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Aug 15, 2011

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Syracuse Class of 2024 quarterback signee Jakhari Williams (far right) walks toward the JMA Wireless Dome for Syracuse's spring game with a posse. The Orange hosted a number of signees, verbal commits and prospects as it capped its spring season. (Scott Schild | Scott Schild |

What does Syracuse’s scouting department look for in recruits? ‘We’re a developmental program. We own that’ (PS; $; Leiker)

As Syracuse football lands verbal commitment after verbal commitment, approaching 20 in its Class of 2025 alone, trends are emerging in the type of players it’s adding.

They’re big. They’re fast. They’re generally from the Northeast.

Most are not any more highly ranked than recent prospects the Orange has attracted. There are a few exceptions, but there has not been a seismic shift in the types of players SU is recruiting.

Most are not players who will come in and make immediate impacts. They’ll need to do some growing first — just maybe not the physical kind.

Above all, though, the trend Syracuse’s staff sees among the players it has recruited is simple: They’re good at football.

“I don’t think anything, at the end of the day, can be placed above being a good football player,” scouting assistant Aaron Mannicci said. “We value all types of different things when it comes to scouting ... And we’re a developmental program. We own that. We know that.”

Recruiting assistant Emmanuel Marc, scouting assistants Mannicci, Tommy Caporale, Alex Kelly and Tony Giovagnoli, and recruiting quality control staffer Alberto De La Guardia all spoke last week during the final week of spring practice.

They provided first-hand insight into the recruiting machine Syracuse has become, switched on and into its highest setting by head coach Fran Brown — widely considered one of the top recruiters in the country — when he took over the program in early December.

The Orange signed 23 players in its Class of 2024, several of whom Brown and company recruited and inked commitments from in the span of three weeks prior to the early signing day.

The class finished No. 38 in the country by the 247Sports Composite. It’s the highest-ranked class Syracuse has recruited in the modern era of recruiting rankings and included four, four-star players.

SU is off to a hot start with its 2025 and 2026 classes, too. The upcoming class has 16 verbal commits and a Top 10 ranking (largely impacted by the number of commits); the ‘26 group includes a five-star and four-star.

Part of why Syracuse has been so successful in adding commitments this spring is that it’s hosted many of them on campus. Throngs of potential Orange players visited throughout practices and then for the spring game Saturday night.

“I think the product basically speaks for itself,” Marc said. “As we continue to find guys and add to that interest and get them and their families here, it’s growing, growing, growing. It’s a word of mouth. It’s just spreading. And social media’s helping. I think it is just the product that we’re putting out there because we are focused on us and what we’re doing here and all that is taking care of itself.”

Syracuse Fan’s First Look at the Fran Brown Era (; Coffey)

Syracuse fans got their first chance to experience the Fran Brown era of Cuse football.
With a chance to see new and exciting transfers as well as familiar faces the Spring Game kicked off and the JMA Wireless Dome was filled with a record breaking 16,579 fans.
The game featured two guest coaches. The Orange team led by class of 1982, offensive guard John E. Lally, and the Blue team led by class of 2018 and star linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts Zaire Frankline.
The Orange team walked away victorious with a 31-10 win over the Blue team. Though newly Orange quarterback Kyle McCord only saw action in the first half he still managed to pass for 242 yards and a touchdown, completing 18-of-28 passes.
But McCord wasn’t the only quarterback in the Spring Game, Carlos Del Rio-Wilson and Braden Davis also had an opportunity to showcase their ability in front of fans. Del Rio-Wilson threw for 101 yards for the Blue squad.
“I feel that he (Carlos Del Rio-Wilson) was just a little more consistent. I thought he hit stuff a little better,” said coach Brown.
Syracuse fans had the opportunity to see Davis at quarterback, and they also had the chance to see him play a little at wide receiver.
“He’s an intelligent kid, he’s really smart, already transferred from another school, he has the ability to be on the football field. So, when you’re intelligent like that, you do all the things the right way, I think that as a football coach you have to find a place for him to make sure he plays,” said coach Brown.
For coach Brown this is only the beginning of the potential he sees for this team. “We are about a five. We are like a five on a scale of 1 to 10. We’ve got a lot of work to do,” said coach Brown.
Many alumni attended this Spring Game, showing their support for this new Fran Brown era. The alumni may span back decades, but they all have one thing in common, they all once wore the orange jersey.
“I think to really have a good future, you got to know and understand the past. A lot of people don’t know the past and their like, ‘Oh we’re just going to win.’ Like how? Like who’s around? Like what was the past like? What was their culture like? Once you start to find out some of those things you can start to take some of it,” coach Brown.
The next time Syracuse fans will have the opportunity to see this Orange squad is in the regular season when Cuse kicks off in the JMA Dome on August 31 against Ohio. Season tickets can be purchased at

Syracuse football lands highly sought-after WR from transfer portal (PS; $; Axe)

Syracuse football head coach Fran Brown has landed another big receiver for quarterback Kyle McCord to target in SU’s new pro-style offense.

Colorado State wide receiver Justus Ross-Simmons (6-foot-3, 205 pounds), a Rochester native, has committed to Syracuse out of the transfer portal. He has two years of eligibility left.

Ross-Simmons played for East High School before transferring to Inglewood High School in California.

Ross-Simmons posted “Coming Back Home!” on social media Wednesday night. He visited Syracuse last week at the close of spring football.

Ross-Simmons spent two seasons at Colorado State and appeared in 24 games as its No. 2 wide receiver. He had 71 total receptions, nearly doubling his catches from his freshman (26) to sophomore year (45), and amassed 1,148 receiving yards and six touchdowns.

Ross-Simmons had a lot of heavyweights reach out including Florida, Penn State, Alabama, Florida State, Miami, Washington, Wisconsin, Texas A&M and many others. He is rated as a three-star transfer per the 247Sports Composite.

Ross-Simmons joins a deep wide receiver room at Syracuse that includes Georgia transfers Zeed Haynes and Jackson Meeks, returning star Oronde Gadsden II, Trebor Pena, tight end Dan Villari and returning pass catchers Umari Hatcher and Darrell Gill Jr. among others.

Former Colorado State wide receiver Justus Ross-Simmons transfers to Syracuse (DO; O'Brien)

Former Colorado State wide receiver Justus Ross-Simmons has committed to Syracuse, he announced Wednesday. Ross-Simmons is a 6-foot-3, 205-pound wide receiver who has two years of eligibility left. 247Sports Composite listed Ross-Simmons as a three-star transfer.

In 24 games with the Rams, he recorded 71 receptions, 1,148 receiving yards and six touchdowns. He was an honorable mention in the All-Mountain West team as well in 2023.

According to 247Sports, Syracuse and Florida were the top two choices for Ross-Simmons, who eventually chose the Orange following his visit during the last week of spring football. Major schools, such as Penn State, Alabama and Florida State, also reached out to the receiver.

Ross-Simmons is the third wide receiver to transfer into the program along with Georgia transfers Zeed Haynes and Jackson Meeks. The trio joins a receivers room with returners like Oronde Gadsden II, Trebor Pena, tight end Dan Villari and returning pass catchers Umari Hatcher and Darrell Gill Jr.

Syracuse football earns commitment from third Christian Brothers Academy player (PS; $; Leiker)

Syracuse football added another local product to its Class of 2025.

Christian Brothers Academy’s Daunte Bacheyie announced his commitment via X, formerly known as Twitter, on Wednesday afternoon.

The wide receiver had offers from Pittsburgh, Boston College, Buffalo and Fordham. He is not currently rated in the 247Sports Composite nor by any singular recruiting service.

Bacheyie (6-foot-5, 193 pounds) is the third player from CBA’s Syracuse branch to commit to the Orange this cycle, joining teammates Darien Williams and Matthew Hawn. They’re three of five players in the program’s 2025 class who already flexed Division I-caliber talent in their junior seasons.

Bacheyie had 19 receptions for 312 yards and seven touchdowns in 2023, according to stats kept by His longest catch of the season was for 42 yards in CBA’s state title win.

He also competes in track and field and recently ran a 11.63-second 100-meter dash.

Bacheyie is the 17th commit in the Orange’s Class of 2025. The class already includes three other wide receivers, including Williams, though most play both sides of the ball and could be flipped to defensive back upon their arrivals at SU.

Vito Shevchenko commits to Syracuse football (; McAllister)

Syracuse football has landed a commitment from 2024 offensive lineman Vito Shevchenko. Shevchenko plays at Clearwater Academy International but is originally from Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada. He is listed at 6-7, 291 pounds and chose the Orange over offers from Maryland, Florida Atlantic and Florida International. It is the second commitment of the day for Syracuse football as local wide receiver Daunte Bacheyie also committed.

The 2024 recruiting class is ranked 38th, which is the best for the Orange in 247Sports existence. New head coach Fran Brown is looking to surpass that this cycle.

Syracuse football's 2025 recruiting class is currently ranked ninth in the nation and second in the ACC with 17 commitments. Of those 17, 14 are from the Northeast. They include six from Syracuse's home state of New York, three from New Jersey, three from Pennsylvania, one from Connecticut and one from Massachusetts. The three players not from the Northeast include two from Texas and one from Virginia. The Orange has offers out all across the country, however, as Fran Brown has taken a national approach to looking for talent while also focusing closely on keeping talent home.

The 2025 recruiting class includes edge Sharlandiin Strange out of Cheltenham High in Pennsylvania, wide receiver, Darien Williams out of Christian Brothers Academy in New York, defensive back Javon Lawrence out of North Rockland High in New York, offensive lineman Byron Washington out of DeSoto High in Texas, defensive back Marcus Upton out of Winslow Township High in New Jersey, defensive back Jordan Gibbs out of Longwood High in New York, two-way lineman Jaylan Pray out of Brunswick School in Connecticut, quarterback Luke Carney out of Dallas Christian School in Texas, running back Bo MacCormack out of Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Massachusetts, offensive lineman Matthew Hawn out of Christian Brothers Academy in New York, wide receiver Julian McFadden out of LeSalle College High in Pennsylvania, running back Malachi Coleman out of Fleming High in Virginia, offensive lineman Kardiear Shepherd out of Cicero North Syracuse High in New York, wide receiver Terrell Wilfong out of West Orange High in New Jersey, defensive lineman Haleem Muhammad out of Pennington School in New Jersey, athlete Ziyyon Bredell out of Lincoln High in Pennsylvania and wide receiver Daunte Bacheyie out of Christian Brothers Academy in New York.

(youtube; podcast; Life and Football)

Justus Ross-Simmons just COMMITTED to Fran Brown Syracuse | Life and Football

Fran Brown is RECRUITING TOP 10 and TOP 3 C/O 25/26 | Syracuse Life and Football (youtube; pocast; Life and Football)

Fran Brown is RECRUITING TOP 10 and TOP 3 C/O 25/26 | Syracuse Life and Football

SU's Spring Game MVPs Were Exactly Who You Wanted (; Gotkin)

There is more hype around Syracuse football right now than there has been in a very long time. A lot of questions remain about the freshmen and the impact they can make right away. Can Fran Brown actually coach in the game? There are a bunch of unknowns, but one thing that SU fans do know is the graduate transfers who have experience. The two who are arguably most important are DL Fadil Diggs from Texas A&M and WR Zeed Haynes from Georgia.

MVP @fadil_diggs @ZeedHaynes
— Syracuse Football (@CuseFootball) April 24, 2024

Yes, there are a lot of important returners to the Orange. But in his first year Brown will need to lean on the players who have played at top programs. Diggs’s experience at Texas A&M will be paramount for the ‘Cuse. He started all 12 games last year for the Aggies and was a team captain. After being a part of a high-level SEC program for four years, he knows what has to be done to win big-time college football games. In addition, he will help the line dominate. SU’s offensive and defensive lines have had issues the last few years so having a star defensive end will help.

Zeed Haynes is another guy who’s experience will help the Orange a ton. Haynes may not have as much experience as Diggs, as just a redshirt freshman. He did play in four games last year for Georgia though. Just like Diggs, the experience of being inside of a top-tier SEC will help him and the Orange a ton. Syracuse needed help at wide receiver this season and Haynes proved that he can be the guy that the Orange can rely on. Kyle McCord had one of the best receiving rooms in the country last season at Ohio State and needs his teammate’s help for the ‘Cuse to have success.

Syracuse redshirt freshman Jalil Smith enters name into transfer portal for the second time (PS; $; Carlson)

Syracuse redshirt freshman Jalil Smith, a member of the Orange’s Class of 2023, posted on social media that he will re-enter his name into the transfer portal.

Smith, who played in one game last year with the Orange, is the fourth Syracuse player who has announced plans to transfer or who has entered their name into the transfer portal over the past week. The most significant contributor of that group was backup running back Jawaun Price.

Price was the only of the four who seemed to have a substantial chance to make the Orange’s two-deep roster and his path was complicated by the strong early performance of true freshman Yasin Willis.

The other two players who are exploring their transfer options were also members of the Class of 2023, wide receiver Bryce Cohoon and defensive lineman Ty Gordon.

Smith, who is from Brooklyn, came to Syracuse ranked as the No. 11 recruit in New York by 247 Sports, along with the No. 163 edge rusher in the Class of 2023. His other offers came from Bowling Green and Temple, according to 247. He has four years of college eligibility remaining.

Smith entered his name into the transfer shortly after Fran Brown was hired but removed his name from the portal shortly after that.

Kyle McCord Shows Promise After SU Spring Game (; Horning)

Ohio State transfer Kyle McCord made his first appearance in a Syracuse uniform over the weekend. McCord played in SU’s spring football game in front of a record 16,579 fans on Saturday. It was a chance for Orange fans to see McCord and head coach Fran Brown’s team in action for the first time.

McCord didn’t disappoint. The 6-foot-3 quarterback completed 18 of 28 passes and threw for 242 yards and a touchdown in just one half. That’s right. One half.

His touchdown came on a 38-yard strike down the right sideline to Georgia transfer wide receiver Zeed Haynes.

McCord brings a sense of consistency at the quarterback position that has been missing for quite some time in the Dome. Syracuse fans were always fond of Garrett Shrader because of the pride and grit he brought day in and day out in an attempt to win games, but McCord is a next-level talent.

Shrader was more than serviceable. He pulled Syracuse into the AP top-25 in 2022 after a 6-0 start, and also was a part of SU’s 4-0 start last season. However, he couldn’t quite put the Orange over that next hump at quarterback. Shrader accounted for multiple errant interceptions and errors, but the positives outweigh the negatives, by far.

Syracuse football: Colorado OL Savion Washington transfers to the Orange (TNIAAM; Ostrowski)
The Syracuse Orange O-Line is getting an additional reinforcement on the interior, as Colorado 5th-year transfer Savion Washington committed to SU Tuesday night.

Washington comes in at 6’8”, 320 lbs. and racked up a 69.1 PFF pass-blocking rating last season. (On their scale, a 50 is ‘average’ and anything over 80 is really good.) He made nine starts at Right Tackle for the Buffaloes, missing a chunk of October due to injury. According to multiple recruiting sites, Washington was one of the highest-rated offensive tackles in the portal this spring.

Savion also started 11 of 12 games the year before while at Kent State. He is entering his final year of eligibility and much like corner Clarence Lewis, he should have a shot to impress in fall camp and compete for a starting role.

SU’s new OL coach Dale Williams made it clear in spring camp that any job in his unit was far from being won. Once he arrives on campus, Washington will get to work alongside fellow transfers Codie Hornsby, Da’Metrius Weatherspoon, and Joshua Miller, and returning vets J’Onre Reed, Kalan Ellis, Enrique Cruz, and Mark Petry.

Washington’s addition brings SU up to the maximum scholarship threshold for 2024, but that doesn’t mean Fran Brown is completely finished building his roster. We’ll keep you updated with any further developments.

Syracuse football gets verbal commitment from 300-pound Canadian offensive lineman (PS; $; Carlson)
Vito Shevchenko, a 300-pound offensive lineman who played football last season for Clearwater Academy International, has verbally committed to the Syracuse football team.

Shevchenko has not currently been graded by the four major recruiting websites. He is listed on 247 Sports with offers from Maryland, Florida International and Florida Atlantic. He announced his commitment on X (previously Twitter).

Shevchenko was listed on the recruiting websites as a member of the Class of 2025, but he will reclassify and come to Syracuse as a member of the Class of 2024.

He is listed on 247 Sports at 6-foot-7. The website says Shevchenko is originally from Vancouver.

I am beyond blessed to announce that I’m 1000% COMMITTED TO SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY in the 2024 class #DART @CuseFootball @FranBrownCuse @drwilliams131 @CoachDScott1 @CoachMeyerCAI @CoachJesse18 @CoachJohnsonCAI #Trenchmafia
— Vito Shevchenko (@Vito_Shevchenko) April 24, 2024

Syracuse signed three other offensive linemen as part of its 2024 recruiting class, a group that includes Noah Rosahac, Willie Goodacre and Travis Brown-Miller.

In addition to those first-year players, Brown has worked to overhaul the offensive line by bringing in a number of more seasoned players including Colorado transfer Savion Washington, Georgia transfer Josh Miller, Grambling transfer Codie Hornsby and Howard transfer Da’Metrius Weatherspoon.

Commitments are not binding until after an athlete signs a National Letter of Intent.

Shevchenko is the second verbal commitment that Syracuse received on Wednesday, joining Class of 2025 receiver Daunte Bacheyie.

Initial Top 247 for 2026 class features two Syracuse commits (; McAllister)
The initial Top 247 has been released for the 2026 recruiting class and Syracuse football has two commits prominently featured. Tavares (FL) High linebacker Izayia Williams is now a four star prospect and ranked the 41st best player in the class overall. Palm Bay (FL) Heritage athlete Demetres Samuel is also a four star prospect and ranked the 104th best player overall. In addition, Williams is a composite five-star recruit coming in at 20th overall.

Syracuse is one of only three...

Mark Johnson "Orange Nation" 4-24-24 (ESPN; radio; Orange Nation)

Mark Johnson “Orange Nation” 4-24-24

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Voice of the Colorado Buffaloes Mark Johnson joins Steve Infanti and Paulie Scibilia to tell the guys what Syracuse football is getting with transfer offensive tackle Savion Washington and what transfer center Eddie Lampkin can bring to the men’s basketball team.

Syracuse football: Pair of redshirt freshmen enter the transfer portal (TNIAAM; Ostrowski)

With spring camp over, more roster shuffling is underway for Syracuse Orange football. Two underclassmen officially entered their name into the transfer portal on Monday: WR Bryce Cohoon and DL Ty Gordon.

Transfer WR 6’2” 200
Syracuse University
4 years of eligibility remaining
Played in 3 games as a Freshman
Kansas 100M 5A State Champ with a 10.5
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2x 1st Team Kansas 5A All State WR
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DM or text for spring practice film
— Bryce Cohoon (@Bryce_Cohoon9) April 23, 2024

Cohoon appeared in three games on special teams last season but did not record any statistics.

I want to start by thanking @CuseFootball & the staff for believing in me and making me a better man and player.

With that being said I will be offically entering the transfer portal with 4 years of eligibility.
— Ty Gordon (@TyGordon2723) April 23, 2024

Meanwhile, Gordon made his collegiate debut in the Boca Raton Bowl against USF. Both guys still carry all four years of eligibility after redshirting in 2023. They join RB Juwaun Price and LB Khalib Gilmore as recent exits from the program.

A total of 25 members of last season’s football team are either currently in the portal or have successfully transferred. Meanwhile, Fran Brown and company have brought in 16 new players (14 on scholarships, plus two walk-ons) from the portal along with 23 incoming freshmen.

The Orange have now complied with the 85-scholarship limit. These two departures very briefly brought that total down to 84 before OL transfer Savion Washington announced he was joining the team.

ACC News

Is SMU ready for the ACC? | Inside the Booth (youtube; podcast; Inside the Booth)

In a another episode of "Inside the Booth", Bryce Koon sits down with SMU's Senior Director of Football Operations Josh Nash to discuss the changes made in the program and the how the Mustangs ended up in the ACC.

Tyler Shough Cements His Spot As Louisville's Top QB (youtube; video; ACC DN)

Senior transfer quarterback Tyler Shough is expected to be the starting quarterback for the Cardinals this fall, and during Louisville's spring game, he looked the part. Shough started the spring game with an 80-yard pass to Chris Bell for a touchdown. He finished the game completing 8 of 12 passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns. Watch Tyler Shough's highlights from Louisville's 2024 spring game right here!

TheOsceola - Seminole Sidelines: Key points in FSU-ACC case, what's next, mediation (; video; Ferrante)

Tallahassee attorney Will Fixel joins Seminole Sidelines to discuss the latest developments and explain terminology in the FSU-ACC case with Osceola publisher Jerry Kutz and editor Bob Ferrante.

We discuss and define topics like ripeness and personal jurisdiction, which were topics in Judge John Cooper's courtroom on Monday. While Cooper ordered the FSU and ACC to sit down and mediate, Fixel explains why that could be more complex than in other cases.

Fixel also joined the Osceola in early April to discuss the case. If you missed it, watch that video here.

Seminole Sidelines is sponsored by, which has built travel packages to help FSU fans enjoy the season opener against Georgia Tech and build fan experiences in and around Dublin in August, as well as Alumni Hall.

Watch or listen to the show below:

All-Time NFL 1st-Rounders (before 2024)
(RX; HM)

All-Time NFL 1st-Rounders (before 2024)

Based on this tweet from CFB Matchups:
Each FBS Team's Number of First Round Draft Picks (All-Time)

How many 1st Rounders does your CFB team have? Is it more than your rivals?
— CFB Matchups (@MatchupTracker) April 21, 2024
Here are the numbers for ACC schools:
Notre Dame70
Florida St46
NC State19

Not bad. And more ACC players are expected to get picked in the first round this year (see 2024 NFL Mock Draft).

Wake Forest may have the fewest all-time first round draftees, but are they the fewest among all power conference teams? Nope. Here are the current P4 teams with fewer than five 1st-rounders, all-time:

Should ESPN negotiate down? (RX; HM)

Should ESPN negotiate down?

I knew I would get hammered by Big XII fans when I posted "If Clemson and FSU both go...", and they certainly didn't disappoint. Their groupthink was incessant, telling me how ESPN would renegotiate the ACC's tv contract down because it wouldn't be worth more than about $20 million/year without Clemson and FSU... but there are a couple of glaring fallacies in their 'logic' (if you can call it that):

Fallacy #1: Assuming that the ACC T1 contract is worth less than what ESPN is paying now. That contract was negotiated in 2010, and has been extended twice, with the option to extend it again -- all for a mere 4.5% increase per year. True, there were a few years in there when inflation was below 4.5%, but media rights, by-and-large, have grown a lot faster than that. So a reasonable person would conclude that the ACC T1 rights are undervalued - perhaps by a lot.
Fallacy #2: Confusing the impact of schools vs. tv networks when it comes to tv ratings. Yes, FSU and Clemson got the best ratings last year. They were also in the best tv slots. How much were they helped - and Miami, VT, Pitt, etc. were hurt - by that simple fact? Some of FSU's and Clemson's appeal was being on ABC, winning the ACC. When/if they leave, some other team will be on ABC, winning the ACC, maybe even going undefeated.
Fallacy #3: Believing that ESPN would value the ACC's contract below the Big XII's. I understand that, at least in the past, the Big XII has achieved high saturation (not surprising when you consider there's not much to do out there besides watching television), but what the ACC has in abundance is population. With the additions of Cal, Stanford, and SMU, the ACC literally has the majority of the people in the United States within the conference footprint. Even if the Big XII gets a few percentage points more in terms of saturation (no guarantee now that Texas and Oklahoma are gone), the ACC may still win out in terms of total viewers thanks to places like Miami, Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh, Washington, New York, Boston, Rochester, Pittsburgh, Louisville, Dallas, and San Francisco.

Links, News and Rumors 2024 Apr 24 (RX; HM)

Links, News and Rumors 2024 Apr 24

UPDATE: added UVA/Wazzu series announcement

From Yahoo! Sports' article "How the new College Football Playoff format came to be and what it means for the sport's future", here's a little side comment you may find interesting:

In an effort to appease its football powers and reward their success, the ACC enacted last year their own uneven distribution of wealth. The league is using its CFP monies, normally evenly distributed, to create what it terms a “success initiative” fund that pays units to individual schools based on reaching benchmarks: (1) qualifying for a bowl game, (2) finishing in the top 25 and (3) participating and advancing in the CFP.

The value of a unit is estimated to be $2-4 million, depending on the overall conference CFP distribution. An ACC team can earn as much as $25 million if it advances to the championship game.

AFAIK, this is the first time anyone has come out and spoken about the new success initiative... more to come!
From the same article, I also find these statements interesting:

[Andy Schwarz, a California-based economist specializing in sport economics] believes the future is not necessarily two 20-team conferences that create a separate entity, as so many predict. Instead, he sees two 24-team conferences plus a third, [or] possibly three 20-team leagues [my italics]. “They’d all love to rip one of the four apart and make it a Big Three,” he said.
Said one high-placed college athletics insider: “Five power leagues could not survive. Neither can four.”
2024 ACC-vs-Big XII games (RX; HM)

2024 ACC-vs-Big XII games

There seems to be a lot of pent-up rivalry between the ACC and the Big XII. Fans of Big XII teams are convinced that once Clemson and Florida State make their getaway, the ACC will begin to fall apart and the Big XII will get to pick over the carcass like they did with the Pac-12. Of course, such arrogance doesn't sit well with ACC fans, so the online debates often become heated...

This Fall, some of those fans will get a chance to vent their emotions through football. In particular, two ACC schools - Pitt and SMU - play two Big XII teams each, and one Big XII school - TCU - plays two ACC teams. In all, three ACC schools (2 of them "Freshmen") play four Big XII schools (included a pair of "Sophmores"). Four of these five games are home games for the ACC team:

08/30/24 TCU @ Stanford
09/06/24 BYU @ SMU
09/07/24 Pitt @ Cincinnati
09/14/24 WVU @ Pitt
09/21/24 TCU @ SMU

Stanford is a big underdog against TCU, even at home. However, I like SMU against both BYU and TCU. Pitt may end up being an underdog in both of their Big XII contests, but I think the Panthers can get a split - probably losing on the road but winning at home.

Florida State Loses to the ACC in Court...For Now (youtube; podcast; Kurtz)
FSU took a home L in court against the ACC, but it's still far from over. Matt Baker has the details.
Big 12 Insiders | WVU & Cincinnati's view of possible ACC candidates for the Big 12 (youtube; podcast; GoPowercat)

The Big 12 Insiders is a new show covering everything related to and affecting the new 16-school Big 12 Conference, hosted by former Kansas State football player Brien "Big B" Hanley. In today's edition, Big B talks about possible Big 12 expansion with the demise of the current ACC with Mike Casazza and Chad Brendell, publishers of the West Virginia and Cincinnati sites on the Big 12 Network.The Big 12 Insiders airs Tuesday through Friday at 1 p.m. (Central) on the GoPowercat YouTube channel and the new Big 12 Insiders channel. A weekend wrap-up each Monday and exclusive YouTube Shorts now appear on the Big 12 Insiders channel.

Local leaders host open forum on Micron, a day ahead of presidential visit (; Scott)

In just under 24 hours several downtown roads are expected to be blocked off, as President Biden makes his way to Syracuse.

His visit only helps set the tone for just how transformative the Micron project will be in the coming years.

Ahead of now the second visit from the president, Central New York's leaders were pitching their vision for the future at a public forum in Cicero on Wednesday night.

“I don't believe the community realizes the extent of the changes that are actually going to happen once that building is built,” said Assemblyman Al Stirpe.

CenterState CEO President Rob Simpson says the organization will use $2 million in awarded federal funding to prepare local businesses already here to maximize opportunities that come with Micron.

CNY preps for tech surge with $3M investment in Syracuse University, CenterState CEO

“We can actually realistically predict meaningful population growth for the first time in my lifetime in Upstate New York,” said Simpson. “What that means is every business owner, whether you have the potential to sell directly to Micron or you’re running a restaurant, a car detailing company or a landscape business—you now have the opportunity to serve a growing market.”

Lifetime resident Dan Barrett has experience working for both a major national company and owning his own small businesses in the area. He’s concerned about the long term impacts, like too much competition.

President Biden's Syracuse visit stirs excitement and concern among local businesses

“What does that mean?,” questioned Barrett. “Do my taxes go up in the state? Local taxes, fees, inflation stays higher for longer. That’s a lot of money coming out of your pocket that you don’t get back.”

The question of why his small businesses and others locally don’t receive much help in tax credits compared to the billions in cuts given to Micron—also weighs heavy on him.

“With all the things that they’re getting,” said Barrett, “all the deals they’re getting like the 49 year tax break, anything else–it’s kind of overlooking the people that have lived here and put in their time and energy to build in this community from scratch.”

Falk College Sport Analytics Students Shine in Nationwide Competitions (

Rodney Paul, the director of the sport analytics program in the Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, says two of the key cornerstones of the program are research and competition.

“Our students diligently work on research and internal competitions during their classroom activities, various sport analytics clubs and individual research projects,” says Paul, a professor in the Department of Sport Management in the Falk College. “We pride ourselves on being willing to compete with anyone at any time and to show off our work in competitive settings.”

This semester, sport analytics students and faculty have had a lot to show off.

In mid-April, Falk College benefactor and noted sports agent David Falk hosted a reception for many of the sport analytics students who participated in the competitions this year. Falk, who has long been recognized as one of the sport industry’s leading figures and most talented innovators, compared the students’ achievements to a Major League Baseball player’s most coveted feat: Winning the triple crown (leading the league in batting average, home runs and RBI).

“At Syracuse, you guys have won the analytics triple crown: baseball, football and basketball,” Falk said. “To me, that’s beyond incredible. This program, in my opinion—and our Chancellor (Kent Syverud) knows how I feel—is the crème de la crème of what Syracuse University can offer.”

Sport analytics major Danny Baris, who won two undergraduate paper competitions, says the curriculum is designed to prepare students to excel at these events.

“The main advantage that I think the sport analytics program gives us is that our curriculum mainly focuses on usable skills rather than theory,” Baris says. “This makes what we learn in the classroom very applicable in these competitions. The program also places a heavy emphasis on presentation skills, and one thing that has set us apart in many of these competitions is presentation quality.”

Paul agrees that the key to the program’s success—and the key to graduates finding desired jobs in the sports industry—is this emphasis on marketable skills.

“High level mathematics and statistics, intense coding and statistical modeling, a wide overview of key economic and business theories and models, a focus on effective communication, and a foreign language requirement span across a wide range of jobs and careers in many industries in today’s society and into the future,” Paul says. “We just happen to study and apply these topics to the fascinating world of sports.”


Sport Analytics students who won 2024 Sports Analytics National Championship.

From left to right, Collin Kneiss, Nicholas Kamimoto, Marissa Schneider, and Tyler Bolebruch won the business analytics category at the AXS National Collegiate Sports Analytics Championship in Dallas, Texas.

In late February, a team of four sport analytics students captured Syracuse University’s second consecutive title in the AXS National Collegiate Sports Analytics Championship in Dallas, Texas.

The four students finished in the top 13 in the individual standings: Nicholas Kamimoto (5th), Collin Kneiss (seventh), Tyler Bolebruch (11th), and Marissa Schneider (13th). Those finishes enabled Syracuse to capture the team title ahead of the University of Iowa, University of Oklahoma and host Baylor University.

“Our team felt good about our chances of winning the team title after the competition,” Kamimoto says. “We knew that we put out great work and we also thought that we were the only school to have every student advance past the first round.”


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