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

Welcome to Stick to Your New Year's Resolution Day!

Did you make New Year's resolutions this year? We are almost two weeks into the new year, and people are starting to break the goals they made. At this point in the year about a third of people have already broken their resolutions, and it will only go downhill from here. Today is dedicated to making sure you stick to your resolutions!

How to Observe Stick To Your New Year's Resolution Day

By the end of the year, about 9% of people feel they have been successful in sticking to their New Year's resolutions. Will you be part of this small group? Go back and read over the list of goals you made. Have you been sticking to them so far? Being that we are almost a few weeks into the year, we are at the point where people stop sticking to their commitments. Don't be one of them! If you are having difficulty achieving your goals, reach out to someone for support. If you have set new exercise goals, find someone else who exercises too and you will have a better chance at success. If you stumble, pick yourself up and keep going. Don't worry if you aren't perfect all the time. Just make sure you keep moving forward!

SU News

Elijah Robinson "The 315" 1-11-24 (ESPN; radio; The 315)

Syracuse football defensive coordinator Elijah Robinson joins Brian Higgins to discuss what brought him to the Orange coaching staff, what he’ll expect out of his team this season, and more.

Syracuse Football: 4-star CB officially visits SU this weekend, has other big visits (itlh; Adler)

Four-star cornerback Kevyn Humes from Baltimore is set to officially visit Syracuse football this weekend, giving the top-150 national prospect in the 2024 class an opportunity to meet with head coach Fran Brown and his newly assembled staff.

I’m hopeful that the Orange will “wow” the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Humes on his trip to Central New York, because he’s got some other massive campus visits coming up soon.

According to media reports and recruiting services, Humes is scheduled to also officially visit Penn State, Southern California, Notre Dame and Florida in the coming weeks.

Reports also state that Humes’ home-state team, Maryland, could potentially get a visit from him.

On January 1, in a post on his X page, Humes said that his final six contenders are the ‘Cuse, Penn State, USC, Notre Dame, Florida and Maryland.

Thank you to all who have supported me Journey.
My recruitment is over. #AGTG
— Kevyn “Kerm” Humes (@jhikevyn) January 1, 2024

Syracuse football is in the top six of 2024 4-star CB Kevyn Humes.

Humes, on Christmas Day, said that he would move from the 2025 cycle to the 2024 class. He is a standout at the Saint Frances Academy in Baltimore.

4-star Pennsylvania edge rusher in class of 2025 lists Syracuse in top 5 (PS; Leiker)

Four-star class of 2025 edge rusher Sharlandiin Strange named Syracuse football in his Top 5 on Thursday.

The Orange was included alongside Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and USC.

Though he did not explicitly state it was when he plans to make a commitment, Strange posted the date Jan. 27 with the eyes emoji on X, formerly known as Twitter, on Wednesday.

Strange (6-foot-3, 245 pounds) is the No. 9 player in Pennsylvania and the No. 22 edge rusher in the country in his class, according to the 247Sports Composite. He’s the No. 261 overall player in the class.

Strange plays for Cheltenham High School in Wyncote, Pennsylvania. Cheltenham finished 5-6 in 2023. Strange finished the season with 42 total tackles, seven sacks and three fumble recoveries, according to stats listed on Cheltenham’s MaxPreps page.

According to 247Sports, Strange has made two unofficial visits to Rutgers and one to Penn State since late January 2023.

Syracuse is also in the running for 4-star class of 2025 quarterback Malik Washington.

The 2024 recruiting cycle is still wrapping up, too. The Orange is awaiting at least one more possible commitment and is hosting another small group of visitors this weekend. National Signing Day is Feb. 7.

Syracuse Football: Per Rivals, ‘Cuse has offered 4-star, top-20 QB Trever Jackson (itlh; Adler)

Earlier this month, Syracuse football offered a scholarship to 2024 four-star quarterback Trever Jackson from Florida, according to one of the primary recruiting services.

Per his bio on , the 6-foot-3, 185-pound Jackson received an offer from the Orange on January 4. noted that he also picked up an offer from Michigan State on January 4.

Jackson is a senior at Jones High School in Orlando, Fla. According to recruiting services, he holds more than two dozen offers from a range of high-major programs, including Pittsburgh, Ole Miss, Boston College, Houston, Illinois, Oklahoma, Penn State, Texas A&M, West Virginia, Miami and Missouri, among others.

Previously, Jackson had given a verbal commitment to Ole Miss out of the Southeastern Conference. But in late October, he said via his X page that he was de-committing from Ole Miss and reopening his recruitment.

Syracuse football has reportedly offered 2024 4-star QB Trever Jackson.

When I wrote this article on Wednesday night, the industry-generated 247Sports Composite rated Jackson as four stars, No. 348 nationally, No. 22 at quarterback and No. 48 in Florida within the 2024 cycle.

ESPN has him as four stars and No. 17 at his position. places Jackson as four stars and the No. 23 pro-style quarterback in this class.

It would be understandable if Orange coaches were still in search of some additional depth at quarterback ahead of the 2024 season.

Campanile Named Offensive Associate Head Coach/Quarterbacks Coach - Syracuse University Athletics (

Nunzio Campanile will remain with Syracuse's football program as the Associate Head Coach for Offense and Quarterbacks Coach on Fran Brown's inaugural staff.

"I'm extremely excited to be reunited with Coach Fran," Campanile said. "Coach Fran is an elite leader of men, an excellent coach and a tremendous family man. The foundation of D.A.R.T. will permeate through everything we do. Syracuse has a remarkable history and we can't wait to add to the championship tradition."

Campanile spent this past season coaching tight ends and served as the Interim Head Coach for the final two games of the 2023 campaign, where he led the Orange to victory over Wake Forest to secure bowl eligibility for the second year in a row.

"Coach Nunz is extremely intelligent and he sees the full picture," Brown said. "Nunz is someone who I think will be a head coach real soon. We're happy to have him and I'm happy that he's back at the position he's comfortable with. He's developed so many pros at quarterback already if you go back to his Don Bosco and Bergen Catholic days. Now, he's able to go back to the position that he loves the most. I think we're going to have some fun with him as our quarterbacks coach."


Syracuse University's new 5G system in the dome was created and installed by JMA. It is comprised of a distributed antenna system (left), fibers (yellow wires), power amplifiers (white middle) and a new antenna named the pencil beam antenna (right) (Melissa Newcomb| Newcomb

How JMA and Syracuse University solved the dome’s frustrating cellphone problem (PS; $; Newcomb)

JMA Wireless and Syracuse University officials say that by this fall all visitors to the campus’ dome arena will have a digital experience that is unmatched at any other college stadium.

They say that the dome’s new internet connection is so strong that 45,000 people could use their phones at the same time for texts, calls, web surfing, sending photos, and streaming and sending videos. Visitors will be able to do all of that at a fast and consistent speed.

The new system is replacing a network that for years has irritated fans who could not share their experience with friends while watching live events at the dome. It is a year behind schedule.

JMA and university officials recently explained to how they accomplished the upgrade by using equipment locally made by a Syracuse company whose name sits atop the dome.

But it likely won’t be until the fall that their claims can be put to the test. The 5G cell phone service is only available to Verizon customers right now. AT&T is expected to join by the end of this basketball season and T-Mobile by the start of the football season, according to university officials.

The dome was previously served by a 4G phone network installed 11 years ago. It was primarily intended for sports and not concerts and other events hosted in the dome. Visitors on the floor sometimes could not get any service, said Jeff Rubin, special adviser to Chancellor Kent Syverud on esports and digital transformation.

Defensive Analyst - Football - HigherEdJobs (

Defensive Analyst - Football

Syracuse University
in Syracuse, NY

Apply on Institution's Website

Type: Full-Time
Salary: $58,500 - $60,000
Posted: 01/11/2024
Category: Athletics - Athletic Administration
Job #
Department Code: 34102-7021
Location: Syracuse, New York
Pay Range: $58,500 - $60,000
Pay Determination
Pay rates at Syracuse University are based on a combination of factors including, but not limited to, the job responsibilities; the candidate's education, training, work experience and key competencies; the university's strategic priorities; internal peer equity; applicable federal, state, local laws, grant funding and contractual requisites; and external market analyses.
Staff Level: S5
FLSA Status: Exempt
Hours: Standard University business hours

8:30am - 5:00pm (academic year)
8:00am - 4:30pm (summer)

Hours may vary based on operational needs. Evening and weekend hours will be required.
Campus: Syracuse, NY
Unionized Position Code: Not Applicable
Job Description
The Defensive Analyst position shall be responsible for supporting the defensive coaching staff in implementing the staff's game and practice preparation. This person will have a variety of tasks including but not limited to detailed breakdowns of opponent game film, analytic data breakdowns of opponents, self-scout reports, scouting reports on personnel, scheme, and tendencies. This person will contribute heavily to the weekly game plan prior to each contest. In addition to these main responsibilities, this position will also support the recruiting department with evaluations, official and unofficial visits, and management of the defensive recruiting board. Other duties and special projects may also be assigned by the Head Football Coach and Defensive Coordinator.

  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Minimum of one year experience in a college football setting.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, XOS, Hudl, and ability to integrate computer information technology systems into all aspects of the department's affairs is preferred.
Job Specific Qualifications
  • Demonstrate knowledge of football, skills, tactics and strategies.
  • Must be able to complete film breakdowns of opponents and convey related information to coaching staff.
  • Knowledge of NCAA rules and a commitment to rules compliance.
  • Commitment to the recruitment of quality student-athletes.
  • Ability to support gender and diversity commitment of the department.
  • Experience in the recruitment of student athletes.
  • Ability to multi-task and meet requirements under pressure.
  • Willingness to work extended hours.
  • Must possess the ability to meet project deadlines and work under time constraint pressures.
  • Good organizational, communication and computer skills.
  • Strong commitment and ability to work well with student-athletes.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Working knowledge of social media platforms.
  • Support the defensive coaching staff in implementing the staff's game and practice preparation including but not limited to breakdown of game film, analytic breakdown of opponents, self-scout reports, scouting reports on personnel, scheme, and tendencies.
  • Support the recruiting department staff including but not limited to evaluations, official and unofficial visits, management of the defensive recruiting board.
  • Assist in all administrative tasks associated with recruiting (domestic and international), NCAA compliance, admissions, and financial aid.
  • Provide academic guidance for student athlete success.
  • Support the conditioning and training of team members in conjunction with weight/strength coach, athletic trainers, and team physicians.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Physical Requirements
Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Application Instructions
In addition to completing an online application, please attach a resume and cover letter.

Offensive Analyst - Football in Syracuse, NY for Syracuse University (

Offensive Analyst - Football
Syracuse University


Posted: 12-Jan-24
Location: Syracuse, New York
Salary: Open
Other Staff/Administrative

Internal Number: 103335
Job Description:
The Offensive Analyst position shall be responsible for supporting the offensive coaching staff in implementing the staff's game and practice preparation. This person will have a variety of tasks including but not limited to detailed breakdowns of opponent game film, analytic data breakdowns of opponents, self-scout reports, scouting reports on personnel, scheme, and tendencies. This person will contribute heavily to the weekly game plan prior to each contest. In addition to these main responsibilities, this position will also support the recruiting department with evaluations, official and unofficial visits, and management of the offensive recruiting board. Other duties and special projects may also be assigned by the Head Football Coach

McKewon: Three takes on Syracuse linebacker Stefon Thompson transferring to Nebraska football (; McKewon)

Nebraska received a transfer commit from Syracuse linebacker Stefon Thompson. Three takes on the decision of the 6-foot-1, 248-pounder:

The Huskers’ run on transfers continues: NU has now accepted six transfers in its 2024 class — four on offense and two on defense. Thompson, who played for Nebraska defensive coordinator Tony White at Syracuse, is the second of those, and playing a critical spot, given what the team lost at the middle linebacker spot and what it seemed to lack, at times, from the Jack role. NU didn’t need much on defense — cornerback Blye Hill could compete for a backup role, or he could redshirt to foster better long-term depth — but White and coach Matt Rhule pursued and landed a known quantity at the spot.

Big body who can play on the line of scrimmage or off the ball: Think Mikai Gbayor here, only with much more experience and an advanced degree in the 3-3-5. In three seasons, Thompson has 10 sacks, which speaks to his skill as a pass rusher. His 171 tackles speak to versatility to play behind defensive tackles and roam sideline-to-sideline making plays. Thompson is a dude on the line of scrimmage — strong, sets a good edge, comes off the ball — who will push MJ Sherman and Chief Borders at Jack. And he’s adequate in dropping into coverage. Forward and backward, Thompson’s a plus, a tough, in-the-box guy who muscled ACC blockers.

With a few extra pieces now in place, Nebraska could have a top ten defense in 2024.

NU finished 11th in yards per game allowed and 13th in points per game allowed. Provided Quinton Newsome’s departure to the NFL doesn’t create too big a crater, NU should be as good, and likely better, on defense than it was in 2023, when Husker players had to learn White’s scheme. While Big Ten foes have an offseason to deconstruct and plot against White’s system, success relies more upon the personnel and the hustle with which they play. Nebraska seems strong there.

Syracuse football: OT Mark Petry returning for fifth season with program (TNIAAM; Ostrowski)

The Syracuse Orange offensive line is retaining one of its most experienced pieces. Mark Petry, who previously walked on Senior Day, will return to SU for a final year.’s Chris Carlson was the first to report the news, getting confirmation from a team spokesperson.

Petry started the final 11 games of the 2023 season at right tackle, taking over for David Wohlabaugh after his season-ending injury in Week 2. His overall blocking grade by PFF was second among SU’s starting offensive linemen, trailing only Chris Bleich.

The Redshirt Senior played 758 snaps, fourth-most among SU offensive linemen, and allowed a team-worst 18 pressures, including three sacks. Still, Petry played much better down the stretch, finishing with above-average blocking grades in Weeks 12 and 13.

As the Orange have repeatedly learned, it’s essential to have dependable depth on the o-line. While the German tackle won’t be handed a starting job, he will be one of several competing for playing time throughout training camp. Wohlabaugh is returning, as is starting left tackle Enrique Cruz.

SU has also added Da’Metrius Weatherspoon, a transfer from Howard, and Noah Rosahac, a consensus three-star prospect.

UConn vs Syracuse: Seeking Advice on Which to Choose (

UConn vs Syracuse: Seeking Advice on Which to Choose

Hey, I've been accepted to both UConn and Syracuse, but having a hard time deciding on where to go. Could anyone give me an idea about factors like campus atmosphere, academic opportunities, and the social scene at both schools? Your input would be really helpful in making my decision. Thanks in advance!
7 hours ago
Congratulations on your acceptances! Both UConn and Syracuse are great schools, but they have some differences worth considering.

Campus Atmosphere:
UConn has a true college-town feel with a large campus located in Storrs, a rural area. It can feel a bit isolated, but this means students can focus more on academics and on-campus activities. The campus is picturesque and has a tight-knit community feel.

Syracuse, on the other hand, is in the city of Syracuse, which offers more opportunities for off-campus activities, internships, and cultural experiences. The campus is also beautiful, but it has a more urban feel.

Academic Opportunities:
Both schools have strong academic programs, but they are known for different areas of study. UConn is well regarded for its business, engineering, and agriculture programs, while Syracuse is recognized for its communications, journalism, and architecture programs. Consider which majors or areas of study interest you most when making your decision.

At UConn, undergraduate research opportunities are readily available, giving you a chance to work closely with professors on projects. Syracuse also offers research opportunities, but it's worth checking to see which school has more opportunities in your area of interest.

Social Scene:
Greek life is present at both schools, but it plays a larger role in the social scene at Syracuse. If that interests you, it might be a factor to consider. Sports culture is significant at both universities, with UConn known for its basketball program and Syracuse for football and basketball.

On-campus activities and clubs are abundant at both schools, so involvement shouldn't be a concern. However, since UConn is more isolated, most social life revolves around campus. Syracuse, being in a city, naturally offers more variety when it comes to entertainment and socializing off-campus.

ACC News (; Duncan)

The Florida State Seminoles have received sympathy from much of the college football world following their exclusion from the College Football Playoff, but the goodwill could come to an end amid new allegations.

According to Yahoo Sports' Ross Dellenger, the Seminoles are expected to be hit with "significant penalties" after alleged NIL recruiting violations.

Dellenger says that the penalties are expected to be levied against the program, one of its NIL collectives, a booster and an assistant coach.

Offensive coordinator Alex Atkins is the assistant coach in question, and he is alleged to have committed two Level II violations - impermissible recruiting activity and facilitating impermissible contact with an NIL booster.

Atkins is expected to receive a three-game suspension at the beginning of the 2024 season, along with a show-cause in the event he gets a job with another school, though he is expected to remain with FSU.

Maxwell Minute: Lawsuit Between Florida State & the ACC (; video)

Rick Horrow breaks down the top sports business issues surrounding college football heading into 2024. The Florida State/ACC lawsuit will be something to watch.

(youtube; podcast; LucasRoss Sports)

My Way Too Early 2024 ACC Football Power Rankings.

All-ACC CB Aydan White is Returning to NC State in 2024, Taking His Name out of the Transfer Portal (; Bradham)

On January 2nd, All-ACC Cornerback Aydan White announced that he would be transferring from NC State for his final year of eligibility.

Out of the 23 scholarship players who entered the Portal, White’s announcement was easily the most painful, losing a player who earned All-ACC honors the past two seasons.

Well, sometimes people change their minds!

White has decided to pull his name out of the Transfer Portal, and he will be returning to NC State for his final year of eligibility in 2024.

In 2023, White ranked 2nd on the team in interceptions with 2, and led the Pack with 10 pass breakups. His PFF grade of 72.2 ranked 5th on the Wolfpack defense this season, and his Coverage grade of 71.7 ranked 3rd. In 2022, White led the Pack with 4 interceptions and 9 pass breakups. His PFF Grade in 2022 was 79.7, which was third best on the team.

White earned 1st Team All-ACC honors in 2022, and 3rd Team honors this past season.

Prior to today, it looked like NC State was going to be without either of their starters at Cornerback in 2024, with White Transferring and Shyheim Battle declaring for the NFL Draft. With White now announcing his return, we know for sure who one of the starting Cornerbacks will be. Sophomore Brandon Cisse, Junior Devon Marshall (Transfer from Villanova) and Senior Corey Coley Jr. (Transfer from Maryland) will likely battle it out for the other starting spot.

The Monarchists Blog - Rumored: Virginia Tech to Buy Out Old Dominion Football Series (; Asbury)

Per @therealdcunna yesterday, the ODU series in football may be ending early, so Tech may not be traveling to Norfolk this year.
Could end up being an FCS team to fill that slot as a home game. #Hokies
— Clark Ruhland (@Hokie20) January 11, 2024

According to sources (okay, we can call them rumors), Virginia Tech is seeking a buyout of their contract with ODU in order to cancel the eight remaining football games scheduled from 2024 through 2031. Why? The College Football Playoff picked Alabama over an undefeated Florida State. Let me explain.

In the last couple years of realignment, Clemson and (more notably) Florida State have been threatening to leave the league with the ACC’s lower TV payouts as a reason.

In the 2023 season, the CFP determined the ACC was a relatively weak P5 conference and therefore FSU’s undefeated season was not impressive enough. This was the last straw for FSU and they want out of the conference as soon as possible. The only reason they have not left yet is because the Seminoles are having legal issues overcoming the ACC’s grant of rights. But the threat from FSU and other schools has the ACC panicking. To be fair to the ACC, if they do not act fast they could be swallowed up by the other P5 conferences just like the PAC-12 was. So the ACC is making some drastic changes with their scheduling in a desperate attempt to avoid collapse.

The Monarchs are 0-3 in Blacksburg but the Hokies are 0-2 in Norfolk.

So why is the ACC at risk of being raided? They have the lowest television payouts of the power 4. The only way to increase TV payouts during a contract is to increase the amount of games your league controls-home games. One change designed to beef up the ACC conference strength-of-schedule and increase the inventory of games is to move to nine conference games instead of eight. This would also mean one fewer non-conference game for their teams to schedule and theoretically lead to a stronger conference strength-of-schedule. The ACC is also rumored to be restricting its teams from playing on the road at G5 stadiums. This helps increase their TV inventory and, just as important, helps to avoid embarrassment. And by embarrassment, we mean losing to teams like ODU. So Virginia Tech is canceling the series to avoid embarrassment and make room for a ninth conference opponent with the goal of “strengthening” the ACC.

Sources: Pitt football closing in on 3 hires for offensive staff openings (P-G; Hiles)

Just one week after Pat Narduzzi parted ways with long-time assistant coaches Tim Salem, Andre Powell and Dave Borbely, Pitt is potentially closing in on hiring their replacements. Multiple sources have informed the Post-Gazette that Pitt has interviewed Jeremy Darveau, Lindsey Lamar and Jacob Bronowski for the three openings on the offensive staff.

Each of the three aforementioned names interviewed in person over the past week. Sources believe all three are on track to be added to Narduzzi’s staff within the next week. Here is a closer look at each individual:

Jeremy Darveau, offensive line coach

Multiple sources have informed the Post-Gazette that Darveau is the closest of the three to finalizing a deal with Pitt. Sources added that Darveau was the top candidate to fill Pitt’s offensive line coach position because of his familiarity with new offensive coordinator Kade Bell’s offense.

Bell and Darveau have coached together at three different programs, with their most recent stint together being the past two seasons at Western Carolina. Part of their time together also included Valdosta State’s Division II national championship season in 2018.

Coaching history (16 years)

• Western Carolina (2022-23, offensive line)

• Southern Mississippi (2021, offensive line)

• Missouri State (2020, offensive line)

• South Florida (2019, offensive line)

• Valdosta State (2015-18, offensive line)

BREAKING: Penn State football flips transfer portal commit of SEC veteran from ACC contender (; Chapman)

Regardless of how you feel about the SEC conference, you have to admit that some of the top talent in the country commits to SEC schools. Penn State football has found success in landing former SEC players and molding their careers. Take Johnny Dixon as an example of how the move from South Carolina to Penn State revived his playing career. Now, the Nittany Lions will dip back into the SEC transfer portal pool after earning a commitment from Jalen Kimber, a former Georgia Bulldog and Florida Gator cornerback. On Thursday, Penn State flipped Kimber from 2023 ACC contender Louisville, where he committed earlier this offseason. Kimber’s commitment is the second of the day for the Nittany Lions, after it was announced that former Georgia Bulldog AJ Harris had joined the program this morning.

BREAKING: Penn State football flips SEC veteran Jalen Kimber from Louisville

Jalen Kimber was a four-star cornerback prospect in the 2020 recruiting class, according to 247sports. A native of Arlington, TX, Kimber made his commitment to the Georgia Bulldogs out of high school. He played in Athens for the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

Then, Kimber hit the transfer portal and found a new home with the Florida Gators. He had his career-best season statistically in 2023, recording 5 pass breakups and 23 tackles for the Gators.

Now, ahead of his redshirt senior season, Jalen Kimber has hit the transfer portal one more time. Kimber’s recruitment out of the portal this time around has been quite the adventure. On December 30, Kimber committed to Louisville, who played for the ACC title this season.

No More G5 Away Games for the ACC? (RX; HM)

No More G5 Away Games for the ACC?

An SMU fan retweeted this at me today...

Hearing these rumors more and more. Would imagine if this deal gets closed, @ODUFootball would replace it with an FCS in 2024 season. Maybe Delaware could be a good option with their transition?
— ODU Monarchists (@ODUMonarchists) January 11, 2024

Some speculated that this might be prelude to a 9-game ACC schedule, but that's unlikely in my opinion. Why? I keep going back to the same simple, mathematical fact: you can't have both an odd number of teams and an odd number of games (unless you're williing have play the same team twice in a season).

If you're a long-time reader, you might remember this article from 2015:

Pitt: @G5 No More?

Back in 2015, Pitt AD Scott Barnes said the Panthers football team "will not continue to play home-and-home with Group of Five schools... We will play them at our place as part of our scheduling plan. We will not play home-and-home.”

That article goes on to suggest how ACC teams might follow one of three recommended schedule formats - it's worth a read, especially if you're new to the blog [LINK].
Regardless of whether a team would play one or two non-conference P5 teams or two or three G5 teams, the ACC has been trying for years to get schools to stop playing G5 teams on the road. Why? Here are two key reasons:
1. You're more likely to lose on the road than you are at home - much more likely in the case of a G5 team, who will view it as a special event. The problem is that unlike when you play a P5 on the road, the polls are not likely to give you credit for giving up that home field advantage - all they'll remember is that you lost to a G5 team! So why play a game that's all risk and very little reward? The ACC needs as many teams as possible to start out with as many wins - and as few losses - as possible. This is one thing they can do to achieve that goal.
2. Fans may not think this way, but when a team plays on the road, it also losses the rights to broadcast that game for its conference.

Realigned 2022-23 Revenue (USA Today) (RX; HM)

Realigned 2022-23 Revenue (USA Today)

Money talks...

USA Today does a pretty decent job of standardizing the accounting differences to give us a look at how schools actually compare when it comes to sports revenue. This is their most-recent data (public schools only), broken out by the new 2024 conference alignments...

Ohio State$251,615,345
Texas A&M$193,139,619
Penn State$181,227,448
Michigan State$172,799,513
Florida State$161,141,884
South Carolina$142,210,807
North Carolina$122,603,567
Arizona State$121,079,615
Virginia Tech$113,000,052
Iowa State$111,287,492
Mississippi State$110,653,367
Texas Tech$110,154,695
Georgia Tech$106,635,094
West Virginia$105,193,311
Oklahoma State$104,404,398
NC State$102,387,569
Kansas State$100,822,204
Central Florida$89,228,205
Washington State$85,028,825
Oregon State$83,480,015


When you compare apples to apples, we find three ACC public schools - Virginia, Florida State, and Clemson - in the top 20 in terms of revenue.

Rx for a better ACC - 2024-27 (RX; HM)

Rx for a better ACC - 2024-27

It took the ACC ten years, but they are finally implementing the last piece of my 7 step prescription which I posted here in 2013 [LINK]. Now it's time to write a new, stronger prescription, and put a 4-year limit on implementing it!

Fix the Voting.

The ACC requires a 3/4ths majority for a lot of things, but that doesn't mean it takes 1/4th to block. For example, with 15 teams, 3/4ths would be 11.25 -- but you can't have 0.25 of a school. So it really means you need 12 votes (see the 2023 expansion vote). It also means that a mere 4 teams can hold the rest hostage.

Rx: Instead of requiring 3/4ths to pass something, require a full 1/4th to block it. Or better yet,
reduce the threshold for a super majority down to 2/3rds.

Fix Football.

The SEC figured it out: don't lose in September! True, some teams can and should play a marquee non-conference game, but for most ACC teams, it just doesn't pay.

Directors Cup 2024 Jan 11 (RX; HM)

Directors Cup 2024 Jan 11

From the official ACC release of Thursday, January 11, 2024...

ACC on Top of the LEARFIELD Directors’ Cup Final Fall Standings

Greatness is …A Monumental Fall Semester for the ACC

  • Four ACC teams win NCAA Titles, most of any conference
  • Eleven bowl-eligible teams, most of all Power 5 conferences
  • 21 teams with top-10 finishes in their respective sport
  • Three teams in the top 10, most of any conference
  • Seven teams in the top 15, most of any conference
  • Nine teams in the top 25, most of any conference
CHARLOTTE, N.C. ( – Spearheaded by four national championships, one runner-up finish, and four top-four finishes, the Atlantic Coast Conference led the way in the 2023-24 LEARFIELD Directors’ Cup Division I fall standings released Thursday morning.
The ACC’s four NCAA titles thus far in 2023-24 are the most of any other Division I conference. Of the five national championship games for ACC-sponsored sports in the fall, ACC teams played in three of those contests.
The ACC leads all conferences with three schools in the top 10, seven schools in the top 15, and nine institutions among the top 25 of the current LEARFIELD Directors Cup standings. North Carolina holds the top spot, while Notre Dame is No. 4 and Virginia is No. 10. Syracuse (No. 11), Florida State (No. 12), and Louisville (No. 13) follow, while Clemson is No. 15, NC State is No. 19, and Pitt is No. 25. Duke ranks 28th overall.



Getting the skis out at Barry Park in Syracuse. N.Y. Central New York’s first snow event of the years, brings about a foot of wet snow. Jan 7, 2024. Dennis Nett |

Upstate NY could see a repeat of this week’s damaging winter storm, plus heavy snow (PS; Coin)

Upstate New York is likely to get hit this weekend by a storm similar to the one on Tuesday that uprooted trees, cut power to tens of thousand of people, and brought a coating of wet snow followed by heavy rain.

The weekend storm could again deliver damaging winds and also drop potentially heavy lake effect snow at the east ends of Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, the National Weather Service said. The lakes are unusually warm for mid-January and relatively ice-free; the warmer and more open the lake, the more lake effect snow.

“While it continues to remain too early to pinpoint the exact specifics, the pattern supports the possibility of significant snow amounts for areas east of the lakes,” the weather service office in Buffalo said. “Additionally, windy conditions will persist through out the weekend and support areas of blowing snow.”

The weather service this afternoon issued a winter storm watch this weekend for much of Western New York, including Orchard Park, where the Bills play. The watch, in effect from Saturday afternoon through Monday morning, said more than 7 inches of snow are possible over the weekend, with winds possibly reaching 60 mph.

Syracuse schools hire 2 former TV reporters as part of effort to improve public image (PS; $; Newcomb)

The Syracuse school district has hired two former local TV reporters as part of an effort to spruce up its public image.

Brad Vivacqua and Amanda Hull have left their broadcast positions to work in the district’s communications department.

Vivacqua is the new director of communications. He was previously a TV reporter at Spectrum News for 20 years. The director of communications job opening was listed at a salary beginning at $144,500.

Mike Henesey, the former director, has changed roles within the district to become the director of community partnerships. Henesey was paid $150,115 in 2023, according to SeeThroughNY which provides a listing of public payrolls.

Hull is the director of media relations, a new position in the district. Hull was previously at CNY Central since 2020. Hull was a morning news anchor at WSTM-TV, the local NBC affiliate on Channel 3. com could not find a listing for Hull’s job. She began work today.

The district is expanding its communications department in an effort to improve public opinion on the district and share the positive, impactful work that the district does, Superintendent Anthony Davis said at a board meeting Wednesday night.

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