving after all.
Junior college transfer linebacker Lonnie Rice announced Friday night he is reopening his recruitment and has decommitted from SU.
Rice was one of three linebackers committed in the Orange’s 22-man class for this recruiting period. The other two are true freshmen Zyian Moultrie-Goddard and Josiah Jeffrey.
CBA wide receiver Syair Torrence decommits from Syracuse (PS; Leiker)
Syair Torrence, a class of 2024 wide receiver from Christian Brothers Academy, announced he’s decommitted from Syracuse football on Saturday.
Torrence cited a recent conversation with SU head coach Dino Babers as part of the reason he felt it best to “look to explore other options.”
There are now just three verbal commits in the Orange’s 2024 class. Torrence had been the first to announce plans to sign with Syracuse back in mid November.
He’d shared via Twitter that he’d received offers from University of Memphis and Michigan State University over the past few months. He also has offers from Rutgers and University of Buffalo, according to 247 Sports.
Torrence is the younger brother of former Syracuse men’s basketball guard Symir Torrence, who left this offseason via the transfer portal and recently announced he’d be transferring to Binghamton University for his final year of eligibility.
What Does Carlos Del Rio-Wilson's Future Look Like? (orangefizz.net; Griffin)
Now that Justin Lamson’s future likely does not involve him being in Central New York, Syracuse’s quarterback depth is in question. Carlos Del Rio-Wilson is at the forefront of that. The Florida transfer was very highly touted to the tune of being a 4-star prospect coming out of high school, but had trouble finding his way in Gainesville. So up to Central New York he goes, but in limited playing time against Notre Dame and Pittsburgh, he was mediocre at best. So if Garrett Shrader goes down, we’d better hope Del Rio-Wilson delivers on that potential.
The thing that thrust Del Rio-Wilson into action last season is what everyone is worried about. What is going to happen if Shrader cannot play? It was a lower-body injury that hindered him down the stretch last year, and the elbow surgery he had a few months ago is no joke; it’s held him out for the entirety of spring practices. If Shrader’s ability to throw is impacted for the worst at all, Dino Babers is going to have to rely on CDRW. The only question is, will Babers’ faith in him pay off?
Syracuse Football: Top analyst makes prediction for Orange 4-star recruit (itlh; Adler)
A top national recruiting analyst has logged a prediction for 2024 four-star athlete Willy Love from New Jersey, who holds a Syracuse football scholarship offer and has unofficially visited the Hill several times.
Not too long ago, 247Sports national analyst Brian Dohn projected that the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Love will ultimately commit to Big Ten Conference member Rutgers. Dohn assigned a medium confidence level to his prediction.
Love, who is a four-star, top-300 national prospect in the junior class per multiple recruiting services, is described as a defensive back/linebacker who attends Eastside High School in Camden, N.J.
The ‘Cuse coaching staff offered a scholarship to him in April of 2022. Throughout his recruitment, he has amassed around 20 offers from squads such as two-time defending national champion Georgia, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Boston College, Cincinnati, UConn, Maryland, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Oregon, Penn State, West Virginia, Texas A&M and Temple, among others.
Syracuse football 2024 four-star recruit Willy Love is a talented multi-positional athlete.Per his bio on On3, Love has taken three unofficial visits to Rutgers, Penn State and the Orange. He has also unofficially visited both Georgia and Pittsburgh. Over at 247Sports, it says that Love has made an unofficial visit to Florida State.
In late April, he said via Twitter that he will take an official visit to Rutgers from June 9 to June 11. In interviews, Love has spoken highly of the Syracuse football program, saying he has had solid interest in the ‘Cuse.
Four decades without an ACC title: Why can't NC State football get over the hump? (athathletic.com; $; Raynor)
Dave Doeren surveyed the room at his introductory news conference in December 2012 and explained why NC State was such an attractive job.
Doeren, who had won 23 games in two seasons as the head coach at Northern Illinois, was born and raised in the Midwest but had spent time in North Carolina. His family had vacationed in and around Asheville twice, visiting Lake Lure at the recommendation of a fishing magazine.
Living in North Carolina felt like the right fit from a quality-of-life standpoint, he said. More importantly, so too did coaching at NC State, a program that despite its strong history and fertile recruiting ground had not won an ACC championship since 1979.
“(NC State) seemed like a place that was very close to getting to the next step,” Doeren said at the time. “My job is to do everything I can to make this team a champion. I don’t know how long that’ll take me, but that’s what I’m gonna do.”
Wolfpack fans are still waiting.
Doeren and NC State have made for a strong fit over the past decade. His 72 victories are the second-most in school history, and his eight bowl bids are the most of any Wolfpack coach. He’s gritty and defensive-minded — and maybe even a little bit ly — and down to earth enough to shotgun a beer with fans or smoke a cigar on live television, as he did in 2021 after NC State beat Clemson for the first time in 10 years.
“He fits NC State’s fan base really well. Kind of the blue-collar guy,” former NC State quarterback Mike Glennon said. “And here, if you go to a bowl game, you beat (North) Carolina and you throw some one-liners about the Carolina fan base, then you’re gonna have a job here for a long time. He checks all of those boxes.”
ACC football power rankings: Teams who dominated spring, those with questions ahead of 2023 season (247sports.com ; 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. Clemson comes off its seventh ACC title in the last eight years but faces stiff competition from a resurgent Florida State program as the two jostle atop our power rankings for next season.
The Tigers and the Seminoles highlighted a league-wide improvement for the ACC last season, 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.
Two programs ACC football should waste no time inviting (saturdayblitz.com; Lloyd)
For years now, the ACC has been viewed as a “rival” of the SEC (especially in the realm of college football). This predominantly falls on the states that both of them touch, along with the paths they cross as a result (Florida/Florida State, South Carolina/Clemson, Georgia/Georgia Tech, and so on). None of that necessarily amounts to any true competition between the leagues in their entirety, though.
Simply put, there is absolutely no comparison to be made between the ACC and SEC when discussing national relevance. With Clemson having recently suffered its second 3-loss season straight, the Atlantic Coast Conference currently has no established title contenders in football—sorry Florida State fans, just having potential isn’t enough.
As for the Southeastern Conference, three of its members have taken the last four national championships in dominating fashion. We also have to consider the potential of its own revived programs like Tennessee and LSU, while also giving a nod to the league’s superior recruiting.
One might think that the gap between the two conferences could not possibly grow any larger, but conference realignment has made a mission out of putting that thought to rest.
Miami football post spring ACC Power Ranking (caneswarning.com; Rubenstein)
Grant Hughes of 247 Sports posted his “ACC football power rankings: Teams who dominated spring, those with questions ahead of 2023 season” on Saturday. Following a 5-7 season the Miami football program has a lot of questions entering 2023. With new coordinators, Miami will look very different in 2023.
Mario Cristobal hired Shannon Dawson as the new offensive coordinator and Lance Guidry as the new Miami defensive coordinator. After high profile hirings of Josh Gattis as offensive coordinator and Kevin Steele as defensive coordinator for the 2022 season, Cristobal went more with style over substance.
Dawson brings a modified version of the Air Raid offense. Dawson began his coaching career as an assistant to Hal Mumme one of the founders of the Air Raid. Miami should have a more explosive offense with Dawson calling plays in 2023. Expect Tyler Van Dyke to return closer to his 2021 form.
Show me the money: ACC schools continue push to bridge financial gap with other leagues (P-G; Hiles)
Last month, the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) extended commissioner Jim Phillips’ contract for three years, a deal that will keep him at the helm of the league until at least 2029. While the majority of athletic directors within the ACC seem happy to keep Phillips around, some have recently gone on record to voice their concerns about an expensive issue he and his staff must quickly address.
On July 1, a new media rights deal between the Big Ten and networks FOX, CBS and NBC will become active, paying out an average of $75 million to each of the conference’s member schools. In 2024, a new deal between the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and ESPN will pay its member schools a similar amount.
The payout of both leagues will be about $30 million more than the current revenue share being distributed to ACC schools, which has leaders from some of the conference’s top programs worried.
"I know how hard the commissioner and the office are working to provide solutions to the members of the conference to the revenue gap that we are projecting in the upcoming years to the media contracts," Florida State athletic director Michael Alford told ESPN. "But at the end of the day, in order to compete to the standard we want to compete in, there needs to be a change and the status quo is not good enough."
https://www.si.com/college/clemson/football/breaking-clemsons-2023-schedule-down-into-key-stretches (SI; Goeckel)
At first glance, Clemson's 2023 schedule looks incredibly manageable. The Tigers get their two toughest games of the season at home, and get an open week right in the middle of the season, splitting the schedule into two six-game stretches. That said, there are still some interesting potential ebbs and flows to the season.
Part 1: The ramp-up and Florida State
- Sept. 4 (Monday): at Duke, Sept. 9: vs. CHARLESTON SOUTHERN, Sept. 16: vs. FLORIDA ATLANTIC, Sept. 23: vs. FLORIDA STATE
- With all due respect to Duke and the job Mike Elko has done, Clemson should walk through the first three games of the season. An ACC road game to start, and two solid, but overmatched opponents at home will be an excellent opportunity to work out some kinks in new offensive coordinator Garrett Riley's offense.
- All of that leads up to arguably the biggest game on the schedule: 9/23 at home against Florida State.
- Sept. 30: at Syracuse, Oct. 7: vs. WAKE FOREST, Oct. 14: Open Date, Oct. 21: at Miami (Fla.), Oct. 28: at NC State
- With the ACC's division-less format in play, this will be a big stretch for Clemson. If they fall to FSU in week 4, the Tigers would likely have to win out to reach the ACC Championship. If they come in 4-0, this will be the time to put their foot on the gas pedal and make the College Football Playoff committee pay attention.
- It's a tough run, bookended by trips to Syracuse and N.C. State. You'll find out who this team is during these weeks.
70 Years Ago Today: Withdrawal (RX; HM)
70 Years Ago Today: Withdrawal
...the charter members of teh ACC withdrew from the Southern Conference.
From "Birth of the Atlantic Coast Conference"
On May 8, 1953, the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) was created during a meeting of representatives from the Southern Conference in Greensboro. The initial members of the conference were Clemson, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, South Carolina and Wake Forest. Virginia was accepted as a member later that year.
From "Atlantic Coast Conference" on Wikipedia:
...After drafting a set of bylaws for the creation of a new league, the seven [charter members of the ACC: Clemson, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, South Carolina, and Wake Forest] withdrew from the Southern Conference at the spring meeting on the morning of May 8, 1953, at the Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina.
NBC's 1st B1G Saturday night game (RX; HM)
NBC's 1st B1G Saturday night game
Clearly, they aren't messing around...
Which game will ABC put up against that one?It could be North Carolina vs. South Carolina (Charlotte), but if I had to venture a guess I'd say it will be Virginia vs Tennessee (Nashville). Why? Because that game will pull from the same geographic area as West Virginia/Penn State, but it will also bring in a TV audience that runs South down the Atlantic Coast and West across the Gulf of Mexico as far as Texas. (UNC vs U of SC will get a lot of those fans, too, but it won't undermine WVU/PSU the way UVa/UT will).
What does this mean for the bigger picture?1. If ABC can stand toe-to-toe with NBC, especially with a game that involves ACC vs SEC, that should bode well for the future of both ABC and the ACC. (If they get killed in the ratings, not so much).
Comparing 2022 Revenues (RX; HM)
Comparing 2022 Revenues
How did some of the top-performing football teams from the top 3 conferences compare in terms of 2021-22 revenue? Here you go...
Big Ten vs. SEC vs. ACC Revenues
|NCAA and/or Conference|
Distributions, Media Rights,
and Post-Season Football
Advertising, and Licensing
Things we learn from this chart:1. Money is important, but doesn't guarantee anything. Eventual National Champion Georgia had $50M more revenue than Clemson, but then Ohio State had $50M more than Georgia. Basically, the Buckeyes were as far in front of the Bulldogs as Georgia was in front of Clemson!
Will the "Keg of Nails" make a comeback? (RX; HM)
Will the "Keg of Nails" make a comeback?
Just a brief thought...
From SaturdayBlitz.com, "Cincinnati vs Louisville: College football’s forgotten rivalry":
The tensions between Cincinnati and Louisville’s college football programs has left the revival of their rivalry long overdue... The Bearcats and Cardinals have a lengthy history in college football (surrounding a trophy known as “The Keg of Nails”), dating all the way back to 1929. The majority of their meetings have taken place since 1950, with them facing off every year from 1966 to 1992, and then again from 1996 to 2013. In total, the Cats hold a 30-23-1 advantage...
Let's be honest: when Cincinnati was trapped in the American Athletic Conference, this series was doomed. The game didn't count as a "Power Five" match-up, but it wasn't a cupcake for the Cards, either. And, of course, the Bearcats wanted home-and-home, which made things even harder for Louisville.
ACCN Show "Speak Up!" debuts Monday (RX; HM)
ACCN Show "Speak Up!" debuts Monday
From the official ACC release of Friday, May 5, 2023...
"Speak Up!: The ACC Salutes Scholar-Athletes" to Debut on ACC Network
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – The Atlantic Coast Conference’s 53 postgraduate scholarship award winners will be featured on “Speak Up!: The ACC Salutes Scholar-Athletes,” a one-hour show that debuts on ACC Network at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 8. The show is hosted by former ACC student-athlete and current ACCN personality Roddy Jones.
“Speak Up!” brings together the best and brightest student-athletes from all 15 league institutions and includes interviews highlighting each recipient’s passion for ACC athletics and academics as well as thoughts on social issues of the day, workload balance, superstitions, adversity, memorable moments, greatest influences and more.
“We are extremely proud to honor this year’s class of ACC Postgraduate Scholarship recipients that represent our 15 world-class institutions,” said ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips, Ph.D. "The academic and athletic resumes of this year’s honorees are remarkable, and we applaud their dedication,
Notre Dame Football on NBC: Soon a thing of the past? (fightingirishwire.idatoday.com; Kennedy)
"The only constant is change" is probably a phrase you've heard many times in your life.
This saying also applies to football and never more so than the present. Big changes like expanding the playoff, legalizing NIL, teams moving to different conferences and the no sit-out transfer rule are reshaping the game.
Along with these on-field alterations, what goes on off the field is also changing. Massive TV deals are being made, and these deals are the financial engines that drive college football by guaranteeing revenue to each school regardless of on-field performance. Notre Dame’s longstanding deal with NBC is set to expire after 2024 and much negotiating is needed regarding what the future may hold in this regard.
Builders Frank Fava and Patrick Basset have proposed building a 162-unit apartment complex at Route 31 and Drakes Landing Road in Lysander's Radisson Community. The buildings would look like this apartment building they recently built on Center Pointe Drive in Radisson. (Rick Moriarty | firstname.lastname@example.org)
Some object as Onondaga County considers rare property tax breaks for apartment complex (PS; Moriarty)
Two builders want a $3 million tax break from Onondaga County for a large apartment complex planned for a Syracuse suburb – a highly unusual benefit for such housing projects.
Builders Frank Fava and Patrick Basset have asked the county Industrial Development Agency for the tax breaks, including $1.3 million in school, town and county property taxes, to build a $44 million apartment complex they describe as “upscale” in Lysander’s Radisson Community.
In the last 10 years, OCIDA has given property tax exemptions to only one apartment project that was not part of a mixed-use complex or redevelopment of a blighted property, a syracuse.com review shows.
The developers? Fava and Basset.
The agency gave property tax breaks in 2015 to an apartment building Fava and Basset built in Radisson, an action that drew criticism from the county comptroller.
Critics say that if OCIDA approves this new deal, it would be forcing taxpayers to support a project that creates few if any jobs and would probably be built anyway.
The agency will hold a public hearing on the proposed tax deal at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Lysander Town Hall. The agency could vote on the application when it meets Thursday.