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Aug 15, 2011
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SU News (SI; Crawford)

Syracuse football continued training camp on Tuesday with the first portion of practice open to the media. Here are 10 observations from that time period.

1. The power run game is going to be a mainstay. Including with Oronde Gadsden lined up in the backfield at times. He kicked out as an h-back type in the goal line period.

2. The offensive line chemistry still needs to come together. There was a bit of braking at each other in individual periods and not generating a lot of power in the run game. No conversions in five runs in goal line.

3. Two freshmen defensive linemen, Ty Gordon and Rashard Perry, flashed a lot of physicality. Low pad level and consistent get-off could provide some interior pass rush if Lockett or Darton go down.

4. Did not see Trebor Pena but it is going to be him versus D'Marcus Adams for the main "speedster/slot guy" role. Adams is also working reps as an X or boundary receiver.

5. It's that time of camp. Decent sized fight between Caleb Okechukwu and Enrique Cruz broke in one on ones. Guys are ready to hit another color.

6. J'Onre Reed was the most powerful interior guy off the ball. Working mainly at center with Ilaoa kicking out to guard, but he could crack the top five.

7. Freshman running back Ike Daniels is getting some work with the second team offense. He's a burner that could be a factor int he return game.

Keeping Up With The 315 8-15-23 (ESPN; radio; The 315)

Brian opens the show by discussing what could be the biggest question surrounding Syracuse football this season. Then, he dives into the conference realignment news and what to make of the fact that Florida State is staying put for next season. Finally, Brian tries to figure out who could be the wide receiver that steps up and breaks out this season for SU?

Matt Fortuna "The 315" 8-15-23 (ESPN; radio; The 315)

Matt Fortuna of The Inside Zone joins Brian to discuss what to make of the latest conference realignment news, why the ACC might be in a better spot than some might think and Matt’s top picks for winning it all this year.

Orange Nation 8-15-23 (ESPN; radio; Orange Nation)

Paulie and Steve found some interesting odds on which college coach would get sacked first. After, they compare their expectations on SU Football and Men’s Basketball. Finally, the guys have some fun talking with callers

(youtube; video; WakeUpCallDT)

“Peeling Back the Orange” - DT w/ Syracuse Orange Head Football Coach Dino Babers on the return of RB LeQuint Allen, Jr, to the team as well as what the RB Group looks like this season after scrimmaging, including his statement that more than one back will be involved this season…

ACC Football Road Trip: Syracuse (8/16/23) - Live Stream - Watch ESPN * (ESPN; video)

#15 NC State vs #18 Syracuse football game 2022

Coach Dino Babers and Syracuse had holes to fill on the roster and the staff to get ready for season (; Frank)

Syracuse is carrying plenty of momentum into the 2023 season. Some of it, unfortunately, is heading in the wrong direction for head coach Dino Babers.

Entering his eighth season, Babers has been challenged to fill several key holes on both his roster and staff following a year in which the Orange turned an encouraging and unexpected 6-0 start into a 7-6 finish, ending with a loss to Minnesota in the Pinstripe Bowl.

While the bowl berth and winning record were the Atlantic Coast Conference program’s first since 2018, and the Orange climbed as high as No. 14 in the rankings, their second-half flop is what stands out, with injuries and a stiffer schedule playing contributing factors.

The ups then downs led to athletic director John Wildhack having to answer what’s become a familiar offseason question regarding the long-term status of Babers, who is believed to be signed through 2024.

“If we have success in 2023 and beyond, I hope coach Babers is here for a long time,” Wildhack said. “He wants to be here. We want him to be here.”

Quarterback Garrett Shrader confidently dismissed questions by saying: “This team is more than capable. ... We have talent across the board.”

Success hinges on several factors, starting with how quickly the team can adapt without record-setting running back Sean Tucker and All-ACC defensive back Garrett Williams, who both left early for the NFL. Also leaving the program through the transfer portal were cornerback Duce Chestnut and safety Ja’Had Carter, poised to be among the program’s biggest stars, and defensive lineman Jatius Greer.

Offensive coordinator Robert Anae and defensive coordinator Tony White departed within 12 hours of each other.

Shrader begins next step in recovery: ‘We want to get him a little sore’ (PS; Carlson)

With less than three weeks to go until Syracuse football’s season opener, coach Dino Babers said quarterback Garrett Shrader will begin building up his arm strength as he continues recovering from offseason elbow surgery.

Babers said Shrader competed in the team’s first scrimmage last Saturday but was not a full participant.

The scrimmage was closed to reporters.

“He won’t be (a full participant) until this week,” Babers said following Tuesday’s practice. “There’s a point where we want to overwork his arm. We’re kind of at that point now. Not (that we want to) go over the pitch count, but we want to get him a little sore. We want to build strength in it. The only way to build strength in it is to fatigue it.

Syracuse football 2023 opponent preview: Pittsburgh Panthers (TNIAAM; Ostrowski)

If you've been a Syracuse Orange football fan at any point since 1955, then you'll recognize the next opponent in our preview series. At this point, ‘Cuse is back in New York State for three of their final four regular season games, beginning with Boston College. It will surely be a welcome home to the Dome for both players and fans, but a short-lived one.

That’s because soon afterwards, the Orange are heading back to the Bronx, where they played in the Pinstripe Bowl at the end of last season. We just hope the field conditions are a lot better for this clash with the...

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Conference: ACC

History vs. Syracuse: We’re entering year 68 of this seemingly eternal continuous series, and the fact that it’s gone on so long is just one example of the many extremes present. It has both the highest-scoring regulation FBS game of all time, and one of the lowest-scoring affairs possible in football. This year’s game is in fact celebrating the 100th anniversary of that 3-0 slog, the first of its kind played in the original Yankee Stadium. The Panthers won 11 in a row from 1973-1983 before the Orange went 15-2-1 through 2001. Since then, it’s been Pitt on another roll, taking 17 of the last 19 meetings.

Syracuse Football: Star receiver arrives just inside ESPN top-100 rankings (itlh; Adler)

National media outlet ESPN disclosed its 2023 preseason top-100 national player rankings on Tuesday, and one Syracuse football star made the cut.

Unsurprisingly, it’s Orange junior tight end/wide receiver Oronde Gadsden II, who has received a lot of national and Atlantic Coast Conference buzz ahead of the upcoming 2023 campaign, which starts for the ‘Cuse in early September at home versus Colgate.

ESPN places the 6-foot-5, 223-pound Gadsden, who hails from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., at No. 97 on its list of the top 100. He was not included in these ratings from ESPN ahead of the 2022 stanza, when Syracuse football would ultimately go 7-6 overall and reach a bowl game.

Here’s what ESPN had to say in its write-up. “Is he a tight end or a wide receiver? Stop asking, Dino Babers said. Gadsden is just a football player — one who’s nearly impossible to defend. At 6-5, 220 pounds, Gadsden makes for an imposing-yet-agile target, and last year he used his impressive size and skills to rack up 61 catches for 969 yards and six touchdowns for the Orange.”

Get to Know Your Orange Man: #59, LB Marcale Billue (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.

We now turn our attention to the new arrivals. Next up,

Name: Marcale Billue

Position: Linebacker

Year: Freshman

Height: 6’

Weight: 230 lbs

Hometown: Syracuse, NY

High School: Corcoran

2023 projections: Always good to have a local player on the Syracuse roster. Billue will likely serve as a scout team player as he adjusts to the college game.

How’d he get here?: Had an offer from Alfred University, but chose to walk on at Syracuse.

What’d recruiting sites say?: Not rated

Instagram feed: @marcalebillue

... (; video)

Joined the Tigers in the spring of 2023, transferring from Syracuse where he was a 2-year starter for the Orange … Freshman All-America in 2021 as well as being runner-up for ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year … 2-time All-ACC selection … Started 24 games for the Orange with 83 tackles, 4 interceptions, 3.0 tackles for loss and 13 pass breakups … Returned an interception 28 yards for a touchdown in win over Wagner in 2022 … Name is Darian Chestnut, goes by “Duce”.

ACC News

A watch guide to ACC football :: (; Ochoa)

Welcome to ACC football folks!

A brief history of ACC football

For the uninitiated, the Atlantic Coast Conference was founded in 1953 and consisted of seven schools: UNC, Duke, N.C. State, Wake Forest, Virginia, Clemson, South Carolina and Maryland.

Since then, the conference has ballooned to 15 teams, and two of the founding members, South Carolina and Maryland, left the conference to join the Southeastern Conference and Big Ten Conference respectively. Florida State left the Big East in 1991 to join the conference,

The large influx of schools happened when the Big East began to dissolve starting in 2004 when Virginia Tech and Miami joined the conference, and Boston College joined the following season. Teams like Syracuse, Louisville and Pittsburgh joined the ACC in 2014 and the Big East transitioned to being a conference focused on basketball.

Notre Dame also joined the ACC, but in every sport other than football. It's football team is still listed as an independent. While they are an independent school in football, the Fighting Irish still play against ACC schools.

How many ACC college football teams are there?

There are fifteen member universities.

With a brief history out of the way, lets get to what you really care about: How you can watch and listen to as many ACC games as possible.

Where and when can you watch ACC football on television this season?

There are many different ways you can watch your favorite ACC team play. Many of the games haven't had television times or broadcast partners announced, but we will update once broadcast information becomes available.

In the meantime, here is where and when you can watch ACC Football on television this season.

(Please note: some of the radio listings will be out of the central North Carolina market)

Thursday, Aug. 31

Elon at Wake Forest, 7 p.m., ACCN
NC State at UConn, TBD, CBS Sports Network

Friday, Sept. 1

Miami (Ohio) at Miami, 7 p.m., ACCN
Louisville vs. Georgia Tech (at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta), 7:30 PM, ESPN

Saturday, Sept. 2

Virginia vs. Tennessee (in Nashville), Noon, ABC
Northern Illinois at Boston College, Noon, ACCN
Wofford at Pitt, 3:30 p.m., ACCN
Colgate at Syracuse, 4 p.m., ACCNX/ESPN+
North Carolina vs. South Carolina (in Charlotte), 7:30 p.m., ABC
Old Dominion at Virginia Tech, 8 p.m., ACCN

ACC state of the conference: What's new, team tiers, predictions and more for 2023 (; $; Raynor & Navarro)

It’s no secret that Florida State, Clemson and a few other schools in the Atlantic Coast Conference aren’t happy they’re about to fall behind in the race for TV dollars.

Realignment is a story we don’t expect to go away soon — not with ACC school lawyers searching for ways out of the grant of rights agreement that ties the league together through 2036. But for now, we’re going to put all the realignment talk on pause and concentrate on what’s in store on the field this season in the ACC.

And that also starts with the Seminoles, who are ranked in the top 10 in virtually every preseason poll. Florida State has won the ACC title 15 times since joining the league in 1992 but is seeking its first championship since 2014. Clemson, meanwhile, has a new offensive coordinator and a new starting quarterback as it seeks its eighth league title in the past nine seasons.

North Carolina, the only other ACC team ranked in the preseason AP Top 25, features the league’s top NFL prospect in third-year quarterback Drake Maye.

Yes, the league is top-heavy, and the Atlantic and Coastal divisions are no more. But there are still plenty of storylines worth discussing. Let’s dive in.

What’s new in the ACC?

1. Florida State is relevant again. The Seminoles won 10 games in 2022 for the first time since 2016 and have a legitimate chance to win the conference for the first time since the Jimbo Fisher era. Jordan Travis threw for 247.2 yards per game a season ago and should be the second-best quarterback in the league behind Maye. Throw in running back Trey Benson and ex-Michigan State receiver Keon Coleman, and Florida State should have one of the more exciting offenses in the league. September matchups against LSU in Orlando and Clemson in Death Valley will tell us whether the Noles are legitimate College Football Playoff contenders.
... (SI; Parks)

This offseason saw another dramatic phase of college football conference realignment as eight current Pac-12 teams are scheduled to leave for other leagues and two Big 12 powers head to the SEC, all effective next summer. But if you listen to ESPN College GameDay analyst Kirk Herbstreit, it sounds like there's a lot more movement still to come.

"I just feel like more's coming," Herbstreit said.

"I don't feel like we're done until we get to August of 2024. I feel like anything and everything's in play. So I'm trying my hardest to keep an open mind to this whole thing because once you put teams like West Virginia and Penn State on the field together, you see those uniforms on the field together competing, all the bullsh-t and all the noise kind of goes away. And it's just football. And the game is still freaking unbelievable."

He added: "The passion and the emotion of the fanbases is still unbelievable. So despite all of the tornadoes that are going on around the sport, thank God we're a couple weeks away from the ball going in the air, and watching these teams play and still being a lot of fun."

But while that ball is in the air over the next few months, people with power behind the scenes will still be looking to establish their position and see what other offers or opportunities there could be on the table.

Pitt among the ACC's best teams since Pat Narduzzi arrived. Still, the disrespect lingers (apnews; Graves)

Only Clemson has won more Atlantic Coast Conference games than Pittsburgh since Pat Narduzzi took over nearly a decade ago.

Not Florida State. Not North Carolina. Not Miami or Virginia Tech or anyone else.

And yet seemingly every fall, it’s as if the Panthers have made little headway. At this point, Narduzzi has learned — through gritted teeth perhaps — to tune it out. Pitt is picked to finish sixth in the new-look ACC after it moved from a multiple-division format that featured the Clemson-heavy Atlantic and the perpetually chaotic Coastal.

Same as it ever was for the only program not named Clemson to win the ACC title in a season not disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

2023 Preseason Bowl Projections (RX; HM)

2023 Preseason Bowl Projections

While we wait for the season to begin, let's take a quick look at the CBS Sports Preseason 2023 Bowl Projections for ACC teams...

Dec. 22 - Gasparilla Bowl: Duke vs. South Alabama
The best thing about this bowl might be a holiday trip to Florida.

Dec. 22 - Birmingham Bowl: Wake Forest vs. Mississippi State
No trip to Florida here, but at least it's an ACC/SEC matchup.

Dec. 27 - Holiday Bowl: Pittsburgh vs. Utah
Another nice trip - this time to San Diego, CA.

Dec. 27 - Duke’s Mayo Bowl: North Carolina vs. Auburn
Another ACC/SEC matchup.

Dec. 27 - Military Bowl: Syracuse vs. Memphis
Orange fans could take AmTrak (I think) if they don't want to fly.

Dec. 28 - Pop-Tarts Bowl: Notre Dame vs. Oklahoma State
Is it just me, or do the Irish play in this bowl (by whatever name) every year?

Tired of all the New Big XII Crowing (RX; HM)

Tired of all the New Big XII Crowing

I wish I had a dollar for every Big XII fan who has boasted that the new-look Big XII is better than the ACC when it comes to football, and much better than the ACC will be once Clemson and Florida State leave for greener pastures...

Setting aside the question of whether Clemson and/or FSU will actually leave, how does the rest of the ACC stack up against the new Big XII? To be clear, we will be comparing this hypothetical ACC lineup...

  • Boston College
  • Duke
  • Georgia Tech
  • Louisville
  • Miami
  • NC State
  • UNC
  • Pitt
  • Syracuse
  • Virginia
  • Virginia Tech
  • Wake Forest this projected 2024 Big XII lineup:
  • Arizona
  • Arizona State
  • BYU
  • Baylor
  • Cincinnati
  • Colorado
  • Houston
  • Iowa State
  • Kansas
  • Kansas State
  • Oklahoma State
  • TCU
  • Texas Tech
  • UCF
  • Utah
  • West Virginia
Of course, in the absence of a time machine to view the future, we'll have to draw conclusions based on recent performance head-to-head. Here's how those ACC teams have performed against that new set of future Big XII teams over the last 9 years (2014-22):

Ga Tech02
NC State31
Va Tech24

Links, News and Rumors 2023 Aug 15 (RX; HM)

GoR, for Those Left Behind...

Today's the deadline to announce you're leaving the ACC for next year, and it looks like the deadline will pass without any movement.

However, it's worth asking: what if Florida State and/or other ACC schools did make an early exit from the conference... how would that impact other member schools?

Those Who Stay

Let's say 4 schools leave early. What would the windfall look like for the rest?

1. exit fees: 4 X $120M = $480M
2. GoR buyout (let's assume a $300M settlement*): 4 X $300M = $1.2B
3. If they all go to the SEC, ESPN would keep ACC payout the same to avoid damages.**
$480M + $1,200M = $1,680M
Divide all that by 11 teams remaining = $153M each.
Spread that over the remaining 13 years: $153M/13 yrs = $11.7M/year per school.
Forbes projects ACC payouts to be $36M/year (average) over the next 13 years. Adding this $11.7M brings the total to $36M + $11.7M = $47.7M per year each. That doesn't include CFP money, bowls, NCAA units, etc. (typically another $5M to $10M, but we'll call it $7.5M for now). So the Grand Total payouts would be around $55M+ each.

That may not be SEC/B1G money, but dadgum, it's not bad!

If Stanford really wants to join the ACC, there's a clear plan for how to do it (; Zemek)

The other day, we made the larger overall point that Stanford University has a lot of avenues to consider as it tries to plot its next move in college sports realignment.

The Cardinal could seek membership in the ACC. They could try to get into the Big Ten. Many insiders and experts think that is Stanford’s No. 1 choice and preferred outcome, but we don’t know how much the Big Ten wants that same outcome.

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The Cardinal could go independent in football and join a Power Five conference in other sports. They could pursue a Pac-4 merger with Mountain West and/or AAC schools in which the Pac-12, as a purely legal and contractual matter, continues to exist and thereby retains its annual payouts and distributions for the College Football Playoff and NCAA Tournament. Stanford would reduce its revenue losses and salvage a less-than-ideal situation with a tolerable (though not great) outcome.

Stanford has a lot to think about, and we do think it prefers the Big Ten if we’re being honest. However, let’s say for the sake of discussion that Stanford wants to get into the ACC.

If the Cardinal like that choice and want to make it happen, there’s a way for the school to execute a plan.

Let’s look at the details:


Stanford doesn’t have a 2024 football schedule due to the death of the Pac-12. There is no 2024 Pac-12 football schedule, and there never will be one — not with the currently existing Pac-12 schools which will compete against each other in 2023. This is a problem for Stanford, but also the gateway to an opportunity.


North Carolina State has filled three of its four nonconference football dates for 2024: Western Carolina, Tennessee, and Louisiana Tech.
That leaves one open nonconference slot. Hello, Stanford. More on this in a bit.


Current mood @DukeMBB
— Camp Wally Wade (@DukeFOOTBALL) March 5, 2023

Duke has, like N.C. State, filled three nonconference dates for 2024: Northwestern, UConn, and Middle Tennessee. A fourth date remains open. Stanford could fill that slot.

Report: SEC, Big Ten Don't Have 'Much Desire' to Add FSU, Clemson, Other ACC Schools (BR; Sam)

The rampant NCAA conference realignment finally appears to be slowing down.

According to CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd, the Big Ten and SEC are not looking to add top schools from the ACC anytime soon.

"Industry sources repeat that there is not much desire by either conference to add the likes of Clemson, Florida State, etc. Not that the ACC's seemingly 'ironclad' grant of rights agreement would allow such movement," Dodd stated.

By the 2024 season, the Big Ten and SEC will have a combined 34 teams, many of whom are among the most popular in the NCAA. Most recently, Washington and Oregon jumped from the Pac-12 to the Big Ten, following the footsteps of UCLA and USC.

With Arizona, Arizona State and Utah following Colorado to join the Big 12, the Pac-12 is down to four teams: California, Stanford, Oregon State and Washington State. Dodd noted that the Mountain West and the AAC are competing "for any combination" of the four remaining teams. Also, Stanford and Cal were under consideration to be added to the ACC, but both schools fell one vote shy of approval.

The constantly-shifting landscape in college sports is now raising concerns over media rights deals and revenue sharing. For example, Florida State president Rick McCullough said earlier this month that the school "will have to, at some point, consider very seriously leaving the ACC, unless there were a radical change to the revenue distribution."

Dodd noted that these concerns will likely lead to a decrease in movement across conferences for the time being.

"That makes it time to ask whether rightsholders are simply tapped out," Dodd stated. "A combination of reckless realignment and budget realities have forced networks to look at the bottom line."
... (SI; Forde)

The Aug. 15 deadline for a university to give notice of departure from the Atlantic Coast Conference for the 2024 football season is passing without any tremors out of Tallahassee. But league seismologists are on guard for the needle to twitch at any time.

Prone to public tantrums, Florida State leaders have given every indication that the school wants to leave the ACC as soon as feasible. A university source cautioned Tuesday that “nothing is imminent,” but others in the league aren’t so sure. Keep in mind that everything is fluid in the subterranean world of realignment, but multiple ACC sources told Sports Illustrated they would not be shocked if the Seminoles serve formal notice of a 2025 move in a matter of days or weeks.

That could lengthen the school’s runway on making a complicated, contentious, costly and likely litigious attempted exit, instead of a rushed relocation into the great unknown for ‘24. If FSU (or any other league member, like Clemson) is going to make a move, it likely wouldn’t wait until the deadline next summer to activate it. “Turning it around in 23 months, that’s a thought,” one source tells SI. “The idea of waiting 365 more days to declare [leaving the league] is not the concept.”

What ACC Must Do With Florida State, Clemson Unlikely To Join SEC, Big Ten (; Shoemaker)

Could it be that conference realignment, after what seemed like an endless cycle of movement, is finally coming to a halt? Everyone from school presidents to athletic directors to college football fans, in general, is looking for a bit of a breather after what has been a wild month of conference shakeups. While ACC members Florida State and Clemson made attempts to continue the shakeup by threatening to leave the conference, it looks like they'll have to stay for now, as the SEC and Big Ten seemingly have no interest in further expansion, according to Dennis Dodd at CBS Sports.

Where does the ACC, Florida State, Clemson go from here?

Where does the ACC go from here? Looking at the ACC's school roster, there are obvious money-drawing teams within the conference. You have the obvious upset members in Florida State and Clemson, but outside of them, you also have Miami, North Carolina, and even Virginia Tech. There's also Georgia Tech, which plays in the heart of Atlanta, a big television market, although it competes with Georgia. These teams do hold value, but the hold-up is obviously in the lack of revenue.

Florida State Will Continue To Look For An ACC Exit, But The Clock Has Seemingly Been Reset For Another Year. Or Has It? (; Wallace)

Coming off the August 2nd Board of Trustees meeting, Florida State officials made it clear that an exit from the ACC is on the horizon. The only question remaining was how long would it take for the Seminoles to come up with an exit strategy.

Now, the deadline to inform the ACC of an exit to play elsewhere in 2024 has come and gone, but questions surrounding the future still remain. Florida State had until today to let the conference know it would be moving on, but no such announcement materialized. So after a public meeting to voice its displeasure, the school has seemingly punted on making a quick exit.

Sure, they could decide next week that they want out down the road and start preparing a payment plan.

Even with a group of trustees letting the world know that they were eyeing an exit from the ACC, the work to make this happen is complicated. There wasn’t a magic button to push or some kind of settlement to be reached with the ACC at the moment, this was going to take time. If FSU lawyers had a way out of a complicated Grant of Rights, the move would have already taken place or been put into motion.

It’s also no secret that by the end of the media rights deal with ESPN in 2036, each member school will be playing from behind, compared to the SEC and Big Ten. From a financial standpoint, Florida State will be making around $30 million less than a team like Missouri or Maryland, without many options to close that gap.

FSU Will Not Be Leaving the ACC.. Yet | Conference Realignment | ACC Football | FSU Seminoles (; podcast; 365 Sports)

Paul Catalina and Craig Smoak discuss their thoughts on news coming out of Florida State, it seems as though they won’t be leaving the ACC this year, when will the Seminoles jump to another conference, and more.



Attorney and real estate developer Tom Cerio has begun transforming the former First Baptist Church, also known as Mizpah Tower, in downtown Syracuse into office, residential and event space. The historic building opened on Columbus Circle in 1914. (Rick Moriarty |

They’re still the wrong windows, but Syracuse’s Mizpah Tower makeover can go forward (PS; $; Moriarty)

Owner Tom Cerio can go ahead with his $7 million redevelopment of historic Mizpah Tower in downtown Syracuse without replacing the historically incorrect windows he installed to the chagrin of city preservationists.

The Syracuse Landmark Preservation Board has approved a compromise with Cerio that allows him to keep the 120 double-hung vinyl windows he installed on the long-vacant former First Baptist Church building on Columbus Circle without the board’s permission.

The deal requires Cerio to attach grills -- imitation muntins -- on the exterior of the windows that face Montgomery and Jefferson streets. They’re supposed to give the windows a similar appearance as the true divided panes of glass that were on the original, wooden casement windows Cerio removed.

City officials seized the building from a limited liability company out of Bellevue, Washington, for back taxes in 2013 and sold it to Cerio for $30,000.

Cerio is turning its lower floors into office space and has plans for a coffee shop and possibly a restaurant. He says he will turn the upper floors into apartme
nts and its soaring sanctuary into a place for weddings and other events.

New York to help develop industrial park in Clay for Micron spinoff companies (PS; $; Moriarty)

Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday announced a $325,000 state grant to help begin development of an industrial park off Caughdenoy Road in Clay to host supply chain companies associated with a semiconductor plant Micron Technology plans to build nearby.

The grant will go to the Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency to assist with its efforts to develop White Pine South, an industrial park at the southeast corner of Caughdenoy Road and Route 31.

OCIDA earlier this year spent $2.1 million to purchase 105 acres of land at the site for supply chain companies that want to be close to Micron’s semiconductor plant at White Pine Commerce Park at the northeast corner of Caughdenoy Road and Route 31. The agency is expected to purchase additional land for White Pine.

Micron announced in October it had selected White Pine Commerce Park as the site for a computer memory chip fabrication plant that will cost up to $100 billion to build over 20 years and employ up to 9,000 people directly.

In addition to the Micron jobs, the company has said it expects more than 40,000 jobs to be created at supply chain companies that come to the area to provide materials and services to the semiconductor plant.

In her announcement today, Hochul said the goal is to develop a supply chain campus – including warehouses, manufacturing plants, and research and development centers – to support Micron.

In March, the industrial development agency approved a $15,000 contract with the Barton and Loguidice engineering firm for planning, environmental and engineering services related to the park.

Brewerton company turns 5,000% profit selling a piece of land to Micron (PS; $; Coin)

In March 2022, a Brewerton company bought a parcel of vacant land in the town of Clay for $90,000.

Last week, that company sold the land to Micron Technology for just under $5 million – a profit of more than 5,000%.

The 37-acre parcel sits on the west side of Caughdenoy Road, directly across the street from the spot where Micron says it will spend $100 billion to build the nation’s largest semiconductor manufacturing complex. The empty land will be used for a wastewater pumping station that will serve the complex.

The company that sold the land is 9055 Brewerton Rd., LLC. The deed was signed by Chris Pisanti, managing member of 9055 Brewerton Rd.

That company has the same address as Construction, Design and Management, a commercial construction firm, in Brewerton. Pisanti is also president of Construction, Design and Management, according to the company’s website. Pisanti said the construction company had nothing to do with the real estate transaction with Micron.

Pisanti told | The Post-Standard that the land, which is zoned for industrial use, was purchased last year in hopes of building a commercial development.

Then Micron called.

“We strongly wanted to develop it and they needed it for their utility infrastructure,” Pisanti said.

Micron has said the land will be used for a wastewater pumping station to be built and run by the Onondaga County Water Environment Protection department. Four 30-inch diameter pipes will run under Caughdenoy Road from the fab complex to the pumping station, Micron wrote in its initial environmental report. The county will have to upgrade and expand the nearby Oak Orchard sewage plant to handle the flow from Micron and any business and housing development it spurs.

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