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

Welcome to Moon Day!

Moon Day celebrates the anniversary of the day in 1969 when humankind first walked on the Moon. The Apollo space program had begun under the Eisenhower administration, but a tightened focus on placing a man on the moon before the end of the 1960s occurred after President John F. Kennedy gave a speech before a joint session of Congress, on May 25, 1961, during which he said, "I believe this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to Earth." This speech was given in the context of the Cold War when the United States was still behind the Soviet Union in the space race but wanted to beat them in landing a man on the Moon.

SU News (SI; McAllister)

Syracuse football is expected to kick off training camp in the next few weeks or so with the season less than two months away. All Syracuse continues its series previewing each position headed into training camp with the linebacker position.



Running Back

Tight End

Wide Receiver

Offensive Line

Defensive Tackle

Defensive End


Syracuse has two top tier starters in Marlowe Wax and Stefon Thompson. In his last full season (2021), Thompson recorded 79 tackles, six sacks, eight tackles for loss and forced two fumbles. Wax had 91 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 10.5 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and a blocked kick last year. Both are dynamic, impactful, playmaking linebackers who give the Orange one of the better groups in the ACC.


Who will be the third? Several players rotated in for Syracuse last season after Thompson went down with an injury. Kadin Bailey, Derek McDonald, Leon Lowery and Anwar Sparrow were some of the main contributors. Look for each to be in the mix to earn that third linebacker spot to join Wax and Thompson in the starting lineup. Still, entering training camp, that spot is very much up in the air. It should be an interesting competition to monitor.


Stefon Thompson is not the same after recovering from injury. Thompson has been a dynamic linebacker since joining the Orange. He has speed, physicality, athleticism and instincts. He suffered a season ending injury in week one last year, however. How has that injury affected him, if at all? That is the biggest question entering training camp. If Thompson is even close to his pre-injury form, all is well. But if there are any lingering issues or it impacts one of those aforementioned traits, that would be a significant concern entering the 2023 season.

Which Syracuse football position group is most intriguing? (mailbag) (PS; $; Leiker)

Fewer than 50 days separate us from Syracuse football’s season opener against Colgate at 4 p.m. on Sept. 2.

As a result, the classic questions that precede any football season have begun to swirl.

I’ve got (some) answers. Let’s get into them.

Q: What position groups are you most interested in seeing play out currently? Can be for any reason – uncertainty, competition in camp, locked in starters with no backup, etc.


Honestly, it’s probably the quarterbacks, but it’s more that each player has their own intriguing storyline as opposed to the overall group dynamic being intriguing, if that makes sense.

We haven’t seen anything from Garrett Shrader since December, and it’s my understanding he’s still been pretty limited this summer in how he’s been able to use his throwing arm as he continues recovery from an offseason procedure.

Coach Dino Babers told us in the spring the team doctors promised him Shrader would be back at the level he was last year, or potentially a higher one, by fall camp.

I felt we saw a lot of improvement from Carlos Del Rio-Wilson from fall through spring ball, and I’m curious to see if there’s been more of a jump after doing some training with SU alum Charley Loeb in Atlanta this summer.

And then you have the new transfer QB, Braden Davis, who we haven’t seen at all yet but who was a Gatorade Player of the Year and a three-star good enough to land at an SEC program.

Q: Are there any rumors regarding upcoming non-conference opponents?

Gregg S.

The full slate of nonconference opponents for the next three seasons are set.

  • 2024: vs. Ohio (8/31), at Army (9/21), vs. Holy Cross (9/28), vs. Connecticut (TBA)
  • 2025: vs. Tennessee (8/30 in Atlanta), vs. Connecticut (9/6). vs. Army (9/27), vs. Notre Dame (TBA)
  • 2026: vs. New Hampshire (9/5), at Army (9/26), vs. Connecticut (10/3), at Notre Dame (TBA)
The games are somewhat subject to change, but that’s roughly what the beginning of the next few seasons will look like for SU.

There are also a few scattered games already slated for seasons beyond those: a two-game home-and-away against Penn State in 2027 and 2028, three more games against Notre Dame and matchups with Morgan State and Connecticut.

Tom Block "The 315" 7-19-23 (ESPN; radio; The 315)

Tom Block from the Florida State Radio Network joins Brian Higgins to discuss Syracuse’s week 12 match-up and if we should expect FSU to soon join the SEC. Also, his overall expectations for FSU going into year 4 under Mike Norvell.

"Keeping Up With The 315" 7-19-23 (ESPN; radio; The 315)

To start the show, Brian Higgins draws comparisons between the current North Western lawsuits and those of LeQuint Allen. After, Buddy Boeheim plants the seed that could become one exciting viral video if Brian can get the footage. Later, a check-in on who fans think the favorite to win TBT is.


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Syracuse football position previews: tight ends and wide receivers (TNIAAM; Wall)

As we approach the start of camp for the Syracuse Orange football team, it’s time to dig in and look at the position groups. Today we look at the tight ends and wide receivers.

I’m grouping these players together because then I can take the easy way out with Oronde Gadsden II. Wherever he’s listed at, he’s option 1, 2, and 3 for the Syracuse passing game this season. Gadsden hauled in 69 passes for 969 nice yards and 6 touchdowns. The Orange offense was at their best when the OG was getting targets early and often.

After Gadsden, Trebor Pena (22 catches) and Damien Alford (20) are the returners with the next highest number of receptions. Pena was kept out of the end zone while Alford scored twice in 2022. Both player has shown flashes in their Syracuse career, but will either of them take a big step forward in 2023? If not, where else can Syracuse turn?

Opening week starter Isaiah Jones is a player that impressed this Spring. He’s got the height to be a valuable weapon in the red zone and he’s a player that could thrive against single coverage. D’Marcus Adams and Umari Hatcher show potential as deep threats, but will they get more opportunities in 2023?

Kendall Long and Donovan Brown have drawn praise from the coaching staff in practice, but will that translate to them finding targets? Incoming freshman Darrell Gill and Bryce Cohoon might find time on special teams, but neither seems poised to be ready to make an impact right away.

The Three Players That Most Need To Step Up (; Griffin)

The blame goes to a combination of the transfer portal, NFL Draft, and graduating students, but to say Syracuse Football lost a lot this season would be a massive understatement. If the Orange are to make consecutive bowl games for the first time in a decade, players up and down the roster must step up. Some more than others. Based on what we saw a year ago and after a hectic offseason, three players in particular fit that mold.


Last season, Oronde Gadsden was SU’s first, second, and third receiving option. That cannot happen again, out of team need and defenses being more prepared for the All-ACC First Teamer. Devaughn Cooper, who emerged as a decent secondary receiving threat late in the year, is gone, so who could potentially help out both Gadsden and Garrett Shrader? Those expectations fell on Alford a year ago, and they’re falling on him again in 2023.

Alford’s deep-ball prowess is what, once again, has media and fans talking about his potential. The Canadian has four touchdowns combined over the last two seasons- the shortest one has been 45 yards. Now, the question becomes can his game become multi-faceted? He can obviously go deep, but can he run the shorter and medium-length routes at an effective level? Adding those skills would not only benefit his game, but Shrader’s, Gadsden’s, and the rest of the receiving corps.


No position group enters the year more decimated than the secondary. Garrett Williams is now an Arizona Cardinal, and both Ja’Had Carter and Duce Chestnut took their talents elsewhere in college football. That creates an immediate opening for someone to take on the role of leader of the secondary, and Clark seems poised to potentially do just that.

We won’t soon forget his unsportsmanlike penalty that sealed the deal in the Pinstripe Bowl, but lost in that are a pair of pass breakups, 2.5 TFL, and a fourth-place finish on the team in total tackles. That’s not too shabby when the above players got more attention. You would certainly hope that with a leadership role, stuff like that back-breaking penalty would be nonfactors. Clark showed the potential to be the secondary’s alpha last season, can he tap into it?


Syracuse’s run defense in its five-game losing skid a season ago was absolutely putrid. In those five defeats, the Orange gave up 293, 246, 161 (to a Pitt team with its first-stringer injured), 230, and 212 rushing yards. Entering 2022, the defensive line was a group of worry, and it showed down the stretch. That doesn’t mean Okechukwu didn’t emerge as one of SU’s premier defensive players.

Syracuse football: game-worn Ernie Davis jersey available at auction (TNIAAM; Wall)

Syracuse Orange fans have an opportunity to own a rare piece of history.

Sports memorabilia auction house Lelands is currently hosting their 2023 Summer Classic Auction and as part of this year’s offerings, they have a game-worn 1960 Syracuse jersey worn by Ernie Davis.

According to documents this jersey was worn in Syracuse’s game at Kansas on October 1, 1960. It was a game won by the Orange 14-7 in Lawrence, in a season when Davis ran for 877 yards and 10 touchdowns. It was the year after he led Syracuse to the National Title and the year before his historic Heisman win, but game-worn jerseys from Davis

We won’t spoil the story of how this jersey was acquired but let’s just say it’s not something you’d see replicated today. At the time of this writing, the bids were over $8,000 so this piece of history won’t come cheap, but you’d have a piece of Syracuse Football lore that would be the envy of all Orange fans.

Syracuse Football | 3 Permanent Rivals (youtube; video; ACC DN)

2023 is the start of a new era for ACC Football. The Coastal and Atlantic Divisions are now gone, with the two teams with the best records to be paired up in the ACC Championship game. Along with that change comes a scheduling change with each ACC team set to play 3 yearly rivals and rotate the rest of the conference schedule opponents year by year. For Syracuse, those three yearly rivals will be the Boston College Eagles, the Pitt Panthers, and the Florida State Seminoles. Take a look into the Orange's history against their three new yearly rivals right here!

Get to Know Your Orange Man: #11 Jaeden Gould (TNIAAM; Wall)

It’s time to start preparing for the upcoming Syracuse Orange football season. We’re going through the roster to take a look at each Syracuse player as we get ready for a critical season for the Orange.

Up next is….

Name: Jaeden Gould

Position: Defensive back

Year: Redshirt Freshman

Height: 6’ 2’

Weight: 200 lbs.

Hometown: Somerset, NJ

High School/Previous College: Bergen Catholic/ Nebraska

2022 stats: Played one game last season at Nebraska

2023 projections: The Orange are looking to replace the production of Ja’Had Carter from the safety position and Gould will be one of the players that gets a shot. Even if he doesn’t win the starting job, he’s likely to see a lot of time next fall.

How’d he get here?: Gould was the top recruit in Nebraska’s 2022 class. He had offers from schools like USC, Penn State. Michigan and Texas A&M.

What’d recruiting sites say?: Four stars from everyone but On3. Ranked as a top 25 defensive back in his class.

Money quote: Gould was sold on the opportunity to find contribute in the Syracuse secondary.

“It’s an opportunity to come in and compete for a spot, contribute,” Gould said. “They see me at a couple different positions in the secondary. A couple different safety positions, the rover position. They know I can do different things. They want me to come in and make an impact early, and that’s really what I’m looking for.”

Nation’s Top Scholar-Athletes Return to Silicon Valley for Fifth Annual NFF Campbell Trophy® Summit, Proudly Sponsored by Intuit - National Football Foundation (

The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame today announced the names of the attendees and speakers at the Fifth Annual Campbell Trophy® Summit July 27-29 at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.

Headline speakers at the 2023 event, which is proudly sponsored by Intuit, the global technology platform that makes TurboTax, QuickBooks, Mint, Credit Karma, and Mailchimp, include Four-Star Admiral (Ret.) and NFF Vice Chairman William H. McRaven, Marshall University President (and former Intuit Chairman & CEO) Brad D. Smith, College Football Hall of Fame inductees Ronnie Lott (USC and NFF Board Member) and Steve Young (BYU and NFF National Scholar-Athlete), former Utah and NFL quarterback Alex Smith. Campbell Trophy® winners Sam Acho (from Texas and currently an ESPN analyst) and Chris Howard (from Air Force and currently the Executive Vice President and COO at Arizona State) will also take the stage.

"The Campbell Trophy® Summit has become a powerful platform for the NFF to showcase the impact of college football in forging great leaders," said NFF Chairman Archie Manning. " We are very grateful to Intuit, for their support since the Summit's inception in 2017, and to Mark Flynn, for making this incredible event happen each year."

Organized as a tribute to the late Bill Campbell, the award's namesake and the former CEO and Chairman of Intuit, the event serves as a vehicle for the many leaders impacted by Campbell to pass on his insights about success, leadership and personal growth. The 2023 event will again provide all past Campbell Trophy® nominees a unique chance to interact and learn from many of the nation's top entrepreneurs and Silicon Valley CEOs.

"Bill was absolutely passionate about football, and he believed deeply in what one learned from playing the game," said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. "He never, never took his foot off the accelerator in talking about the benefits of the game. So, we are really thankful for Intuit's leadership and support of the Summit as a crucible for perpetuating Bill's legacy of mentoring."

Campbell, who played and coached football at Columbia before a switch to the business world, became one of the most influential individuals in Silicon Valley as the leader of Intuit and as a board member of Apple and Google. He developed a unique reputation, earning the moniker as the "Coach of Silcom Valley" for using the lessons of the gridiron as he mentored Steve Jobs of Apple, Sergey Brin, Larry Page, Sundar Pichai and Eric Schmidt of Google, Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook, John Doerr of Kleiner-Perkins, Dick Costolo of Twitter, Diane Greene of VMWare, Scott Cook and Brad D. Smith of Intuit, and countless others. His contributions have been captured in a book titled "The Trillion Dollar Coach."

MWF Advisors CEO Mark Flynn, a former linebacker at Saint John's (MN) who was a volunteer coach for an eighth-grade boys-and-girls' flag-football team with Campbell, has played the lead role in organizing the event since its inception in 2017.

"Bill inspired a number of us, and all he ever asked was that we passed on, from one generation to the next, his values," said Flynn. "He had us commit to mentoring this next generation. We decided to gather really bright, talented people who have been part of this Campbell Trophy®, saying let's gather for three or four days to develop tomorrow's leaders. It was unbelievable how people would make time and change their schedule to be part of Bill's legacy… We are here to create a living legacy to Bill Campbell, and all of the scholar-athletes are in the Campbell Trophy® fraternity for life."

The Summit is open to all former nominees for the Campbell Trophy®, which has been presented since 1990, and the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards, which have been bestowed since 1959. The approach of inviting all the past nominees has created a unique community of recent college graduates as well as professionals in the middle of their careers and retirees who can serve as mentors.

This year's 228 attendees will represent 155 colleges and universities from all divisions, and their current careers range from doctors, engineers, lawyers, physicists and business and civic leaders. They carried an average GPA in college of 3.65 and 59 percent have subsequently earned advanced degrees. They currently hail from 42 different states, and more than half played Division I football while another 20 percent played professionally. More than 55 percent have attended a previous Summit, and their ages run from the early 20s to 61 at an average age of 32.

A three-day event, the 2023 Summit includes leadership workshops, team building activities, and several other social networking activities designed to build relationships, including a flag football game and a trivia challenge. The panels will cover a wide range of topics designed to foster leadership, personal growth and the career development of the attendees, including a workshop with Liz Wiseman, the author of The New York Times bestseller "Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter."

Four Campbell Trophy® winners: Sam Acho (Texas), Thomas Burns (Virginia), Jim Hansen (Colorado) and Chris Howard (Air Force) are attending. Three College Football Hall of Fame inductees are slated to attend: Gordie Lockbaum (Holy Cross), Steve Young (BYU), and Ronnie Lott (USC) are scheduled to attend. Lockbaum and Young are both former NFF National Scholar-Athletes, and Lott and Young are both in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Invitations Accepted by Past Campbell Trophy® Nominees
(Campbell Trophy® Finalists and NFF National Scholar-Athletes are bolded.)

Alabama State University - Luke Barnes (2021)
Allegheny College (PA) - Hudson Alread (2022)
Appalachian State University - Jordan Fehr (2019)
Arizona State University - Nicholas Murphy (2001)
Arizona State University - Kyle Williams (2019)
Arkansas Tech University - Stuart Cash (1999)
Ashland University (OH) - Vincent Cashdollar (2007)
Ball State University - Michael Tinder (1998)
Bates College (ME) - Mark Upton (2016)
Bentley University (MA) - Rogers Boylan (2017)
Berry College (GA) - Jake Weitkamp (2022)
Boise State University - Bart Hendricks (2000)
Boise State University - Kekaula Kaniho (2020)
Brigham Young University - Kellen Fowler (2008)
Brigham Young University - Nathan Meikle (2006)
Brigham Young University - Keyan Norman (2017)
Brigham Young University - Steve Young (1983)/College Football Hall of Fame inductee
Brown University - Chad Broome-Webster II (2021)
Brown University - Dan Giovacchini (2014)
Brown University - Brian Strachan (2015)
Brown University - Michael Yules (2013)
Bucknell University - Rick Mottram (2020)
Bucknell University - Sam Oyekoya (2012)
Butler University - Mike Goletz (1999)
Butler University - David McMahon (2006)
Campbell University - Thomas Hartshorn (2018)
Carnegie Mellon University (PA) - Jason Funke (1998)
Carson Newman University (TN) - William Alderman (2014)
Colgate University - Grant Breneman (2020)
Colorado State University - David Anderson (2005)
Colorado State University - James Bennett (2000)
Colorado State University-Pueblo - Max Gonzales (2022)
Columbia University - Mike Hinton (2018)
Cornell College (IA) - Matt Miller (1993)
Cornell University - Maxton Edgerly (2020)
Cornell University - Jelani Taylor (2019)
Dakota State University (SD) - Jason Grady (2015)
Dartmouth College - Jay Barnard (2003)
Dartmouth College - Evan Hecimovich (2021)
Dartmouth College - Jack Heneghan (2017)
Dartmouth College - Kevin Noone (2002)
Dartmouth College - Michael Runger (2013)
Delaware State University - Peter Gaertner (2006)
Delta State University (MS) - Tyler Sullivan (2016)
DePauw University (IN) - Will Longthorne (2016)
Drake University - Daniel Clinton (2010)
Drake University - Ryan Horvath (2005)
Earlham College (IN) - Drew Hosier (2008)
Eastern Illinois University - Harrison Woodbery (2020)
Eastern Kentucky University - Emory Attig (2011)
Eastern Michigan University - Dylan Drummond (2022)
Eastern New Mexico University - Kamal Cass (2017)
Eastern New Mexico University - Ty Touchstone (2004)
Elon University - Brandon Mason (2004)

Florida Atlantic University - John Mitchell (2021)
Florida International University (FIU) - Edward Wenger (2005)
Florida State University - Christian Ponder (2010)
Fresno State - Jacob Vazquez (2016)
Georgia State University - Bobby Baker (2016)
Georgia Tech - Kevin Tuminello (2007)
Gustavus Adolphus College (MN) - Jared Sieling (2007)
Hampden-Sydney College (VA) - Michael Harris (2022)
Harvard University - Michael Mancinelli (2014)
Harvard University - Nicholas Palazzo (2002)
Harvard University - Spencer Rolland (2021)
Hope College (MI) - Brady Eding (2021)
Hope College (MI) - Daniel Romano (2022)
Houston Christian University - Brennan Young (2022)
Indiana University - Beau Robbins (2022)
Iowa State University - Todd Bandhauer (1998)
Iowa State University - Craig Mahoney (1990)
Jacksonville State University - Justin Lea (2017)

Jacksonville University - Nic Duch (2018)
Kansas State University - Brooks Barta (1992)
Kansas State University - Tyler Burns (2020)
Knox College (IL) - Robert Monroe (1987)
La Salle University (PA) - John Travers (2001)
Lake Forest College (IL) - Dante Esposito (2022)
Lake Forest College (IL) - Jamari Tansmore (2021)
Lake Forest College (IL) - George Vidas (2015)
Lehigh University - Josh Parris (2014)
Lehigh University - Brendan Van Ackeren (2008)
Liberty University - Brook Farrel (2005)
Marist College - Mike Arrington (2022)
Marist College - Terrence Turner (2010)
McNeese State University - Wes Hines (2000)
McNeese State University - Beau Lasseigne (2009)
Middle Tennessee State University - Jordan Parker (2015)
Monmouth College (IL) - Daniel Cotter (1987)
Montana State University - Jordan Craney (2010)
Montana State University - Anders Larsson (1988)
Moravian College (PA) - Jalen Snyder-Scipio (2016)
Morehead State University (KY) - Nick Feldman (2008)
New Mexico State University - Dalton Herrington (2017)
Newberry College (SC) - Jawanza Adams (2018)
North Dakota State University - Kevin Feeney (1998)
North Dakota State University - Ryan Williams (2000)
Northern Arizona University - Jacob Crissup (1999)
Northern Arizona University - Eric Damko (2001)
Northern Illinois University - Patrick Stephen (1998)
Northern State University (SD) - Brian Sumption (2017)
Northwest Missouri State University - Simon Mathiesen (2016)
Oklahoma State University - Seb Clements (2008)
Oregon State University - Nick Porebski (2017)
Ouachita Baptist University (AR) - Peyton Stafford (2022)
Penn State University - Tony (Charles) Pittman (1994)
Penn State University - Paul Posluszny (2006)
Pittsburg State University (KS) - Darian Taylor (2018)
Princeton University - Matt Arends (2015)
Princeton University - Scott Carpenter (2016)
Princeton University - Joe Cloud (2012)
Princeton University - Michael Ruttlen Jr. (2022)
Rhodes College (TN) - Andrew Meier (2010)
Robert Morris University - Adam Wollet (2018)
Rowan University (NJ) - Chris Popper (2012)
Rutgers University - Quentin Gause (2015)
Rutgers University - Quanzell Lambert (2016)
Sacramento State - Clint Lessard (2009)
Saint John's University (MN) - Chris Backes (2021)
Saint John's University (MN) - Blake Elliott (2003)
Saint John's University (MN) - Will Gillach (2018)
Saint John's University (MN) - Carter Hanson (2016)
Saint John's University (MN) - Michael Wozniak (2022)

Saint Mary's College (CA) - Sean Laird (1997)
Samford University - Graham Lemmond (2006)
San Jose State University - Tom James (1998)
San Jose State University - Tre (Aaron) Jenkins (2022)
San Jose State University - Jeff Wucinich (1999)
Southeast Missouri State University - Adam Casper (2007)
Southern Arkansas University - Eddie Key (2001)
St. Ambrose University (IA) - Brad Cook (2006)

Stanford University - Dallas Lloyd (2016)
Stanford University - Casey Moore (2002)
Stanford University - Jet Toner (2020)
Stetson University - Davion Belk (2016)
Stetson University - Austin Tyrrell (2017)
Stonehill College (MA) - David Satkowski (2022)
Syracuse University - Andrew Robinson (2009)

ACC News (SI; Caudell)

Georgia Tech took a slight fall in the recruiting rankings, but that was due to Miami hitting big on some targets.

The Yellow Jackets went from having the No. 3 class in the ACC to No. 5 in just one week, falling behind both Miami and North Carolina. Brent Key and his staff did not get a commitment this week, but this is still looking like a very strong debut class for Key as the head coach in Atlanta.

As mentioned, the Hurricanes surged this week thanks to a surprise commitment from five-star athlete Jojo Trader and four-star defensive tackle Artavius Jones. Miami head coach Mario Cristobal landed the ACC's top class a year ago and could be in a position to do so again.

One thing that is noticeable in looking at the ACC recruiting rankings is that Florida State, Clemson, and Miami are starting to pull away from the rest of the conference. The Tigers remain in the top spot on the 247Sports team rankings in the ACC with 245.67 points and right behind them is the Seminoles with 244.60 points. Miami got a big boost with the two commits they landed and have 237.19 points.

Three big questions ahead of ACC Football Kickoff next week (; Curran)

All 14 ACC football programs will converge on Charlotte, N.C., next week for three full days of interviews previewing the upcoming football season. The conference is now division-less meaning the dynamics of scheduling and the race for a spot in the ACC Championship Game will look a little different starting this year.

As a result, Clemson and Florida State, two former Atlantic division teams who are the two early favorites this year, may just wind up facing one another on Dec. 2 in Charlotte with an ACC title on the line.

For Virginia, head coach Tony Elliott, quarterback Tony Muskett, running back Perris Jones, and defensive end Chico Bennett Jr. will represent the program down in Charlotte.

Here are the biggest questions as we get set for the ACC Football Kickoff from July 25-27.
... (; Staff)

ACC college football ditched divisions, but did the conference switch out one version of imbalanced schedules for another? Meanwhile, NFL ownership has decided running backs aren’t worth big contracts. Christian McCaffrey, Derrick Henry, and others have decided to push back on social media. Chelsea and Wrexham play in Chapel Hill. Has the Netflix show changed the way we watch sports?

The Richmond Commander, ACC Football Preview with Mike Barber, Dude Food - AWadd Radio (; podcast; Epstein)

The Richmond Commander, ACC Football Preview with Mike Barber, Dude Food

‎Locked On ACC - Daily College Football & Basketball Podcast: ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips Named in Northwestern Lawsuit; ACC Partners with CW Network on Apple Podcasts (; podcast; Locked on the ACC)

ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips Named in Northwestern Lawsuit; ACC Partners with CW Network

Which Pac-12 Teams might the ACC invite? (RX; HM)

Which Pac-12 Teams might the ACC invite?

It has been rumored that ESPN has agreed in writing to pay ACC pro rata for up to four P5 schools - i.e. Pac-12 schools. That means that the ACC could add those four with basically zero risk, financially.

Which teams would be invited to join?

According to ACC by-laws, a school would need at least 12 of 15 votes to gain entry to the ACC. A CSNBBS user who goes by the nickname SouthernConfBoy claims to have some insight into how the voting would likely go. He says that two Pac-12 schools - Washington and Stanford - would likely be unanimous. Two others - Arizona State and Oregon - might not be unanimous but would easily get the votes necessary to pass. That's your four!

Is a bi-coastal league unrealistic?

In football, those would be each other's three annual conference rivals. They would then play five teams from the current ACC, with either 2 or 3 of them on the road, depending on the year. And for their trouble, those teams would be gaining Eastern Time Zone exposure. Not bad.

Arizona State (RX; HM)

Arizona State

Should the ACC consider moving into the Valley of the Sun?

The Case For Arizona State

School Profile

Main Location: Tempe, AZ
Founded: 1885 (138 years ago)
Type: Public research university
Enrollment (all campuses)
Undergraduates: 107,425
Postgraduates: 28,304
Students by campus:

54,866 (Tempe)
11,721 Downtown (Phoenix)
5,545 Polytechnic
5,209 West

57,848 online
Endowment: $1.39 billion (2022)


Phoenix metropolitan area
Population (Census 2020): 4,845,832
Total State population: 7.276 million


TV households as of the 2022-2023
Phoenix DMA: 2,138,870

ASU Football


Name: Sun Devil Stadium
Capacity: 53,599


All-time record: 635–415–24 (.602)
Bowl record: 15–17–1 (.470)
Last Major Bowl: 1997 Rose Bowl (lost to Ohio State)
Last Major Bowl win: 1987 Rose Bowl (beat Michigan)

Florida State Football | 3 Permanent Rivals (; video; ACC DN)

With divisions going away in ACC Football, each team has three designated rival opponents at the core of their schedule. Florida State will now have an annual clash with Clemson, Syracuse and of course Miami. Get to know Florida State's three permanent rivals right here!

Stanford University (RX; HM)

Stanford University

So far we've discussed a pair of G5 expansion candidates (SMU and Tulane). In this post, we aim higher - at a Pac-12 school. Should the ACC even consider adding Stanford if the opportunity arises? That's what we're going to discuss here...

The Case for Stanford

School Profile

Location: Stanford, CA
Established: 1891 (132 years ago)
Type: Private research university
Enrollment (as of Fall, 2021): Undergraduates: 7,858; Postgraduates: 9,388
Endowment: $36.3 billion!

Stanford Athletics - Football

Nickname: Cardinal (the color, not the bird)
Stadium: Stanford Stadium
Capacity: 50,424
Year built: 1921
Field surface: Grass
Location: Stanford, CA

2022 Average Home Attendance: 29,965
2021 Average: 35,684 (down 25.86% in 2022)

Football History

All-time record: 665–478–49 (.578)
Bowl record: 15–14–1 (.517)
Claimed national titles: 2 (1926, 1940)
Conference titles: 15
Heisman winners: 1

Top Rivalries:

  • Cal
  • USC
  • Notre Dame
Bowl History
Stanford has produced some very good football teams over the years. They won the 2010 Orange Bowl, as well as the 2012 and 2015 Rose Bowls. They also won the 2014 Foster Farms Bowl, as well as the 2016 and 2018 Sun Bowls - but that is currently the last bowl they played in, having missed the last four bowl seasons.

University of Oregon (RX; HM)

University of Oregon
So far we've looked at 3 Pac-12 schools: Stanford, Arizona State, and Washington. Next up...

The Case for Oregon

School Profile

Location: Eugene, OR
Type: Public research university
Established: 1872 (150 years ago)
Enrollment (Fall 2022)
Undergraduates: 19,568
Postgraduates: 3,634
Endowment: $1.4 billion (2022)

Ducks Football


Name: Autzen Stadium
Capacity: 54,000
Year built: 1967


All-time record: 692–508–46 (.574)
Bowl record: 16–20 (.444)
Last Major Bowl: 2021 Fiesta Bowl (lost to Iowa State)
Last Major Bowl Win: 2020 Rose Bowl (beat Wisconsin)

Tulane University (RX; HM)

Tulane University

We already considered the benefits of adding SMU [LINK]. In this post, we'll consider Tulane.

The case for Tulane

School Profile

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Established: 1834 (189 years ago!)
Former names: Medical College of Louisiana (1834–1847); University of Louisiana (1847–1884)
Type: Private research university
Enrollment: Undergraduates: 8,610; Postgraduates: 5,452
Endowment: $2.05 billion (2022)

Tulane Athletics - Football

Nickname: Green Wave

Current Venue

Yulman Stadium (capacity: 30,000); built in 2014 (new!)

2022 Home Attendance: 20,361

source: 2022 FBS Attendance Trends | College Athletics News | D1 ticker

Football History

  • In 1932 Tulane was a charter member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC).
  • In 1935 Tulane began hosting the Sugar Bowl in Tulane Stadium.
  • The 1934 team tied for the SEC championship. The Green Wave were co-champs of the SEC again in 1939 before finally winning the conference title outright in 1949.

University of Washington (RX; HM)

University of Washington

We've looked at SMU, Tulane, and Stanford so far. Nex up...

The Case for Washington

School Profile

Location: Seattle, WA
Founded: 1861 (161 years ago)
Type: Public research university
2021 Enrollment:
Undergraduates: 32,779
Postgraduates: 16,246
Endowment: $4.88 billion

UW Athletics - Football


All-time record: 752–463–50 (.614)
2022 record: 11-2
Prior to 2020, the Huskies had a run of 10 consecutive winning seasons, including three double-digit winning seasons from 2016 through 2018.


Bowl record: 20–20–1 (.500)
Last major bowl: 2018 Rose Bowl (lost to Ohio State)
Last major bowl win: 2000 Rose Bowl (beat Purdue)
CFP Playoff record: 0-1 (2016, lost to Alabama)



Micron Technology President and CEO Sanjay Mehrotra meets with Onondaga County and town of Clay officials during a visit April 28 to White Pine Commerce Park in Clay, where the company plans to build the nation's largest semiconductor plant. (Katrina Tulloch |

Micron applies for an estimated $300 million in local tax breaks for Clay megafab (PS; $; Moriarty)

Micron Technology Inc. this week filed its long-anticipated application for property tax breaks that are expected to total nearly $300 million for a huge semiconductor fabrication facility planned for Clay.

State officials have previously said the deal will require the company to make nearly $85 million in payments in lieu of taxes during the agreement’s 49-year term. That would mean an estimated property tax savings of almost $284 million for the company on the proposed $100 billion complex.

The company’s 30-page application to the Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency, which became public today, lacks the same level of detail compared with documents released by the state nine months ago.

That’s because the details are being updated to include Micron’s recent purchases of two properties to add to the 1,400-acre White Pine Commerce Park off Route 31, County Executive Ryan McMahon told | The Post-Standard.

That means this week’s application does not include a payment schedule. Nor does it detail Micron’s expected savings compared with what it would pay if the planned $100 billion complex was fully taxed.

It also does not include estimates of what the company will save from exemptions from state and local sales taxes on construction materials and furnishings.

Though short on details of the tax agreement, the application is a significant step in what Micron has said will be the largest semiconductor fabrication facility in U.S. history, creating up to 50,000 jobs at White Pine and at supply chain companies that will want to locate nearby.


Dinner at The Tasting Room, Syracuse, N.Y.

The Tasting Room in Syracuse: Grilled cheese? Yes, please. (Dining Out Review) (PS; $; Paventi)

We’re told The Tasting Room is lively on Mondays, when there are salsa dancing lessons and specials on margaritas. We overheard the bartender explain this to the only other person in the Downtown Syracuse restaurant on our recent Friday evening visit. She also said the weekly trivia night also brings in a big crowd.

But, here we were on a Friday evening, as one of four people in the place. It wasn’t because of the food, because that was largely good. The drinks certainly flowed and were quite potent. We weren’t sure if it was the location, as we watched plenty of people pass by from our table at the plate glass window and saw the dining room across the street at Oh My Darling fill up.

The Tasting Room is an outgrowth of Epicuse, the South Salina Street market from Nicole and Kevin Samolis. Epicuse, which debuted in 2019, is a purveyor of heat-and-eat takeaway, fine cheeses and baked goods. The Tasting Room came about in 2022, a seeming next step in the footprint the couple has developed in the area. Upstairs is Sky Armory, their multi-floor events center on straddling the block between Salina and Clinton Streets.
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