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Welcome to World Tuna Day!


Tuna fishes are an indispensable part of various cultures and cuisines. They are an important ingredient for some incredible fish recipes. From Indian recipes to western preparations, tuna fishes end up as the star of the platter of each non-vegetarian spread. But the dwindling numbers of their species is becoming a matter of concern.
Tuna fish have been eaten by people for millennia. However, we have only recently discovered the decline in the fish population. It is essential to make sure to pick economical fishing habits to guarantee that we keep the fish population stable.

In December 2016, the UN General Assembly announced World Tuna Day to be observed every year. The inaugural festivity of World Tuna Day occurred in May 2017. From that point forward, each year, World Tuna Day is celebrated on May 2.

The decision was made to raise awareness about the essence of Tuna fish and their dwindling numbers in the waters. The day aims to educate people about how their population is exhausting because of unregulated fishing techniques and unfortunate conservation management.

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Axe: What do SU football and basketball still need from the portal? (podcast) (PS; podcast; Axe)

The deadline for student-athletes to enter their names into the transfer portal in college football and basketball has passed.

So now that everyone is in the portal that wants to be, what positions do Syracuse football and basketball still need to address?

Brent Axe and Mike Waters discuss that on the latest episode of Syracuse Sports.

For football, Syracuse met with an intriguing option for backup quarterback last weekend. Brent tells you about him and the other positions of need for SU football.

(NOTE: This podcast was recorded just before Christian Veilleux committed to Georgia State so he’s no longer on Syracuse’s radar, but the concept of the type of quarterback SU is looking for still applies. We also wanted to note that he visited and that Syracuse is still on the hunt for a backup QB).

Mike Waters joins Brent to discuss SU basketball’s potential wish list for the portal, including guards Kadary Richmond and Ken Davis Jr. and if SU would be OK if it stood pat with the roster it has now.
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Transfer quarterback possibility for Syracuse football has committed to Georgia State (PS; $; Carlson)

Pittsburgh transfer quarterback Christian Veilleux announced on Wednesday that he had committed to Georgia State, ending the possibility that he would end up at Syracuse as a backup for Kyle McCord next season.


The next opportunity is the best opportunity! Let’s go to work! @DellMcGee @RWi11iams pic.twitter.com/DfQMaqVEIp
— Chr1st1an Vei11eux (@VeilleuxQB11) May 1, 2024

Veilleux, who began his college career at Penn State and then transferred to Pittsburgh, had visited Syracuse over the weekend and appeared in a photo taken at Prime Steakhouse, a restaurant in downtown Syracuse.

A three-star prospect out of high school, Veilleux had originally been recruited by the Orange.

He is from Ottawa, Canada but played high school seasons in both Buffalo, New York and Maryland. He has two seasons of eligibility remaining.

Veilleux played in seven games with the Panthers last year, putting up pedestrian numbers. He completed 51.1 percent of his passes (94 of 184 for 1,179 yards) and had seven touchdowns and eight interceptions. He did perform slightly better against Syracuse, completing 13 of 22 for 161 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

The Panther offense struggled regardless of who was at quarterback and replaced offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti Jr. this offseason.

He performed well during limited on-field moments at Penn State but most of his time came in mop-up minutes or against overmatched opponents.

Syracuse’s brief courtship of Veilleux is an indication that SU head coach Fran Brown is still looking to add quality depth at the quarterback position.
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Syracuse's Legacy in the NFL Draft (orangefizz.net; Admin)

Syracuse University has a storied history of producing top-tier football talent, and many of its players have gone on to make significant impacts in the NFL. As we wrap up the 2024 NFL Draft, let’s take a look back at some of the notable players from Syracuse who have been selected in the draft and how their careers have evolved since then.

Notable Syracuse Players in the NFL Draft

Jim Brown


Jim Brown is arguably one of the most iconic figures in football history, known for his sheer athleticism and power on the field. Drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 1957, he made an immediate impact on the NFL. With 12,312 rushing yards and a career average of 104.3 rushing yards per game, Brown topped the league in rushing yards in eight of his nine seasons. This dominance earned him a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971, and he was named to the NFL’s 75th and 100th Anniversary All-Time Teams.

Throughout his career, Brown’s ability to break tackles and his physical presence set him apart from other running backs. He was a three-time NFL Most Valuable Player (MVP) and a nine-time Pro Bowl selection, demonstrating his consistency and dominance in the league. His career with the Browns is a cornerstone of Syracuse’s legacy in the NFL, serving as an inspiration for players who follow in his footsteps.

Larry Csonka

Larry Csonka, drafted by the Miami Dolphins in 1968, was a key component of the team’s back-to-back Super Bowl victories in the early 1970s. Csonka’s powerful running style and durability made him a cornerstone of the Dolphins’ success, contributing to the team’s perfect season in 1972, the only such record in NFL history.

Csonka’s career spanned over a decade, with multiple All-Pro and Pro Bowl selections, reinforcing his reputation as one of the most formidable fullbacks in the NFL. After his time with the Dolphins, he also played for the New York Giants, further demonstrating his versatility and tenacity. His contributions to the Dolphins’ victories and his impact on the field have cemented his status as a legend among Syracuse alumni.

Art Monk

Wide receiver Art Monk was drafted by the Washington Redskins (now Commanders) in the first round of the 1980 NFL Draft. Monk’s career is defined by his reliability and consistency. He was instrumental in leading Washington to three Super Bowl championships and became the first player to catch over 100 passes in a season. Monk finished his career with 940 receptions, 12,721 receiving yards, and 68 touchdowns. Monk’s impact on NFL teams was profound, with his steady performance becoming a safe bet for NFL Draft choices.
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Does Syracuse Need A Quarterback? (orangefizz.net; Gotkin)

In college football today, there is nothing more important than your quarterback. Just remember what happened when Jordan Travis got hurt and Florida State missed the playoffs because of it. The thought of playing your backup can keep you out of the playoff. Syracuse got its starting quarterback for next year in the transfer portal from Ohio State. Kyle McCord has huge expectations. He looked the part this spring. But what happens if McCord goes down? Does Syracuse have a good plan?

Quarterback injuries are nothing new to Syracuse. It seems like every year there’s some sort of injury and the Orange end the season with a different starter than they started with. The last two seasons, its been Garrett Shrader injuries that have led to Carlos Del Rio Wilson getting starts. We all remember how those went. Braden Davis came in last year as a freshman but the coaching staff showed that it in now way believed he could take the ball. Davis was getting snaps but at wide receiver. Jakahri Williams is a great prospect but can you trust a true freshman to take the ball if Del Rio Wilson gets hurt?

Thought this answer was interesting (and likely telling) from Fran Brown when asked how he'll decide if third-string QB Braden Davis works at QB or WR this summer: "It depends how it goes in the portal, things of that nature, you know, a bunch of stuff like that."
— chris carlson (@ccarlsononSU) April 21, 2024

Fran Brown already hinted to the fact that the team is looking for more players in the portal. You have to assume if the third-string quarterback has a chance to fully change positions, it is because there is another one coming in. The quarterback that starter for Pitt against Syracuse this year, Christian Veilleux visited Central New York last weekend. The QB did announce his commitment to Georiga State but it proves that Brown is searching for another option behind Kyle McCord. He needs to sure up the QB room. Davis and Del Rio Wilson have shown they just can’t be relied on to step up. With the recent history at quarterback, there needs to be a strong backup.
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Szmyt happens in St. Louis: how a Syracuse football alum is continuing his career in the UFL (TNIAAM; Ostrowski)

Picture this scene: it’s late in the 4th quarter. A roaring Dome crowd is coming to life as the offense marches into field goal range. And with time quickly winding down, the game comes down to the leg of Andre Szmyt.

It’s a scenario that played out for the Syracuse Orange more than once: in 2021 as the clock struck ‘0’ against Liberty, and in 2022 in the final two minutes against Virginia. And it happened again just a few weeks ago, just in a different time zone.

You can still say Szmyt plays in The Dome; that’s also what his new home is called. The former locale of the Rams now holds the St. Louis Battlehawks, one of eight teams in the newly-formed United Football League. And in the first game under the other Dome roof this season, it was the same old Szmyt.

Andre nailed a chip-shot as time expired to secure St. Louis’s first victory of the season in front of over 40,000 fans. It seemed like a flashback to the dependable man wearing 91 in navy blue. The numbers on his jersey may be flipped now, but he’s still been on the money.

Szmyt is currently 12/14 on field goal tries with a long of 54-yards through five games. His steadiness has helped the ‘Hawks climb to the top of their conference standings... with some help from an old teammate.

Sterling Hofrichter, who was SU’s punter during two of Szmyt’s seasons on the team, is now his holder. The two have become one of the best special teams duos in the league, with Szmyt having the most made kicks and Hofrichter nailing opponents inside their own 20 on five of 11 punts.
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ACC News

The ACC v. Florida State and Clemson: Untangling a realignment clash in court (theathletic.com; $; Vannini)


The next stage of conference realignment may be determined in a courtroom. Which courtroom that is, nobody knows yet.

Florida State and Clemson have made their intentions clear: They’re looking for the easiest way out of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Both have filed legal challenges against the ACC in hopes of getting out of the grant of rights agreement that binds the schools to the league through their television rights into 2036. A successful attempt to get out of that contract would open the door to pursuing membership in the more lucrative Big Ten or SEC. The ACC has filed its own legal challenges against both schools in North Carolina.

But the Seminoles and Tigers are not actively leaving just yet. Nobody — administrators, legal experts, media rights experts — knows how or when the legal fight will end nor what it will cost. Any resolution in court may be more than a year away.

“This will be a case taught in law schools going forward,” said Kevin Paule, an attorney at Hill Ward Henderson who has worked on sports business cases.

But everyone agrees that if FSU and/or Clemson are successful in court in nullifying a grant of rights, the results could be paradigm-shifting. The fallout could tear apart the ACC, accelerate realignment and possibly bring about a true Super League.

“That creates a jailbreak,” said media consultant Patrick Crakes, a former Fox Sports vice president, “and suddenly everybody can do what they want.”

What are they arguing in court?

After months of public discussion, Florida State’s board of trustees filed a legal challenge against the ACC in Florida on Dec. 22, saying it cannot compete in a world where Big Ten and SEC schools earn tens of millions more from their television deals. The ACC, expecting this, had filed its own challenge a day prior in North Carolina. Clemson filed its case in South Carolina in March, and the ACC filed against the Tigers the next day, saying that Clemson had indicated it wanted to work with the conference regarding its membership without going to court, only to then file first in South Carolina.

Florida State and Clemson’s lawsuits are a bit different.

The Seminoles’ filing asks a Florida court to determine whether the ACC’s grant of rights and exit fee are legally enforceable at all. It needs an answer to determine whether FSU “can be withdrawn from the ACC before the damage to Florida State becomes even more irreversible,” the initial filing read.

FSU argues that the ACC mishandled and misrepresented its contract extension with ESPN in 2016 and the launch of the ACC Network, saying the ACC told its members that ESPN had issued an ultimatum to extend the grant of rights from 2027 to 2036, or else ESPN would do no further rights agreements with the league. The filing also revealed for the first time that the current ACC-ESPN agreement is actually only guaranteed until 2027 and that ESPN had to decide by 2021 whether or not to extend it into 2036. FSU claims commissioner Jim Phillips extended that deadline for ESPN to February 2025 without approval from two-thirds of the league’s membership. FSU’s argument is that the financial mismanagement of extending a deal that now lags so far behind those of the SEC and Big Ten should be a reason to nullify the grant of rights.
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https://www.localsyr.com/sports-new...ball-the-beloved-video-game-behemoth-is-back/ (localsyr.com; Kryska)

In a Michigan basement decked out in maize and blue, a father sat with his son.

They’d bond over a football video game. One with a story mode that would transport the 7-year-old into a college dorm room, where letters from fans filled his mailbox, the campus newspaper teased a championship and a list of Heisman candidates adorned his computer screen. If he played well enough, his name might even appear there.

It wasn’t real. But who was to say it couldn’t be?

“You know, we’d always joke, because he was a big kid, that ‘Hey, maybe you’re going to be on there someday,’” says the father, Bill Swartout.

Today, more than a decade later, that 7-year-old — Brayden Swartout — is an offensive lineman at Central Michigan, living the story mode in real life.

Countless versions of that game, not made in over a decade, collect dust in basements alongside phased-out gaming systems. It’s the inevitable fate of old discs, gaming cartridges, RCA connector wires and the like. Give it all a good blow, though, and the dust clears to reveal an enduring cultural phenomenon that, in this modern world, is on its way back.

MORE THAN JUST A VIDEO GAME

For a generation of youth, EA Sports’ college football games fueled their aspirations in the sport. From the early versions in the 1990s to the immersive experiences in the 2000s that revolutionized create-a-player modes, the games became a must-have for sports and video-game fans.

As they grew more popular, however, something else grew, too: the chorus of voices that said college athletes depicted in the game should be getting paid. It was a notion that seemed preposterous in the student-athlete era. But as opinions morphed, it started to make sense.

Before 2021, college athletes were not allowed by the NCAA to profit from their brand, commonly known as their name, image and likeness — or NIL.
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https://clemsonsportstalk.com/s/103...set-to-make-an-impact-in-the-2024-season-pt-4 (clemsonsportstalk.com)

The 2024 college football season will kick off in August, and the ACC will have a new look with three additional teams joining the conference. Across the conference and college football, the transfer portal has sparked a new wave of recruiting.

Over the next few weeks, we will be highlighting some transfers heading to the ACC that we expect to make an immediate impact on the 2024 season. The portal opens again for the spring transfer period from April 15-30, so there could be more additions by the start of fall camp.

California Golden Bears

Mikey Matthews, WR: Matthews finished second on the team in all-purpose yards during his true freshman season at Utah following his contributions as both a kick returner and punt returner. Following former high school teammate wide receiver Marvin Anderson, he joins an offense where he can provide an immediate impact. Matthews is currently rated a four-star prospect in the 247Sports Transfer Rankings and the No. 18 wide receiver in the cycle.

Marcus Harris, CB: One day after the Golden Bear’s loss in the Independence Bowl, former Idaho cornerback. Harris is the second player from an FCS school that has committed to Cal for next season. Harris was fifth on the Idaho team in tackles, where he recorded 51, which included 5.5 tackles for loss. Harris also recorded 3 interceptions and 10 pass breakups.

Other top portal acquisitions for Cal:

  • Ryan Yaites, DB from LSU
  • Corey Dyches, TE from Maryland
  • Tobias Merriweather, WR from Notre Dame
  • T.J. Bollers, LB from Wisconsin

Syracuse Orange

Kyle McCord, QB: Former Ohio State quarterback Kyle McCord committed to Syracuse in January. McCord was one of the top quarterbacks available in the transfer portal after leaving Ohio State after going 11-1 as a starter in 2023. He finished this season with 24 touchdown passes and six interceptions while completing 65.8% of his passes. McCord will have one year of eligibility left.

Fadil Diggs, DL: Former Texas A&M defensive end Fadil Diggs committed to Syracuse in December. The 6-foot-5, 260-pound lineman has one year of eligibility remaining. In 2023, Diggs recorded 36 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, and 4 sacks. He was highly recruited out of high school and considered a four-star recruit, ranked in the top 200 players overall and top 11 at his position.

Other top portal acquisitions for Syracuse:

  • Zeed Haynes, WR from Georgia
  • James Heard Jr., LB from West Virginia
  • Isaiah Hastings, DL from Alabama
  • Joshua Miller, OL from Georgia
  • Clarence Lewis, DB from Notre Dame

Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Hank Bachmeier, QB: Louisiana Tech QB Hank Bachmeier committed to Wake Forest following the departure of two quarterbacks from the program. This will be Bachmeier’s sixth season of college football after spending four years at Boise State and a year in Louisiana. He’s thrown for 8,663 yards, 51 touchdowns, and 24 interceptions with a career completion percentage of 63%.

Keagen Trost, OL: Former Indiana State offensive lineman Keagen Trost announced his commitment to Wake Forest in December. Trost spent one year at Morgan State and four seasons at Indiana State. He brings experience to the Deac’s offensive line and has one year of eligibility remaining.

Other top portal acquisitions for Wake Forest:

  • Branson Combs, LB from Southern Illinois
  • Capone Blue, DB from Kent State
  • Mateen Ibirogba, DL from Georgetown
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https://athlonsports.com/college-football/acc-big-12-unfavored-april-recruiting-wins-2025-class (athlonsports.com; Bricker)

The ACC and Big 12 had no part in the top commits of April, according to On3 Sports.

Some of the top recruits in the 2025 class committed to big name programs like Michigan, Texas, USC, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Georgia, and others. The best commits in April included four-star prospects like Nate Marshall, Matt Zollers, Husan Longstreet, Matai Tagoa'i, and more.

The ACC's highest commit in the 2025 class is currently Soloman Thomas to Florida State. Thomas is the No. 20 ranked player nationally, per the On3 Industry Rankings. Thomas is the top player in his class as an inside offensive lineman.

There are plenty of commits considering Big 12 schools. However, to find the highest ranked Big 12 commit in the 2025 class you'd have to go to No. 95. That player is Kendarius Reddick, who is a four-star safety according to the On3 Industry Rankings. Reddick is pledged to UCF and is the No. 10 safety in the class.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfuY59jDlak (youtube; podcast; Yahoo Sports)

On today's show, Dan Wetzel, Ross Dellenger, and SI's Pat Forde dive deep on the latest update for the House v. NCAA case. Dellenger provides the most recent details from the settlement, as negotiations heat up.During this discussion, they analyze what this would mean for college football revenue sharing and how athletic programs will need to downsize to continue to fund their football programs.Later, they shift their focus to the current drama surrounding Colorado football and the Sanders family. They share thoughts on Colorado's spring game, and eventually recount the comments being made by former players who were pushed out of the program.

https://saturdayroad.com/acc/acc-football-fanduel-projected-win-totals-2024/ (saturdayroad.com; Friedlander)

It’s never too soon to start thinking about football season.

Especially the one coming up this fall, with its expanded playoff and the number of “power” conferences shrinking from 5 to 4.

The demise of the Pac-12 has altered the entire landscape of college athletics, including the ACC. But even with the addition of West Coast stragglers Stanford and Cal, along with fellow new member SMU, the league’s early preseason favorites – at least according to DraftKings’ initial win projections for the upcoming season – are the unusual suspects.

The has set the over/under for both Florida State and Clemson at 9.5, the highest among the ACC’s 17 teams.

Miami, on the strength of a strong incoming transfer class, is next at 9 wins, followed by Louisville and NC State at 8.5, Virginia Tech, North Carolina and newcomer SMU at 7.5, Syracuse at 7, Duke and Cal at 6.5, Pittsburgh at 5.5, and Georgia Tech at and Boston College at 5. Wake Forest and Virginia at 4.5, and Stanford at 3.5 are the expected bottom feeders.
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https://247sports.com/longformartic...ue-teams-2024-season-defining-game-229899628/ (247sports.com' Hughes)

ACC expansion is here, and we poured through all 17 league schedules, game by game, to determine the one "season-defining" matchup for each league member. The ACC will continue in its division-less format this upcoming season, and the conference championship race, along with major storylines and game environments, factors heavily into our process.

247Sports' Brad Crawford said the "ACC is undoubtedly the toughest Power Four league to handicap following conference expansion," and many of the games we selected will help determine a wide-open conference race. There's also the handful of teams projected to finish in the bottom half of the conference, and their seasons will be determined by rivalry matchups and outings shadowed by big storylines.

"The 2024 ACC Football schedule is significant for so many reasons," ACC commissioner Jim Phillips said in a release. "Between first-time matchups, meaningful rivalry games and once again playing arguably the toughest collection of non-conference opponents – there will be no shortage of interest in ACC Football throughout the season."

Here are the season-defining games for every ACC team in 2024:

STANFORD CARDINAL

Season-Defining Game: vs. TCU (Aug. 30)
ACC newcomer Stanford finished 3-9 in the Pac-12 last season and lost nine players to the portal during the first transfer portal window. The Cardinal's 2024 hopes rest with true freshman quarterback Elijah Brown. The four-star prospect is expected to be one of the program's most impactful recruits in years but is in a tough position in year one. His Week 1 performance in a tough matchup against TCU will either assert Stanford as a team to look out for this fall or a gimme game for some of the ACC's better programs.

BOSTON COLLEGE EAGLES

Season-Defining Game: vs. Syracuse (Nov. 9)
All signs point towards a rebuilding year in Chestnut Hill. We like Boston College's long-term potential with Bill O'Brien at the helm, and Thomas Castellanos is one of the ACC's most underrated signal-callers. However, the Eagles didn't get any favors with their schedule and will face an uphill battle for bowl eligibility in 2024. The home matchup against rival Syracuse on Nov. 9 will allow a glimpse at which ACC program is better positioned under their new coaching staff.

VIRGINIA CAVALIERS

Season-Defining Game: vs. Richmond (Aug. 31)
Virginia finished with the second-worst conference record last season and made few noticeable improvements this offseason. We've got the Cavaliers winning non-conference matchups against Richmond and Coastal Carolina to finish the season at 3-9. However, Richmond is not an easy out after finishing 9-4 and first in the CAA last season, and an opening-week loss to a Group of Five opponent would set a negative tone for the rest of the season.

WAKE FOREST DEMON DEACONS

Season-Defining Game: vs. California (Nov. 8)
Wake Forest finished with the worst record in the conference last season (1-7) but is a threat for bowl eligibility thanks to winnable non-conference matchups against North Carolina A&T, UConn and Louisiana. Winnable conference matchups against Virginia and Stanford could set Wake Forest up to clinch a bowl bid against California on Nov. 8. The Demon Deacons close the season with tough matchups against Miami and Duke, stressing the importance of a win against the Golden Bears.

GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKETS

Season-Defining Game: at Georgia (Nov. 30)
Talk to any Georgia Tech fan, and they'll tell you that this team has the best chance to upset rival Georgia as any team since the Yellow Jackets' last victory in the series in 2016. We expect the Yellow Jackets to be a contender in the ACC this season but still fall short of the conference championship. A win over the Bulldogs in Athens would be a breakthrough for Georgia Tech that would rival, if not exceed, Tennessee's win over Alabama in 2022.

PITTSBURGH PANTHERS

Season-Defining Game: at North Carolina (Oct. 5)
Pittsburgh opens the season against four non-conference opponents before heading south to face North Carolina. The Panthers have never won in Chapel Hill (0-7) and have lost eight of their last 10 matchups against the Tar Heels. Starting 1-0 in the ACC would give the Panthers momentum heading into a soft conference schedule. A loss would instantly damper what the Panthers hope to accomplish in year 10 under Pat Narduzzi.

CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS

Season-Defining Game: vs. Stanford (Nov. 23)
ACC newcomer Cal has the talent to make back-to-back bowl games for just the second time during Justin Wilcox's eight years at the helm, but not much else. We've projected that the Golden Bears will finish next season at 6-6 and fall well short of the conference championship race. The home matchup against in-state foe Stanford in the penultimate week of the regular season will define the Golden Bears' season and let the rest of the ACC know which California team is the bigger threat post-realignment.

SMU MUSTANGS

Season-Defining Game: vs. Florida State (Sept. 28)
SMU gets its first test of ACC action in Week 5 when it hosts Florida State. It's the first-ever matchup between the two programs and the first time the Seminoles play a regular-season game in the state of Texas this millennium. The Mustangs arrive in the ACC with plenty of momentum after an 11-3 finish last season and return one of the conference's best quarterbacks in Preston Stone. They'll be looking to prove they belong in the power conference ranks in front of a rowdy crowd in Dallas.

SYRACUSE ORANGE

Season-Defining Game: vs. Georgia Tech (Sept. 7)
Syracuse completely overhauled its roster under new head coach Fran Brown. The Orange's new pieces won't have much time to iron out any kinks before hosting a tough Georgia Tech crew in Week 2. Syracuse ranked second-to-last in the ACC in pass defense last season but Brown has a history of coaching defensive backs. Will he have the Orange's secondary in shape before it faces one of the conference's best gunslingers in Haynes King?
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https://accfootballrx.blogspot.com/2024/05/links-news-and-rumors-2024-may-1st.html (RX; HM)

Links, News, and Rumors 2024 May 1st


ESPN asks Is Cam Ward the next great Miami quarterback?

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Cameron Ward admits he is a natural trash-talker. He's a quarterback. A team leader. He says getting his teammates fired up is his job. This is especially true now that he is at Miami, where Ward transferred in January to win a championship and improve himself along the way. In his view, there's no more time to waste. Every rep matters.
During one recent practice, Ward wanted to set the tone early and saw the perfect opportunity on the first play of the team period -- offensive starters lined up against the defensive starters. Ward handed the ball off to the running back. He then noticed 6-foot-3, 305-pound defensive tackle C.J. Clark with his back turned, pushing the pile.
Instead of standing behind the line until the play ended, Ward ran up to the pile and bumped Clark. Hard. Clark turned around to see who pushed him. There stood his 6-foot-2, 223-pound quarterback with a big ol' trash-talking grin on his face.
"Yeah, I'm going to make you practice today!" Ward shouted to him...
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https://accfootballrx.blogspot.com/2024/05/rankedrivalries-draw-viewers-who-knew.html (RX; HM)


Ranked/Rivalries Draw Viewers (Who Knew?)

Tony Altimore is at it again, and this time he found a very interesting correlation...

TV RATINGS vs. TEAM RANKINGS
4 Examples - 2016-23 Reg Seasons

One of the most interesting relationships in football TV data is between the ranks of the teams (and thus the game's national relevance) and its viewership, which you can see are obviously HIGHLY correlated.… pic.twitter.com/HXbYboUHo2
— Tony Altimore (@TJAltimore) May 1, 2024

Regardless of brand (because these 4 teams are all strong brands), viewership strongly correlates with the total poll points of the two teams. In other words, if you want to draw the biggest audience, you want both teams to be ranked (or, at least, one of them should be very highly-ranked).

There are some outliers - games with higher viewership than you'd expect based on rankings. For instance, Michigan draws more viewers when playing Ohio State, USC does better against Notre Dame, and Auburn gets a much bigger audience than expected when it plays Alabama.

Rx: What Does This Mean for ACC Teams?

The ACC can definitely use this as a road map to better TV ratings. How?
1. I can't stress enough how important it is to enter the ACC conference schedule with zero losses. If you schedule tough out-of-conference games, you either better win them all or play them later in the season. Opening with a couple of losses will absolutely kill your tv ratings for the rest of the season! Every team should make it their goal to start every season 4-0, IMO.
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https://accfootballrx.blogspot.com/2024/05/2020-24-nfl-draft-vs-hs-recruiting.html (RX; HM)

2020-24 NFL Draft vs HS Recruiting

Bill Radjewski posted some interesting analysis on CollegeFootballData:

Riffing on the recruiting vs draft picks concept but adding in some weighting.

In other words, how did schools produce draft picks relative to the projections of the recruiting classes they brought in (e.g. a top 32 HS recruit projects to the 1st round). https://t.co/JckXQpgArI pic.twitter.com/pWqyp4jXaR
— Bill Radjewski | CollegeFootballData.com (@CFB_Data) April 29, 2024

When we look at this chart, some pairings emerge:

Georgia and [Saban era] Alabama were absolute beasts when it comes to recruiting; LSU isn't too far behind. Not far behind are Ohio State, Michigan, and Penn State - tops in the Big Ten.

Next up are Clemson and Notre Dame - tops in the ACC[-ish].

Not far behind those two are Florida State and Miami, with comps being Texas A&M, Auburn, and Tennessee. I have no doubt that FSU has upside, but keep in mind this includes some lean years.

Close behind those teams are North Carolina and Stanford. Yes, one of the newbies can really recruit.

Drop down a little more and we come to Virginia Tech and NC State, neck-and-neck with Arkansas and Oklahoma State.
Pitt and UVa have similar recruiting results, although the Panthers produce a lot more NFL talent.

BC and GT are also very close, as are Louisville and Cal. SMU is not far behind. I can't tell where Syracuse falls on this, but they may be in that clump between Cal and SMU.
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https://www.newscentermaine.com/vid...2024/535-e6819e56-3e41-40c2-afd0-ebfcc5fc6a90 (newscentermaine.com; podcast; Locked on ACC)

The North Carolina Tar Heels have the most competitive battle at starting quarterback heading into the 2024 football season. Will it be transfer Max Johnson?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TY6RQTuJQ1Q (youtube; podcast; Locked on B12)

While a move from the ACC to the Big 12 could offer some benefits for Miami, there are potential negatives to consider as well:

Loss of Conference Prestige: The ACC is traditionally seen as one of the Power Five conferences, alongside the Big 12. Moving to the Big 12 might be perceived as a step down in terms of conference prestige, which could affect recruiting and the program's national standing.

Increased Travel and Expenses: Joining the Big 12 would mean more extensive travel for Miami's athletic teams, leading to increased expenses for transportation, lodging, and other associated costs. This could strain the athletic department's budget and impact the overall financial health of the university.

Impact on Non-Revenue Sports: While football typically drives conference realignment decisions, the move could have negative consequences for Miami's non-revenue sports programs. Increased travel distances could make it more challenging for these teams to compete and could result in decreased opportunities for student-athletes.

Loss of Traditional Rivalries: Miami has longstanding rivalries with ACC opponents like Florida State and Clemson. Moving to the Big 12 would mean the end of these rivalries, which could disappoint fans and alumni who value these matchups.
Uncertainty in Conference Stability: The Big 12 has experienced its fair share of instability in recent years, with teams like Texas A&M, Colorado, Nebraska, and Missouri leaving for other conferences. Miami could find itself in a similar situation if the Big 12 undergoes further realignment or loses members in the future.

Potential Impact on Recruiting: Miami's recruiting efforts could be affected by a move to the Big 12. While the program would gain access to new recruiting territories in Texas and the Midwest, it could lose some of its appeal to top recruits who are drawn to the ACC's coastal locations and matchups against traditional powerhouses like Clemson and Florida State.Overall, while there may be some potential benefits to joining the Big 12, Miami would need to carefully weigh the potential negative consequences before making such a significant move.


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Chatham Brewing's burger, The Loaded Brewery Burger, was named the best burger in New York State by the Beef Council. (New York Beef Council photo)New York Beef Council

https://www.syracuse.com/food/2024/...aurant-in-annual-nys-best-burger-contest.html (PS; $; Miller)


A brewery in Hudson Valley has knocked off a seven-time champion in New York’s best burger competition.

The New York Beef Council this morning announced Chatham Brewery as the winner of this year’s “Best NY Burger” competition. This is the first win for the brewery, located at 59 Main St., Chatham, about 30 miles south of Albany.

Chatham Brewing’s burger, the Loaded Brewery Burger, was voted the favorite among the 19 judges who visited the 10 finalists over the past month. In a press release announcing the winner, the Beef Council said the brewery’s sandwich won by “captivating taste buds with its tantalizing flavors and innovative presentation.”

The Loaded Brewery Burger is made with a locally raised beef burger topped with white cheddar macaroni and cheese, applewood bacon and molasses barbecue sauce. It’s served on a toasted King’s Hawaiian sweet roll.

This is the first year that Ale ‘n Angus competed and didn’t win. The Syracuse restaurant and bar has won seven times. The only year it didn’t compete was 2020, the year the contest was done virtually because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

This year’s top 10, listed alphabetically, were:

317 @ Montgomery, Syracuse
Ale ‘n Angus, Syracuse
Bear Creek, Brewerton
Ben’s Fresh, Port Jervis
Brewer Union Cafe, Brewerton
Butchers & Sons, Corning
Chatham Brewery, Chatham
Danny D’s Burgers, Port Jervis
Rock Burger, Niagara Falls
Tap It Bar & Grill, Rochester
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Cafe Kubal is set to open a coffee shop in this Ward Wellington Ward-designed home at 1029 E. Genesee St. in Syracuse in the fall of 2024. Rick Moriarty | rmoriarty@syracuse.comRick Moriarty | rmoriarty@syracuse.com


https://www.syracuse.com/storefront...-opening-new-location-on-university-hill.html (PS; $; Moriarty)

A popular local coffee shop chain is coming to Syracuse’s University Hill neighborhood this fall.

Cafe Kubal has signed a lease to occupy the historic Ward Wellington Ward-designed home at 1029 E. Genesee St., said John Hoover III, manager of Timberwolf Capital Partners.

Timberwolf, of Jackson, Wyoming, is building a 282-unit apartment building, The Coda on Crouse, next to the home. In addition to buying the land the new apartment building will sit on, Timberwolf acquired the home and pledged to preserve it for its historical significance.

Matt Godard, owner and president of Cafe Kubal, said the shop will occupy the first and second floors of the three-story home. The second floor will feature an outdoor patio overlooking Genesee Street, he said. There are currently no plans for the third floor.

Godard said he chose the location because of all of the new development occurring in the area, including The Coda and The Theory, a large student apartment building that opened nearby a few years ago.

“The different things going on in that specific section of the city is really exciting,” said Godard, who founded Cafe Kubal in 2004. “There’s a whole lot of density in that area.”

Hoover said the home is undergoing extensive interior and exterior renovations.

The shop will be Cafe Kubal’s seventh location. Its other shops are on South Salina, West Water, James and East Colvin streets in the city, and Route 11 in North Syracuse and Highbridge Road in Manlius.
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https://www.syracuse.com/outdoors/2...ent-this-weekend-offers-more-ways-to-win.html (PS; Featherstone)

Mark your honey holes, walleye warriors, because the 2nd annual WalleyeFest is almost here. The tournament takes place this weekend, May 4-5, 2024, on Oneida Lake. The entry fee is $25 and you can only register online at the tournament’s website.

WalleyeFest kicks off Friday night at 5 p.m. at The Pier restaurant in Central Square. Registration also gets you reduced admission to Brewerton Speedway DIRTcar races on Friday night. The Speedway will host WalleyeFest’s awards ceremony on Sunday.

Big expansion

“I did a big expansion this year,” said Matt Gutchess, who last year took over management of the annual walleye derby from long-time organizer Chittenango Lion’s Club. “I don’t know how much of it will stay long term. It’s a never-ending experiment until you find the right formula.”
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