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- Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to National Lighthouse Day!
National Lighthouse Day celebrates lighthouses and the commitment and service of those who tend to them. On April 28, 1988, Senator John H. Chafee [R-RI] introduced a resolution that would designate August 7, 1989, as National Lighthouse Day. It was cosponsored in the House of Representatives by William J. Hughes [D-NJ]—who had introduced his own version of the resolution in the House. Senate Joint Resolution 306 was adopted in the Senate and House and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on November 5, 1988, becoming Public Law 100-622. On June 19, 1989, President George H.W. Bush issued Presidential Proclamation 5993. It reads as follows:
Lighthouses, the buildings whose solitary beacons have helped guide countless ships through the perils of fog and darkness, are a cherished part of our Nation's heritage. These impressive structures have long symbolized safety, vigilance, and faithfulness. Often isolated and repeatedly tested by the ravages of storm and sea, lighthouses are also monuments to the courage and determination of the people who built them and the keepers who have maintained them.
New Syracuse defensive coordinator settles in at camp (spectrumlocalnews.com; MacWilliam)
The shoulder pads came out on day three at Syracuse football practice Friday and with it, an uptick in intensity across the board.
Both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball got after each other in the team portion as well, with both sides making some big plays.
Justin Barron recorded an interception of Garrett Shrader. Shrader then returned the favor by ripping off a long touchdown run in the portion open to the media.
What You Need To Know
- Rocky Long has taken over the Syracuse defense as defensive coordinator
- He brings the familiar 3-3-5 scheme to the SU Hill, one the Orange had success with under Tony White
- Players say they haven't missed a beat under Long
A lot of eyes will be on the offense this fall, but the defense is poised to be just as good as they were a season ago, even with a new defensive coordinator in Rocky Long.
"I think coach (Rocky) Long is more old-school. But he is a relatable coach," Caleb Okechukwu said. "When you first see him, you might think, 'oh, you've got to, you know, he's about to get on us here.' But he's really like a player's coach. He'll talk to me and then asked me what am I seeing? We're building our relationship, building that trust early. Just getting a feel for what he likes and how he sees things and seeing what I'm seeing. So whenever you get a coach like that with the same scheme, you're going you're going to have success."
"He's seen a lot of football," Marlowe Wax added. "He's been coaching a long time. He's seeing all forms of football that you can think of. So I'm ready. I'm happy to look through his lens and just see how it's different and things like that."
Syracuse Football: Why Jason Beck is right guy for offensive coordinator (itlh; Fiello)
Two things happened in the span of a few hours that made me think about Syracuse football.
The first was a preseason poll about where media members think Atlantic Coast Conference schools will finish in the league this coming season, and the Orange was placed at number 10.
Then Syracuse football head coach Dino Babers, defensive back Justin Barron and wide receiver Damien Alford held a press conference before the start of preseason camp. What I noticed was something I’ve heard a lot of lately and that’s questions about Jason Beck at the offensive coordinator position.
And I get it. Former coordinator Robert Anae is gone to NC State and so there are questions about continuity or possible changes under a new coach, even though Coach Beck was Coach Anae’s quarterback coach for years. But Jason Beck is not just some lackey who hung onto Coach Anae’s coattails to keep working in football…he’s his own man with his own credentials.
Syracuse football 2023 opponent preview: Virginia Tech Hokies (TNIAAM; Ostrowski)
It’s officially crunch time in our Syracuse Orange football opponent previews. By now, you’ve seen both the easiest and the toughest stretches of the upcoming season, leaving just the final five games to discuss. Simply put, this is where the Orange will make or break their 2023 season.
After surviving the trip to Florida State and then getting a week to recuperate, ‘Cuse will be introduced to their next challenge: Exit Light, Enter the...
Virginia Tech HokiesSchool: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Mascot: The HokieBird
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History vs. Syracuse: It’s strange to think of VT as a rival, even though they and SU have history together. The Hokies and Orange played twelve times while both programs were in the Big East, but just twice since ‘Cuse made the move to the ACC in 2013. No moment in the series was more iconic than Donovan McNabb’s last-second touchdown to TE Stephen Brominski to win their 1998 clash 28-26 in front of a sold-out Dome crowd. Their last meeting in 2021 had Garrett Shrader channeling his inner McNabb to also throw a late game-winning TD pass to Damien Alford. SU leads the all-time series 11-8, but they’re only 3-6 down at Lane Stadium.
Schedule Preview: Syracuse (tomahwaknation.com; Pellerin)
The Syracuse Orange have been one of the hardest to peg teams in the ACC throughout the Dino Babers era.
In his first season, the Orange have been sub-.500 in 5 of the 7 seasons he’s been at the helm, including a 1-10 showing in 2020. But in those other two seasons, they’ve reached the top-15 of the AP poll during the year. Last season, being one of those two years before some injuries late in the year derailed them.
Could having quarterback Garrett Shrader back at the helm put them in a position to build on last year’s success, compete in the ACC and pull a potential upset at Doak or will they be just another middling ACC team in Florida State’s path to Charlotte?
They were certainly a minor inconvenience a year ago, but 2021 was much tighter.
Florida State vs. SyracuseDate: October 14
Location: Tallahassee, FL
Previous matchup: FSU 38, Syracuse 3
All-time series: Florida State leads 12-2
Syracuse Orange: Team Preview2022 record: 7-6
Two things to know:
- Replacing offensive talent — The headline for this team as I mentioned above is the return of Garrett Shrader as the team’s quarterback for a third year. But he’s going to see a lot of new faces when he looks around the huddle. Three offensive lineman from last year are gone and leading rusher Sean Tucker is in the Buccaneers running back room. Tucker’s replacement will likely be LeQuint Allen, though he is currently serving a suspension from the team for off-the-field issues. As for what he brings on the field, Shrader said at ACC Kickoff he brings a different skill set and that they’re trying to tailor the offense to suit his skills, according to the Orange Fizz. On the line, the Orange are looking to some transfers to patch up those gaps so we’ll have to see how they gel early in the season before the matchup with Florida State.
- Shifting defensive philosophy — Perhaps the biggest change for this team will be the addition of Rocky Long as the school’s defensive coordinator. He’s got 50 years experience under his belt including successful head coaching stints at New Mexico and San Diego State. Not only is he experienced, but he’s also one of the original pioneers of the 3-3-5 defense. We’ve seen it bring success against spread offenses before. The question is if Syracuse will have the guns to make it successful.
Purdue Football Look Ahead: Week 3 - Syracuse (hammerandrails.com; Schneider)
Virginia Tech Hokies - Week 2 Opponent
Schedule InformationGame Day: Saturday, September 16th, 2023
Location: West Lafayette, Indiana - Ross Ade Stadium
Kick Time: 7:30 PM
University FactsLegal Name: Syracuse University
Location: Syracuse, New York
Type of School: Private Research University
Historical Football FactsInaugural Season: 1889
Overall Win/Loss/Tie Record: 734-554-49
Independent - 1889-1990
Big East - 1991-2012
ACC - 2013-?
Conference Championships: 5 (Big East)
Bowl Record: 16-10-1
Seasons Ranked in Final AP Poll: 15
AP National Championships: 1 (1959)
Most Recent Appearance in Final AP Poll: 2018
Mascot: Otto the Orange
Notable Football AlumJim Brown
Examining a wild week in conference realignment as Florida State makes a fuss about the ACC (podcast) (PS; podcast; Waters)
The conference realignment issue shook the college sports landscape this week.
The Big Ten and Big 12 continued expansion efforts. The Pac-12 tried to hold onto its membership. And Florida State administrators came out of a meeting rattling their sabres and threatening to leave the ACC.
Luke DeCock, sports columnist with the Raleigh News & Observer, joined the Inside Syracuse Basketball podcast to break down all the chaos with Syracuse.com’s Mike Waters.
Syracuse University Football Practice, Aug. 4, 2023 (PS; photo gallery)
Jakob Bradford, left, and Ted Olsen during Syracuse University football practice, Syracuse, N.Y., Friday Aug. 4, 2023. Scott Schild | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Three Position Groups That Will Determine Syracuse's 2023 Success (orangefizz.net; Griffin)
A little under a year ago, we stated that Syracuse’s wide receivers, offensive line, and defensive backs would be key factors in whether the Orange had a successful 2022. Two of those groups were relatively successful- Oronde Gadsden’s emergence and a tenacious pass defense were major contributors toward SU’s 6-0 start. But mediocre blocking led to both Garrett Shrader and Sean Tucker getting banged up, resulting in a 1-6 crumble to the finish line. One year later, Syracuse finds itself entering a crossroads-type season for the future of both the program and the conference. Here are the three most important position groups for 2023 should the Orange want to make their way back to a bowl game.
RUNNING BACKSHow does SU replace a legend? That’s the question we’re asking ourselves as opening night draws nearer. Tucker is the program’s single-season rushing yard leader and is beloved by fans for his on-field performance and postgame tweets. Replacing him is going to be no small task. After some seemingly unnecessary offseason drama, LeQuint Allen is the presumed candidate to replace him from the jump. Beyond that, there are a lot of unproven names. Even Allen could still be considered unproven- despite a strong performance in the Pinstripe Bowl, that’s a very small sample size in a game that wasn’t exactly considered important by Syracuse’s best players. 2021 proved that a one-dimensional offense gets teams nowhere. The Orange need a running back to burst onto the scene to prevent a similar scenario.
DEFENSIVE LINEThere were many culprits behind SU’s 1-6 collapse, but a porous run defense might have been the biggest one of all. In four of those six losses, Syracuse gave up 200 or more rushing yards, including a mind-blowing 293 to Clemson. As bad as that penalty was, do you think that might have made an impact? It’s not as if there isn’t experience among the group- Caleb Okechukwu, Kevon Darton, and Terry Lockett all saw significant chunks of playing time last season. But, all of them as well as the lesser-known names among the defensive line need to step it up and play more consistently over all 12 games (13 if we’re lucky). Pittsburgh showed that even if you don’t have a top-tier running back playing (the Panthers were without Izzy Abanikanda), an ineffective run defense is one that can be feasted on.
DEFENSIVE BACKSThis is the only position group to make a repeat appearance on this year’s list, and the reasoning behind it isn’t exactly positive. Gone are Garrett Williams, Duce Chestnut, and Ja’Had Carter to either the NFL or the transfer portal. Dino Babers didn’t mince words when talking about his decimated secondary at ACC Kickoff last week. But, SU’s head man also identified Justin Barron as someone who has stepped up as a leader through the offseason. If that translates to in-game performance, that is much-needed good news. Other than Barron, there is a lot of raw talent in guys like Alijah Clark, Nebraska transfer Jaeden Gould, Jason Simmons, and Jeremiah Wilson. The question is, can they fill the void left by the departed?
Syracuse football recruit spotlight: 2024 TE Jamie Tremble (cbssports; video; Finneral)
Syracuse football recruit spotlight: 2024 TE Jamie Tremble
https://syracuse./news/opponent-ana...-syracuse-football-preview?yptr=yahoo?src=rss (syracuse.r1vals.com; Quinlan)
As we countdown to kickoff in September, we’re doing a team-by-team opponent preview. Today, we're previewing Syracuse's matchup with Georgia Tech on Nov. 18 with our friend Kelly Quinlan over at Jackets Online.
Most important offensive player, defensive playerOffense: QB Zach Pyron or Haynes King
The smart money is on returning quarterback Zach Pyron to earn the starting job at quarterback, but there is still a competition between Pyron and Texas A&M transfer Haynes King. Both were high profile recruits and Pyron played very well as a true freshman after Jeff Sims went down with an injury and Zach Gibson was ineffective. The quarterback play will likely determine how the offense fares.'
Defense: DE Sylvain Yondjouen
LaMiles Brooks is a known quantity and should be preseason All-ACC, but Yondjouen has to replace Keion White at the strongside end spot in the defense and he had several games where he outperformed White in several games and he has an opportunity to turn himself into a top NFL draft prospect with a strong senior season. Yondjouen came to Tech from Belgium and hadn't played organized football prior to arriving in Atlanta in 2019. Injuries derailed him in 2020 and 2021 but he bounced back last season and is expected to be a top pass rusher this fall.
Rising star on offense, defenseOffense: SLT Malik Rutherford
Rutherford was the backup slot receiver last year behind leading receiver Nate McCollum who transferred to North Carolina in the offseason. Rutherford is very dynamic despite his small stature at just 5'9" and 160-pounds. He started against the Tar Heels last year when McCollum was out and had a career day with six catches in the upset win over North Carolina. This is a spot where the Jackets may have upgraded despite losing one of the top receivers in the ACC with the addition of Rutherford and Alabama transfer Christian Leary.
Defense: LB Trenilyas Tatum
Tatum has been in the backup middle linebacker and sometimes sam and weakside linebacker for the Jackets for the last two seasons, but a ton offseason has him more focused than at any point in his career. He has bulked up and put in work in the classroom and he should end up starting on the defense by midseason. Tatum can run sideline-to-sideline and has All-ACC potential, he just has to put it together finally.
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Campbell: Florida State “Barks” but has No “Bite” in Threatening to Leave ACC (pittsburghsportsnow.com; Campbell)
Florida State made many threats on Wednesday to leave the ACC over a number of reasons.
At the head of these threats were Florida State President Rick McCullough and other Board of Trustees members, who don’t believe that the conference is doing the university justice when it comes to revenue distributions.
The projections that McCullough announced see FSU losing up to $30 million a year, compared to schools in the Big Ten and SEC. They argue that they deserve a bigger piece of the revenue that the conference generates compared to other schools because their “brand” and success in different sports.
The ACC changed the way it distributes revenue recently, where they reward teams for success in football and men’s basketball. FSU wants to generate more money in ways outside of team performance, like marketing and television revenue, which again, the school claims to do better than the others in the conference.
This isn’t the first time that Florida State has threatened to leave the ACC, nor are they the only ACC school to do it. Clemson and Miami both have done so in the past year, again arguing much of the same as Florida State.
FSU, if they are to leave, has to give the conference notice by Monday, Aug. 15, which would allow them to leave in 2024.
https://www.si.com/college/syracuse...iscuss-next-steps-wake-conference-realignment (SI; McAllister)
Everything in college athletics is driven by money, and the largest driver of that is football. That is why football is king with schools making decisions based solely on football and corresponding revenue. With media rights money leading to the implosion of the Pac-12, causing all but four schools to bolt for new conference homes, ACC presidents met Friday night to discuss its next steps in the wake of the latest realignment wave. This according to a report from Ross Dellenger of Yahoo! Sports.
In addition, Dellenger reports that the ACC seriously considered adding five to seven of the Pac-12 teams before they bolted for the Big-12 and Big-10. Colorado, Arizona, Arizona State and Utah are headed to the Big-12, while Washington and Oregon are off to the Big 10. California, Oregon State, Stanford and Washington State remain. Stanford is the most attractive option of that group, but none move the needle enough to make much of an impact for the ACC.
Clemson's Dabo Swinney Drops Blunt Take On College Football Realignment Buzz (clutchpoints.com; Bologna)
There are a lot of rumors that Clemson is not happy with its status in the ACC and the television contract, and Clemson football head coach Dabo Swinney had a lengthy, but honest answer regarding the ACC when he was asked about it.
"Lot happening out there, my job is to get the team ready to play, that's my job,” Dabo Swinney said, via Matt Hladik of Sports Illustrated. “I don't get caught up in all that stuff. Honestly, it's just the next domino to where it's all going… it is what it is. I don't know if it's going to be this year, or midseason, or next year or three years from now. Eventually we're going to have… I don't know what the number is… 40 of 50 teams, something like that, and it's going to be a 14 or 16-team playoff type of deal. That's where it's going to be. I don't know what the league is going to be called, or the divisions, or whatever. That's where it's going to go eventually.”
Friedlander: Scheduling arrangement with Notre Dame a necessary evil for ACC's viability - Saturday Road (saturdayroad.com; Friedlander)
The remnants of the dearly departed Pac-12 have been sufficiently picked over and the latest round of conference misalignment – as one of my media colleagues referred to it – appears to have run its course.
At least we hope.
But even with all the additions, subtractions and open threats, the biggest prize of them all is still out there shaking down the thunder to the beat of its own Victory March.
And that’s not going to change anytime soon.
According to a report by ESPN’s Pete Thamel, Notre Dame still isn’t interested in giving up its beloved independent status to become a member of any conference.
Why should it?
Thanks to their arrangement with the ACC, the Irish already enjoy most of the benefits of conference affiliation without having to deal with all the headaches that go along with it.
They get help filling out their schedule with the guarantee of 5-6 games every year.
They have their own television contract they don’t have to share with anybody else.
Not to mention the apparel deal they just re-upped with UnderArmour for an additional $10 million per year for the next decade.
Above and beyond all that, they’ve got a soft landing spot for all their other teams beside football, along with a proportional share of the ACC’s media revenue.
Reports: ACC had meeting set on adding Pac-12 schools before 'Big' departures (tigernet.com; Staff)
Friday was a wild day in college sports that saw a 'Power 5' conference consumed by two of its peers to the tune of five schools in one day.
And the ACC was reportedly in the mix for a taste of the action as well.
Multiple reports filtered out Friday morning and afternoon to watch for a potential merger of the ACC and the remaining Pac-12 schools, but after the Western league had moments of appearing like it would stay together, Oregon and Washington were quickly ushered into the Big Ten and that opened the gates for Arizona, Arizona State and Utah to join Colorado in the Big 12.
Yahoo's Ross Dellenger says the ACC was scheduled to meet Friday night over an expansion plan, which he said included exploring adding 5-7 Pac-12 schools.
News & Observer reporter Andrew Carter confirmed that report and confirmed the idea that that kind of Western expansion is unlikely now for the league. Carter reported that an ACC/Pac-12 merger would've cost ACC schools between $1-3 million per year in TV revenue, saying that "no remaining P12 school brought value to the league."
As it stands for 2024, the Southeastern Conference is adding Texas and Oklahoma for 16 schools, the Big 12 is at 16 as well and the Big Ten has 18 programs, while the ACC has its 14 football members still in place.
The Pac-12 has four remaining schools left with Oregon State, Washington State, Stanford and Cal. The Mountain West has been seen as an expansion target for the former power league, but Dellenger reports that adding any school by 2024 would cost $34 million per, which makes a merger possibly more likely.
Florida State brought up the ACC's potential conference realignment issues on Wednesday with a board meeting where multiple members said such an exit was a matter of time, despite the school's entry into a Grant of Rights agreement with the ACC through 2036. ESPN did some further reporting on the situation after Friday's events:
Poll: Should WVU Stay in Big 12 or Desire ACC Still? (wvsportsnow.com; Bock)
A lot has changed in conference realignment since the last time West Virginia was considered to join the ACC. The Big 12 and Big Ten both have picked apart at a dying Pac-12 Conference. WVU will be conference affiliates with Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado and Utah starting in 2024.
With the Pac-12 dissolving, everyone has now set their attention to see what the ACC does. Florida State has been rumored to leave the conference the last few weeks, and it’s inevitable that Clemson, Miami and others will depart as well.
West Virginia and SMU were two teams linked to the ACC last week by National 247 Sports writer Brandon Marcello. As there’s not much substance past Marcello’s industry insider, it does ask the question of WVU to the ACC in 2023 making sense.
West Virginia fans for over a decade have desired to play teams closer to campus. The football non-conference schedule has recently featured old rivals like Pitt, Maryland, Virginia Tech and Penn State but it isn’t on an annual basis like a conference slate would be. The ACC features old rivals from the Big East days and also other schools that are within driving distance from Morgantown.
An SEC/ACC Merger? Why It May Make Sense! (youtube; podcast; Talking College Football with JJ)
On this episode of Talking College Football with JJ Kitchen, JJ talks about the recent rumors of ACC merging with the SEC and ESPN protecting its larger brands from leaving.
SEC Payouts Fudged? (RX; HM)
SEC Payouts Fudged?
We've debunked numbers reported by the Big Ten and Big XII on this site before, but typically the SEC numbers have been pretty reliable. However, a user on CSNBBS pointed out some interesting numbers from the SEC's 2021-22 tax return (form 990):
The point was made in this CSNBBS thread that if you take those numbers and add the bump for the new TV contract (+$16.8M each) which begins in 2024, you get $38.6M+$16.8M = $55.4M for TV revenue, or $49.9M + $16.8M = $66.7M total conference payout (est., not accounting for CFP increases, etc.).
|SEC 2021-22 Tax Return||conference||per school|
|TV/RADIO RIGHT FEES||$540,122,670||$38,580,191|
|POST SEASON EVENTS||$242,349,488||$17,310,678|
|paid to or for members||$698,509,723||$49,893,552|
The ACC is already paying out $40M per school, meaning ACC schools like Florida State and Clemson are currently about $9.9M behind their SEC rivals and the new SEC contract will put them about $26.7M behind. That's a lot, but it's hardly the $50M gap that many on the internet try to claim.
https://www.si.com/college/byu/foot...-beat-out-the-acc-to-land-more-pac-12-schools (SI; Lundquist)
Friday was one of the most transformational days in the history of college football. Oregon and Washington left the Pac-12 for the Big Ten while Arizona, Arizona State, and Utah left the Pac-12 for the Big 12. Those five defections delivered the final blows to the century-old Pac-12, at least as we know it today. It was also the final chapter of Brett Yormark's year-long pursuit of the "four-corner schools." Big 12 leaders believed that if they could convince Colorado to join the conference, the Pac-12 would collapse - and they were right.
Once Oregon and Washington left for the Big Ten, Brett Yormark acted quickly, offering the Pac-12 schools full revenue shares upfront. His forward thinking and premeditated plan made the difference as Arizona, Arizona State, and Utah joined the conference.
On the other side of the country, the ACC was reacting to the news and "seriously exploring" adding Pac-12 schools according to Ross Dellenger.
Clemson Football: Deadline to leave ACC in 2024 is approaching (rubbingtherock.com; Chancey)
The Clemson Football team is staying focused on what they need to do in fall camp, but the administration is continuing to monitor the wave of realignment occurring all over the nation.
The moves this summer have focused on the PAC-12, which lost six more members this summer as their television rights deal came in below expectations. Adding the announced departures last summer of USC and UCLA, the PAC now has only four teams expected to compete in 2024.
The Grant of Rights has kept schools from the Atlantic Coast Conference from jumping into the fray so far, but most insiders indicate that several schools are looking hard into ways to potentially get out of the GOR, which doesn’t expire until 2036.
If any ACC schools have the motivation to try to exit the GOR so they could join another conference in 2024, they will have to decide to do so quickly.
The deadline for a school to inform the ACC that they are leaving at the end of the 2023 athletic calendar is August 15th.
Clemson Football has not commented publicly on their feelings about the ACC
Informing the league a school is leaving does not relieve them of their contractual obligations in the GOR, and a departing team would also incur an exit fee.
247Sports breaks down where Clemson currently stands on a departure from the ACC (usatoday; Turri)
After a wild few days, conference realignment is once again a significant discussion point in college football and the ACC in particular.
We all know the story. The ACC signed a bad media rights deal with ESPN through 2036, and the conference has suffered because of it. As other programs move on to perceived greener pastures, the ACC is a conference everyone will keep their eyes on.
While it would be difficult for these schools to get out of this deal, options have been explored. The “Magnificent 7”, consisting of Clemson, Florida State, North Carolina, NC State, Miami, Virginia, and Virginia Tech, examined the grant-of-rights.
With all of this going on, 247Sports broke down where each ACC football team stands on wanting out of the ACC or not. Here is what writer Brad Crawford had to say about Clemson.
It is tough to say what will come next for Clemson. A few different things could happen, but it appears the best outcome would be finding a way out of the ACC if they can’t restructure that contract to compensate the program properly.According to Brandon Marcello, Clemson continues to work silently in the background exploring options as the Tigers remain frustrated by the ACC’s equal revenue-sharing structure. Clemson is one of seven schools who has met to explore ways they could break the conference’s grant of rights.
Clemson athletic director Graham Neff previously said he would do what’s best for his school during a conversation in May with 247Sports. Clemson routinely comes up in SEC conversations as one of the league’s next primary targets. The Tigers are one of the “Big Three” football powers in the ACC, joining Florida State and Miami.
“The landscape is changing significantly,” Neff told 247Sports. “My role is to be connected and well-read in the industry and with all of our universities, and that starts in the ACC.”
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is confident his administration will do what’s best for the Tigers.
“Lot happening out there, my job is to get the team ready to play, that’s my job,” Swinney said Friday, during a 7-minute response to a question on realignment. “I don’t get caught up in all that stuff. Honestly, it’s just the next domino to where it’s all going … it is what it is. I don’t know if it’s going to be this year, or midseason, or next year or three years for now. Eventually, we’re going to have … I don’t know what the number is … 40 or 50 teams, something like that, and it’s going to be a 14 or 16-team playoff type of deal. That’s where it’s going to be. I don’t know what the league is going to be called, or the divisions, or whatever. That’s where it’s going to go eventually.”
It is a waiting game.
College football realignment: Intel on the ACC's future, where FSU, Clemson, UNC, Miami and others stand (247sports.com; Crawford)
College football realignment hit supernova status with five Pac-12 schools — including Oregon and Washington — leaving the conference for others. That bombshell leaves several ACC member schools wanting to join their brethren seeking higher revenue numbers, including Florida State and Clemson. What happens now and will the ACC's Grant of Rights contract be enough to keep the league intact?
There is concern among ACC schools, sources that future financial stability pales in comparison to other Power Five leagues. ACC presidents reportedly met Friday night to discuss the league's future. In May, Florida State and UNC were part of the "Magnificent Seven" schools in the ACC which met to explore options on potentially leaving the conference. And now, the Seminoles are making more noise than ever and have sought the help of others to make the leap.
Exit fees for ACC programs wanting to leave are astronomical and the league's grant of rights forbids any school to leave prior to 2035-36 following an amendment in 2016. The Big Ten's media rights deal is currently college football's most lucrative, followed by the SEC and Big 12 based on per-school payouts.
Noles News: ACC officials, teams feeling "us versus Florida State" after FSU takes public stand (tomahawknation.com; Kostidakis)
FootballWith realignment having hit a boiling point on Friday with the Pac-12 defections of Oregon and Washington to the Big Ten and Arizona, Arizona State and Utah to the Big 12 (resulting in a current Pac-4 in 2024), most eyes are now squarely on Florida State after the university took a major public stand last Wednesday by speaking out in regards to its financial frustrations with the ACC.
As expected, the rest of the conference isn't feeling too excited about FSU swinging its weight around.
From ESPN’s Andrea Adelson David Hale — bolded parts for emphasis on hilarity:
The funniest part? North Carolina and Miami acting high and mighty, when they should appreciate the fact that FSU barking so loudly might be the only reason they aren’t part of the Super Weenie Hut Junior League come 2026.One ACC administrator thought it was an attempt to “strong arm” presidents to change their minds on revenue distribution. Another questioned whether trustee members even realized Florida State willingly signed the grant of rights in 2016, giving the ACC control over its media rights through the end of its television contract in 2036.
“Was this a leverage play?” one administrator asked. “It seems like there would’ve been a lot better ways of handling it.”
Based on interviews with administrators and league officials over the past several days, the league has seemingly taken an “us versus Florida State” mentality — with both public and private comments intimating as much.
“One could argue they’re just trying to create chaos and that they thought the only way to make it work would be to break the league up,” one source said. “Part of the theory here is they bang the drum real loud and eventually everybody else would panic.”
A number of administrators from other ACC schools questioned why Florida State felt it deserved a larger revenue share, considering its football program has not won an ACC championship or been in the College Football Playoff since 2014. Florida State has presented numbers that show they bring 15% of the value to the TV deal but get 7% of the revenue. Currently, each ACC school shares that equally.
League commissioner Jim Phillips declined comment but several athletic directors did not after Alford’s remarks Wednesday. After the board meeting, a group of ACC ADs discussed how to best address the remarks and decided North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham would speak first publicly on their behalf. Cunningham told a local radio station Thursday it did the ACC no good for Florida State to be “barking like that.”
In comments to ESPN on Friday, Miami athletic director Dan Radakovich echoed what Cunningham said. “Florida State is doing what Florida State feels like it needs to do,” Radakovich said. “Each of our schools have to make their own decisions. But on top of all of it, we need to continue to try to make the ACC as strong as we can make it. We’ve got our grant of rights, we have all those other pieces that are associated with keeping ourselves together. Right now, we feel really strongly that our best course of action is to keep the ACC together and try to make it as strong as it can be.”
As one ACC administrator noted, the ACC is already losing the PR battle, with the Big 12 — a league with fewer signature programs, a lower TV valuation and no standalone network — being viewed as growing and stable, while the ACC looks to be teetering. Florida State’s public criticism of the league’s financial picture only exacerbates that problem.
Another school official did not think making loud statements would change any decision a president makes about unevenly distributing television revenue based on ratings. “Why would my president take money out of our pocket and give it to Florida State when it would only hurt us? We need to run an athletic department, too,” one source said.
The tonal shift overall has gone from one of denial to one of bitter acceptance — perhaps a reflection of reality setting in after news emerged that FSU has been working with JPMorgan Chase to explore ways of raising the athletic department’s equity — including sourcing private funding.
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The Clay Marketplace project in Clay will include two three-story buildings with 96 garden-style apartments, named David's Landing, and three commercial buildings with a total of 33,200 square feet of space. (QP2 Properties LLC)
Builders seek $1.5 million tax break for apartment and retail project in Clay (PS; $; Moriarty)
The builders of a 96-unit apartment project less than two miles from Micron’s planned semiconductor plant in Clay are seeking $1.5 million in tax breaks.
Developers Orazio Crisalli and Michael Arcuri have applied to the Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency for $1.3 million in sales tax abatements on construction materials and a $169,418 exemption from the state mortgage recording tax. They have not asked for property tax exemptions.
The tax breaks would apply to Clay Marketplace, the $27.7 million mixed-use development that Crisalli and Arcuri are planning to build at the northeast corner of Route 31 and Henry Clay Boulevard.
The 15-acre site is a little less than two miles west of where Micron Technology Inc. plans to build a $100 billion chipmaking plant employing up to 9,000 people.
Major downtown Syracuse street no longer limited to one-way traffic (PS; Boyer)
A relic of decades-old urban transportation planning has disappeared in downtown Syracuse’s southern half.
City officials this week announced the completion of a project that converted several blocks of South Clinton Street from a multi-lane, one-way thoroughfare to a two-way road with bike lanes. The project goals include improved safety for pedestrians and motorists, and easier navigation for people visiting destinations along the busy street.
“The completion of the Clinton Street two-way conversion is welcomed by people living and working in the southern end of Downtown,” Mayor Ben Walsh said in a news release. “By better connecting the central business district to our neighborhoods, we are continuing to activate the renaissance of Downtown Syracuse.”
The northern half of the street remains one-way, restricted to vehicles driving toward the south. Two-way traffic is now open between South Clinton Street’s intersections with West Jefferson and West Taylor streets.