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

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SU News (SI; McAllister)

Syracuse football added to its 2024 recruiting class on Monday when St. Peter's Prep standout Xavier Miles announced his commitment. Miles is a two-way lineman who is coming to the Orange as a big athlete. He could end up as either an interior offensive lineman or defensive tackle. He chose Syracuse over offers from Boston College, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Michigan State, Rutgers, West Virginia and others.

"I've known coach Fran for years now and he is just such a great head coach," Miles said. "He is a very genuine, tell the truth person and he will help me get to the next level."

The timing of the decision is a bit curious, as National Signing Day was nearly two weeks ago. Miles did not sign on that day, and said the timing was a decision he and his family made.

"The relationship continued on with coach Campanelli, but coach Fran has been watching me play football since the seventh grade," Miles said. "He also offered me when he was at Rutgers when I was in the eighth grade."

Happy Valley Insider - WATCH: Penn State's newest commit, WR Lyrick Samuel's Junior Highlight Film (r1vals; Callaghan-Croley; video)
On Monday evening, Penn State picked up a commitment from New York wide receiver Lyrick Samuel. The 6-foot-4, 185-pound athlete is the 12th commitment of the Nittany Lions 2025 recruiting cycle.

Samuel committed to the Nittany Lions over offers from Michigan State, Rutgers, Syracuse, and West Virginia. As a junior, Samuel had 27 receptions for 693 yards and 11 touchdowns.

You can watch the three-star prospect's junior highlight film below.

Syracuse Football: 4-star edge from New Jersey, who visited last month, reveals top 8 (itlh; Adler)
Four-star edge Darren Ikinnagbon from New Jersey, a top-300 national prospect in the 2025 class who visited Syracuse football last month, disclosed his top eight via his X page in recent days.

The Orange, unfortunately, didn't make the cut. While that's a bummer, I'll say two things here. Even though the 'Cuse isn't in the top eight of the 6-foot-6, 240-pound Ikinnagbon, I would never count out this new Syracuse football staff, lead by head coach Fran Brown.

Additionally, Orange coaches are seeing a lot of positive activity of late with their recruiting efforts in the junior cycle. The 'Cuse isn't going to prevail for every elite target, but Syracuse football coaches are going to contend for more top-flight prospects moving forward under Brown's leadership, in my humble opinion.

In any event, the eight schools still under consideration for Ikinnagbon are impressive. His top eight consists of Georgia, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Rutgers, Duke, Tennessee, Ohio State and Penn State.

Syracuse OC Jeff Nixon lays out his vision for the Orange offense (podcast) (PS; $; podcast; Axe)
On the latest episode of Syracuse Sports presented by Crouse Health,’s Brent Axe and Emily Leiker catch up with new SU football offensive coordinator Jeff Nixon.

Nixon tells Brent and Emily why he took the job at Syracuse and about his fond memories of Syracuse football and connection with former OC George DeLeone.

Nixon also lays out what his vision is for the Syracuse offense, describes the attributes transfer QB Kyle McCord brings to the offense, what RB LeQuint Allen can learn from some of the players he has coached in the NFL, his recruiting philosophy, what the Tommy DeVito experience was like with the Giants and some of his favorite things about living in Syracuse so far.

ACC News

2024 ACC Power Rankings: Florida State Holds Top Spot With Clemson Right Behind | College Football Network (; Miller)

The ACC enters the 2024 season looking much different, adding three more teams to the conference, making 17 contenders for the crown. Florida State ran the table last fall, going undefeated and winning the ACC last season before being left out of the College Football Playoff, effectively ending their season.

With the conference looking to get back in the conversation as one of the best in the Power Five, our preseason 2024 ACC Power Rankings examine which teams will rise to the top this year.

2024 ACC Power Rankings

The 2024 ACC Power Rankings assess all 17 teams in the conference based on their coaching staff, star talent, and roster depth, plus the difficulty of the schedule they’ll face in 2024.

17) Stanford Cardinal

The Stanford Cardinal enters the ACC for the first time this upcoming season with a massive challenge ahead of them after going 3-9 in Troy Taylor’s first year as head coach.

The program will lean on receiver Elic Ayomanor to be the big-play player on offense. Their defense struggled last fall, allowing nearly 38 points a game, giving Taylor an uphill battle. Meanwhile, travel is a concern for the California-based team.

16) Virginia Cavaliers

The last couple of seasons have been a challenge for Virginia head coach Tony Elliott, but the team made some strides last season despite finishing with a 3-9 record.

Their offense has shown promise, with freshman quarterback Anthony Colandrea flashing play-making talent and earning an honorable mention for the CFN All-Freshman Team. The Cavaliers lost five games by one possession last fall, showing that they could surprise the ACC in 2024.

15) Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Last season was a rare down season for Dave Clawson’s Wake Forest team, as they finished last in the ACC with a 1-7 conference record.

Questions about the offense will need to be answered, specifically who will start under center. Louisiana Tech’s Hank Bachmeier arrives in Winston-Salem and will look to secure the QB1 role. Most teams in the ACC have made improvements, so the Demon Deacons will need to show they can keep up in the conference.

14) Pittsburgh Panthers

2023 was not so kind for the Pittsburgh Panthers as the team finished with a 3-9 record and won just two in the conference.

The defense has never been the problem and should still be solid. The offense needs to step up, and with new offense coordinator Kade Bell coming from Western Carolina and a new quarterback in Alabama’s Eli Holstein, there’s a chance the team will take a much-needed step forward in our 2024 ACC Power Rankings.

13) Syracuse Orange

Syracuse will be a fascinating team to watch in 2024 after landing arguably the best recruiter in college football with Georgia’s Fran Brown as the new head coach.

He has put together a strong transfer portal class, ranking in the top 20, and landed one of the top transfer quarterbacks in Ohio State’s Kyle McCord. The biggest question is whether an all-star recruiter can put together a winning team in year one.

12) Boston College Eagles

After losing former head coach Jeff Hafley, who left the school for the Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator role, Bill O’Brien steps in to take over for the Boston College Eagles.

O’Brien takes over a team that went 7-6 last season with an unexpected bowl win over new ACC foe, SMU. Quarterback Thomas Castellanos gives the Eagles a dynamic player and a solid offensive starting point for a head coach who was set to run the Ohio State offense in 2024.

11) California Golden Bears

Many are on the fence about what kind of team the Cal Golden Bears will be in 2024, as they have plenty of weapons on offense.

Star running back Jaydn Ott is back for another year, and they have a new quarterback in North Texas’ Chandler Rogers. The Golden Bears should be electric on offense, and if their defense can hold up their end of the bargain, they could move quickly up our 2024 ACC Power Rankings.

10) North Carolina Tar Heels

North Carolina fans need to brace for a tough 2024 season with star quarterback Drake Maye on his way to a first-round NFL pick.

Fortunately for the Tar Heels, running back Omarion Hampton is back after rushing for 1,504 yards and 15 touchdowns last season, making the running game a big focus on offense. Head coach Mack Brown’s biggest challenge will be building the defense back up.

9) Duke Blue Devils

The Manny Diaz era is underway at Duke, with the coach building on a defense that helped the Blue Devils win eight games despite losing quarterback Riley Leonard during the season.

Maalik Murphy enters from Texas, and the new quarterback is just as talented as the former Blue Devils’ starter. Expect Duke to stay competitive in the ACC, although the team may take a minor step back as a new coach gets acclimated.

8) Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

An argument could be made that the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets were one of the most impressive teams in the ACC in 2023, going 7-6 and winning a bowl game amidst low expectations nationally.

The Florida State-ACC negotiation will set the terms for more college football realignment (; Staples)
As we wait for the commissioners who run the College Football Playoff to vote this week on the precise format for the first edition of the 12-team tournament, remember that this version might also be a short-term fix. The commissioners seek to reduce by one the number of automatic bids because the Pac-12 imploded, but they do this keenly aware of the possibility that this solution might only work for the 2024 season.


Because the ACC opened the door Friday afternoon for the next potential round of realignment. On page 20 of a 40-page filing that asks for a dismissal or a stay of Florida State’s lawsuit against the conference in Florida’s Leon County, the ACC’s attorneys signaled a path to a logical endpoint in a case being litigated in two different states. The next move after that endpoint is probably yet another reshuffling that will once again alter our perception of which conferences hold how much power.

The ACC, whether intentionally or not, indicated a willingness to negotiate with Florida State. It raised the possibility that there is a yet-to-be-agreed-upon dollar amount that would allow the Seminoles to leave the conference. It’s highly doubtful anyone in the conference office would admit this publicly now, but the inclusion of this language in a public court filing feels like proof enough that the divorce is going to happen. Now it’s just a matter of how much alimony gets paid.

How much will Florida State have to pay to get out of the ACC? Or, perhaps more appropriately, what is Florida State willing to pay to get out of the ACC? Is it $250 million? Is it $300 million? Is it more?

Here is what the ACC attorneys wrote in the document filed Friday in Leon County court:

“…Florida State alleges that the Grant of Rights, as extended, is also a ‘punitive penalty’ upon a withdrawing member (referring to the ‘additional, crippling penalties’ in the Grant of Rights). But there is no provision in the Grant of Rights that could possibly serve as a penalty and, indeed, there is no reference to a monetary payment at all if a Conference member elects to withdraw from a Conference. Rather, the Grant of Rights simply provides that the media rights of all members will remain with the Conference through the term of the agreement. Florida State imagines that this means it has forfeited future revenue as a ‘penalty.’ It posits that the fact that it may choose to repurchase its rights before the end of the term of the Grant of Rights (if it someday withdraws), somehow constitutes a penalty. But in so arguing Florida State misunderstands the nature of this transaction. Florida State (twice) assigned its media rights for a specific term to the Conference for the purpose of entering into agreements with ESPN. The Conference thus controls those rights for that term. If Florida State wishes to regain control of the rights before the end of the term, it could attempt to repurchase them. But having to buy back a right which was assigned is not a penalty; it is simply a commercial possibility. Paying a fair price for rights that were previously transferred cannot be a “penalty” under any reasonable definition of the term.”




Renovated apartments at the Snowdon apartment building in Syracuse are available to rent for $600 to $1,400 a month, including utilities. This unit is available for $1,200. Ryan Blakley

It’s harder to find an apartment in Syracuse than any other US city (report) (PS; Herbert)

How bad is the affordable housing crisis? It’s now harder to find an apartment in Syracuse, N.Y., than any other city in America.

According to a new report by Apartment Advisor, Syracuse has become the most competitive rental market in the U.S. as the cost of renting an apartment has climbed 23% over the past two years. The Syracuse metro area has maxed out’s Price Trend Score for the past three quarters and the median cost for an apartment has gone up from $1.22 per square foot at the beginning of 2022 to $1.50 now.

Supply and demand is largely to blame, as Syracuse has seen a population growth without enough affordable places to rent being added, creating a vacancy rate of just 1.8% last quarter. That pushes prices up and means apartments are getting snatched up more quickly when listed on the market.

For the fourth quarter of 2023, Syracuse had an overall competitive rental market score of 77.27, the highest among the top 75 metro areas in the U.S. Greensboro-High Point, North Carolina, ranked second with a score of 71.76, followed by New York City in third place at 70.37.

The overall score is calculated on a weighted average of the Q1 2023 Competitive Score (60% weight), the normalized year-over-year competitive score change from Q4 2022 to Q4 2023 (30% weight), and the normalized year-over-year median cost per square foot change from Q4 2022 to Q4 2023 (10% weight). According to the report’s e “Competitive Score” methodology is based on metrics like quarterly vacancy rates from the U.S. Census Bureau, the estimated average time on market of apartments, and the median cost per square foot of an apartment in the metro area.

An aerial photo shows a 248-unit apartment complex being built on the shore of Oneida Lake's Lower South Bay in Cicero in 2023. (Photo courtesy of Hueber-Breuer Construction)

Cicero strikes back against Onondaga County’s tax-break plan for new housing (PS; $; Moriarty)
Cicero officials may place restrictions on the development of new apartment projects in the town after a county agency last week agreed to offer tax breaks to the builders of multifamily housing.

The Cicero Town Board has scheduled a public hearing next week on a proposed new zoning law that would require any new apartment building with more than four units or any apartment complex with more than two buildings to obtain a special use permit.

The permit could become one more hurdle for developers to clear before starting construction on much-needed housing in the Syracuse area.

Towns have always had a lot of control over what gets built in their communities, whether through zoning laws or their site plan approval processes.

But the proposed new requirements would allow the Cicero Town Board to reject multifamily housing developments if the developer plans to apply for the county’s new tax exemptions, according to the town councilor who is drafting the proposed town law.

The exact wording of the ordinance is still being worked out. But before approving a special use permit, the board would be required under the proposal to consider the project’s impact on “town resources and infrastructure” and how much property taxes and other revenues from the project would offset those costs, said town board member Jonathan Karp, an attorney who is writing the ordinance.

The board also would have to consider whether the development’s architectural aesthetics would fit in with the surrounding area, he said.
Forgive me if you posted it already, but based on Phil Steele's Home Win% ATS, it seems like the Loud House is starting to rock again...
Forgot to link your stuff today. Sorry. That one is a good one.

We Syracuse fans have noticed the venue is a lot louder since the fabric roof was replaced with a hard roof. With the individual seats getting installed over the summer, there is an expectation there will be a number of sellouts in 2024.

Our home field advantage has never been bigger.


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