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Welcome to National Baked Scallops Day!

It's National Baked Scallops Day! This one is for you liljoe!

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Syracuse Football: Qeanu Johnson, a star WR, CB and return man, sets official visit (itlh; Adler)

Qeanu Johnson, a standout 2025 wide receiver, cornerback and return man who won numerous honors during his 2023 season in Connecticut, will take an official visit to Syracuse football in mid-June.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Johnson, a three-star prospect who likely will move to four stars soon, will officially visit the Orange during the weekend of June 14, according to his bio on .

He also plans to go on an official visit to Big Ten Conference member Rutgers the weekend before, on June 7.

Johnson, who is nationally rated by the industry-generated On3 Industry Ranking, was on the SU campus in late January of this year in an unofficial capacity as part of a Syracuse football junior day.

Had a great time at Syracuse yesterday!! And after the great visit and a amazing talk with @FranBrownCuse, I am blessed to have been re-offered from Syracuse!!! #AGTG @NesPerformance @CuseFootball @TheUCReport @RivalsFriedman @BrianDohn247 @CoachDT_Cuse pic.twitter.com/Na4Pb6UoDH
— Qeanu Johnson (@QeanuJ1) January 28, 2024

It was around that time that he was re-offered a scholarship by the new ‘Cuse coaching staff, which is led by head coach and ace recruiter Fran Brown.

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https://www.si.com/college/syracuse/recruiting/bo-maccormack-sets-two-syracuse-visits (SI; McAllister)

Class of 2025 Westford (MA) Buckingham Browne & Nichols School athlete Bo MacCormack is one of the most intriguing prospects in New England. Recruited by most as a running back, he also has the ability to play receiver or defensive back at the next level. After accumulating 2,150 total yards and 31 touchdowns as a junior, the 6-0, 190 pounder has accumulated nearly a dozen offers. They include power five scholarship opportunities from Boston College, Nebraska, Rutgers and Syracuse.


Syracuse is a school that offered last month and has made him a priority this cycle.

"Talk very often," MacCormack said. "Relationship is good. All very good guys."

MacCormack will get a chance to see everything Syracuse has to offer over the next few months as he has scheduled both an unofficial and an official visit. He will be on campus for an unofficial on March 28th and start his official visit on May 31st.

The Orange, he says, is recruiting him at running back where he has been a dynamic offensive weapon in high school. When MacCormack visits Syracuse, he knows exactly what he's going to be looking for in order to determine if it is the right fit.

"(I want to) see everyone in person and how they do things at practice and all," MacCormack said.
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Syracuse football’s spring game will be in primetime, stream on ACC Network Extra (PS; $; Leiker)


Syracuse football’s spring game has its start time.

The game — and Fran Brown has advertised it being exactly that — will kick off at 7 p.m. in the JMA Wireless Dome and stream on ACC Network Extra, ESPN announced Monday.

It follows the SU men’s lacrosse team’s regular season finale against Virginia earlier in the day at 2 p.m. during which Paul Gait’s number will be hoisted to the Dome’s rafters.

A handful of ACC programs will have their games televised on ACC Network: N.C. State (2 p.m. April 6), Boston College (noon April 13), Pittsburgh (2 p.m. April 13), Louisville (7 p.m. April 19), Wake Forest (2 p.m. April 20), Florida State (4 p.m. April 20) and Duke (6 p.m. April 20).

North Carolina will have a special practice televised at 10 a.m. April 13 instead of a traditional spring game or showcase.

Syracuse begins its slate of 15 spring practices over five weeks March 21.

Spring practices will be the first look at Brown and his new staff in action, as well as key additions they recruited to the program like former Ohio State quarterback Kyle McCord and Texas A&M edge rusher Fadil Diggs.

It also should offer a look at returning tight end Oronde Gadsden II’s recovery progress from the Lisfranc injury he suffered in September. A number of other players who were hurt at the end of the season or recovering from injuries could be back in action, too.

In Dino Babers’ final seasons as head coach, SU’s spring game had strayed away from being a proper game and more towards a series of drills that equated to a slightly elevated practice, a move that was not isolated to Syracuse.

Brown, though, seems to be planning to bring the game back towards what it once was.

“You want to see contact? You want to see people hitting? You want to see touchdowns, interceptions, sacks, things of that nature? We’re going to play football,” Brown said about the spring game on ESPN Radio Syracuse in early February.
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Syracuse Football: Top-25 QB ranking doesn’t include 5-star Kyle McCord. That’s absurd. (itlh; Adler)
A new top-25 ranking of the best quarterbacks for the upcoming 2024 season doesn’t include Syracuse football signal-caller Kyle McCord, and I don’t get that one bit.

Now, a couple of things at the onset here. First, I’m an SU alum, so I have Orange-colored glasses on. Number two, these sorts of rankings are subjective.

Number three, McCord can show his skills on the field to merit inclusion in such a ranking as the 2024 campaign carries onward later this year.

This week, 247Sports analyst Brad Crawford published his top-25 quarterbacks ranking for 2024, and multiple Atlantic Coast Conference QBs are featured.

I’m not dissing Brad in this column, because he knows more about the sport of college football than I do. But based on what the 6-foot-3, 215-pound McCord did a stanza ago, and the Orange’s outlook for the upcoming term, I believe he should be included in Crawford’s list. We can simply agree to disagree.

Syracuse football eyes an excellent 2024 season with Kyle McCord at the helm.

To make matters even more frustrating, Crawford also includes 10 honorable mentions, with McCord not included there, either.

I just have a hard time believing that there are 35 better quarterbacks in college football than McCord, the Mount Laurel, N.J., native who was a five-star recruit in prep school as well as a four-star prospect out of the transfer portal this off-season.
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Indianapolis Colts linebacker Zaire Franklin (44) calls for more crowd noise during an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023, in Indianapolis.AP Photo/Zach Bolinger

Former Syracuse football player Zaire Franklin signs $31 million contract extension with Colts (report) (PS; $; Carlson)


Former Syracuse football star Zaire Franklin, who finished second in the NFL in tackles last season, has signed a three-year contract extension worth more than $31 million, according to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Franklin’s agents Drew Rosenhaus and Kyle Lincoln confirmed the deal, according to Schefter. The report did not say how much of that was guaranteed.

Colts are signing linebacker Zaire Franklin to a 3-year $31.26 million contract extension. The deal was confirmed by his agents Drew Rosenhaus and Kyle Lincoln. pic.twitter.com/6I53NaKj6f
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 11, 2024

The agreement keeps Franklin from entering next season on the final year of his contract with the Colts and bumps his salary to a place where it matches his production.

Franklin, a seventh-round pick in the NFL Draft in 2018, has enjoyed a remarkable rise in the NFL.

He earned his place on the Colts roster out of college by excelling special teams and took advantage of injuries and a change in scheme to make himself the leader of the Colts defense.
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(youtube; video; Football Depot)

Syracuse QB Donovan McNabb (1995)

CNY football standout who bet on himself now chases NFL dream (PS; $; Lacy Jr)

After finishing a decorated high school football career, Skaneateles’ Scott Ochsner had a decision to make.

He had to choose between committing to play for Division III Brockport or opting for Division I University Albany, which came in with a late offer.

Ochsner decided that fit mattered more than Division I versus Division III and thought Brockport offered him the best opportunities athletically and academically.

“Sometimes it’s better to bet on yourself and go where you feel most comfortable and you feel as if it’s the best fit for you in the classroom and on the field,” Ochsner said. “And then you’ve just got to work hard and you never know, these opportunities could come.”

Fast forward to 2024, and Ochsner’s decision to bet on himself has resulted in the chance to make it to the NFL.

The 6-foot-8, 320-pound offensive lineman will participate in NFL pro days in front of scouts at the University of Buffalo and Syracuse University.

Ochsner was an All-CNY, all-league and all-state selection at Skaneateles High School and won a Class C state championship.

At Brockport, he continued his success by earning first-team all-conference honors twice, second-team All-ECAC honors once and third-team D3Football.com all-region honors once.

“Definitely don’t look down on Division III football and small schools with football,” he said. “I feel like every year, somebody kind of comes out of nowhere and they have a really good chance at making it.”

With NFL teams expressing interest, Ochsner can be the guy from out of nowhere with a chance to make it this draft season.
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ACC News

CFP14 Models (RX; HM)

CFP14 Models

Let's discuss 14-team playoff models...

According to Ross Dellenger, the CFP is considering 3 models for selecting teams for the upcoming 14-team College Football Playoffs (beginning in 2026):

CFP format is taking a backseat to an agreement on a revenue model. Format may not be decided until after a revenue model & ESPN TV agreement.

Models include:
3 AQ B1G/SEC
2 AQ ACC/B12
1 AQ G5
3 AL
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2 AQ B1G/SEC
1 AQ ACC/B12
1 AQ G5
7 AL
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5 AQ (highest-ranked champs)
9 AL https://t.co/HaIWAa1IiI
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) March 8, 2024
Let's break down the pros and cons of the 3 models under consideration:

Model #1: 3+3+2+2+1+3

3 AQ B1G/SEC
2 AQ ACC/B12
1 AQ G5
3 At-Large
Pro (for ACC): guarantees 2 playoff bids per season, which is more than the conference would otherwise get in all likelihood.
Con (for ACC): locks in a systematic disadvantage versus the Big Ten and SEC, both of which would get one more bid than the ACC (though, admittedly, they'd probably get it anyway).
Also, this model leaves only 3 at-large bids (if Notre Dame is in, only 2), making it very hard for the ACC to get a 3rd team in.
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Model #2: 2+2+1+1+1+7

2 AQ B1G/SEC
1 AQ ACC/B12
1 AQ G5
7 At-Large
Pro (for ACC): guarantees the ACC champ makes the playoffs, while also leaving enough at-large bids for additional teams - IF they qualify.
This model may also contribute to better TV ratings for the ACC CG in comparison to the Big Ten and SEC CGs because, while the ACC teams will be vying for an autobid, the B1G and SEC participants are really just playing for a first-round bye.
Con (for ACC): locks in a systematic disadvantage versus the Big Ten and SEC, both of which would get one more bid than the ACC (though, admittedly, they'd probably get it anyway).
Puts more power into the hands of the CFP Selection Committee - you know, the same guys who passed over unbeaten ACC-champs Florida State last season.
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Model #3: 5+9

5 AQ (highest-ranked champs)
9 At-Large
Pro (for ACC): guarantees the ACC champ makes the playoffs, while also leaving enough at-large bids for additional teams - IF they qualify.
Also, this model likely maximizes the number of playoff-relevant ACC games by giving teams two ways to qualify: by autobid or at-large.
Con (for ACC): leaves the ACC's playoff fortunes in the hands of the CFP Selection Committee - you know, the same guys who passed over unbeaten ACC-champs Florida State last season.
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2024 Spring Games Update - Mar 11 (RX; HM)

2024 Spring Games Update - Mar 11


From the ESPN press release of March 11, 2024... here are ACC-related highlights...

CFB Spring Games / Pro Days on ESPN Platforms

ACC Network’s spring slate starts Saturday, April 6 with the NC State Spring Game at 2:00 pm. ACC Champion Florida State will be live from the Seminoles’ Garnet and Gold Spring Showcase on Saturday, April 20 at 4:00 pm.

North Carolina will hold a special spring practice on Saturday, April 13 at 10:00 am that will air live on ACC Network. Coverage will include unique access and sound from players and coaches. A handful of teams will also produce All-Access shows instead of traditional spring football showcases... Details on air dates and platforms are yet to be determined.

More than a dozen Pro Days are slated for ESPN platforms... Pro Day events typically include weight room weigh-ins, bench press, vertical and broad jumps, as well as the 40-yard dash, 60-yard shuttle and position workouts for players entering the NFL Draft. SportsCenter will have additional coverage...

Programming is subject to change. For updates to spring game schedules and commentator assignments, please visit ESPNPressRoom.com.
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FSU Impact on ACC Viewership (RX; HM)

FSU Impact on ACC Viewership

Look on the internet and you'll find plenty of Florida State fans who claim that the ACC won't survive without the Seminoles. They say the Noles account for anywhere from 17% to as much as 25% of the TV value of ACC football. While I would agree that FSU is the second most valuable TV property (after Notre Dame), I'm not sure it's as big a slice of the TV pie as these fans make it out to be.

Here is some analysis posted by Tony Altimore on X:


HOW MUCH VIEWERSHIP WILL FSU'S LIKELY DEPARTURE COST THE ACC?
2016-23 Regular Seasons
OTA Networks + Main ESPN

I continue to think that the #ACC's ongoing legal fight with #FSU should be settled with utmost haste, but let's take a look at how much of @theACC's major… pic.twitter.com/djmSk5W7UN
— Tony Altimore (@TJAltimore) March 10, 2024
A few teams' tv viewership was really boosted by games against FSU (e.g. Wake Forest), but others were barely impacted at all (e.g. Pitt, Notre Dame, and UNC). As Tony puts it:

While FSU has been important for the ACC, it's nothing like the catastrophic blow in relevance... from UT+OU leaving the Big XII.
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3 ways the Florida State-ACC lawsuits could end (tampabay.com; Baker)
The dueling lawsuits between Florida State and the ACC have seemed destined for a settlement — somewhere between a conference exit fee of about $130 million and a full price tag FSU estimates at $572 million.

There are, however, “unlimited possibilities.” FSU general counsel Carolyn Egan raised three of them in a January letter to ACC general counsel Pearlynn Houck.

One option, Egan wrote, is for the ACC to “immediately, vigorously and actively commence renegotiation” of its TV deals “to make them competitive with those of the Big Ten, the SEC, or the Big 12 (or even any one of them).” This possibility stems from an argument FSU has made publicly and in court filings: ESPN has not yet exercised its option to keep airing ACC games through 2036, so the conference’s TV future is unclear after 2027. That means, according to Egan’s letter, there’s no “in-force agreement.”

Regardless of the feasibility of a renegotiation or how the marketplace would handle it, the financial gap is undeniable. The difference between what FSU gets from the ACC and what schools get from the SEC or Big Ten is about $30 million annually.

Another option Egan suggests is for ACC members to eliminate some or all of the conference’s grant of rights or “its ill-fated extension.” The grant of rights is the document where schools grant (give) the TV rights to their home games to the ACC. The conference sold them to ESPN, which divvies the money back to schools.

The grant of rights allows for modifications or amendments if they’re signed and agreed upon by the ACC and representatives from the schools.

The final option Egan raised is for the ACC to “adopt a reasonable withdrawal penalty structure.” FSU has argued in its court filings that the current penalties are “grossly excessive” and “overly broad.” In addition to an exit fee of about $130 million, FSU would have to give up its TV rights through 2036. That adds more than $400 million to the cost.
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FSU vs. ACC Lawsuit: FSU sharpens focus to swat down ACC's claim for venue in North Carolina (247sports.com; Sonnone)
In the battle for the all-important venue claim, Florida State made its most direct points yet to swat away the ACC’s attempt to hold court in North Carolina. FSU filed a reply brief on Friday evening ahead of a Case Management Conference coming up on March 22nd in Mecklenburg County that will hear FSU’s request to dismiss or stay the ACC’s lawsuit against FSU.

FSU is arguing that the ACC’s guidelines for exiting the conference are excessive to the point of not being enforceable and that the ACC was involved in “self-dealing” while the ACC has maintained that FSU agreed to the exit penalties. Broadcast partner ESPN has gotten involved as well in the North Carolina complaint to support the ACC’s request to seal documents between the league and the network while concealing valuable trade secrets.

One of the center arguments as both parties have dueling lawsuits ongoing – FSU filed a suit in Florida against the ACC after approval from a Board of Trustees meeting in December, the day after the ACC preemptively filed its suit against FSU in North Carolina – is the right for jurisdiction. With both sides having sued one another in their respective states of business, the idea of home-field advantage is at play.

FSU argues in its latest filing on Friday that the ACC “indisputably failed to follow its own Constitution prior to initiating this suit”, claiming that the ACC “declare[d] that it won the ‘race to the courthouse’ while admitting that it did so only by breaking its own rules and the well-established rules governing civil litigation.” Attaching corresponding emails between ACC general counsel Pearlynn G. Houck (dated Jan. 12) and FSU chief legal officer Carolyn A. Egan (dated Jan. 18), FSU contends that the ACC committed a “fatal flaw due to the ACC’s admitted failure to comply with its own Constitution.” By this, FSU means that it believes the ACC opted to sue FSU for its attempt to withdraw from the conference before FSU’s BoT filed any suit against the ACC, and that it believes the ACC did so without holding a vote among league members in order to get to court first for the right of jurisdiction.

“The ACC does not get to replay the down,” FSU wrote in its filing from Friday.
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The annual CNY Brewfest comes to the Horticulture Building at the New York State Fairgrounds on March 22 and 23. (Jared Paventi | jaredpaventi@gmail.com)Jared Paventi | jaredpaventi@gma

CNY Brewfest on tap March 22-23 at the NY State Fairgrounds (PS; $; Cazentre)

The annual CNY Brewfest returns to the New York State Fairgrounds for its 27th year this month, with more than 100 breweries pouring samples.

The year’s fest starts with a VIP session on from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday March 22, followed by the two separately ticketed sessions, 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 23. All are in the Horticulture Building.

This is the second year the fest is moving to March. For its first 25 years, before the Covid pandemic, the fest was always held on the day before the Super Bowl, meaning it was in January or February.

The event, officially titled the Wildcat Sports Pub CNY Brewfest, is produced by Galaxy Media. That company, which also coordinates events like the Taste of Syracuse, took over the brewfest last year.

“We’re thrilled to bring back the CNY Brewfest for another year of celebrating the craft beer community and showcasing the incredible talent of our local breweries,” said Carrie Wojtaszek, Chief Operating Officer of Galaxy Media. “This event is not just about enjoying great beer; it’s about coming together as a community and sharing in the love of craft brewing.”

The beer lineup includes offering from Central New York brewers like Middle Ages of Syracuse, Local 315 of Camillus, Prison City of Auburn and Stout Beard of Liverpool. There are also brewers from across the state, such as 42 North Brewing, Adirondack Pub & Brewery, Industrial Arts, Brewing and Mortalis Brewing. National brands include Dogfish Head, Kona, Sierra Nevada and Victory. See full brewery list.
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The Syracuse Inner Harbor amphitheater was packed with people for the 2022 CNY Pride Parade and Festival on Saturday, June 25, 2022. (Katrina Tulloch | ktulloch@syracuse.com)

Syracuse Common Council approves new name for park in Inner Harbor area (PS; $; Boyer)
A city park within Syracuse’s Inner Harbor area is getting an official name to reflect its importance to champions of civil rights.

The Syracuse Common Council on Monday unanimously approved naming the park at the corner of Van Rensselaer and West Kirkpatrick streets Progress Park. That waterfront area features a small amphitheater and an open lawn surrounded by trees, plus a parking lot.

For more than a decade, it’s been home to the June CNY Pride Festival, which brought attracted about 15,000 visitors in 2023.

Councilor Jimmy Monto, who is board president of CNY Pride, introduced the name-change ordinance. A public hearing held at the start of Monday’s meeting brought a handful of supporters, including one resident who spoke for the record.

“LGBTQ people existing across all dimensions of diversity in Syracuse, we always have been and we always will be,” said Jess Posner, a CNY Pride volunteeer and a member of the LGBTQIA2+ member. “Renaming this park is a symbolic gesture that affirms our city not only is a sanctuary to immigrants, refugees and new Americans, but to trans, queer and two-spirit people.”
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The stars clearly aligned this week. Looking at my post history, I was last here 2016. The site randomly popped into my head today…

It's National Baked Scallops Day! This one is for you @liljoe!
 

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