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Aug 15, 2011

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Fran Brown begins aggressive recruiting (; Feliciano)

New Syracuse football head coach Fran Brown has already gotten to work by recruiting highly-rated prospects from high school and the transfer portal.

Syracuse received verbal commitments from wide receiver Jaylan Hornsby, running back Yasin Willis, defensive end Jahide Lesaine and tight end Elijah Washington. All of them are three or four-star recruits.

D.A.R.T 100% commited @CuseFootball
— Jaylan Hornsby (@856_JayHorns) December 10, 2023

Brown also secured Georgia wide receiver Jackson Meeks from the transfer portal.

Other names linked with Syracuse since Brown took the position are transfer Fadil Diggs, 5-star defensive back KJ Bolden, 4-star cornerback Koy Beasley, 4-star edge KingJoseph Edwards, and 4-star defensive back Marcellus Barnes.

Brown also recently earned a spot on 247Sports’ All-Assistant Team, naming him the best defensive backs coach in the country during the past season.

Tommy DeVito continues to shine in the NFL

Ex-Orange and current New York Giants quarterback Tommy DeVito continued his NFL hot streak with a game-winning drive against the Green Bay Packers.

DeVito passed 4-of-4 for 53 yards in the final two minutes of play to help the Giants escape with a 24-22 lead.

The @Giants game-winning drive. Presented by Tommy DeVito.
— NFL (@NFL) December 12, 2023
The undrafted rookie got an opportunity in New York after injuries left them without an option at quarterback. After a 2-7 start, DeVito helped the team reach a 5-8 record and are near a wildcard spot.

DeVito, who transferred to Illinois after losing the starting job at SU during the 2021 season, finished the night with 17-of-21 passing for 158 yards and a touchdown.

Syracuse pulls sneaky move with a Hibachi dinner to lure 4-star recruit away from Deion Sanders (; Sharma)

In the high-stakes world of college football recruiting, where programs vie for the talents of promising young athletes, Syracuse has seemingly pulled off a sly maneuver in securing the commitment of four-star edge rusher KingJoseph Edwards.

Edwards was reportedly also being chased by Deion Sanders and Colorado, pitting the Buffs against Syracuse coach Fran Brown, who threw a surprising element into the mix—a hibachi dinner.

KingJoseph Edwards, a highly sought-after prospect with 35 scholarship offers from football powerhouses across the nation, found himself at the center of a recruiting battle between Syracuse, Colorado and Florida State.

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However, the sneaky move by the Orange has raised eyebrows, as they strategically utilized a hibachi dinner experience to sway the talented edge rusher.

Hibachi Dinner heist: Syracuse's unique recruiting approach

Edwards, who canceled an official visit to Colorado after a change in the coaching staff, found solace and excitement in his visit to the Orange. The unique twist in the tale came in the form of a hibachi dinner hosted within the iconic basketball arena—the Dome.

Edwards expressed his delight and said:

"Hibachi in the Dome was real good. The experience is something I'll never forget."

Hype being built at Syracuse football impresses 4-star DB who just visited (itlh; Adler)

Koy Beasley, a 2024 four-star defensive back from Ohio who took an official visit to Syracuse football over the weekend, said in an interview that his trip to the ‘Cuse went better than he expected.

The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Beasley, listed as either a cornerback or a safety by the primary recruiting services, is a senior at La Salle High School in Cincinnati.

He verbally committed to Big Ten Conference member Purdue in June. On Sunday, he said via his X page that he had received a scholarship offer from the new Syracuse football coaching staff.

Syracuse offered ✅ @AllenTrieu @ChadSimmons_
— Koy Beasley ✞ (@KoyBeasley) December 10, 2023
Besides the Boilermakers and the Orange, Beasley’s full offer sheet also includes college squads such as Pittsburgh, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Boston College, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan State, Texas A&M, Southern California, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, and many others.

New ‘Cuse head coach Fran Brown was most recently the defensive backs coach at Georgia. Additionally, the Orange’s new defensive coordinator will be Elijah Robinson, who is currently serving as the interim head coach and co-defensive coordinator at Texas A&M.
... (; Leone)

The Syracuse University football team has been making noise in the college football world after they announced Fran Brown as their new head coach who is also a New Jersey native. Orange fans feel as if the hiring of Brown has opened new doors for the program, but his hiring may just also signify the beginning of Syracuse becoming the home of the many sought after recruits in the New Jersey area.

The weekend of December 10th was an important one for Syracuse football as it was the first time that the school would be hosting athletes on their official visit with Brown under the helm. The weekend was a huge score for Brown as he landed his first three commitments as head coach with all three of them coming from New Jersey, including the top ranked player in the state by Rivals, Yasin Willis, who all flipped from other schools.

Yasin Willis

The Montvale native is highly regarded as one of the best running backs in his class and the stats back that up. The 6 '1 senior has put up 1,000+ rushing yards in multiple seasons and ended his high school career with 2,821 yards and 38 touchdowns. This year, his skill set helped lead St. Joseph Regional to the non-public state quarterfinals where they fell to Seton Hall Prep. Willis has also been a member of the SFC All-League 1st team and looks to make some noise in the ACC.

He is surely bound to do so as Brown has made it clear that the run game for Syracuse will be a big emphasis as head coach. Willis possesses the skills to do so as he is able to block defenders and has the ability to outrun anyone. Willis previously committed to the University of Pittsburgh in July of 2023, but decommitted December 10th, the same day he announced his commitment to Syracuse University.

Jaylan Hornsby

Syracuse lands another top 10 player from New Jersey in Hornsby, as the 6 ‘3 Atco native is the 8th ranked recruit in the 2024 class. In his senior season, he had 420 yards and eight touchdowns from 22 receptions in eight games played. Hornsby will be able to slot in nicely with the returning wide receivers next year at Syracuse, as the position at Syracuse has taken great strides in the past few seasons. Hornsby helped to lead a talented Winslow team to the section championship, but fell just short of the state title as they fell in the state semifinals to Mainland.

Hornsby is a great addition to the Orange as he is a wide receiver who knows how to get open and can win battles in the end zone. He previously committed to Texas A&M University in July of 2023, but decommitted on December 10th, the same day he committed to Syracuse.

Jahide Lesaine Jr

Brown locked up his first defensive recruit in Lesaine Jr. ,who is a three star DE/TE from Irvington. Lesaine is exactly what Brown is looking for in order to improve the run game on the defensive side. The 6 ‘5 senior is a burst of energy from the snap and can quickly get past the offensive line to get to the ball carrier. He’s especially good at pressuring the quarterback and can tally up the sacks. Syracuse is lucky to have him on their side, because he will be a menace in the ACC next season.

Irvington fell in the sectional semifinals this year, but Lesaine’s impact on the field didn’t go unnoticed as he was named an All-State player. Lesaine previously committed to Kent State on December fourth and switched his commitment only six days later to the Orange.

Brown is looking to build an empire at Syracuse and these three commitments are just the beginning. Don’t be too surprised if in the coming years more and more New Jersey natives commit to Syracuse, because the hometown ties that Brown has will surely play a factor.

Syracuse football ‘something special in the making,’ says 5-star who visited (itlh; Adler)

KJ Bolden, a 2024 five-star safety from Georgia who is a consensus top-20 national prospect in the senior class, was among numerous highly rated prospects who took official visits to Syracuse football this past weekend.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Bolden, who verbally pledged to fellow Atlantic Coast Conference squad Florida State in early August, is a standout senior at Buford High School in Buford, Ga., near Atlanta.

He holds more than 40 scholarship offers, including from the ‘Cuse. Bolden’s full offer sheet includes college groups such as Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State, Arkansas, Boston College, Colorado, Duke, Florida, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Ole Miss, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, Southern California and West Virginia, among others.

It’s worth noting here that the new Syracuse football coaching staff includes head coach Fran Brown, defensive coordinator Elijah Robinson and defensive ends coach Nick Williams. Most recently, Brown was the defensive backs coach at Georgia, Williams was the defensive line coach at Colorado, and Robinson is currently the interim head coach and co-defensive coordinator at Texas A&M.

Syracuse Football: Why a 4-star recruit could be cornerstone for program (itlh; Fiello)

So Syracuse football fanatics and Orange Nation, what do you guys wanna talk about? Syracuse men’s basketball beating Georgetown? Is the Syracuse women’s basketball team deserving of being in the top 25 or at least more votes than they’re getting now? Oh yeah, there’s a new head coach in charge of Syracuse football.

On Monday, December 4th, Syracuse University formally announced Fran Brown was hired as head coach. And Coach Brown quickly hit the ground running getting out in the community, talking to current players and hitting the road recruiting old-timers.

This man is already in the community getting the old timers back.

I’ll be donating to the 2 NIL’s and to the Head Coach fund tomorrow immediately after the PC. Hope you will too. @FranBrownUGA
— James Curtin III (@jamescurtin) December 4, 2023
Ahh the recruiting though…am I right? Fran Brown was ranked the number one recruiter by various sources and has shown already he wants to do that at Syracuse. Amongst the recruits is a 6-foot-4, 230-pound DE/TE out of Georgia named KingJoseph Edwards. And in my eyes, the four-star Edwards could be the prize recruit if he chooses Syracuse football.

never seen nothing like this place in my life
— KingJoseph Edwards (@KingjosephE) December 9, 2023

Now let’s be clear here. There are debates about how many stars he has and personally I don’t care. If the coaches say he’s a guy we want, he’s a guy I want in Orange. He has Syracuse football in his final three and on December 19th, he will choose between Cuse, Colorado and Florida State.

Cole Snyder on Syracuse visit, Fran Brown’s vision for offense and how the Buffalo QB transfer would fit (PS; $; Carlson)

Syracuse recruit Cole Snyder, a transfer quarterback from Buffalo, considers the Orange one of his three most-likely landing spots and will prioritize an opportunity for playing time as he picks a school for his final season of college football.

Snyder visited Syracuse last weekend and said he has also visited Vanderbilt and Rice. He said those are the three schools he’s most interested at the moment, although he is still communicating with others.

Snyder said he does not have a set timeframe to make his decision, but he is hoping to pick his landing spot quickly. That timeline will be determined in part by how other quarterback dominos fall and how those choices impact his potential for playing time.

Syracuse is losing quarterback Garrett Shrader after this season. The roster’s three potential holdovers include unproven options Del Rio-Wilson, Braden Davis and Luke McPhail. The Orange’s quarterback situation was so bleak late in this season that tight end Dan Villari and running back LeQuint Allen took snaps under center.

Shrader arrived at Syracuse as a running quarterback. Snyder said new Syracuse coach Fran Brown has expressed a vision that includes moving toward a pro-style system, one in which the quarterback will use their legs to keep defenses honest and help extend plays while looking to throw.

Brown has been limited in what he has said publicly about his plans for the SU offense, saying the Orange will “do what the defense can’t stop” and that establishing a running game will be a priority.

“I’m not a run-first guy and I don’t really want to be,” Snyder said. “I’m the type of guy that’s going to shred you with my arm and has the ability to extend plays with his feet and holds people accountable in the run-game. If you’re going to be a run-first guy, I don’t know. ... I want to be in an offense that fits that. A lot of what Coach Brown wants to do will fit my strengths. I think it would be similar to where I’m coming from concept-wise.”

Georgia wide receiver Jackson Meeks announces transfer destination, reunites with Fran Brown (; Riley)

Another Bulldog has found a new home. And wide receiver Jackson Meeks will be teaming up with a familiar face as he is headed to Syracuse.

Meeks will have one year of eligibility left. Syracuse hired former Georgia defensive backs coach Fran Brown to be the program’s next head coach. He spent the previous two seasons in Athens.

AGTG my story was already written….
— •Jack• (@_7JMEEKS) December 12, 2023

Meeks is the third Bulldog to find a new home. Brock Vandagriff will play for Kentucky next season, while defensive lineman Jonathan Jefferson is headed to SMU.

Meeks was a special teams star for Georgia but had a limited impact as a wide receiver. He caught just 1 pass for 23 yards this season. Georgia has also seen wide receivers Yazeed Haynes and Mekhi Mews enter the transfer portal as well.

In total, the Bulldogs have had 13 players enter the transfer portal.

Georgia is expected to dip into the transfer portal to make up for some of the losses at the position. Vanderbilt wide receiver London Humphreys visited the program this weekend. Other wide receiver names to know include Vanderbilt’s Will Sheppard, Ohio State’s Julian Fleming and Miami’s Colbie Young.

Georgia knew it was going to have some transfer portal losses before the season came to an end. But head coach Kirby Smart doesn’t expect the transfer portal to have much of an impact in terms of how Georgia preps for the Orange Bowl against Florida State.

“I did talk to our team. They are very excited. I think of all the ballgames we could be in outside the Playoffs, this is where our kids would love to be,” Smart said. “This part is good. Yeah, really high-character team, a bunch of fun guys to coach. The guys that want to play in it, they’re going to continue with us, they’re going to enjoy that. We’ll have guys go into the portal, guys looking for their future, it’s bright for them maybe at other places. That’s what the portal is for.”

Syracuse reportedly hiring Louisville's Dale Williams as offensive line coach (DO; Alandt)

Syracuse football has hired former Louisville senior quality control coach Dale Williams as the team’s next offensive line coach, according to Williams was previously the offensive line coach at Purdue from 2017-22 and moved with Cardinals head coach Jeff Brohm to an off the field role this season. Williams, a graduate of West Virginia University, is from Cleveland, Ohio, and played football at St. Ignatius (O.H.) High School, one of the most successful high school football programs in the state.

After playing with the Mountaineers, where he was a two-year starter on the offensive line and was named the 1993 best lineman, he played one season in the Arena Football League for the Cleveland Thunderbolts. He then returned to West Virginia in 1994, where served as a graduate assistant for three seasons. Williams got his first full time job with North Greenville, which was then an NAIA school, as an assistant coach from 1996-97, before serving as Gardner-Webb’s offensive line coach, run game and recruiting coordinator for two seasons.

He moved to the University of Findlay in Ohio to be the school’s offensive line coach. During his final three seasons with the program, Williams also served as the offensive coordinator, run game coordinator and recruiting coordinator. In 2005, he was hired as the offensive line coach for Florida Atlantic, a position he held until 2012. He then returned to the high school level, coaching for two years at Lake Worth (F.L.) High School before accepting a position to be the offensive line coach under Brohm at Western Kentucky.

Steve Farmer currently serves as the offensive line coach for a unit that saw two season-ending injuries but ultimately jelled behind a revamped, run-first offense in the final three games of the season. He has been with the Orange for one year.

(youtube; podcast; Axe)

On the latest episode of Syracuse Sports, Brent Axe talks to John Garcia Jr. of Rivals. Garcia Jr. tells Axe about the recruiting targets now on Syracuse's radar thanks to the addition of Fran Brown as head coach, what to watch for with early signing day approaching on Dec. 20 and explains why some recent SU targets had their star ranking drop from four to three stars (and explains how the star ranking works in recruiting).

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

Brian opens the show with the return of Portal Watch! He discusses Georgia transfer WR Jackson Meeks and touches on some reports that SU has hired a new OL coach. Then, Brian gives his take on how Fran Brown seemingly is going after a certain type of QB in the portal right now before taking a fun trip through the archives of his Tommy DeVito two-minute drills.

Newhouse after Noon 12-12-23 (ESPN; radio; Newhouse after Noon)

Matt Lesnik and Izzy Sy start things off proposing a lineup change they’d like to see for Syracuse men’s basketball and looking ahead on the Orange’s schedule. Then, Richard Maj and Nicholas Waley discuss the possibilities ahead for Syracuse football under Fran Brown.

Byrum Brown Leads South Florida Into Boca Raton Bowl vs Syracuse (; Narducci)

As is the case in college football, South Florida’s dynamic redshirt freshman quarterback Byrum Brown recently confirmed that he was returning to the American Athletic Conference school for next season.

With the transfer portal so fluid, a highly-touted quarterback often has to answer these questions.

Make no mistake, Brown is a highly-touted player.

There were just two players in the country who have thrown for at least 3,000 yards and have run for 700 this season. Those two are Brown and Heisman Trophy winner Jayden Daniels of LSU.

That’s pretty heady company to be in.

No doubt had Brown entered the portal, he would have had plenty of suitors, but now he becomes the biggest attraction when USF (6-6) meets Syracuse (6-6) in the Boca Raton Bowl on Dec. 21 at FAU Stadium. ESPN will televise the 8 p.m. game.

The 6-foot-3, 209-pound Brown completed 64.1% of his passes for 3,073 yards, 23 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He rushed for 745 yards (3.9 avg.) and 11 touchdowns and set a single-season school record for passing yards.

With 3,823 total yards, he remains just 177 total yards shy of 4,000.

Brown leads the AAC and is seventh nationally in total offense, averaging 318.6 yards per game. He also leads the AAC and is 10th nationally in points responsible per game (17.3). (Daniels is No. 1 with 25.2).

USF became bowl-eligible with a 48-14 home win over Charlotte in the regular-season finale. In that game, Brown completed 22-of-30 passes for 253 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception. He also rushed for 43 yards on eight carries and scored on a 35-yard touchdown run.

Bulls Bowl SZN: Quinton Cooked, Flashback To The 2015 Syracuse Game - USF Athletics (; Johnson)

When it comes to the USF Bulls facing the Syracuse Orange in football, most people will naturally flash ahead to the Thursday, Dec. 21 matchup at the Boca Raton Bowl.

Quinton Flowers vs. Syracuse 2015

Quinton Flowers

It's the next game on the schedule — and it's an important one for both programs.

But for the seasoned veteran fans of Bulls football, the mention of USF vs. Syracuse will trigger memories of a magical 2015 afternoon at Raymond James Stadium, when the nonstop action produced the joy of kids on a playground, when suddenly all things became possible for USF's football program.

It was Oct. 10, 2015.

USF 45, Syracuse 24. Maybe the program's most easily defined watershed moment.

Heading into the game, the Bulls were 1-3 and struggling to find their footing under third-year Coach Willie Taggart. The USF program seemed on the way toward a fifth consecutive losing season, the glory days of a No. 2 rankings and six-straight bowl games a distance memory.

The blowout victory against Syracuse began a run of USF winning 35 of its next 41 games, which included three bowl-game appearances, 16 weeks in the national Top 25 rankings and the two winningest seasons in the program's history.

Here's the short story:

Against the Orange, USF produced 540 yards of offense and six offensive touchdowns (five in the second half). There were five scoring drives of 75 yards or greater. Sophomore quarterback Quinton Flowers went 15 of 22 passing for 259 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. The wide receivers had 12 catches. Sophomore running back Marlon Mack galloped for 184 yards and two scores on 20 carries.

On the game's signature play, wide receiver Ryeshene Bronson was all alone for a 42-yard scoring pass on a flea-flicker play, where the ball changed hands twice in the backfield before Flowers got the final pitch, then delivered the jaw-dropping touchdown toss.

Bulls Bowl SZN: Syracuse Match-up - USF Athletics (;; Johnston)

The Syracuse Orange — USF's opponent in the Thursday, Dec. 21 Boca Raton Bowl — have one of the proudest traditions in all of college football.

There's a national championship (1959).

There's a Heisman Trophy winner (Ernie Davis, 1961).

There are eight inductees into the College Football Hall of Fame — including Jim Brown, Larry Csonka, Floyd Little and Marvin Harrison Sr. — that are tied for the fourth-most from any school.

There are appearances in the Orange, Cotton, Sugar, Peach, Gator and Fiesta bowls.

There are five top-10 finishes in the Associated Press poll and 21 appearances in the final top 25.

But these days, the Orange program is more about transition than tradition.

The Orange (6-6) will face the Bulls (6-6) with an interim head coach — Nunzio Campanile — following the late-season firing of eighth-year head coach Dino Babers. Syracuse has since hired Georgia defensive backs coach Fran Brown as the new head coach, but he will recruit and assemble a new staff until the bowl game has been completed.

Brown said he plans to embrace Syracuse's tradition, but here are the facts: The Orange has won 10 games just twice since 1992. Since joining the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2013, the Orange haven't been serious contenders for an ACC title.

It's about baby steps. And Syracuse believes a victory against USF will represent a step in the right direction.

"There are some unique things going on with Syracuse,'' head coach Alex Golesh said. "Interim head coach and some uncertainty (with the staff). I've been through that. But they're preparing for a game and so are we. The more game film to watch on Syracuse, the better. We're trying to learn all that we can because, certainly, getting to play against an ACC team and winning the bowl game, that's all very important to us.''

The Bulls will need to contain sophomore running back LeQuint Allen (6-feet, 195 pounds), one of two Orange players named to the All-ACC second team (along with junior linebacker Marlow Wax). Allen rushed for a career-high 1,062 yards and nine touchdowns, while registering a team-high 36 receptions.

Senior quarterback Garrett Schrader (6-4, 228) is the leader of the passing attack. Shrader is completing 62.6 percent of his passes for 1,686 yards with 13 touchdowns and six interceptions. Overall, Syracuse is ranked 85th nationally in offense (358.7 yards per game).

Defensively, Syracuse is ranked 65th nationally (378.3). Wax (6-1, 239) has a team-leading 101 tackles and his 5.4 tackles per game ranks 13th nationally. He also has 35.5 career tackles for a loss (seventh in Syracuse history) along with eight forced fumbles (second).

Brown Named Nation's Best DB Coach - Syracuse University Athletics (

New head coach Fran Brown picked up one more accolade as an assistant coach on Monday, earning a spot on 247Sports' All-Assistant Team.

Brown was picked as the top defensive backs coach in the country for his work with Georgia this season. Georgia, which replaced a pair of NFL Draft Picks from its 2022 secondary in Chris Smith and Kelee Ringo, managed to place three players on this year's All-SEC team from the secondary, the most in the conference.

Malaki Starks led the Bulldogs defense this year as a First-Team All-SEC selection, becoming a finalist for both the Jim Thorpe Award and Nagurski Trophy.

Brown was also named the nation's No. 1 recruiter in this cycle by the outlet.

Brown was hired as Syracuse's head coach last Monday.

Syracuse football WR Isaiah Jones enters name in transfer portal (PS; Carlson)

Syracuse wide receiver Isaiah Jones has entered his name into the transfer portal, a source with access to the portal confirmed to on Tuesday,

Jones’ decision to enter his name into the portal was first reported by Rivals.

Syracuse WR Isaiah Jones entered the portal. Had 166 yards and 2 TD this season. He will be a grad transfer.
— NCAA Transfer Portal (@RivalsPortal) December 12, 2023

Jones flashed promise early in each of the past two seasons before they were each derailed by injury.

He was considered the favorite to emerge as the No. 2 receiving option behind tight end Oronde Gadsden II on this year’s team but was injured in the Orange’s Week 3 game against Purdue.

During the first two weeks of the season, Jones caught eight passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns. After his injury, Jones played in 10 games but was used sparingly. Gadsden’s absence due to injury and Jones’ ineffectiveness helped doom SU’s pass offense for most of the year.

Over the past two years combined, Jones caught 13 passes for 226 yards and three touchdowns. He played in 27 games for Syracuse over the last four years.

Jones become the second offensive player from Syracuse to enter the portal on Tuesday, joining backup running back Ike Daniels.

Syracuse would certainly like to upgrade its receiving group before next season, although it does have plenty of players with eligibility remaining. That list that is topped by Gadsden and includes Damien Alford, Umari Hatcher and Donovan Brown.

Freshman linebacker Josiah Jeffrey will transfer from Syracuse football (PS; $; Carlson)

Syracuse freshman linebacker Josiah Jeffrey announced on social media that he will enter his name into the transfer portal.

Thank you cuse
— ““ ⁸ (@JosiahJeffery8) December 12, 2023

The Orange landed Jeffrey on National Signing Day last year. He did not play in a game for Syracuse last season.

Listed at 6-foot-1 and 220 pounds, Jeffrey came to Syracuse ranked as a three-star recruit, the No. 35 prospect in South Carolina and the No. 2,028 player nationally. According to 247 Sports, Jeffrey also had an offer from Appalachian State.

The native of Greenville, South Carolina, joins a list of transfers from the defensive side of the ball for Syracuse, many of whom played sparingly.

The most notable players to pursue a transfer was edge rusher Leon Lowry, who transferred to Wisconsin. Defensive backs Jeremiah Wilson and Aman Greenwood and defensive end Terry Lockett are three other players who saw playing time last season and have entered their names into the transfer portal.

Ike Daniels leaving Syracuse, entering transfer portal (; Staff)

Ike Daniels’ stay at Syracuse was a short one.

The former Mountain View High School football star announced on social media Tuesday that he’s entering the NCAA’s transfer portal with four seasons of eligibility after the Orange fired coach Dino Babers and hired Fran Brown as his successor.

Daniels played running back in Syracuse’s first four games last season, the maximum allowed by the NCAA before a player loses his opportunity to redshirt. He made an instant impact, earning Atlantic Coast Conference freshman of the week honors after rushing for 63 yards on 11 carries in a season-opening victory over Colgate.

In his four games for Syracuse, Daniels gained 103 yards on 18 carries and caught three passes for 19 yards.

He was named Free Lance-Star All-Area player of the year as a junior at Mountain View in 2021, when he amassed 1,560 all-purpose yards and scored 17 touchdowns. He was even more productive as a senior, rushing for 1,721 yards and 20 touchdowns, including two 99-yarders, and averaging 12 yards per carry. He was rated the state’s No. 10 player in the class of 2023.

Daniels is the third area player to officially enter the transfer portal.

James Madison linebacker Aiden Fisher, a Riverbend graduate, is exploring his options after coach Curt Cignetti left for Indiana. And Eastern View graduate Blake Leake, who played linebacker for four seasons at Bucknell, is also seeking a new home.

Saint Michael coach Hugh Brown said that senior linebacker Michael Matthews-Canty is firm on his commitment to Syracuse despite the coaching change.

High school players are allowed to sign letters of intent next week.


Allman Brothers Band releasing 1972 Syracuse University concert on CD & digital for the first time - X101 Always Classic (

The Allman Brothers Band is revisiting a classic live performance for a new release coming early next year.

Manley Field House, Syracuse University, April 7, 1972, dropping January 12, captures a concert during the group’s brief Five-Man-Band period, following the October 1971 death of Duane Allman, which saw them playing over 40 shows with a lineup of only five original members: Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks and Jaimoe.

Although the concert has previously been available as a fan bootleg, this is the first time it will be released digitally and on CD. It includes performances of such classic tunes as “Midnight Rider,” “Whipping Post” and “Statesboro Blues,” as well as the one-time-only “Syracuse Jam,” a performance that doesn’t appear on any other known recording from the band.

Here is the track list for Manley Field House, Syracuse University, April 7, 1972”

“Statesboro Blues”
“Done Somebody Wrong”
“Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More”
“One Way Out”
“Stormy Monday”
“You Don’t Love Me”
“In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed”
“Midnight Rider”
“Whipping Post”
“Syracuse Jam”
“Hot ‘Lanta”

ACC News (SI; Mire)

A little over a week has passed after the college football world was taken by surprise when the College Football Playoff Committee put Alabama and Texas in the playoffs in front of Florida State. The Crimson Tide and the Longhorns are both 12-1 while the Seminoles ran the table 13-0 while winning the ACC Championship.

ESPN's Paul Finebaum was quick to justify putting in a one-loss SEC team over an undefeated ACC Champion and says that the backlash has made it hard to concentrate.

"It's been kind of hard to concentrate on that because everywhere I go, I run into people who are screaming at me about Florida State," Finebaum said on McElroy and Cubic in the Morning.

Finebaum went on to say that fan outrage has been unprecedented which seems just given that the playoff committee has never left out an undefeated ACC Champion since its beginning in 2014.

Mike Bianchi: Please, FSU, join the SEC — not the Big Ten (; Bianchi)

Whether it’s a ridiculous rumor or a realistic possibility, let’s hope it’s not true.

Let’s hope the Florida State Seminoles are not considering leaving the ACC for the Big Ten.

Not that I think the Seminoles should stay put if there’s any way financially feasible to get out; I just hate the idea of FSU in the Big Ten. This would be a worst fit than a giraffe trying to squeeze into a smart car. If the Seminoles are bound and determined to leave the ACC then I hope they figure out a way join the Florida Gators in the SEC where they belong.

Where they have always belonged.

Of course, we don’t know if FSU is going anywhere anytime soon. All we have is a bunch of rumor, innuendo, saber-rattling and public posturing.

After undefeated Florida State was snubbed by the College Football Playoff Committee, the latest rumor started on Twitter and somehow morphed into a long article that ran on the hometown Tallahassee Democrat’s website underneath the headline: “Is FSU leaving the ACC for Big Ten after being left out of playoffs? Here’s what we know.”

What we know isn’t a whole lot except that FSU officials have been perpetually unhappy in the ACC because of a conference media rights deal that pales in comparison to the SEC and Big Ten. FSU President Richard McCullough, AD Michael Alford and Board of Trustees member Drew Weatherford have all made it clear that the future $30 million-$40 million annual revenue discrepancy with SEC/Big Ten teams is why the Seminoles are exploring exit strategies.

“We cannot be $30 million behind every year compared to our peers,” Alford said a few months ago at a Board of Trustees meeting. “Something has to change moving forward.”

- NSD Preview: Flip watch, predictions for the ACC (; podcast; Friedman)

National Signing Day, the biggest day of the recruiting calendar, is next Wednesday and the drama is building for some of the nation's top recruits. Uncommitted prospects are finalizing their plans while some verbally committed players are wondering if they need to rethink their decisions.

This week we take a closer look at the major storylines and important prospects fans need to be following in each conference. Up first is the ACC.

2023 Rx for CFP Justice (RX; HM)

2023 Rx for CFP Justice

The CFP Selection Committee screwed the ACC Champ, Florida State, out of their well-deserved playoff spot. This had the effect of bumping Louisville and others, costing the ACC millions in bowl revenues, and giving the appearance of being relegated to a lower status unworthy of the playoffs.

What can be done to redress these injustices?

Boycott the Rose Bowl and all other SEC-vs-B1G bowl games.

These teams were picked for these bowls for one reason: tv ratings. Don't give them the satisfaction of being right! There are about 100 million people in the ACC footprint. If enough of them were to boycott these bowl games, their ratings would drop.

Watch as many ACC bowl games are you can.

For the same reason, fans of all 18 current and future ACC schools should do what they can to boost TV ratings. If FSU, Clemson, Miami, UNC, NC State, VT, Pitt, Syracuse and Louisville pool their fan bases together, they could get over 10 million people watching each ACC bowl.

Root for Florida State to beat Georgia in the Orange Bowl.

If/when FSU does beat Georgia, there's a possibility of a split national title. The rest of the ACC must vigorously support that claim, if it happens! That would hit the CFP where it hurts.

Team Recruiting Ranking 2023 Dec 12 (RX; HM)

Team Recruiting Ranking 2023 Dec 12

Early Signing Day is next week (December 20, 2023). How are ACC teams doing in comparison to the rest of FBS? Here's a look at Rivals Team Ranking, re-ranked by average player rating (which I think is more important than total points). All 2024 ACC schools - including Notre Dame - are highlighted in light blue:


1Texas A&M1511310414
2Ohio State22315403.9518
5Notre Dame23117503.8318
11Florida State23214613.7416
14South Carolina17111413.7112
19Penn State250141103.5614
20Miami (FL)282131123.5415


27Virginia Tech15051003.335
30Texas Tech22141703.275
31North Carolina27081813.268
32Miss. State16041203.254


41Georgia Tech23032003.133
42Michigan State801703.131
43Arizona State17021503.122
46NC State22051523.055
50Oklahoma State160016030
51Iowa State170017030
56West Virginia18001712.940
59Kansas State13011022.921
60Boston College900812.890


ACC Sports News 2023 Dec 12 (RX; HM)

ACC Sports News 2023 Dec 12

It's official: former Duke QB Riley Leonard is transferring to Notre Dame. Riley says it's "a dream come true". He has one year of eligibility remaining. Is this what will happen to all Duke and Wake Forest senior quarterbacks from now on?
Speaking of the former Wake Forest and recent Notre Dame QB, Sam Hartman has opted to sit out the Sun Bowl, so the Irish will go with Steve Angeli (who?) when they play the Oregon State Beavers.
North Carolina QB Drake Maye has also opted out of his bowl game (Duke's Mayo) and declared that he will enter the 2024 NFL Draft.
Riley Leonard may end up throwing a few passes to former Clemson WR Beaux Collins who is also transferring to Notre Dame in a move that could result in upgrading both teams' receiving corps (depending on who the Tigers replace him with - Clemson's WRs haven't been all that impressive the last couple of years, tbh).

The 2024 SEC Football Schedule will be announced tomorrow, December 13th, 2023. It will be simulcast on ESPN and SECN. The 2024 ACC Football Schedule will not be announced until Jan. 31st, 2024. It will be shown on ACCN; ESPN has a Kentucky vs. Florida basketball game scheduled that night. But ESPN is not biased, they say. At least both announcements are on a Wednesday night.
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The 8-story building at 727 S. Crouse Ave., at top left in photo, looms over Marshall Street near the Syracuse University campus. SU is converting he building, formerly known as The Marshall, to a dorm, . N. Scott Trimble | strimble@syracuse.comN. Scott Trimble |

SU to convert a $69M apartment complex to a student dorm. What does that mean for taxes? (PS; $; Cazentre)

Syracuse University plans to convert a luxury high-rise apartment building it owns near campus into a dorm for second-year students.

The change at 727 S. Crouse Ave., formerly known as The Marshall, continues SU’s effort to create more student housing units on or near its main campus, in part by relocating them from the South Campus area.

It also raises questions about property taxes. The property is taxable now (although it has a significant temporary tax break), but SU could seek to have it taken fully or completely off the tax rolls in the future. The current annual city and school district tax bill is $46,650.

The Marshall opened in 2019 as an 8-story private complex with commercial space on the first floor and residential units with a total of 287 beds. SU bought the property for $69.4 million in 2021.

Since then, it has been open to tenants paying market rate rents, including SU students who have completed the requirement to live in campus housing during their first two years. When it was still private, rents were $1,200 to $1,800 a month per bed. The building has studio apartments plus one-, two-, and four-bedroom units.

SU announced the change Friday. Students can begin applying for space in the 727 S. Crouse building in the spring, and begin living there starting in the fall of 2024.

The news follows last month’s announcement that SU plans to convert the Sheraton University Hotel it owns on University Avenue near Marshall Street into a 400-bed residence hall.

Both moves are related to the university’s Campus Framework plan, developed in 2017. Among the key points in the framework is moving more student housing to the main campus “to heighten access to libraries, study space, student service resources, recreation, and the city community.”

Alumni Connections | Passion for Art | Syracuse University (youtube; video; Syracuse University)

Renowned cartoonist Robb Armstrong ’85, the creator of the syndicated comic strip JumpStart, has always appreciated an influential art teacher’s guidance that led him to Syracuse University. These days, Armstrong is committed to helping guide the next generation on their path to success. In a recent campus visit, he sat down for an interview with Nikkos Saviolis ’23, an illustration major who aspires to write and draw graphic novels.

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