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Aug 15, 2011

to Pizza Pie Day!

Pizza Pie Day, also commonly known as National Pizza Day and National Pizza Pie Day, is a day for eating pizza. Pie-shaped flatbreads with toppings were first eaten in Naples in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. At the time, this coastal city was not part of Italy, but its own kingdom. The working poor, or lazzaroni, lived outside or in small homes, and needed cheap food. Pizza consisted of flatbread with toppings such as tomatoes, garlic, cheese, anchovies, and oil, and it was sold by street vendors and informal restaurants, and eaten for any meal.

Pizza did not gain a foothold in Italy at the time, and it was in the United States, where Neapolitans immigrated to, that pizza gained in popularity. The first pizzeria in the United States was Lombardi's, which was started in New York City in 1905. Lombardi's is still in business, and although it is in a new location, the original oven is still in use. Neapolitans brought pizza to many other cities, including Trenton, New Haven, St. Louis, Chicago, and Boston. Pizza became popular all over the country, especially following World War II. Many styles of crusts and different toppings became popular in different regions. Eventually, pizza made its way back to Italy, as well as to other parts of the world.

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Freeney Named to Pro Football Hall of Fame - Syracuse University Athletics (

Legendary pass rusher Dwight Freeney is officially set to be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
He was named as 1-of-5 modern era selections in the 2024 Pro Football Hall of Fame class, joining Devin Hester, Andre Johnson, Julius Peppers and Patrick Willis. Senior selections Randy Gradishar and Steve McMichael will bring the class to seven.

Freeney was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame earlier this year. Syracuse announced his jersey would be retired next season at a football game as part of an on-campus celebration for the NFF honor this past November.

Freeney, who is 18th in NFL history with 125.5 career sacks, spent 11 seasons (2002-12) with the Indianapolis Colts. He also played for the San Diego Chargers (2013-14), Arizona Cardinals (2015), Atlanta Falcons (2016), Seattle Seahawks (2017) and Detroit Lions (2017) during his career.

Freeney made an instant impact for the Colts after they selected him with the 11th overall pick in 2002. He recorded 13 sacks as rookie, the first of four straight seasons with at least 11 quarterback takedowns. In 2004, he led the NFL with 16 sacks. The next season, Freeney totaled 11 more sacks and six forced fumbles on his way to AFC Defensive Player of the Year honors.
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In 2006, Freeney helped the franchise capture its second Super Bowl title, beating the Chicago Bears 29-17 in Super Bowl XLI. He appeared in two more Super Bowls during his career, one with the Colts after the 2009 season, and another with the Falcons.

At Syracuse, Freeney was just as dominant as he was in the pros. The Bloomfield, Connecticut native racked up 34 career sacks from 1998-2001 and set the Orange single-game record by sacking Virginia Tech's Michael Vick 4.5 times in 2000.

Keeping Up With The 315 2-8-24 (ESPN; radio; The 315)

Brian Higgins starts the show with his reactions and final takeaways from Syracuse men’s basketball’s 94-92 win over Louisville. Then, Brian breaks down what he believes were Fran Brown’s most important remarks from the Syracuse football head coach’s appearance on Orange Nation yesterday. Later, Brian has a gripe with the locations… Actually, THE location of the ACC’s future conference championship games.

Newhouse after Noon 2-8-24 (ESPN; radio; Newhouse after Noon)
Nico Horning & Max Gifford lead off Newhouse after Noon discussing something they learned about Syracuse men’s basketball last night which gives them a chance of making the NCAA Tournament. Then, Kiran Costa & Nathaniel Cunningham explain why they don’t believe the Orange can make March Madness, and debate what sort of reception Joe Girard will get in the Dome on Saturday.
Syracuse Football: 4-star edge, who holds 'Cuse offer, de-commits from Notre Dame (itlh; Adler)
CJ May, a 2025 four-star edge from Alabama who holds a Syracuse football offer, has de-committed from Notre Dame, according to recruiting services.

The 6-foot-4, 225-pound May, a standout at the Highland Home High School in Highland Home, Ala., had verbally committed to the Fighting Irish last September.

On January 21 of this year, he said via his X page that he had received a scholarship offer from the new Orange coaching staff, led by head coach Fran Brown, who most recently was the defensive backs coach at Georgia.

Where is my future home???
— CJ “Slim Reaper” MAY (@CJMAY0) February 5, 2024
Multiple recruiting Web sites, within the junior cycle, rank May as a top-300 national prospect, a top-20 edge and a top-15 player in Alabama.

Syracuse football 2025 four-star target CJ May has reopened his recruitment back up.

Per a post on X from On3 national recruiting expert Hayes Fawcett, May has picked up more than 20 scholarship offers from a range of high-major programs.

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Syracuse Orange Football Who Is The GOAT
Syracuse Football: ‘Cuse misses on 2025 4-star recruits, top-300 national prospects (itlh; Adler)
Three four-star prospects in the 2025 class, each of whom held a scholarship offer from Syracuse football coaches, will be suiting up elsewhere in college.

One of those ‘Cuse targets is four-star quarterback Matt Zollers out of Spring-Ford Area High School in Royersford, Pa.

The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Zollers was re-offered by the new Orange coaching staff on January 11, he said via his X page.

Excited to have been Re - Offered by Syracuse University!! @CuseFootball @FranBrownCuse @SFRamsFB @CoachTaggart14
— Matt Zollers (@MattZollers) January 12, 2024

Per reports from national analyst Adam Friedman and others, Zollers has named a top four of Penn State, Pittsburgh, Missouri and Georgia.

At the time of this writing, the industry-generated 247Sports Composite placed him, within the junior cycle, at No. 197 overall, No. 13 at quarterback and No. 6 in Pennsylvania.

Syracuse football didn’t prevail for several 2025 four-star targets.

Four-star athlete Quintin Simmons Jr., late last month, named a top six of the Orange, Kentucky, Penn State, West Virginia, Michigan and Cincinnati.

Syracuse welcomes versatile 2024 recruiting class (cbssports; video; Finneral)
247Sports' James Finneral discusses Syracuse's 2024 recruiting class after National Signing Day.
Transfer TE Justin Wolf discusses Syracuse recruitment and interest (247sports; $; Finneral)
Wagner transfer tight end Justin Wolf recently visited Syracuse. He had an excellent experience meeting the coaching staff and learning about the football program.

“My visit to Syracuse was definitely amazing,” Wolf said. “I spent the entire day with the coaches and there was never a moment where I did not feel welcomed. Since walking in the door, I felt like I was truly wanted. I was able to learn so much about the coaches that I would have never known.”

Wolf appreciated touring campus and learning about the academic opportunities at Syracuse. He was also thrilled to earn an offer from the Orange.

Legendary Syracuse QB was babied, ex-NFL teammate says: That’s why he didn’t win Super Bowl (PS; Hascup)

Want to know why Andy Reid never won a Super Bowl during his 14 seasons coaching the Philadelphia Eagles?

Former Eagles star cornerback Asante Samuel has a theory because he witnessed it first-hand. It all relates to how Reid treated legendary Syracuse quarterback Donovan McNabb. More precisely, it’s the fact Reid let McNabb do what he wanted and didn’t hold him to a high enough standard. Samuel would know about execution as a guy who won two Super Bowls under Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.

“Andy Reid would have won more Super Bowls if we were able to apply more discipline to Donovan McNabb — if we were able to hold him accountable more and not treat him like a baby,” Samuel said on “Said What Needs to Be Said” podcast Monday.

Samuel explained that the bad habits started in practice, a place where Brady and Belichick demanded perfection because of how it translated to games. Mistakes could mean practices started anew, Samuel said.

In Philadelphia, the Eagles’ offense would run a simple play with no defense, and McNabb, who played for the Eagles from 1999-2009, would often throw the ball into the dirt. Instead of frustration or a lashing from Reid or the coaching staff, however, nothing happened.

“How are we not going execute a ball from the quarterback to the receiver without anybody out there, let alone when someone goes out there?” asked Samuel, who was with the Eagles from 2008-11. “These things would go on a lot in practice and no one was saying anything. It bothered me.”

After seeing this too many times and “life (going) on like nothing ever happened,” Samuel went to Reid to express his dissatisfaction. The cornerback, who made three Pro Bowl teams with the Eagles, was stunned to hear Reid’s response.

Greg Allen on Syracuse 8 Protesting Institutional Racism #syracuse8 #syracuseuniversity #football (youtube; podcast; Kilpatrick)
Inspiration for the Nation Sunday morning at 9 AM ET power 620: the iHeartRadio app and wherever you get your podcast.
Key recruiting staffer leaves SU football after 2 months (PS; Mink)
One of the leaders in Syracuse football’s recruiting and personnel department has left the program after two months.

Khalil Ahmad, one of Fran Brown’s first hires for his support staff, said in a statement on social media he’ll be “moving on.”

Ahmad did not say why he is leaving.

“Appreciate Coach Brown and The Administration for the opportunity. Nothing but love to the entire Orange community but I’ll be moving on to the next chapter of my journey,” Ahmad wrote on X, formerly Twitter.

Appreciate Coach Brown and The Administration for the opportunity. Nothing but love to the entire Orange community but I’ll be moving on to the next chapter of my journey.
— Khalil Ahmad (@CoachAhmadCuse) February 8, 2024

Brown targeted Ahmad for a top position in the recruiting department shortly after being hired as head coach, luring him from a similar position at Penn State and helping strengthen the staff’s connections in New Jersey.

Ahmad had previously spent the 2022 season on Dino Babers’ staff as the director of high school recruiting.

Syracuse University Ranks No. 1 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs of Private Universities (
Syracuse University continues to rank as one of the top private universities in the nation for online undergraduate education, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 Best Online Programs rankings.

Syracuse University’s AACSB-accredited business management degree ranked No. 1 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs of private universities, while Syracuse University additionally ranked No. 3 for Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans of private universities and No. 5 for Best Online Bachelor’s Programs of private universities.

“This recognition as a top 5 private university for online undergraduate education is not achieved without an unwavering commitment to exceedingly high-quality course designs, rigorous curricula and learning, and a differentiated level of superior student support,” says Michael Frasciello, dean of the College of Professional Studies. “This recognition is also notable as this is only our fourth year participating in the rankings, illustrating our excellence among our peer institutions and our distinction among private universities.”

The College of Professional Studies currently offers 12 Syracuse University online undergraduate degrees and eight online undergraduate credit certificates, as well as a master of professional studies and a certificate of advanced study in project management.

With high-touch admissions, advising and financial aid counseling, the College of Professional Studies continuously prioritizes student success. The holistic treatment of the online student experience expands the definition of what it means to be an online learner, and the thoughtful design of the online programs provides access to a Syracuse University credential for those who otherwise could not earn one on campus.

The University’s No. 5 ranking as the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans of private universities is a recognition of Syracuse University’s commitment to being the best school for veterans, active military and military-connected students. Syracuse is the only R1 private university in the Northeast that offers online and residential part-time undergraduate study to active-duty military, National Guard and reservists at their respective tuition assistance (TA) rates beyond the member’s annual benefit. Active-duty and reserve students pay no more than the current DoD TA rate after they expend their annual TA allotment.

ACC News

College Football Playoff chances for the ACC, Big 12 & Notre Dame | Always College Football (youtube; podcast; ESPN College Football)

College Football Playoff chances for the ACC, Big 12 & Notre Dame | Always College FootballIs the ACC between Florida State, Miami and Clemson? Which of the three has the best chance to make the College Football Playoff? Plus, will Marcus Freeman and Notre Dame take the next step and make the CFP? Who from the revamped Big 12 is primed to take the conference and make the CFP: Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Arizona or Utah? Also, Greg McElroy discusses what the new ESPN collaboration means for college football.

Nevada football adds home game with ACC's SMU for 2024 season (; Murray)

The Nevada football team has added a seventh home game and 13th overall contest to its 2024 schedule, the school announced Thursday.

The Wolf Pack will now open the 2024 campaign at Mackay Stadium against SMU on Aug. 24. The Mustangs will join the AAC this summer, making this a home game against a power-conference opponent. Nevada will now play three power-conference schools in 2024, including SMU and Oregon State at home and a road game at Minnesota. The 2024 season will mark the first time in school history Nevada will host two teams from power conferences.

FSU - How much liquidated damages? (RX; HM)

FSU - How much liquidated damages?

My biggest issue with the FSU lawsuit is over the "liquidated damages" portion. I think there are two possible ways to look at the damages caused if/when FSU withdraws from the ACC:

1. $130M "Exit fee" is the damages, but the $442M is the cost of buying back TV rights which were sold (assuming FSU is buying them from the ACC, at T1 contract + estimated ACCN rates)

2. The whole $572M (and more) could be damages IF we view it as what ESPN will charge the ACC for the loss of FSU content (or, if you prefer, buying back tv rights from ESPN at current market rates).

Either way, the only portion that I think might be ruled "excessive" (IMO; IANAL) is the $130M exit fee.

Things to Consider

ESPN is currently paying the ACC around $21 million per school for the T1 rights, plus an additional $11 million per school as profit sharing from the ACC Network - and they're paying that much each year. True, it's not as much as what the SEC is getting, but it's still a lot, and it's guaranteed for another 12 years.

So, at a minimum, withdrawal from the grant of rights would involve buying back those rights which were sold (rented out, if you prefer). The average T1 over those 12 years, assuming 4.5% annual increases, would be $26.8 million per year, and the 12-year total would be $321.8 million. If we assume a 2025 exit, it drops slightly - to $301 million.

Hurricanes bring in ACC's top class amidst coaching turnover (; Moreno)

In a whirlwind of activity that encapsulates the highs and lows of college football, the Miami Hurricanes have closed out National Signing Day with a flourish, not only by securing the top recruiting class in the ACC but also by navigating the choppy waters of coaching changes.

The departure of secondary coach Jahmile Addae to the NFL’s Buffalo Bills and the loss of Alonzo Highsmith to the New England Patriots mark significant transitions within the program. Amid these changes, the Hurricanes have filled an open coaching position by bringing on board Matt Merritt as the new running backs coach.

Jahmile Addae, a key figure in Miami’s coaching staff, is set to bring his expertise in developing secondary players to the Buffalo Bills after a successful tenure with the Hurricanes. Addae’s impact was profound, notably coaching All-American safety Kamren Kinchens and contributing to the development of NFL draftees Tyrique Stevenson and DJ Ivey. His recruiting prowess, evidenced during his time with Georgia, where he helped secure a top-three class, leaves big shoes to fill at Miami.

Amid these departures, Miami has filled a hole in the staff by hiring Matt Merritt from USF as the new running backs coach. Merritt, recognized for his role in significant team improvements and player development, brings a wealth of experience and a fresh perspective to the Hurricanes’ offense. His recent accomplishments include elevating the performance of USF’s tailbacks, with notable achievements such as Nay’Quan Wright’s breakout season.

The Hurricanes have not only been busy with coaching adjustments but have also excelled in recruitment, finishing National Signing Day with the top class in the ACC. This marks a historic moment for Miami, achieving the number one spot in the conference in back-to-back seasons for the first time in the 247 Sports era. The defensive line class stands out as possibly the best in the country, featuring eight prospects, including four defensive linemen ranked inside the top 150. The addition of talents such as Justin Scott, Armando Blunt, and Marquise Lightfoot highlights Mario Cristobal’s commitment to building a powerhouse in the trenches.

ACC Announces Future Neutral Site Championships to be held in North Carolina (theacc)

On Thursday, Feb. 8, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced that Charlotte, Greensboro, Cary, Durham and Raleigh will play host to numerous future neutral site conference championships as approved by the league’s membership.

Half of the conference’s 28 sponsored sports are named, including the ACC Women’s Basketball Championship and ACC Men’s Basketball Championship, as well as Olympic Sports, including baseball, women’s golf, gymnastics, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, rowing, and men’s and women’s tennis.

As was announced in April 2018, the ACC’s Football Championship Game is scheduled to be played on the first Saturday in December at Bank of America Stadium through 2030.

“We are incredibly proud to announce this tremendous package of neutral site championships that will be held in the State of North Carolina, where the league was founded more than 70 years ago,” said ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips, Ph.D. “Each of these outstanding cities and venues will provide a first-class experience for our student-athletes, coaches, institutions, alumni and fans over the next seven years. We are also pleased to have been able to deliver so quickly on our commitment to continue to hold numerous tournaments and championships in cities across the State of North Carolina as part of the ACC Board of Directors' decision to relocate the conference office headquarters to Charlotte.”

The ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament will take place in North Carolina for five consecutive years from 2025 to 2029. The historical postseason tournament will alternate years, taking place at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte in 2025, 2026, and 2028, and at the Greensboro Coliseum in 2027 and 2029. No venue has hosted the ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament more than the Greensboro Coliseum, and 2027 will mark the 30th time. The City of Charlotte has hosted the ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament on 13 occasions.
... (SI; Parks)

Another small step in what may be the next phase of college football realignment has taken place as Florida State's board of trustees filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit the ACC filed against the school as the legal back and forth between FSU and the conference continues and the Seminoles seek a possible exit from the league.

In the motion, Florida State argues that the ACC's lawsuit against it is "fundamentally flawed" and the school claimed the conference engaged in a "race to the courthouse" to file its suit against FSU first.

The school also claims that the ACC failed to secure a two-thirds member vote that is required by the conference's constitution and failed to show Florida State's trustees approved of the grant of rights as required by state law, among other reasons.

Should the court not dismiss the lawsuit, then Florida State asked the court to stay the ACC's suit in favor of the suit brought by the school against the conference.

The ACC sued Florida State on Dec. 21 asking for judgment in defense of its grant of rights agreement, the day before the school filed suit against the ACC to challenge that agreement and the $130 million withdrawal fee to leave the conference.

Florida State, in addition to the other ACC schools, signed a grant of rights agreement that is active until 2036, giving the conference control over each school's media rights, including TV revenue.

That is, unless Florida State can find a way out of the ACC and into another conference, where, it hopes, more revenue awaits.



Peter Lombardo, one of the owners of Schoolyard, adds more everything bagels to the morning's supply. The new bagel shop opened this morning just off the Syracuse University campus. (Charlie Miller | Miller |

First Look: 3 big-city guys just brought Brooklyn bagels to Syracuse (PS; $; Miller)

You’ll have to be patient, folks. Four of the 12 employees scheduled to work the first-ever shift at Schoolyard Bagels didn’t show up for work this morning. And the bread guy won’t be delivering the sandwich loaves until after 9 a.m. Oh, and they don’t have lox yet.

But that’s OK, Peter Lombardo said at 6:32 a.m. today, two minutes after Syracuse’s newest bagel shop unlocked its doors to a bunch of hungry students waiting to get breakfast. An hour after opening, the shop was full. At 11 a.m., the line stretched out the door and down the sidewalk.

“Growing pains,” said Lombardo, one of the three owners of Schoolyard. “We’re going to get through these minor setbacks. When you bite into one of these bagels, you’ll forget all about the problems.”

The New York City guys behind Schoolyard Bagels spent the past five years planning this venture, made 60-plus trips to Syracuse and ate hundreds, if not thousands, of bagels. It finally opened today in the space that formerly was a Starbucks at 726 University Ave., across the street from the SU campus. This came after 18 months of a full renovation to fix any structural problems, going through what Lombardo said was four walls and four floors.

The idea to open a bagelry was born at a barbecue at Carmine Curra’s house in 2018. He, Lombardo and Nick Castronuovo all had friends and family who attended Syracuse University.

“SU is in the middle of a bagel desert,” Lombardo said. “You have good food here, but you need bagels right here for all of these people who grew up on real bagels.”

That was music to Luke Maddren’s breadbasket. The SU senior from Philadelphia spent a semester living above a bagel shop in Midtown Manhattan. He was Schoolyard’s first customer this morning. He ordered a plain bagel with veggie cream cheese and lox with a large cup of black Peet’s coffee.

He ended up with just cream cheese when news came down that the smoked salmon hadn’t yet arrived.

“I thought it would be fun to wake up early and be the first person here. Now I’m not so sure,” he said. “It’s a very good bagel though.”

Central NY could break a 99-year-old warm temperature record today (PS; $; Coin)
Temperatures today could soar to almost 60 degrees in Syracuse, possibly beating a record that has stood for 99 years.

The high temperature this afternoon in Syracuse is expected to be 59 degrees, the National Weather Service predicts. That would tie the Feb. 9 record of 59, set in 1925.

It’s very possible that the final temperature could surge even higher and set a new record. That depends on how much sun the clouds allow through today. There’s a chance of a few sprinkles, but skies should be mostly sunny.

Saturday will be a few degrees cooler than today, but still potentially record-setting because the Feb. 10 record is lower than today’s. The forecast calls for a high of 55 on Saturday; the record is 56, set in 2001.

Thursday’s high was also in the 50s, but not record-breaking.

The late-week warmth continues the trend of this winter, which so far is the third-warmest on record in Syracuse. The last time the winter started this warm was 1933 -- more than 90 years ago.

The abnormal warmth is due largely to a particularly strong El Nino, the warming of the waters in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of South America. An El Nino can alter global weather patterns and generally brings warm conditions to the northern tier of the United States.

The warm winter has also meant very little snow. So far, Syracuse has had just about 28 inches; the average by now is 83 inches.


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