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Aug 15, 2011

Welcome to National Science Fiction Day!

National Science Fiction Day promotes the science fiction genre, celebrates its creators and history, and commemorates the birthday of renowned science fiction author Isaac Asimov, who was born on January 2, 1920. Born Isaak Yudovich Ozimov in Petrovichi, Russia, young Isaak and his family immigrated to America from Russia when he was a toddler, making their home in Brooklyn and changing their name to Asimov. Asimov worked in his father's candy stores while growing up. After graduating high school at 15, he entered Columbia University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science, M.A., and Ph.D. He married Gertrude Blugerman in 1942. He began working at Boston University School of Medicine in 1949 and became an associate professor in biochemistry in 1955. However, writing was his passion and he pursued it throughout his tenure as a professor.

SU News (SI; McAllister)

Syracuse football has landed another player from the transfer portal and it is a familiar name. LSU cornerback Duce Chestnut announced his commitment to the Orange on at Midnight on New Years' Day. He previously played for Syracuse before transferring to LSU last offseason. He has two years of eligibility remaining and is rated a four star transfer by 247Sports.

Chestnut was one of Syracuse football's best defensive players in 2021 and 2022. He started as a cornerback every game those two seasons, including in 2021 as a true freshman. After recording three interceptions, 43 tackles and eight passes defensed his freshman year, he was named a freshman All-American by ESPN, FWAA, Pro Football Focus and 247Sports. He was named Third Team All-ACC that year and was the runner up for ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year.

In 2022, he had 40 tackles and one interception which led to All ACC Honorable Mention honors. Following that year, Chestnut jumped into the transfer portal and was pursued by several high profile programs. He ultimately ended up picking LSU as his transfer destination.

Chestnut started in the season opener against Florida State, picking off a pass in his Tigers debut. However, he would get benched after that and only appeared in one other game the rest of the season. Later in the year, head coach Brian Kelly announced that Chestnut was no longer with the team.
... (SOI; McAllister)

New Mexico State defensive tackle transfer Dion "Tank" Wilson has committed to Syracuse, he announced Monday night. Wilson also had offers from Texas A&M and Rutgers. He was supposed to visit all three this week but announced his commitment before those trips. Wilson is listed at 6-5, 300 pounds and has two years of eligibility remaining.

Wilson started his career at Arizona. He redshirted as a freshman in 2020, appeared in six games as a reserve in 2021 and then 10 as a reserve in 2022 before transferring to New Mexico State. The 6-5, 300 pounder recorded 30 tackles and 1.5 sacks last season.

As a high school recruit, Wilson was rated a three star prospect out of Orange Vista High in California. He signed with the Wildcats over offers from Arizona State, Hawaii, Kansas State and others.

As a transfer, Wilson has reported offers from Western Kentucky, North Texas, Texas Tech, Colorado State, Indiana, California, Rutgers, Texas A&M, Coastal Carolina and Syracuse, among others.

Wilson is the eighth player to commit to Syracuse out of the transfer portal and the second defensive lineman joining Texas A&M transfer Fadil Diggs. Diggs, however is expected to play defensive end while Wilson will play inside at defensive tackle.

SU football lands a “Tank” from the portal for DL depth (PS; $; Axe)

Syracuse football’s defensive line has added some needed depth out of the transfer portal.

New Mexico State defensive lineman Dion “Tank” Wilson Jr. announced on Monday night that he has committed to Syracuse.

Wilson Jr. is listed at 6-foot-5, 300 pounds. He recorded 30 tackles and 1.5 sacks last season for the Aggies. The junior has two years of eligibility remaining.

Wilson Jr. originally committed to Arizona and played a combined 16 games for the Wildcats in the 2021 and 2022 seasons before transferring to New Mexico State. Wilson Jr. was named to the 2023 Phil Steele Preseason All-Conference USA Third Team.

Syracuse Football: Top national expert calls ‘Cuse big winner in early signing period (itlh; Adler)

The early signing period for the 2024 class occurred not that long ago, and Syracuse football made a big splash with this cycle, earning high marks from national recruiting analysts.

Under head coach Fran Brown and his new staff, the Orange landed commitments from at least 18 high school seniors, including several who flipped from prior verbal commitments elsewhere, and at least seven college transfers.

Numerous of these ‘Cuse pledges are rated four stars and highly ranked in the 2024 class, both at the high school level and via the transfer portal.

For one, Syracuse football scored a huge commitment from Ohio State junior quarterback Kyle McCord, who is four stars in the transfer portal cycle and was also a former five-star prep recruit.

McCord, who had officially visited Nebraska, took a trip to Central New York shortly thereafter and then announced he would transfer from the Buckeyes to the Orange. He is the highest-rated commit for the ‘Cuse in many years.

A top expert is high on the Syracuse football 2024 class.

In recent days, national analyst Adam Friedman published a piece where he looked at the winners and losers from the early signing period within the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Unsurprisingly, Friedman placed the ‘Cuse in his winners’ category, writing in part, “Syracuse continued its impressive run of adding big-time prospects out of the high school ranks on National Signing Day.”

Syracuse Football: Why ‘Cuse can compete for ACC crown, playoff berth in 2024 (itlh; Adler)

Syracuse football has a 2024 schedule that, on paper, looks more than manageable.

The team’s regular-season slate in 2024 isn’t entirely done, as a non-conference battle with Army will not proceed, due to the Black Knights’ decision in late October to join the American Athletic Conference.

Even still, based on the 2024 roster that head coach Fran Brown and his staff are building on the Hill, I feel that the ‘Cuse could – I repeat, “could” – vie for the top-tier in the Atlantic Coast Conference and potentially make a run at a berth in the College Football Playoff, an event that next season will expand from four participants to 12.

I know, I know. I’m a homer with this column. I get it. The Orange is a combined 13-13 over the past two terms, although it did make a bowl game in each season.

And Brown has yet to coach a game in Central New York. So, sure, all of this is speculation. But in recent weeks, amid the many exciting developments related to recruiting and new staff hires within the program, I’ve seen a ton of fans and even some national observers float a bit of chatter that suggests the ‘Cuse could vastly improve its standing on a national scale in 2024.

Only time will tell.

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Moe Neal’s story really felt special, he let the world know that he’s just a God’s child living his dream and purpose. He gave us insight on how he coaches and mentors the youth that wants to become successful football players or successful athletes in general.

TNIAAM Year in Review: Some of our favorite stories of 2023 (TNIAAM; Wall)

As we get ready to wrap up 2023, we look back at some of our favorite Syracuse Orange stories of the past year.

In no particular order, we’ll start with James who delivered a strong recap of Jim Boeheim’s legacy as the Hall of Fame Head Coach decided to retire. Then he followed up with a welcome of the Adrian Autry era.

Dom took the lead on a piece talking about the lack of buzz around the Syracuse-Clemson game last fall. An undefeated Orange squad hosting Dabo wasn’t met with a lot of excitement and that probably said a lot about football fans' opinions of Dino Babers.

Mike was on top of social media when Judah Mintz hinted at his return for a second year. We’re thankful that Judah is back in Syracuse this winter because it wasn’t anything that had been guaranteed.

Christian took a look at Judah’s NBA prospects last winter. It’s a good discussion about production vs potential when it comes to the pro drafts.

Potential also comes in the form of landing big-time recruits. It looks like Adrian Autry landed one of those in Donnie Freeman which Ben covered.

With Fran Brown in charge of Syracuse Football we’re going to need to get used to talking about recruiting weekends like the one Steve recapped in December.

ACC News

Teel: On the ACC's bizarre football season and how to remedy bowl opt-outs (; Teel)

The ACC’s football season ended Saturday when its undefeated champion, absent dozens of players and representing a university determined to leave the conference, endured a 60-point drubbing in the Orange Bowl.
Unprecedented and bizarre don’t begin to describe the situation.
That Georgia dismantled Florida State was utterly predictable. Injuries, transfers and opt-outs left the Seminoles without 29 players, including eight All-ACC performers.

But the 63-3 margin, the largest in FSU and bowl history, was jarring. After failing to score on their first series, the Bulldogs scored touchdowns on nine consecutive possessions.

How to make sense of it all, for an institution that recently sued the ACC and remains outraged by its playoff exclusion, and for an ACC that can’t shake an ill-timed, three-year football malaise?

Start with this: Aside from lawyers and their billable hours, outright winners were scarce.

Louisville (10-4) reached its first ACC championship game and turfed Notre Dame but ended the season on a three-game losing streak.

North Carolina (8-5) plummeted from 6-0 and No. 10 in the Associated Press poll to unranked.

3 things we learned from FSU's loss to Georgia in the Orange Bowl (; Murchel)

The emotions of Florida State coach Mike Norvell were raw and unfiltered.

The fourth-year coach watched his Seminoles get outplayed from start to finish in a stunning 63-3 loss to Georgia (13-1, 8-0 SEC) in the Capital One Orange Bowl Saturday night. It was a disappointing finish to one of the most challenging months of Norvell’s tenure in Tallahassee.

FSU (13-1, 8-0 ACC) was a shell of itself, with nearly 30 players choosing to opt out of the game to either transfer or to prepare for the upcoming NFL combine and subsequent draft. Many of those might have played if the Seminoles had qualified for the College Football Playoff as expected, but after being snubbed, those intentions changed.

“The most challenging month I’ve ever had in my coaching career because you feel for your players,” Norvell said following the loss, the worst in program history.

Here are three things learned from FSU’s loss:

FSU’s quarterback situation is in flux

Jordan Travis‘ presence at quarterback was a significant factor in Florida State’s undefeated regular season.

But when Travis went down with a season-ending injury in the next-to-last game, it demonstrated the need for the program to find its next quarterback. Backup Tate Rodemaker filled in admirably before surprisingly entering the transfer portal last week. That left true freshman Brock Glenn as the Seminoles’ best option in the bowl game.

Glenn finished 9-of-26 with 139 passing yards but failed to throw a touchdown pass. His three turnovers — two interceptions and a fumble — led to 21 unanswered points by the Bulldogs.

The small sample size of Glenn’s work may not be enough to believe he’s the program’s future quarterback.

Instead, it’s likely that next season’s starting quarterback is not on the roster and could arrive through the transfer portal.

Plenty of young talent to build on

Glenn wasn’t the only player to get a chance on a big stage.

Players such as defensive lineman Darrell Jackson Jr., who saw his first action after missing the season following the NCAA’s denial of his hardship waiver, got significant snaps and finished with 3 tackles, including half a tackle for loss. Freshman defensive back Conrad Hussey led the team with 7 tackles.

“A lot of guys got the most extensive work they’ve had in this season,” said Norvell. “We had a lot of young players that kind of got thrown into it and you get to see where you are.”

Orange Bowl wasn’t indicative of season

People shouldn’t let the final score influence their opinions of Florida State’s season.

The loss of 14 starters, including running back Trey Benson, receivers Johnny Wilson and Keon Coleman and edge rusher Jared Verse, left the Seminoles without much of the foundation from its 13-win campaign. Players opting out of bowl games are nothing new, but not at the level seen at FSU.

“Our [situation] was unique; something that’s never happened in college football,” said Norvell. “Ultimately, I think there were a lot of things that made it extremely challenging. I do think that the [12-team] expanded playoff and opportunities for teams that earn it [a conference championship] to go compete for it all will help.”

Georgia coach Kirby Smart was sympathetic to Florida State’s situation, which is becoming more common in college football.

“People need to see what happened tonight and they need to fix this. It needs to be fixed,” said Smart. “It’s very unfortunate that they [FSU], who has a good football team and a good football program, are in the position they’re in.

“College football has to decide what they want, and I know things are changing. I know things are going to change next year. People have got to decide what they want and what they really want to get out of it because it’s really unfortunate for those kids on that sideline that had to play in that game that didn’t have their full arsenal, and it affected the game 100%.” (SI; Veazey)

Florida State and the Atlantic Coast Conference have moved their battle into court but there is still a public war of words between the two parties. Commissioner Jim Phillips went on the ACC Network's pregame panel this weekend at the Capital One Orange Bowl and was asked about Florida State's decision to file a lawsuit against the conference.

Late in December, the university's Board of Trustees claimed the ACC breached their contract, among other things. Below was Phillips' response to the prompt on the ACC's answer to the lawsuit.

'Well it's a legal case now and I stand by every word that myself and President Jim Ryan at Virginia, who's the chair of the ACC board, indicated," Phillips said on the broadcast. "We're incredibly disappointed and we feel very strongly about a document that was signed by one of our members, willingly signed by one of our members back in '13 and in '16, and we're ready to fight. And we will go through this in a reasonable way, but we will protect the ACC."


ACC 2023 Football Power Rankings: Where did Virginia Tech finish? (; Roche)

It certainly was an interesting 2023 ACC football season. From Duke's season-opening win over Clemson to Florida State running the table at 13-0, winning the ACC Championship game over Louisville, to the Seminoles being left out of the four-team College Football Playoff and a pair of one-loss conference champions, Texas and Alabama, getting in over Mike Norvell's team.

It was a less-than-stellar bowl season for the ACC, going 5-6, with Georgia Tech, Clemson, Duke, Virginia Tech, and Boston College emerging with wins. After that, the results were what they were and it's hard to put a lot of stock into the bowl results for the most part as a lot of teams have players enter the transfer portal or opt out for different reasons.

With that said, here is the ACC Football Power Rankings as all teams shift their focus to 2024.

14 Virginia Cavaliers 3-9

It was a rough season in Charlottesville for Tony Elliott and his team. It appears he has survived for another year and will get one more shot next season to turn things around. There needs to be significant progress next season for the Cavaliers.

13 Pittsburgh Panthers 3-9

Things went sideways very fast this season for coach Pat Narduzzi and his team. After a loss to Virginia Tech, Boston College transfer quarterback Phil Jurkovec was replaced and even took some snaps at tight end in practice. Like Virginia, there needs to be more progress in 2024 for the Panthers.

12 Wake Forest Demon Deacons 4-8

It was a rough fall in Winston-Salem for Dave Clawson and the Demon Deacons. They went 1-7 in the ACC, with their lone conference win being Pittsburgh. Wake Forest fans are not used to one-win conference seasons and it'll be interesting to see what changes this offseason.

11 Syracuse Orange 6-7

This might be the last time for a while that the Orange will have a double-digit rank next to their name. After starting 4-0, they were 2-6 in the ACC but beat Wake Forest in the final game to become bowl-eligible. They fired Dino Babers and hired Fran Brown who hit it big with Ohio State transfer quarterback Kyle McCord and a highly-ranked incoming class. The memories of the 45-0 Boca Raton Bowl on Dec. 21 are going to be quickly forgotten.

10 Miami Hurricanes 7-6

Year two under Mario Cristobal was not what Hurricanes' fans were hoping for. Things went sideways real fast and it started with the incredible decision to not take a knee against Georgia Tech, which led to a turnover and a stunning Yellow Jackets touchdown in the final seconds for a win. Miami closed the season with a Pinstripe Bowl loss to Rutgers and leaves them 12-13 in Cristobal's first two seasons in South Florida. Not what fans had in mind when he was hired.
... (; Borba)

The last month or so for Florida State has been less than ideal, and even that is an understatement.

The Seminoles lost their starting quarterback Jordan Travis to a season-ending injury against North Alabama on November 18. They beat Florida the following week but ended up losing their backup quarterback Tate Rodemaker due to an injury. This thrust freshman quarterback Brock Glenn into the fire that was the ACC title game, which they won, but not in a convincing enough fashion.

The Seminoles were left out of the College Football Playoff, and to make things worse were matched up against an angry Georgia team that was also left out. The two teams met on Saturday for the Capital One Orange Bowl, and with a little over three minutes remaining in the first half, the Seminoles are trailing 35-3.

Even though Florida State is missing over 20 players for this game, social media is not holding back, with many implying they didn't deserve to make the playoff.

Friedlander: Bests and worsts from the ACC's 11 bowl games - Saturday Road (; Friedlander)

At some point during every bowl game ESPN televises, which means most of them, a graphic will be shown documenting the postseason record of every conference.

It’s a meaningless stat considering the wide range of variables in play, including matchups, injuries, opt-outs and other factors.

Just ask Mike Norvell and Florida State.

And yet, the results of the “Capital One Bowl Challenge” will inevitably be hailed by some as a definitive statement on the strengths or weaknesses of the various leagues. For the record, the ACC finished with a 5-6 mark in its 11 bowl games. Not great. Not terrible.

Of greater significance is the fact that the league had 10 teams finish with winning records. It’s only the 2nd time in the past decade that’s happened and the 1st time since 11 did it in 2016.

Now that all the games are in the book and the new year is upon us, here’s a look back at the best and worst of the ACC’s busy bowl season:

Biggest ‘What if’

Florida State’s opt-outs: Interpret the Seminoles’ 63-3 Orange Bowl shellacking at the hands of Georgia any way you like. And needless to say, it’s been interpreted several different ways on social media depending on your allegiances.

Conference expansion: Five bold predictions for the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12 and the SEC (; Dyer)

For the college football world in 2024, only one thing is certain: There will be more change. And that means for the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12 and the SEC, that conference re-alignment is likely not slowing down.

Oh yea, and Notre Dame. Can’t forget Notre Dame.

Now, with the ACC likely to change substantially due to Florida State’s lawsuit (one way or another, something is going to break), there is likely to be another domino effect in place in the college sports landscape. The ACC won’t fall part (more on that later) but will likely have to shift and morph in the next few months to keep up.

What will that look like? And how will the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12 and SEC respond?

Scroll down and find out five bold predictions for conference re-alignment in 2024!

Florida State will leave the ACC and head to this Power Five conference

Florida State is appealing to the Big Ten for obvious reasons. The Seminoles are a national brand and bring the top-third of the state with them as a television market.

But, they aren’t an AAU member institution and their media market size is small relative to some of the other competing schools.

Florida won’t want Florida State in the SEC which pushes Florida State to…the Big 12.

Georgia Tech will generate Big Ten interest

If the ACC begins to implode, then the likes of Georgia Tech become very appealing. Much like when Rutgers and Maryland entered the Big Ten in 2014, a move for Georgia Tech would be about market and tapping some strong recruiting turf.

Georgia Tech plays second fiddle to Georgia in the state. But if they can help deliver the Atlanta market for the Big Ten, then the conference will need to take a long look.

It may not be a great fit, after all Georgia Tech has had some struggles in recent years in football (but did finish 7-6 with a bowl win this year). Georgia Tech is a sneaky sleeper pick to the Big Ten.

The most likely ACC program to bolt to the Big Ten is...


Consider that Miami is a coveted market and a premier academic institution (just joined the AAU in 2023). There is the tradition and history in football as well as a strong men’s basketball team and a history in the Olympic sports.

The Hurricanes have a national brand and five national championships in the past four decades. To be able to land this television market along with their national following would be huge for the Big Ten.

That they are already AAU and have strong non-revenue sports makes Miami choice No. 1, choice No. 2 and choice No.3 for the Big Ten.

Would the Carolina schools (including Duke) leave the ACC?

The ACC isn’t going to fall apart, but it might look very different. Were Duke, North Carolina and North Carolina State to leave, it really wouldn’t be the ACC anymore.

Bold prediction? Neither of the three leave. Nor does Wake Forest (they don’t carry as much weight as the other three Carolina schools). The history, tradition and rivalry on the court (and to a lesser extent, on the field), wins out for these schools.

All the Carolina schools will stay in the bent and broken ACC.

Will Notre Dame leave its weird marriage with the ACC and join the Big Ten?


#6 Georgia vs #5 Florida State Highlights | 2023 Orange Bowl | College Football Highlights (youtube; video; ACC DN)

Georgia vs Florida State Highlights (Florida State vs Georgia) | 2023 College Football Highlights. Georgia Football and Florida State Football played in the 2023 Orange Bowl. Worst beatdown in the bowl history. Worst loss by an ACC school in history.

‎Locked On ACC - Daily College Football & Basketball Podcast: Noles Thrashed by Bulldogs and ACC Year in Review on Apple Podcasts (; podcast; Locked on ACC)

In this episode, Kenton evaluates how foolish it is to put too much stock in the FSU UGA game and he gives some new year's resolutions to multiple teams in the conference.

Track which conferences are winning the 2023-24 college football bowl season (

It's time for the college football bowl season. There are more than 40 games on the schedule, providing conferences many chances to earn bragging rights. We will be tracking all results as we see which conference ends up with the best bowl record.

This article will be updated throughout. Conference representatives are in bold.

AMERICAN (6)3-3.500
ACC (11)5-6.455
BIG 12 (9)5-4.555
BIG TEN (9)5-4.555
C-USA (4)2-2.500
INDEPENDENTS (1)1-01.000
MAC (6)2-4.333
MOUNTAIN WEST (7)3-4.429
PAC-12 (8)5-3.625
SEC (9)5-4.555
SUN BELT (12)5-7.417

American Athletic Conference (6)

Record: 3-3

ACC (11)

Record: 5-6

Big 12 (9)

Record: 5-4

Big Ten (9)

Record: 5-4



Many of its windows are boarded up, but the former J.F. O’Connor Sales Co. garage in Syracuse still looks much the way it did in the 1920s. NYS Board for Historic PreservationNYS Board for Historic Preservat

See the 4 Syracuse sites that were just nominated for historic status (photos) (PS; $; Moriarty)

Four Syracuse sites tied to the city’s industrial and commercial history from the late 1800s and early 1900s have been nominated for the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

The four Syracuse sites are among 36 properties in the state that the New York State Board for Historic Preservation voted Dec. 4 to nominate for inclusion on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. The board also nominated one property to just the State Register of Historic Places.

These are the four nominated Syracuse sites:

J.F. O’Connor Sales Co. garage

The two- and three-story L-shaped building was constructed in 1928 at 1641 E. Genesee St. in the city’s Near East Side neighborhood to house J.F. O’Connor Sales Co., which was one of the largest automobile distributors in the region in the late 1920s.

Capitalizing on the growing use of personal automobiles, the O’Connor Sales Co. became the main distributor of first Jordan and then Pierce-Arrow and Studebaker cars. A showroom and service areas inside the building had a capacity for more than 200 cars.

O’Connor moved to Erie Boulevard in 1934. The building was subsequently used by many small businesses, including food, flooring, and home goods stores. The last business to operate out of the building, Richmark Carpet & Linoleum, closed in 2019.

Though many of its windows are boarded up, the building still looks much like it did in the 1920s, and an interior car ramp still connects its three floors.

2023 was the third-warmest year in Syracuse in at least 120 years (PS; $; Coin)

Last year was the third-warmest and one of the least snowy in Syracuse since official records began in 1902.

Six of the ten warmest years in Syracuse have now occurred since 2002, according to the Northeast Regional Climate Center, which aggregates data from the National Weather Service. Meteorologists say a warming planet is making it more likely that we will continue to break records.

“It kind of loads the dice to make it more possible that a record or near-record warm year can occur,” said Mark Pellerito, a meteorologist with the weather service’s Binghamton office, which issues forecasts for Central New York.

The average temperature for 2023 was 51.8 degrees. That’s more than 3 degrees above the normal, which is 48.5 degrees. Last year sits just behind 2021, which had an average of 52 degrees. The hottest year on record for Syracuse is 2012, when the average temperature was 52.5 degrees.


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