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No recent Cali or Iggy awards; Mr Irrelevant
Aug 15, 2011

Welcome to Celebrate LeQuint is Free Day!

Today is the day we celebrate that LeQuint Allen will be allowed to return to campus and classes at Syracuse effective in mid August. We celebrate the fight for justice and hope this unfortunate affair results in meaningful reform to the horribly broken student justice system at SU. Freedom!

SU News

LeQuint Allen's back: Syracuse running back will return in mid-August (PS; Leiker and Hayes)

LeQuint Allen, a rising star for Syracuse football, will return to the field in mid-August after reaching a settlement in his lawsuit against Syracuse University.

Though the terms of the agreement have not been made public, a source told that Allen will be able to play the 2023 season.

Syracuse University spokeswoman Sarah Scalese confirmed an agreement had been reached and that Allen will resume his studies in SU’s fall semester and return to football in mid-August.

On Wednesday afternoon, Allen dropped his lawsuit against Syracuse University, court records show. He filed the suit in New York Supreme Court on June 26 asking a judge to throw out his suspension for his involvement in a fight last year.

Melissa Swartz, Allen’s lawyer, gave the following statement to

“LeQuint is happy to be returning to Syracuse University to continue with his education and athletics,” Swartz said. “LeQuint is an incredible young man and I know he will make amazing contributions to the Syracuse community on and off the field.”

LeQuint Allen reaches agreement with SU, running back will play in fall (DO; Miller)

LeQuint Allen has dropped his lawsuit against Syracuse University. The two sides agreed to terms that will allow Allen to play for SU in the fall. Syracuse University spokeswoman Sarah Scalese confirmed an agreement had been reached, per, but no other details have been released publicly.

“LeQuint is happy to be returning to Syracuse University to continue with his education and athletics,” said Allen’s attorney, Melissa Swartz-Bragg, in a statement this afternoon. “He is thankful to his family, coaches and their families, teammates, and everyone else who has supported him throughout this process… We will not be providing any further comments on this matter.”

After an on-campus altercation at the University Village Apartments in South Campus last December, Allen was suspended for the 2023 summer and fall semesters. The Syracuse Office of Community Standards determined that Allen caused physical harm and “escalated” the fight.

The suspension would have barred him from playing in the upcoming season, in which he’s projected to be SU’s starting running back. Allen appealed the decision on the basis of self-defense after both informal and formal hearings. Three hours after the lawsuit was filed, the New York State Supreme Court Judge Robert Antonacci paused the suspension until the July 19 court date.

The court appearance will no longer take place, and Allen will now be enrolled in SU’s fall semester, returning to the football team in mid-August.

Keeping Up With The 315 7-12-23 (ESPN; radio; The 315)

Brian Higgins starts with the news of LeQuint Allen suspension being reduced. Then, he wonders why it took the school so long to change their minds and establishes a timeline on his return. Finally, Dom in North Carolina calls in to share what he learned after speaking to a judge about the Allen case.

Syracuse Football: In new national rankings, 4-star QB commit in top 300 (itlh; Adler)

Syracuse football 2024 commit Jakhari Williams from Georgia, a four-star quarterback in the rising-senior cycle, has arrived within new national rankings from one of the primary recruiting services.

Earlier this week, On3 released its most recent top 300 for the 2024 class. In these refreshed ratings, the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Williams checked in as four stars, No. 289 overall, No. 17 at quarterback and No. 34 in Georgia.

In late June, the talented dual-threat quarterback verbally committed to the Orange. Last November, Williams verbally committed to fellow Atlantic Coast Conference team Georgia Tech, but in May, he de-committed from the Yellow Jackets and reopened his recruitment.

He pledged to Syracuse football after taking an official visit to the Hill, according to media reports. Prior to his verbal commitment to the Orange, Williams reportedly had a top five of Boston College, the ‘Cuse, Florida Atlantic, Western Kentucky and James Madison.

Throughout his recruiting process, Williams earned scholarship offers from schools such as Boston College, Coastal Carolina, Georgia Tech, N.C. State, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, Western Kentucky, Liberty, UCF, Kansas, Florida Atlantic and James Madison, among others.

Syracuse football 2024 four-star QB commit Jakhari Williams is a top-300 national prospect.

A rising senior at the First Presbyterian Day School in Macon, Ga., Williams at the time of this writing was rated four stars, No. 328 nationally, No. 20 at quarterback and No. 40 in Georgia within the 2024 cycle, according to the industry-generated 247Sports Composite.


New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy after his team's 21-17 win over the New England Patriots in the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game, Feb. 5, 2012, in Indianapolis. Two-time winning Super Bowl coaches Coughlin and Mike Shanahan, owners Robert Kraft of the Patriots and 100-year-old Virginia McCloskey of the Bears headline the 60 semifinalists announced Wednesday, July 12, 2023, for the 2024 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Syracuse alum Tom Coughlin among semifinalists for Football Hall of Fame (PS; $; AP)

Two-time winning Super Bowl coaches Tom Coughlin and Mike Shanahan and team owners Robert Kraft and Virginia McCaskey were among the 60 semifinalists announced Wednesday for the 2024 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The Hall’s 12-person Seniors Committee trimmed a list of eligible player nominees to 31. Each semifinalist played his last game in professional football no later than 1998.

Separately, the Hall’s 12-person Coach/Contributor Committee reduced the list of nominated candidates to 29 semifinalists.

Unlike in February when cornerback Darrelle Revis and offensive lineman Joe Thomas were selected for enshrinement in their first year of eligibility for the Hall of Fame, none of the 31 players appears to be a lock for induction.

Coughlin, who was born in Waterloo and played football for Syracuse University, coached the New York Giants from 2004-15, leading them to Super Bowl victories over the New England Patriots after the 2007 and ‘11 seasons. His career also included assistant coaching at SU, and head coaching for RIT and the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Shanahan led the Denver Broncos to Super Bowl titles after the 1997 and ‘98 seasons. He went 178-144 overall with three teams, including a 46-10 mark from 1996-1998, an NFL record for wins in a three-year span.
... (SI; McAllister)

The LeQuint Allen saga has come to an end and it is good news for Syracuse fans hoping to have their starting running back suit up this fall. Allen reached a settlement with Syracuse University that will allow him to play for the 2023 season and the lawsuit has been withdrawn. Details of the settlement have not been made public.

“LeQuint is happy to be returning to Syracuse University to continue with his education and athletics,” Allen’s attorney Melissa Swartz-Bragg said in a statement. “He is thankful to his family, coaches and their families, teammates, and everyone else who has supported him throughout this process. LeQuint is an incredible young man and I know he will make amazing contributions to the Syracuse community on and off the field. We will not be providing any further comments on this matter.”

The original suspension stemmed from an incident last December in which Allen claimed he was approached and punched twice by an unnamed individual. Allen struck back in self defense, and the unnamed individual subsequently filed a complaint in February with Syracuse University.

Millville grad LeQuint Allen settles lawsuit with Syracuse, can play football this fall (; Friedman)

LeQuint Allen can play for the Syracuse University football team this fall.

Per multiple reports, the former Millville High School star running back has settled his lawsuit with the school after he was suspended for two semesters for his role in an on-campus fight in December. He is eligible to play this coming season.

“We have reached a resolution with LeQuint while respecting his privacy throughout this process,” Sarah Scales, Syracuse vice president for communications, said in a statement, according to ESPN. “As part of that agreement, LeQuint will resume his studies in the fall semester and return to football in mid-August. Per federal privacy laws, Syracuse University will not comment further on this or other student conduct cases.”

Allen, the Gatorade New Jersey and Courier-Post Offensive Player of the Year as a senior 2021, was in danger of missing his sophomore season and possibly being forced to leave the school after Syracuse disciplined him after coming to the defense of former teammate and Camden High graduate Duce Chestnut.

Allen was suspended because he punched a fellow student, but Allen alleged he was hit twice before retaliating. The Syracuse hearing board said Allen “escalated the situation,” which led to its decision to suspend him for the summer and fall semesters.

Had the suspension been upheld, the loss of his scholarship would’ve made attending the university too expensive, Allen said in his lawsuit.

Jones Angell "The 315" 7-12-23 (ESPN; radio; The 315)

12 games in 12 weeks for Syracuse football continues with the voice of the North Carolina Tar Heels Jones Angell. Jones discusses just how special Drake Maye is and the weird circumstances surrounding the last time Syracuse traveled to Chapel Hill. Finally, how much more does Mack Brown have in the tank? (CFN; Fiutak)

Syracuse Football Schedule

2023 CFN Preseason Prediction: 5-7
2022 Record: 7-6
2023 Record: 0-0

Sept 2 Colgate W
Sept 9 Western Michigan W
Sept 16 at Purdue L
Sept 23 Army W
Sept 30 Clemson L
Oct 7 at North Carolina L
Oct 14 at Florida State L
Oct 26 at Virginia Tech L
Nov 4 Boston College W
Nov 11 Pitt (in The Bronx) L
Nov 18 at Georgia Tech L
Nov 25 Wake Forest W


ACC News

Phil Steele releases 2023 preseason All-ACC team (; Connolly)

There is plenty of drama in the ACC entering the 2023 college football season. For years, it has been Clemson and then a gap before everyone else. However, other teams have started to catch up to the Tigers in terms of acquiring talent.

Florida State seems like a real threat to overtake Clemson as the top team in the ACC in 2023, and it’s no surprise that the Seminoles are well-represented on Phil Steele’s preseason All-ACC team, which was recently released.

The ACC has several quarterbacks who could be high draft picks in next year’s NFL Draft, led by a likely top-5 pick in North Carolina signal caller Drake Maye. Steele has Maye as the quarterback on his first-team preseason All-ACC team. Here is the entire All-ACC team ahead of the 2023 season:

Phil Steele Preseason All-ACC team

First-team offense

QB Drake Maye, North Carolina

As mentioned, Maye is expected to be one of the first players off the board in the 2024 NFL Draft, assuming he doesn’t have a big setback in his second year as a starter. The Huntersville, North Carolina native was named the ACC Player of the Year in 2022 after leading the Tar Heels to the ACC title game as a redshirt freshman.

He passed for 4,321 yards and 38 touchdowns, while also rushing for 698 yards and seven scores last year. Maye will only be a redshirt sophomore this season, but it is still expected to be his last one in Chapel Hill.

RB Trey Benson, Florida State

Benson was a big part of a Florida State rushing attack that was dangerous in 2022 and should be once again this season. The Oregon transfer rushed for 990 yards and nine touchdowns in his first season in Tallahassee, while averaging 6.4 yards per carry.

With Treshaun Ward off to Kansas State, Benson should have even more opportunities in 2023. A lot is made about Jordan Travis, Johnny Wilson and the FSU passing game — and rightfully so. But don’t sleep on Benson and the Seminoles rushing attack.

RB Will Shipley, Clemson

The North Carolina native is one of the most dynamic players in the country. Shipley became the first player in ACC history to earn first-team all-conference honors at three different positions last year, earning all-league honors as a running back, all-purpose player and return specialist.

Shipley started all 14 games for the Tigers. He rushed for 1,182 yards and 15 touchdowns, caught 38 passes for 242 yards and returned 14 kickoffs for 324 yards. Shipley was ranked as the No. 36 overall player in the country for the class of 2021, according to the On3 Industry rankings. He should excel in new offensive coordinator Garrett Riley‘s system.

WR Jalon Calhoun, Duke

Calhoun had a monster season in 2022, catching 62 passes for 873 yards and four touchdowns. He was Riley Leonard‘s favorite target as the Blue Devils surprised many in the college football world with a 9-4 season.

The Greenville, South Carolina native enters his fifth season with the Blue Devils with more than 2,300 receiving yards for his career. If Duke is going to replicate its success from 2022, or perhaps be even better, the Blue Devils will need Calhoun to have another big year.

WR Donavon Greene, Wake Forest

Greene was a part of an explosive Wake Forest offense last season, which was led by star quarterback Sam Hartman. The North Carolina native Greene started all 13 games for the Demon Deacons in 2022, finishing with 642 receiving yards, while averaging a team-high 17.4 yards per catch.

Hartman is now gone, but Greene should still be able to put up big numbers in the Wake Forest offense. His 6-foot-2, 210-pound frame is a handful for defensive backs to handle. Greene has been a big-play threat throughout his career. Through three seasons, he has averaged at least 17.4 yards per reception each year.

WR Johnny Wilson, Florida State

Speaking of big-play threats, Wilson is back after averaging nearly 21 yards per catch last season. The 6-foot-7 wideout caught 43 passes for 897 yards and five touchdowns last year. Wilson led the ACC and ranked third nationally in catches of 20-plus yards.

The 2022 season was Wilson’s first at Florida State after transferring in from Arizona State. He should team up with a fellow transfer at FSU in former Michigan State star Keon Coleman to help the Seminoles have arguably the top group of receivers in the ACC.

TE Oronde Gadsden, Syracuse

Orlando Gadsden-Syracuse
(Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)

A converted receiver, Gadsden switched over to tight end prior to the 2022 season and had an incredible first year at the position. Gadsden caught 61 passes for 969 yards and six touchdowns, while earning first-team All-ACC honors.

The Florida native led all tight ends nationally in receiving yards. He should once again be the top option for Orange quarterback Garrett Sharder as Syracuse looks to improve on its 7-6 mark from 2022. The Orange started 6-0 last year, before going 1-5 over their final six games.
... (SI; Caudell)

Don't look now, but Georgia Tech currently boasts the third-ranked recruiting class in the ACC.

Will they stay there? That is up for debate. What isn't up for debate right now is that Yellow Jackets head coach Brent Key has built a ton of momentum right now and a winning season will only help the program.

The big reason for the recent rise from Georgia Tech is due to two commitments. Four-star cornerback Troy Stevenson and three-star defensive back Christian Pritchett joined the Yellow Jackets 2024 class this week, putting them at 23 commitments. Georgia Tech is unlikely to add much more to this class, so they are likely to drop a few spots, but this has been a great start for Key and his staff.

Georgia Tech added four-star cornerback Troy Stevenson this week

The king of the conference in recruiting is still Clemson, which has been the case all summer. While the Tigers are still at the top of the ACC recruiting rankings on 247Sports, Florida State has closed the gap.

The Seminoles trial Clemson 235-228 in recruiting points on 247Sports and that number has been shrinking over the past couple of weeks.

With GT taking the third spot, for now, Miami has jumped up to 4th and they trail the Yellow Jackets by a razor-thin margin. Behind the Hurricanes are North Carolina, Duke, and Pitt. North Carolina had held a top-three spot for much of the past month, but the Tar Heels don't have a lot of momentum right now. Duke has held steady in the middle of the rankings.

Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, and Syracuse make up the rest of the top ten in the ACC. Louisville, NC State, Virginia, and Boston College are the four schools outside of the top ten.

ACC Recruiting Rankings (As of 7/12, via 247Sports):

1. Clemson

2. Florida State

3. Georgia Tech

4. Miami

5. North Carolina

6. Duke

7. Pitt

8. Virginia Tech

9. Wake Forest

10. Syracuse

11. Louisville

12. NC State

13. Virginia

14. Boston College


David Hale talks ACC football in 2023 and expectations for VT and UVA (; podcast; WLNI)

David Hale, college football writer for ESPN, joins The Sportsline to talk about this coming season of college football, including what to expect from area teams Virginia Tech and Virginia in year two of new head coaches, on which team he sees taking the conference title, and if Duke can be a real contender in a state of many heavyweights.

247Sports Media Days: ACC preseason predictions (; Marcello)

247Sports is home to an array of websites covering college football, and behind those publications are reporters with on-the-ground knowledge of the teams and conferences they cover daily. "Talking Season" is now underway as prognostications across the country gain steam in the build-up to the college football season. Media Days for the sport have arrived, and the annual trek to hotel meeting rooms across the country are underway. Before the Power 5 conferences conducted their virtual Media Days, 247Sports gathered experts across its network and conducted polls to understand better how the 2023 season will transpire.

Why wait for the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC to hand out ballots when 247Sports already has experts on the ground at nearly every school in the Power 5?

This week we unveil the predictions of our local and national beat reporters across the college football landscape. Think of it as a preseason tailgate before the conferences gather coaches, players and writers for interviews and the release of their annual preseason polls. This week is your first taste of football. This is 247Sports Media Days.

Today we reveal the ACC's predicted order of finish, player of the year, the conference champion and the storylines 247Sports' 22-person panel expect to transpire this fall.

Friedlander: ACC not immune from the impact of Northwestern's football hazing scandal - Saturday Road (; Friedlander)

The hazing scandal that has cost Northwestern football coach Pat Fitzgerald his job has lit up social media and made national headlines over the past few days.

Even as new details in the still-developing national story continue to become public, the shockwaves are already being felt throughout college athletics.

Including the ACC.

The Wildcats, or what’s left of them, are scheduled to play at Duke on Sept. 16. But that’s hardly the only connection the conference has to the ugly situation brought to light recently by an investigative report in Northwestern’s student newspaper.

There are at least 2 significantly more substantive issues to be addressed long before the 1st pass is thrown or touchdown scored.

As is usually the case anytime a Power 5 job opens up, Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson’s name is being prominently mentioned in the media as a possible replacement for Fitzgerald, who was relieved of his duties Monday after 17 seasons at the Big Ten school.

News: Aflac takes over Atlanta Kickoff Game (RX; HM)

News: Aflac takes over Atlanta Kickoff Game

Introducing the Aflac Kickoff Game

We’re thrilled to announce our partnership with @aflac as the title sponsor of the Kickoff Game!

The inaugural #AflacKickoff will take place on Sept. 1 featuring @LouisvilleFB vs. @GeorgiaTechFB
— Aflac Kickoff Game (@AflacKickoff) July 12, 2023

From FBSchedules:

Aflac is the new title sponsor of the FBS college football kickoff game in Atlanta, it was announced Wednesday.
The game, which was first contested in 2008, will feature ACC foes Louisville and Georgia Tech in the 2023 edition at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga. That game is slated for a 7:30pm ET kickoff on Friday, Sept. 1. ESPN will carry the event on its linear and streaming channels.

Future Aflac Kickoff Games

2023 – Louisville vs. Georgia Tech (Sept. 1)
2024 – Clemson vs. Georgia (Aug. 31)
2025 – Tennessee vs. Syracuse (Aug. 30)

Diagnosis ACC FB 2023 (RX; HM)

Diagnosis ACC FB 2023

What is wrong with the ACC? What needs fixing, and how can it be fixed?

What's wrong?

In a word - revenue. Specifically, TV revenue. The ACC needs more of it. Right now, while the ACC does pay far more than it did a decade or two ago, their problem is that the Big Ten and the SEC pay much, much more - and just as troubling, the Big XII pays roughly the same amount as the ACC.

What needs fixing?

To get more revenue, the ACC needs more highly-viewed sporting events. The sport that consistently brings the highest ratings is football, with men's basketball bringing in about 1/4th as much (and all other sports being virtually worthless from a TV point-of-view).

How can it be fixed?

ESPN is the sole television partner of the ACC, and that's locked in until 2036, so a bidding war is out of the question. What the ACC needs is more valuable TV inventory to sell - but how can they get it?

FSU football: FSU linebackers do not suck contrary to what some say (; Hunt)

We’ve discussed the FSU football secondary, offensive line, defensive line, and running backs with ESPN’s David Hale over the past few weeks.

He has all four groups in the top tier of the ACC, but where does he rank the FSU linebackers? For whatever reason, FSU linebackers have become the de facto unit certain people want to point to as a weakness or sucking on the field.

FSU will return both starting linebackers, Tatum Bethune and Kalen DeLoach, who ranked No. 2 and No. 3 in tackles last year. DJ Lundy is back, showing progress while finishing sixth in total tackles.

The FSU defense had 84 tackles for a loss last year, and 26 percent of those came from those three linebackers. Here’s what David Hale had to say about FSU linebackers:

Returning ACC LBs w/400+ snaps and a 90% tackle rate:
James Jackson, UVA
Ced Gray, UNC
Derek McDonald, Cuse
Marlowe Wax, Case
Tatum Bethune, FSU
— (@ADavidHaleJoint) July 12, 2023

Most tackles at/behind the LoS, returning ACC LBs
DePalma, BC – 21
Trotter, Clem – 21
Wilson, NCSU – 19
Bethune, FSU – 18
Jones, WF – 18
Carter, Clem – 17
Wax, Cuse – 15
Arnold, BC – 15
Echols, UNC – 15
— (@ADavidHaleJoint) July 12, 2023

Noles News: Vegas has Clemson as slight ACC favorite over FSU (; Kostidakis)


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.

Florida State 2024 recruiting class

QUARTERBACK: 4 star Luke Kromenhoek (GA)

RUNNING BACK: 4 star Kam Davis (GA)

WIDE RECEIVER: 4 star Camdon Frier (FL)

WIDE RECEIVER: 4 star Tawaski “TJ” Abrams (FL)

WIDE RECEIVER: 4 star Lawayne McCoy (FL)

WIDE RECEIVER: 4 star BJ Gibson (GA)

WIDE RECEIVER: 4 star Elijah Moore (MD)

TIGHT END: 5 star Landen Thomas (GA)


DEFENSIVE LINEMAN: 3 star Jamorie Flagg (FL)

LINEBACKER: 3 star Jayden Parrish (FL)


This rendering shows one of five buildings that would be part of the 67-unit La Liga Westside Village on Delaware and South Geddes streets in Syracuse.

Spanish Action League becomes developer, plans apartments on Syracuse’s Near West Side (PS; Knauss)

A national organization affiliated with the Spanish Action League plans to build 67 new apartments on the Near West Side, in one of Syracuse’s poorest neighborhoods.

The five new apartment buildings, which would be the first new multifamily buildings in recent memory on the Near West Side, are stirring both hope and concern in a neighborhood that has spent the past 15 years slowly rebuilding.

Acacia Network, the national affiliate, plans to construct four buildings on Delaware Street and one on South Geddes. The $29 million project to be known as La Liga Westside Village would create a total of 67 apartments for residents with incomes no higher than 50% of the area median – for example, $42,000 for a family of three.

The area desperately needs new low-income housing, city officials say. But the project also has raised some concerns among neighbors who would prefer to see a mix of low-income housing, single-family homes and market-rate apartments.

That discussion, about how best to rebuild the neighborhood, will continue for the next year.

The Greater Syracuse Land Bank, which is selling the vacant lots to Acacia Network, will sponsor a series of 10 “kitchen table talks’' to hear what additional development residents want on the Near West Side.

After court victory, Onondaga County village may finally get well-known grocery store chain (PS; $; Doran)

An Onondaga County Supreme Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the village of Fayetteville that sought to block the construction of a grocery store off East Genesee Street.

But the legal fight over the proposed Hannaford grocery store may not be over, according to Fayetteville Mayor Mark Olson. The Fayetteville resident who sued has indicated she plans to appeal, he said.

Marguerite Ross, who lives near the 30-acre site, sued the village and the developer, Northwood Real Estate Venture LLC of Fairport late last year. Ross’ lawyer has told the village’s lawyers she plans to appeal, according to the mayor.

A second lawsuit against the zoning board also was dismissed by a judge several months ago, and Ross has appealed that decision as well, Olson said.

The 56,000-square-foot grocery store was approved by the village of Fayetteville in the fall of 2022. It is slated to be built on the site of the former O’Brien & Gere factory at 547 E. Genesee St.

Northwood plans to renovate the existing O’Brien & Gere building into the supermarket, according to site plans.

Olson said the village has spent $25,000 so far on legal costs related to this case, and that’s the village’s entire legal budget for the year. That cost to taxpayers is only going to increase, he said.



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