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Aug 15, 2011
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SU News

(youtube; podcast; Amendolara)

In this video, D.A. delves into the heightened expectations surrounding the Syracuse Orange football team. With the arrival of new coach Fran Brown, excitement among fans is sky high. Preseason analysts are even dubbing Syracuse as contenders in the ACC. Adding fuel to the fire, a captivating hype video released by the school portrays the Orange as legitimate contenders. But the question remains: are they?

Syracuse Football: BOLD PREDICTIONS For Year 1 Of The Fran Brown Era (youtube; podcast; CFP)

It's a new era of Syracuse football. Fran Brown has taken over for the Orange and has brought an influx of talent and nice staff with him. The CFBPod.Com crew dives into bold predictions fo Brown and Syracuse's 2024 season. (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.

"We are all Jersey guys," Matthews said. "We don't come from a lot but we bond."

In addition to Syracuse, Matthews holds scholarship offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt and West Virginia, among others.

Matthews has also announced an official visit to Tennessee June 14th and a visit to Miami on March 23rd. He cancelled a previously scheduled official visit to Rutgers.

Syracuse football included in 4-star wide receiver’s Top 11 (PS; Leiker)

Four-star class of 2025 receiver Vernell Brown III placed Syracuse football in his Top 11 on Thursday night.

Brown, who’s from Orlando, Florida, included the other following schools in his top group: Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, Clemson, Stanford, Ohio State, Florida State, Louisville, UCF and Miami.

He’s the No. 35 player in Florida, No. 11 wide receiver/athlete in the country and No. 249 overall player in the class per the 247Sports Composite.

Brown (5-foot-11, 170 pounds) attends Jones High School. He played both ways for the Tigers and served as the team’s primary return man. He had 1,363 yards and 10 touchdowns on 70 receptions in 14 games, according to stats listed on Jones High School’s MaxPreps page. He averaged 33.8 yards on kick returns and 8.7 on punt returns.

Brown’s father, Vernell Brown Jr., is a Florida grad who played defensive back for the Gators from 2001-05. He is now the mentor to and manager for Indianapolis Colts quarterback Anthony Richardson after having worked with Richardson while on Florida’s staff.

The Orange has already landed one verbal commit for its class of 2025 in four-star defensive end Sharlandiin Strange. It’s also already scheduled at least one official visitor for the summer.

Top 100 player in class of 2025 names Syracuse football to Top 12 (PS; Leiker)

Syracuse football is in the mix for another Top 100 player in the class of 2025.

Dawayne Galloway included the Orange in his list of Top 12 programs he announced Friday via social media. The list also includes Kentucky, Oklahoma, Tennessee, West Virginia, Colorado, Georgia, UCF, Penn State, Texas A&M, Purdue and Michigan.

A four-star cornerback from Columbus, Ohio, Galloway (6-foot-1, 175 pounds) is the No. 4 player in the state, No. 14 cornerback in the country and No. 97 player overall in the country according to the 247Sports Composite.

He plays for Marion-Franklin High School, which finished 8-5 last season. Galloway had five interceptions, including a pick-six, as a junior according to his Hudl highlights.

Galloway also runs track and finished second in both the 100 meter and 200 meter Ohio Division 2 state finals last spring as a sophomore.

Galloway is the second four-star to rank Syracuse among his top schools in the past 24 hours. On Thursday, wide receiver Vernell Brown III announced his Top 11 and included the Orange in the mix.

SU has also already scheduled an official visit with four-star offensive lineman Jaelyne Matthews this summer. Matthews is the No. 98 player in the class of 2025 currently, a spot behind Galloway.

Defensive end Sharlandiin Strange is the only player committed to the Orange’s 2025 class at the moment.

Syracuse Football: Analysts log predictions for 4-star targets who have visited 'Cuse (itlh; Adler)
National recruiting analysts have entered in some predictions for a pair of Syracuse football four-star targets in the 2025 class, both of whom visited the Hill last month.

The two prospects we’re talking about here are four-star athlete and top-300 overall player Cameron Miller from New Jersey, as well as four-star athlete and top-200 national prospect Jeff Exinor Jr. from Maryland.

In recent days, at least four projections were logged in the direction of Penn State for Exinor on . By extension, I’m counting at least three predictions for Kentucky in Miller’s recruitment on .

While this doesn’t necessarily bode well for the Orange’s chances with either of these talented players, I’ll say this. Never count out ‘Cuse head coach Fran Brown, who not too long ago was named the country’s No. 1 national recruiter for the 2024 cycle by 247Sports.

Syracuse football faces steep competition for two four-star targets.
In January, both Miller and Exinor were among many ‘Cuse recruits who took unofficial visits to the Orange as part of the team’s junior days, according to media reports.

Earlier this month, the 5-foot-11, 165-pound Miller disclosed via his X page a top five of Syracuse football, Kentucky, Michigan, Rutgers and Wisconsin.

Miller was initially offered a scholarship by the Orange in September of 2022, when former head coach Dino Babers was leading the program. Brown officially took over on the Hill in early December of 2023.

A standout defensive back and wide receiver, Miller attends Winslow Township High School in Atco, N.J., the same school of Syracuse football 2024 commit Jaylan Hornsby, a three-star wide receiver who is officially signed with the ‘Cuse.

Adam Friedman, a national analyst with , wrote in a recent piece that “it seems like his recruitment is coming down to Kentucky and Wisconsin. The Badgers and Wildcats are set to host Miller for spring practices later in March but unless Wisconsin makes a big move for Miller he will likely end up committing to Kentucky.”

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Exinor, a top-flight athlete/wide receiver, goes to the McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Md. He was re-offered by the new Syracuse football coaching staff on December 12, 2023.

Syracuse football: We’re in the game! (TNIAAM; Lincoln)
As announced early yesterday, athletes on the Syracuse Orange football team, as well as 133 other FBS schools, can opt to feature in EA Sports College Football.

Individual players, up to 85 per school, will be able to make this choice by going through Learfield’s COMPASS NIL app. Every player who agrees to join the game will receive $600 as well as a copy of the game prior to public release.

Some significant faces will also get the opportunity to receive additional NIL compensation as ambassadors, but it is unclear if the Orange will have any such players.

Of course, a major goal of this alteration was to highlight “the crucial role current players play in shaping the game,” according to OneTeam, the organization responsible for overseeing the group licensing deals for this edition of the game.

For those who can remember back to 10+ years ago, no authentic players were in the 2014 edition of the game by name, but rather they would be represented by players with similar characteristics, jersey number, and position.

Disputes over the player’s rights to be represented in the game were a large part of what resulted in the discontinuation of the game after the 2014 edition. Luckily, with recent rules surrounding name, image, and likeness agreements, these disputes will no longer be of concern.

ACC News (; Lassan)

The ACC enters the 2024 college football season with a solid mix of transfers and proven options at the quarterback position. However, the league also lost two of its best in North Carolina's Drake Maye and Florida State's Jordan Travis, which leaves a void at the top of the quarterback rankings for '24. In the way-too-early rankings, Miami's Cameron Ward, Florida State's DJ Uiagalelei, and Georgia Tech's Haynes King top the list. However, with transfers entering the league and three new teams (California, SMU, and Stanford), this list could look a lot different after spring practice.

Louisville's Tyler Shough, California's Chandler Rogers, Syracuse's Kyle McCord, Duke's Maalik Murphy, and North Carolina's Max Johnson are five key transfers to watch this spring.

With spring practice quickly approaching, Athlon Sports will examine the quarterback situations for the power conferences and how the outlook has changed from last season. Here's a look at the ACC for '24:

Pre-Spring, Way-Too-Early ACC QB Rankings for 2024

1. Cameron Ward, Miami
Ward's decision to exit the NFL Draft process and return to college for a year at Miami was a huge win for coach Mario Cristobal. The Texas native started his career at Incarnate Word before transferring to Washington State prior to the '22 season. Ward passed for 6,968 yards and 48 touchdowns in two years with the Cougars. He also added 13 more scores on the ground. Ward's skill set should be a good fit for coordinator Shannon Dawson's scheme, while the return of receiver Xavier Restrepo provides the 'Canes with one of the ACC's top weapons in the slot.

2. DJ Uiagalelei, Florida State
Uiagalelei is back in the ACC after a one-year (and successful) stop at Oregon State. In 12 games with the Beavers, Uiagalelei threw for 2,638 yards and 21 touchdowns and ran for another 219 yards and six scores on the ground. Prior to the '23 season in Corvallis, Uiagalelei threw for 5,681 yards and 36 touchdowns over 35 games at Clemson. With two promising young quarterbacks in Brock Glenn and Luke Kromenhoek, Uiagalelei is the perfect bridge signal-caller for coach Mike Norvell.

3. Haynes King, Georgia Tech
From preseason question mark to potentially the ACC's top quarterback in '24: That's the storyline surrounding King in just one year. After an up-and-down career at Texas A&M, King left College Station for Georgia Tech for the '23 campaign. King started the year on a high note with 313 passing yards against Louisville and ended the year with 2,842 yards and 27 scores through the air. He also ran for 737 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground and finished second among ACC signal-callers in total offense (275.3 yards a contest).

4. Grayson McCall, NC State
The pairing of McCall and coordinator Robert Anae is an intriguing combination for a NC State team with hopes of reaching the ACC title game in '24. McCall threw for 10,005 yards and 88 touchdowns at Coastal Carolina and thrived at efficiency. In 42 games, McCall only tossed 14 picks and connected on nearly 70 percent (69.9) of his throws. In addition to the passing ability, McCall is a huge asset on the ground (1,113 career rushing yards) and also good fit for what Anae wants out of his quarterback.

5. Kyron Drones, Virginia Tech
Drones' late-season development was a big reason why the Hokies finished '23 by winning five of their last seven games. The Baylor transfer took over the job after an early season injury to Grant Wells and never relinquished the top spot. Drones threw for 2,085 yards and 17 touchdowns to only three picks and pounded opponents for 818 yards and five scores on the ground.

6. Kyle McCord, Syracuse
New coach Fran Brown made a quick splash in the portal by landing McCord. The Ohio State transfer was one of the top-rated signal-callers in the portal after throwing for 3,170 yards and 24 touchdowns to only six picks for the Buckeyes in '23. McCord led all Big Ten quarterbacks in yards per attempt (9.1) and finished second in passing yards a contest (264.2) last year.

ESPN joins ACC in lawsuit against Florida State, references potential felony in disclosing trade secrets (awfulannouncing; Staff)

The legal tangle between Florida State and the ACC is picking up in intensity as both sides try to stake their claims when it comes to the Seminoles’ attempted exit from the conference. Given the high stakes involved on both sides, it was always going to get messy as the future of the ACC and perhaps the rest of college football hangs in the balance. Now ESPN is entering the fray on the side of the ACC with a blistering legal filing in support of the conference’s efforts to keep details on the network’s media deal with the conference under seal.

The albatross that is the ESPN-ACC contract is seen as the centerpiece in why Florida State is trying to exit the conference so hastily. While the SEC and Big Ten have signed huge new contracts with media partners and are seeing their revenue skyrocket, the ACC is locked into a contract with ESPN until 2036 with a grant of rights agreement binding the schools. Florida State has tried to argue that the deal actually expires a decade earlier due to an ESPN option that exists, which was a new revelation in the saga.

Now ESPN is joining the ACC in an effort to keep the rest of the details of their media deal under seal. The current effort boils down to a jurisdictional dispute where Florida State is suing the ACC in Florida while the ACC is counter-suing Florida State in North Carolina, where the conference’s headquarters are located. ESPN is joining the North Carolina suit.

Some of the highlights include Bristol’s opening salvo where they actually call themselves the “Worldwide Leader in Sports” in official legal documents. “The terms of ESPN’s agreements are textbook trade secrets,” ESPN argues in their opening paragraph. Publicly disclosing the terms of an ESPN agreement with a prominent rightsholder would be destabilizing and harmful: competing networks would gain a leg up on ESPN in the next round of negotiations with rightsholders, and all other rightsholders negotiating with ESPN would capitalize on the knowledge of what specific terms ESPN has agreed to with—or has not required from—others.”

ESPN continues their argument by stating a position that the revelation of the inner workings and details of their media rights negotiations and contracts would be severely detrimental to their business and provide distinct advantages to their competitors. Amidst the various legal precedents that ESPN points to in their favor also comes an explosive allegation. ESPN’s lawyers seem to casually float an accusation that Florida State may or may not have committed a felony in disclosing some of this information already. Furthermore, ESPN argues that their trade secrets should remain secret whether it be North Carolina or Florida or anywhere else.

How Much will FSU pay? (RX; HM)

How Much will FSU pay?

Everywhere I keep reading stuff like "if FSU only has to pay $300 million to get out of the ACC...". I'm here to tell you, I'd be surprised if the number is that low! From my own post on CSNBBS:

If we go with FSU's leaked TV contract info, ESPN is set to pay the ACC $21M in T1 money this season

Also based on FSU's own numbers, they reckon they are worth anywhere from 2x to 3X as much as the average ACC school, so let's split the difference and multiply by 2.5X:

$21M/year X 2.5 = $52.5M/year in 2024 dollars
Now, if they play this season, they only need to buy out 2025 through 2036, or 11 years, so multiply by 11:
$52.5M/year X 11 years = $577.5M TV value
Finally, add in the exit fee
$577.5M + $130M = $707.5M
These are the numbers you get when you use FSU's own estimates of their TV value (sometimes it pays to be humble!)

In my opinion, $350M is more like the FLOOR than the ceiling.

Side point: if an ACC can make an extra $30M/year by jumping to the B1G or SEC, that means they would net $330M in 11 years, right? However, if the cost to buy themselves out of the ACC is greater than that number, there's a built-in financial disincentive to moving. So the ACC needs to make it work out so that the settlement is more than $30M/year to discourage other schools from following FSU.

There might be other reasons for wanting to leave, such as thinking you're going to play for a national championship and you need to be in one of those leagues to do it (FSU, maybe Clemson), but for most schools, having a CFP autobid trumps even that.

12-Team Playoffs, Realigned: 2016-17 (RX; HM)
12-Team Playoffs, Realigned: 2016-17

Which teams would have made it into the 12-team CFP playoffs had the conferences been configured as they will be in 2024? As a reminder, here are our assumptions:
1. Each team still finishes ranked the same as they originally did.
2. The final CFP Selection rules are going to be top 5 conference champs (top 4 getting a first-round bye), plus top 7 remaining at-large teams.
3. If two former conference champs are in the same league in 2024, keep the higher-ranked champion.
4. If a conference loses its champ to another league due to realignment, go with the highest-ranked team remaining.
That's a whole lot of changes all happening at the same time. So, while it's going to take more work than I realized to do this, I still plan to project the 12-team playoffs for every year, from 2014-23, using 2024 alignments and following the assumptions shown above. Let's move on to 2016...

2016-17 Season

Original CFP4:
  1. Alabama
  2. Clemson
  3. Ohio State
  4. Washington
Original FBS Conference Champs:
  • ACC: Clemson
  • B1G: Penn State
  • Big XII: Oklahoma
  • Pac-12: Washington
  • SEC: Alabama
  • American: Temple
  • C-USA: W Kentucky
  • MAC: W Michigan
  • MWC: San Diego St
  • SBC: Appalachian St
Assumptions applied:
  • ACC: champ is unchanged
  • B1G: Washington is the champ, but dominates the at-large
  • SEC: Alabama is champ, Oklahoma is an at-large
  • Big XII: Colorado slides in as the new champ
  • Highest G5 Champ: #15 W Michigan0
Top 5 Conference Champs:
1. Alabama
2. Clemson
4. Washington
10. Colorado
15. W Michgan
Top 7 At-Large Teams:
3. Ohio State
5. Penn State
6. Michigan
7. Oklahoma
8. Wisconsin
9. USC
11. Florida State
Projected 12-team Bracket:


8 Wisconsin──┐
7 Oklahoma──┴─1 Alabama
15 W. Michigan──┬─10 Colorado
3 Ohio State──┘
11 Florida State──┐
5 Penn State──┴─4 Washington
9 USC──┬─2 Clemson
6 Michigan──┘

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.
Top 5 Conference Champs:
1. Clemson
2. Alabama
3. Michigan State
11. TCU
21. Navy
Top 7 At-Large Teams:
4. Oklahoma
5. Iowa
6. Stanford
7. Ohio State
8. Notre Dame
9. Florida State
10. North Carolina
Projected 12-team Bracket:


8 Notre Dame──┐
7 Ohio State──┴─1 Clemson
21 Navy──┬─11 TCU
4 Oklahoma──┘
10 N Carolina──┐
5 Iowa──┴─3 Michigan St
9 Florida St──┬─2 Alabama
6 Stanford──┘

A similar situation to 2014 exists here, as Oklahoma and Alabama are soon to be SEC conference mates. Also, both the Big XII and the American conference lost their champions to realignment, so I used the highest-ranked team remaining (2024 alignment) as substitutes.

Clemson Football is tied with Florida State and Miami for win totals on FanDuel (; Chancey)

Clemson Football faces a challenge in 2024. They are looking to rebound following the first season without at least ten wins in over a decade. They would need to approve by at least two wins to start a new 10-win streak.

FanDuel has set over/under figures for all of the teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and they have set the Tigers at 9.5 wins for the 2024 season.

Clemson is tied for the highest over/under among ACC teams with Florida State and Miami. The Tigers play the Seminoles in Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida on Saturday, October 5th. Clemson does not play the Hurricanes during the regular season this fall.

Those three programs are followed by North Carolina State and Louisville with 8.5 wins. North Carolina, SMU, and Virginia Tech are set at 7.5 wins, and California, Duke, and Syracuse are at 6.5 wins.

Eleven of the seventeen programs competing in ACC football in 2024 have an over/under for wins set above six games. Of Clemson’s eight conference opponents, four have totals set above six (FSU, NC State, Louisville, and Virginia Tech) and the other four are below six (Pittsburgh, Virginia, Wake Forest, and Stanford).
... (SI; Eames)

Whether you like the idea or absolutely hate it, college football might be headed in the direction of two ‘super-conferences’.

A recent article from On3 columnist Andy Staples opens up a laundry list of questions regarding the future of college football as we know it.

While Staples’ article is largely concerned with realignment negotiations between Florida State and the ACC, determining if there is even a remote possibility of the Seminoles leaving, if negotiations were to go in favor of FSU, college football could find itself on the precipice of undeniable change.

The facts and figures of Florida State’s negotiation with the ACC are truly mind-boggling, but greater importance lies in the wavelengths a potential divorce between the two entities would make.

“Make no mistake, a negotiation is going to happen,” Staples wrote, “The potential outcomes at trial are disasters for Florida State or the ACC. Should Florida State lose, it could be stuck in the ACC no matter how much it’s willing to pay. Should the ACC lose, Florida State, Clemson, North Carolina, Miami and any other school that wants to leave could walk away scot-free.”

ESPN accuses FSU of potential felony in the ACC lawsuit saga. Here's what we know (; Rorabaugh)

Florida State has another opponent in its legal battle with the ACC: ESPN. And the network is implying the school and its lawyers might have committed a felony in its attempt to leave the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The broadcasting giant owned by Disney submitted a filing in North Carolina court in support of the conference's lawsuit against the FSU Board of Trustees, who are trying to exit the ACC's "grant of rights" media deal. In the Thursday filing, ESPN said the deal contains "textbook trade secrets" and that publicly disclosing the terms of the media deal would be "destabilizing and harmful."

ESPN comes out guns blazing in the February 22 filing, calling itself "the Worldwide Leader in Sports" in the opening sentence and claiming the details of the agreement between the network and the ACC should remain sealed. FSU has argued that the figures should be released as it tries to break off the deal set to expire in 2036.

It's the latest salvo in the ongoing fight between Florida State and the ACC, which took off when FSU sued the conference in a Florida court in December to get out of the TV rights deal (the ACC actually filed its own lawsuit against FSU in North Carolina the day before).

Here's what we know about the FSU vs. ACC lawsuits:

What is ESPN claiming in the FSU-ACC lawsuit?

ESPN claims in its filing of support for the ACC's lawsuit that the grant of rights between the network and the conference should be sealed. It says if the specifics of the deal would be made public, it would put the network at a competitive disadvantage in future negotiations against rival broadcasters such as CBS and Fox.

"Due to the individualized and competitive nature of that negotiation process, the contracts ESPN enters into with different parties vary, as do the negotiation processes themselves," the filing states. "Making the Agreements between ESPN and the ACC public would erode ESPN’s ability to negotiate."


Crowd floods Tipp Hill streets to kick off St. Patrick’s season with a tanker of green beer (PS; Newcomb)

On the surface, Green Beer Sunday is a celebration to kick off the start of the St. Patrick’s Day season with green-colored Miller Lite and a two-block parade. But for many of its attendees it represents something more.

It’s where three generations of a family came Sunday afternoon to see their kids watch the parade in excitement, just like they have for decades.

“We’ve been coming here our whole lives,” said Jess Wood, while watching her daughter dig candy out of her uncle’s neon orange beanie that became the holder for treats she collected during the parade.

“It’s even more fun now watching the kids have fun,” said Wood.


Historic American Legion post in Syracuse saved by new funding after decades of disrepair (PS; $; Duffie)
Nearly two years ago the American Legion Dunbar Post 1642 began raising money to renovate its 126-year-old building. The house, which has stood for over a century in the Westcott neighborhood, has endured its fair share of wear and tear.

As home to one of the oldest all-Black veterans’ legions in the country, Dunbar Post 1642, symbolizes the sacredness of comradery. It all began when Black veterans were not welcome into other American Legions in the area.

Through this adversity they created community among themselves. Over time, however, the building began to fall apart.

“This place was terrible at one time,” Herbert Dunmore, the Post’s commander said. At one point they worried that they would have to close their doors due to the worn-down roof. This led members of the Post to plan the building’s renovations.

After spending thousands of dollars from their own pockets, members of the Post created a GoFundMe page. From those efforts, they raised over $10,000.

In addition, they received over $80,000 from the state. They learned that the state gave funding to veteran facilities. All they had to do was apply and get approved. Once approved, they could spend their money on renovations, submit the proof to the state and later receive reimbursement.

Today, the once-battered roof that sits atop their Post is almost completely new and they have plans for it to be finished in a few months. They will renovate the building’s siding, gutters, and windows next.

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