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

Welcome to World Understanding and Peace Day!

On February 23, 1905, Chicago attorney Paul Harris gathered together a few others—Gustave Loehr, Hiram Shorey, and Silvester Schiele—in Loehr's office, in room 711 of Chicago's Unity Building, and formed the first Rotary Club. The name "Rotary" was decided upon because the members planned to gather at a different office or home for each meeting. Women were not permitted at the time and were not allowed as members until 1989.

The Rotary Club soon went global. After sixteen years of existence, there were clubs on six continents. Today, there are more than 35,000 Rotary Clubs in the world. To reflect the organization's growing reach, its name was first changed to the International Association of Rotary Clubs, and then to Rotary International in 1922. With its spread around the globe came shifting goals, from being a local service organization to being an international service and humanitarian organization that promotes goodwill, peace, and understanding.

Members, who are called Rotarians, focus on projects in their own communities and around the world. Some areas of focus include education and literacy; peace; diseases and health; hunger; the environment; clean water, sanitation and hygiene; local economy promotion; and protection of mothers and children. Money for projects is raised through The Rotary Foundation. Club members usually gather each week for a meal. This not only is a social affair but provides a time for members to plan service work.

SU News


Sports Illustrated (SI; McAllister)

Class of 2025 Toms River (NJ) North offensive lineman Jaelyne Matthews is considered one of the best prospects in the country. The 6-7, 295 pounder is rated a four star prospect by all of the major recruiting services and is considered a top 100 overall recruit by ESPN and On3. He has now locked in an official visit to Syracuse, he posted on social media. Matthews will visit the Orange May 31st- June 2nd.

Syracuse was one of the first schools to offer Matthews. It was not until Fran Brown was hired as head coach, however, that he started giving the Orange a serious look. Shortly after that, he declared Syracuse was in his top schools.

"The (Fran) Brown and (Elijah) Robinson effect," Matthews said. "They are going to shock the world and I'm with it."

Matthews had a previous relationship with Syracuse's new head coach and defensive coordinator prior to them being hired by the Orange.

4-star O-lineman Jaelyne Matthews schedules Syracuse OV for summer (PS; $; Leiker)
One of the country’s top players in the class of 2025 has already marked his calendar for an official visit with Syracuse football this summer.

Jaelyne Matthews, a four-star offensive lineman, will visit May 31 through June 2, he announced on X, formerly known as Twitter, on Thursday.

Matthews is the No. 3 player in New Jersey, No. 11 offensive tackle in the country and No. 98 overall player in the 2025 class, according to the 247Sports Composite.

He already has a host of other Power 5 offers, including Georgia, Texas A&M, Colorado and Ohio State.

Per analyst, Syracuse football pushing hard for 4-star RB, top-100 national prospect (itlh; Adler)
Syracuse football coaches are pushing hard for 2025 four-star running back Jabree Coleman, a top-100 national prospect from Philadelphia.

That's according to a recent article from national recruiting director Adam Gorney. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Coleman has received more than 20 offers throughout his recruiting process to date.

The new Orange coaching staff, led by head coach Fran Brown, offered a scholarship to Coleman on December 24 of last year. Brown, most recently the defensive backs coach at Southeastern Conference powerhouse Georgia, and several of his assistants hail from New Jersey.

Blessed to receive an offer from from Syracuse University!! @cy_woodland @FranBrownCuse
— Jabree Coleman (@ColemanJabree) December 24, 2023

Since taking over the 'Cuse in early December of 2023, Brown and his staff have recruited the Garden State hard, along with nearby Philadelphia and the rest of the Northeast corridor.

Syracuse Football: Expert says ‘Cuse is one of biggest mysteries ahead of 2024 season (itlh; Adler)
It remains to be seen how Syracuse football first-year head coach Fran Brown and his team fare in the upcoming 2024 season, but I will say this.

The Orange is receiving a lot of chatter among national and Atlantic Coast Conference pundits as these folks discuss the next campaign. The ‘Cuse will begin its spring practices on March 21, and the team’s annual spring game is scheduled for April 20.

Since taking over the program in early December, Brown and his newly assembled staff have undeniably created a buzz in the air on the Hill.

Brown, deemed by 247Sports as the No. 1 national recruiter for the 2024 cycle, and his assistants have hit the recruiting trail hard.

The Orange’s 2024 class, inclusive of both high school seniors and college transfers, includes multiple four-star prospects. This SU cycle is also rated in the top 40 nationally at the high school level and in the top 25 overall via the transfer portal.

What’s more, while the ‘Cuse saw a bunch of 2023 players hit the portal, the Orange also is returning multiple key guys on both sides of the field.

Some national experts aren’t entirely sure how to evaluate Syracuse football in the 2024 term.

It’s clear that Brown, most recently the defensive backs coach at Georgia, and his staff can recruit at a stellar level. But how that translates into on-field performances is to be determined.

Fresh Squeezed Sports podcast: Fran Brown continues to impress with recruiting (thenewshouse; podcast; Fresh Squeezed Sports)

In the new episode of Fresh Squeezed Sports, The NewsHouse looks at Fran Brown’s work recruiting one month away from Spring Camp.

Host Mike Ostrowski welcomes back co-host Josh Crawford to talk about the team Brown and his staff have built, what’s missing and their expectations.

What does the team still need? What now after Alford was dismissed? What are the most interesting battles to look at? Who are Mike and Josh’s favorite breakout candidates?

Then, the hosts move on to men’s basketball after two up-and-down games as the team’s postseason hopes are in doubt, before checking up on women’s basketball with the NCAA tournament nearing.

Check out Fresh Squeezed Sports every week for our team’s takes and updates on Syracuse Athletics and follow along with The NewsHouse for daily sports coverage.

Syracuse University Football will be in EA Sports NCAA 25 (youtube; video; Citrus TV)

Syracuse University Football will be in EA Sports NCAA 25

ACC News

Questions We Have For Every Team Headed into Spring | 2024 ACC Ep. 63 (youtube; podcast; The Redshirt Sophomore)

Questions We Have For Every Team Headed into Spring | 2024 ACC Ep. 63

ACC starting quarterback rankings for 2024 (usatoday; Turri)

We are still some time away from the start of the 2024 college football season, but that doesn’t stop us from looking ahead.

Today, we are looking at the ACC starting quarterbacks for 2024 and ranking them ahead of the season. This is just a preview, as it is still many months from the season, and things can change fast. While every team doesn’t have a starting quarterback on paper, we are making projections on these starters based on what we know right now.

The ACC is a bit different now, with the addition of new programs and new faces to the conference. Try not to get mad with these, they’re subjective! That said, here are our ACC starting quarterback rankings heading into the 2024 season.

17 Eli Holstein

Team: Pittsburgh Panthers
2023 Stats:
Holstein transferred from Alabama by new offensive coordinator Kade Bell, so I’m expecting him to win the job here. He was a four-star recruit and ranked as a Top 90 player in his class according to 247Sports composite rankings. He has solid film from high school, but making too many calls from that tape is tough.

16 Elijah Brown

Team: Stanford Cardinal
2023 Stats:
Brown is new to the program, so we don’t have much but I like what I’ve seen from his tape. Stanford needs help under center badly, and he could be their guy for years.

15 Anthony Colandrea

Team: Virginia Cavaliers
2023 Stats: 62.6%, 1,958 pass yds, 13 passing touchdowns, 9 interceptions, 225 rushing yards, 0 rushing touchdowns
Anthony Colandrea has his work cut out for him in 2024, as Virginia is not expected to be much better than last season. I’ve seen flashes from Colandrea, but those flashes are few and far between, and it’s tough to blame him in the situation. Let’s see what he can do with this struggling team.

14 Max Johnson

Team: North Carolina Tar Heels
2023 Stats: 62.1%, 1,452 pass yds, 9 passing touchdowns, 5 interceptions, 27 rushing yards, 2 rushing touchdowns
Johnson was pretty good in 2021 with LSU but didn’t look the same after transferring to Texas A&M. He’s another guy I know could be ranked higher here, but his film made me question whether he will earn this starting job over Conner Harrell.

13 Hank Bachmeier

Team: Wake Forest Demon Deacons
2023 Stats: 67.7%, 2,058 pass yds, 10 passing touchdowns, 5 interceptions, -26 rushing yards, 0 rushing touchdowns
Bachmeier has had an up-and-down career but has the experience and joins a Wake Forest team with a top-tier head coach in Dave Clawson. Bachmeier will look to return to the form he had in 2021 with Boise State.

12 Thomas Castellanos

Team: Boston College Eagles
2023 Stats: 57.3%, 2,248 pass yds, 15 passing touchdowns, 14 interceptions, 1,113 rushing yards, 13 rushing touchdowns
Thomas Castellanos has insane athletic ability, but he needs to clean up his game. 24 turnovers in one season is way too much, but it’s also an experience. If he learned from last season and developed from it, this kid could be scary good.

11 Tyler Shough

Team: Louisville Cardinals
2023 Stats: 60.4%, 746 pass yds, 7 passing touchdowns, 4 interceptions, 149 rushing yards, 2 rushing touchdowns
Shough has a lot of experience, and that’s a big part of why I think he’ll earn the starting job here. He looked solid last season before an injury ended his season, and I expect him to look to end his college career on a high note with the Cardinals.

10 Maalik Murphy

Team: Duke Blue Devils
2023 Stats: 56.3%, 477 pass yds, 3 passing touchdowns, 3 interceptions, -18 rushing yards, 0 rushing touchdowns
This is an upside play. Murphy’s potential is truly absurd, and he’ll look to see if he can tap into that potential with the Blue Devils. There’s a wide range of outcomes here, but he was an excellent pickup.

9 Chandler Rogers

Team: Cal Golden Bears
2023 Stats: 62.2%, 3,382 pass yds, 29 passing touchdowns, 5 interceptions, 180 rushing yards, 4 rushing touchdowns
Chandler Rogers could 110% be ranked higher on this list; this is just where he fell for me at the moment. This guy has a lot of talent, but like Stone, we’ve yet to see him do it against some seriously tough competition, and consistently at that. He could fly up these rankings during the season.

8 Preston Stone

Team: SMU Mustangs
2023 Stats: 59.9%, 3,197 pass yds, 28 passing touchdowns, 6 interceptions, 198 rushing yards, 4 rushing touchdowns
SMU joins the ACC and brings one of the conference’s new best quarterbacks. Stone can sling it, and he will be fun to watch in the ACC against some more challenging defenses.

7 Grayson McCall

Team: NC State Wolfpack
2023 Stats: 67.4%, 1,919 pass yds, 10 passing touchdowns, 6 interceptions, 48 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdowns
McCall could be much higher on this list, but the seven games we saw from him in 2023 didn’t match what we expect from him. That being said, he’s a three-time Sun Belt Player of the Year and four-time first-team all-conference selection. This guy can ball.

6 Kyron Drones

Team: Virginia Tech
2023 Stats: 58.2%, 2,084 pass yds, 17 passing touchdowns, 3 interceptions, 818 rushing yards, 3 rushing touchdowns
You know who’s really good at football? Kyron Drones. This kid is one of the best-kept secrets in college football right now and is on my watch list for a Heisman dark horse. The Hokies likely won’t be near good enough for him to win it, but this guy is a baller nonetheless.

5 Kyle McCord

Team: Syracuse Orange
2023 Stats: 65.8%, 3,170 pass yds, 24 passing touchdowns, 6 interceptions, -65 rushing yards, 0 rushing touchdowns
McCord is good, but it’s tough to say he’s great after watching him start last season for Ohio State. With all the talent around him, it was difficult to not expect more. Even so, he’s a good quarterback and should step into that Orange offense comfortably.

4 Cade Klubnik

Team: Clemson Tigers
2023 Stats: 63.9 %, 2,844 pass yds, 19 passing touchdowns, 9 interceptions, 182 rushing yards, 4 rushing touchdowns
This may be high for some, but my projections have Klubnik taking the next step in 2024. He has the talent, but he just needs to refine his game. The Tigers’ offense returns a lot of talent, and we should see him take the next step with Garrett Riley also entering his second full year as the Tigers’ offensive coordinator.

Five ACC football players poised for breakout seasons (; Moreno)
As spring football kicks off, all eyes are on potential breakout stars. Amid the drills and scrimmages, a few players are already generating buzz, hinting at major impacts for their teams in the upcoming season.
We’ve zeroed in on five players who, based on their past performances and current opportunities, stand out as candidates for breakout seasons. These athletes have shown flashes of brilliance, and with the right development and opportunities this spring, they’re expected to become key contributors for their teams. From speedsters ready to take over games to defensive disruptors set to dominate the line, here’s a look at the names you’ll want to remember as they transition from potential to prominence in the ACC college football landscape.

Jake Brinningstool, Clemson Tigers

Clemson’s offensive arsenal has a secret weapon in Jake Brinningstool. Last season, his record-setting performances hinted at a talent bursting at the seams. With a year of full starting experience and a record-tying 50 receptions, Brinningstool is no longer a budding prospect but a proven threat. As Clemson aims for offensive balance, Brinningstool’s role as a reliable target and a safety net becomes crucial. Expect him to not just meet expectations but to exceed them, setting new benchmarks for Clemson tight ends.

Jalen Brown, Florida State Seminoles

The narrative at FSU is one of transition, and at the heart of this transformation is Jalen Brown. A transfer from LSU with world-class speed and an unfulfilled promise, Brown’s arrival in Tallahassee is timely. With the departure of key receivers, FSU’s playbook is wide open for a new protagonist, and Brown fits the bill perfectly. His ability to stretch defenses and turn routine catches into game-changing plays could see him become the next great FSU receiver.

Brashard Smith, SMU Mustangs

Smith’s journey from Miami to SMU reads like a script where talent and opportunity collide. His sophomore and junior years painted a picture of a versatile playmaker, capable of turning a routine play into a highlight reel. Now at SMU, reunited with Rhett Lashlee, Smith’s multifaceted skill set promises to be a linchpin in an offense that thrives on dynamism. As a RB/WR hybrid, Smith’s national breakout seems not just probable but inevitable under Lashlee’s guidance.

Chris Johnson, Miami Hurricanes

Fresh off the blocks like a sprinter in the 100-meter dash, Chris Johnson’s freshman-year glimpses were enough to tantalize the Miami faithful. With just 73 yards on 11 carries, the statistics barely scratch the surface of the explosive potential Johnson possesses. As Miami grapples with injuries in the backfield, Johnson’s sprinter speed becomes not just an asset but a necessity. Early murmurs out of Coral Gables suggest Johnson is acclimating well, ready to not just fill shoes but to outgrow them. In a year where Miami seeks to ascend, Johnson’s ability to “blow the top off the game” could be the hurricane force needed.

Fadil Diggs, Syracuse Orange

Syracuse’s defensive line just got a major upgrade with the addition of Fadil Diggs. After a notable stint at Texas A&M, where he was a two-time team captain and a terror in the backfield, Diggs brings his quarterback-hunting prowess to a Syracuse team in desperate need of defensive stars. His athleticism at the edge is not just a boon; it’s a game-changer for the Orange. If I was a Syracuse fan, I would get ready for a season of Diggs disrupting offenses and redefining the defensive narrative at your school.

Friedlander: Ranking the ACC’s top 5 football/basketball coaching duos (; Friedlander)

Doeren/Keatts? Ha ha!

The debate over the ACC’s best football coach is a spirited one that boils down to whether you prefer Dabo Swinney and his impressive career resume at Clemson or the immediacy of the past 2 seasons put together by Florida State’s Mike Norvell.

Basketball offers a much easier call.

With the recent retirements of Mike Krzyzewski, Roy Williams and Jim Boeheim, Virginia’s Tony Bennett, with his .732 winning percentage and the national championship he won in 2019, is now the undisputed king.

But what happens when you combine the 2 sports?

Bennett gets dropped from consideration because of a football coach, Tony Elliott, who has won only 3 games in each of his first 2 seasons. And while Swinney and Norvell are the cream of the crop in the ACC, the basketball programs at their schools haven’t been nearly as successful.

Who has the league’s best football/basketball coaching combinations?

Let’s check out the top 5.

5. Dave Doeren/Kevin Keatts, NC State

Neither coach has brought home an ACC championship, which continues to be a source of frustration to the Wolfpack’s passionate, long-suffering fan base.

But Doeren has been the model of consistency, leading State to 8 or more wins in each of the past 4 seasons – the first time in school history that’s been done. A respected developer of talent who has sent numerous players to the NFL, he became the school’s all-time winningest coach by beating Miami for his 78th victory last November. Doeren’s no-nonsense personality and blue collar coaching philosophy have also been a good fit for a program that loves to play the part of the underdog.

Wolfpack Nation hasn’t been nearly as patient with Keatts and for good reason. Although he’s won nearly 60% of his games during his tenure (129-88), he’s only managed to get his team into the NCAA Tournament twice in 6 seasons. But there have been extenuating circumstances, including the cloud of a lengthy NCAA investigation not of his doing and the COVID pandemic that canceled a tournament the Wolfpack likely would have been in.

4. Dave Clawson/Steve Forbes, Wake Forest

Peahead Walker and Jim Grobe each have 14 more career wins — at least for now — but a legitimate argument can be made that Clawson is the best football coach in school history. He presided over the program’s most successful 7-year stretch, winning an ACC Atlantic Division title in 2021 and earning bowl eligibility every season from 2016-2022 before having the streak snapped last season. Beyond the numbers, an accurate indicator of Clawson’s coaching ability is that his name is among the 1st mentioned for virtually every Power 5 job that comes open.

Forbes has only been at Wake for 4 seasons. But the job he has done in resurrecting a dormant basketball program has been nothing short of remarkable. The Deacons posted only 2 winning records in 11 seasons under Jeff Bzdelik and Danny Manning prior to his arrival. This season will be their 3rd in a row.

Nicknamed “The Portal Whisperer” because of his ability to spot transfer talent, he has used the portal to land the likes of 2022 ACC Player of the Year Alondes Williams, league-leading scorer Tyree Appleby and this year’s sensation Hunter Sallis. While he has yet to get to the NCAA Tournament, his 2021-22 team won 25 games, the 3rd-most in school history.

3. Mack Brown/Hubert Davis, North Carolina

The Tar Heels would easily have been No. 1 on this list before Roy Williams retired. It isn’t often that a school has Hall of Famers leading their teams in the 2 highest-profile sports. But even with 1st-time head coach Davis taking over the basketball program, UNC’s combo still ranks high compared to others in the conference.

Travis Hunter Latest To Sign Contract With EA Sports College Football 25 | College Football Network (CFN; Helms)

After announcing on Thursday that all 134 FBS teams would be included in the EA Sports College Football 25 video game, players have begun announcing that they’ve opted into the game. Announcements from top players are expected over the next few days.

Thursday afternoon, Colorado Buffaloes wide receiver and defensive back Travis Hunter announced on Instagram that he’s also “In the game.”

Travis Hunter Signs Contract With EA Sports College Football 25

Players have been offered the opportunity to opt into the game, while any player who does will earn $600 and a free copy of the EA Sports College Football 25 video game when it releases this summer.

Travis Hunter announced via an Instagram post that he, too, is “in the game.”

Because of Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) rules, players have the option to opt out of the game, though it is expected most players will decide to put themselves in the video game.

Hunter is one of the top players in the country and is a two-way star for Colorado. He is expected to be one of the top players in the game due to his versatility and overall talent. Players will have the opportunity to play with Hunter for at least one year, though those playing as Colorado in Dynasty mode may have their work cut out for them while trying to convince him to stay for his senior year.

Florida State football, recruiting news: ESPN implied that FSU committed a felony in its legal filing (; Krypton)


ESPN implying that FSU committed a felony for adhering to the Sunshine Law is certainly a choice:



The Big 10 should want Florida State. But will they pursue the Seminoles? l College Football Podcast (youtube; podcast; Locked on College Football)

The Big 10 should want Florida State. But will they pursue the Seminoles? l College Football Podcast

FSU/ACC Lawsuit: ESPN Supports ACC 2024 Feb 22 (RX; HM)

FSU/ACC Lawsuit: ESPN Supports ACC 2024 Feb 22
Look what happened Thursday...

From 247Sports: FSU vs. ACC Lawsuit: ESPN enters the picture, accuses FSU of potential felony.

ESPN supports ACC in lawsuit against FSU, pushes for documented agreements to remain sealed.
I shared the link to the document on X, shown here:
I’m reading ESPN - Memorandum of Law in Support of Plaintiffs Motion to Seal on @Scribd #ReadMore ESPN - Memorandum of Law in Support of Plaintiffs Motion to Seal | PDF | Trade Secret | Confidentiality
Instead of ESPN carving up the ACC, they appear to be defending it by blocking FSU's request to release the GoR and TV contracts. More to come on my blog...
— Hokie Mark (@mark_hokie) February 23, 2024
ESPN - Memorandum of Law in Support of Plaintiffs Motion to Seal | PDF | Trade Secret | Confidentiality

What does this all mean? For one thing, it supports the ACC's claim that the GoR and TV contracts should not be disclosed to the public... but there's more. In claiming that FSU and its attorneys may have “committed a felony by knowingly disclosing ESPN’s trade secrets”, that puts pressure on Florida State to accept a settlement agreement a little more agreeable to the ACC.

Don't get me wrong - this thing has gone too far for amicable reconciliation. I don't think either FSU or the ACC wants their relationship to continue another 12 years. However, I also see ESPN as being in a position to act as unofficial mediator (unless and until the judge makes it official). For that reason, I'm sticking to my original estimate:

FSU buys back their tv rights for around $370 million, which may be spread over a period of time. If it takes the form of garnishments from their shiny new SEC paychecks, FSU would be happy, the ACC would be willing to trust ESPN to forward the money, and the SEC would gladly accept the Noles...

12-Team Playoffs, Realigned: 2015-16 (RX; HM)

12-Team Playoffs, Realigned: 2015-16

Which teams would have made it into the 12-team CFP playoffs had the conferences been configured as they will be in 2024?
I plan to project the 12-team playoffs for every year, from 2014-23, using 2024 alignments and following the assumptions shown above, one year at a time. Here's how 2015-16 shakes out...

2015-16 Season

Original CFP4:
  1. Clemson
  2. Alabama
  3. Michigan State
  4. Oklahoma
Original FBS Conference Champs:
  • ACC: Clemson
  • B1G: Michigan State
  • Big XII: Oklahoma -> SEC
  • Pac-12: Stanford -> ACC
  • SEC: Alabama
  • American: Houston -> Big XII
  • C-USA: W. Kentucky
  • MAC: Bowling Green
  • MWC: San Diego St
  • SBC: Arkansas St
Assumptions applied:
  • ACC: Clemson is champ, Stanford is an at-large
  • B1G: champ is unchanged
  • SEC: Alabama is champ, Oklahoma is an at-large
  • XII: without OU, the next highest team is #11 TCU
  • Highest G5 Champ: #18 Houston is not eligible, so we'll assume w/o Houston to face, Navy wins the American and is the highest-ranked G5 champ at #21.

Confirmation of new CFP Rules for 2024-25 (RX; HM)

Confirmation of new CFP Rules for 2024-25

Here are some important highlights from "How the 12-team College Football Playoff will work" posted by Ralph D. Russo and Stephen Hawkins on APNews (note: exact dates will be adjusted year-to-year):

  • The 12-team College Football Playoff begins this upcoming season.
  • It will include the top 5 highest-ranked conference champions, plus the next top 7 highest-ranked teams. [In theory, one conference could get up to 8 teams in - Hokie Mark]
  • The 4 highest-ranked conference champions will get first-round byes.
  • The remaining 8 teams will be seeded 5th through 12th; the 4 highest of those 8 will host a first round playoff game as follows: #12 @ #5, #11 @ #6, #10 @ #7, and #9 @ #8.
  • First-round games will be played on December 20th-21st this season.
  • There is no reseeding after the first round; #1 will face the winner of #8 vs #9, while #4 will face the winner of #5 vs #12 - regardless of first-round upsets.
  • Quarterfinal games will be played at New Year's Six Bowls (neutral sites) on December 31st-January 1st this season.
NY6 Bowl Cycle (RX; HM)

NY6 Bowl Cycle

Just a quick post this evening, something I saw on twitter/X that I thought was interesting...

Only 8 CFB teams have played in the Cotton, Fiesta, Orange, Peach, Sugar, AND Rose Bowl. (NY6)

These teams have won 5 of the 6, but no school has won all six yet.

Who will be the 1st program to achieve wins in all six?

— CFB Matchups (@MatchupTracker) February 22, 2024
Just eight teams have completed the cycle, playing in all six New Year's Six Bowls:
  • Alabama
  • Florida State
  • Miami
  • Ohio State
  • Oklahoma
  • Penn State
  • TCU
  • Tennessee



Green Beer Sunday 2023 at Coleman's Authentic Irish Pub. (Charlie Miller |

Will a late-February warming trend arrive in time for Green Beer Sunday? (PS; $; Coin)

It looks like this year’s Green Beer Sunday will catch the start of a warm weather wave that will push temperatures toward 60 degrees next week.

The annual party on Tipperary Hill should have mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the mid 40s on Sunday afternoon, the National Weather Service said.

Don’t be discouraged Saturday morning, though, when a cold front will push temperatures into the single digits and strong winds will make it feel below zero. There could also be some light lake effect snow.

Like most cold spells this winter, however, this one will be brief.

Sunday will start out chilly but a (relatively) warm front will push in after sunrise. Temperatures are expected to climb from the low 20s to the mid 30s in time for the parade kickoff at noon, By the time the band Mere Mortals kicks off its set at 3 p.m., skies should be mostly clear with temperatures in the mid 40s. That’s warmer then typical high of 36 degrees for Feb. 25.

Green Beer Sunday, one of the biggest annual neighborhood events in the city, attracts thousands of people to Coleman’s Authentic Irish Pub. It’s the unofficial kickoff of St. Patrick’s season in Syracuse. Coleman’s parades a tanker truck two blocks down Tompkins Street, preceded by bagpipers, Irish dancers, neighborhood organizations and revelers.

A Dave’s Hot Chicken slider meal. Photos by Sean AdamsSean Adams

Growing restaurant chain selling hot chicken sets opening date in Cicero (PS; $; Doran)
A fast-growing franchise restaurant chain that specializes in Nashville hot chicken is opening in Cicero on March 1.

Dave’s Hot Chicken, which serves chicken tenders and sliders, is opening its first Central New York location at 7915 Brewerton Road (Route 11) in Cicero. The location is right near Jersey Mike’s and Red Wing Shoes in the plaza with Metro Mattress. KFC is across the street.

The restaurant will seat about 55 people.

The chain started in 2017 and has more than 100 locations, with hundreds more in the pipeline, according to its website. They opened a restaurant in Toronto in 2021, and in Dubai and Doha, Qatar in 2022.

Celebrity investors include former California First Lady Maria Shriver, Red Sox owner Tom Werner, actor Samuel L. Jackson, and Good Morning America anchor and retired NFL player Michael Strahan, according to the company.

It was founded by a group of four friends, including Dave Kopushyan, a chef who trained in Thomas Keller’s French Laundry organization. The other three founders are Arman Oganesyan, and Tommy and Gary Rubenyan.

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