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

Welcome to Great Lakes Awareness Day!

Great Lakes Awareness Day celebrates the Great Lakes and highlights the issues they face, and how the lakes can be preserved. Events for the day have involved organizations such as schools, aquariums, and museums. There is not much information available online about how the day is celebrated or how it came to be.

There are five Great Lakes: Superior, Huron, Michigan, Ontario, and Erie. Together they make up the largest body of freshwater on Earth and stretch 750 miles from east to west. They are located on the border of the United States and Canada and touch the states of Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, New York, and Pennsylvania. It is believed that at one time the Great Lakes were covered by a glacier—it receded towards Canada and left depressions filled with water.

SU News

Three Dartmouth football alums get a shot at the NFL (; Singh)

Three current or former members of Dartmouth football — Isaiah Johnson ’22, John Pupel ’22 and Quinten Arello ’24 — got a shot at the National Football League last week.

On April 27, Johnson was signed by the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent — a rookie player who was not selected during the NFL draft but can still sign with a roster afterward. Johnson played cornerback and special teams for three seasons at Dartmouth — his 2020-2021 season was canceled due to COVID-19 — before transferring to Syracuse in 2022 for his master’s degree.

Pupel, who played defensive back for three years at Dartmouth before grad transferring to Boston College in 2022, received a minicamp invitation from the New England Patriots. Minicamps typically last two to three days and are opportunities for rookies, especially those who go undrafted, to make an impression and try to land a spot on the team’s roster.

Safety Arello received a mini-camp invitation from the Tennessee Titans after playing four years at Dartmouth. He will graduate as a member of the Class of 2024 this spring.

The success of these players has been a source of pride for their Dartmouth coaches and teammates. Football head coach Sammy McCorkle, who was the secondary and special teams coach from 2005 to 2022, said he is proud of the players’ hard work and excited by their potential.

“I’m super excited for those guys,” McCorkle said. “They put in a lot of time, effort and hard work. They believed in their coaches, their teammates and, most importantly, they believed in themselves, and that’s why they have gotten to where they are.”

Safety Leonard St. Gourdin ’24, who has been a teammate of Arello, Johnson and Pupel, also praised the athletes.

Who were Syracuse’s biggest transfer portal losses? (PFF grades for outgoing transfers) (PS; $; Leiker)

Syracuse football’s roster overhaul hasn’t quite reached the level number-wise nor publicity-wise that Colorado’s did in its first season under Deion Sanders.

Still, it’s been a larger change than the Orange has seen in recent years: 28 players departed via the transfer portal between the first and second windows. More are no longer rostered but did not opt to enter the portal and continue their playing careers.

Of Syracuse’s departing players 16 did not play more than 50 snaps, and eight didn’t play any snaps at all in 2023.

That’s not uncommon generally and is certainly normal when a new coach takes over a program, especially one with the recruiting chops to bring in higher-profile, somewhat more experienced talent to replace those departing like Fran Brown.

There are a few departing players, though, who could have continued to contribute in 2024 for Syracuse even with the new additions to the team.

(youtube; video; Pham)

Syracuse Spring Game College Football 04/20/2024

Home sold by former Syracuse football coach Dino Babers is most expensive house of week (PS; $; Duncan)

The Onondaga County Clerk’s office registered 98 home sales during the week of April 21 to 27.

The most expensive on the list is a 3,975-square-foot four bedroom, 3 1/2-bath home on more than 6 acres of land. The seller is listed as Dino S. and Susan A. Babers.

A real estate website describes the home as “a luxurious ranch transitional style home in Steinway Heights.” It has an open floor plan, a vaulted ceiling, refinished harwood floors, first floor primary suite with walk-in closets and first floor second and third bedrooms and laundry. Outdoor it has a built-in barbeque grill, stone fire-pit with seating, hot tub, and a pond. See photos of the home.

All sales listings are obtained from public records available at the Onondaga County Clerk’s office.

You can search sales in Central New York through our online real estate database. Sales are updated as the state receives the information from each county. Some counties update the state more frequently than others, so there may be a delay in their reported sales.

ACC News

ACC mailbag: Ramifications of potential Clemson, FSU departure plus North Carolina politics (; Staff)

Welcome to Part 2 of our ACC mailbag with Brendan Marks, Grace Raynor and Manny Navarro.

Thanks for all of the great questions. We tried to stick to actual football in Part 1, which ran Friday. Today, we focused mostly on the off-the-field issues dominating the conversation.

What happens to the ACC if both FSU and Clemson announce this summer they’re leaving the conference, effective June 30, 2025? — Todd K.

Before we dive into all of these questions regarding departures and realignment, let’s declare Chris Vannini’s ACC vs. FSU and Clemson story required reading as background.

I believe the official date for Clemson and FSU to inform the ACC of their intended departures for the 2025 season would be this Aug. 15. So, that would mean we’d either have some form of resolution in court regarding the grant of rights by then (not likely considering it potentially affects conferences across college football and not just the ACC) or the schools and league settle out of court on exit fees (more likely). If it’s the latter, and FSU and Clemson part ways, ESPN will smartly decide in February not to pick up its ACC TV package through 2036. That would send the ACC into Pac-12 territory, forcing it to sign a cheaper TV deal beyond 2027 (without its two megastars) or a straight-up league breakup in which some could end up fleeing to the Big 12 or forming a new league.

My guess is there will be a group of ACC schools not getting into the SEC or Big Ten (or Big 12, which could end up being the winner here if it grabs some of the more desirable ACC teams) that will want to stick together in some form and take a cheaper TV deal to remain “mid-majors.” We can sit here and debate which schools those are — and get some feelings hurt — or you can simply look at TV ratings and TV markets for the past few years and put two and two together. Either way, not everyone is getting an invite to the Big 2 or a Super League. If FSU or Clemson has to spend a few years in purgatory (the Big 12) to get to the SEC or Big Ten, they’ll do it to get out of having to stick around in the ACC through 2036.

I just don’t think we’re going to see a 24-team Big Ten or a 24-team SEC down the road. Remember, the SEC’s TV deal runs with ESPN through 2033-34 and the Big Ten’s deal runs with CBS, NBC and Fox through 2029-30. There’s no incentive for the schools in those leagues to add any more schools when they’ve got such a huge financial advantage in college football — unless they’re competing to sign top “free agent” schools such as FSU and Clemson or another school (like North Carolina) they value. That essentially leaves the other ACC programs behind to come up with a solution to remain relevant and fund their athletic programs in some capacity. That’s why the ACC will not completely fold. It had to have learned something through the Pac-12’s mistakes. — Navarro

Clemson ranks outside the Top 3 in 247Sports post-spring ACC power rankings (; Turri)

In past years, Dabo Swinney and the Clemson football crew were known for their strong offense, especially when Deshaun Watson and Trevor Lawrence led the team. But since Lawrence left for the NFL, the team hasn’t been as impressive.

However, things might change in 2024. Cade Klubnik is starting his second year as the main quarterback, and how well he improves is crucial for Clemson’s success. Also, Garrett Riley, in his second year directing the offense, is expected to bring the same kind of positive impact he had at TCU, where he helped them reach the National Championship.

There are many uncertainties heading into the 2024 season, but Clemson can potentially surprise everyone. While some are higher on the Tigers post-spring, 247Sports is not one of them. According to their latest ACC power rankings, Clemson is the No. 4 team in the ACC heading into the 2024 season.

Clemson checked in at No. 2 in the pre-spring ACC order of finish, but confidence in the Tigers is waning after an underwhelming spring from starting quarterback Cade Klubnik. Third-string Trent Pearman outplayed the former five-star recruit in the spring game. Clemson added five-star receiver TJ Moore and four-star, top-100 prospects Bryant Wesco (WR) and Christian Bentancur (TE), giving us a little hope Klubnik can take steps forward this offseason.

This is going into my “overreaction” category from spring football. The Tigers should be a better team than they were in 2023, and that team was a play or two away from winning the ACC… but should we expect them to fall behind Miami and NC State? Sorry, I’m not buying that.

This is a classic overreaction from spring football, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t expect this. Klubnik was underwhelming, and people took note, but one spring performance doesn’t make or break a player. There’s a reason that Clemson is tied with Florida State as a betting favorite to win the ACC. The Tigers are a better team than Miami and NC State, and I would argue they’re better than FSU.

GoR: is it unusually long? (RX; HM)

GoR: is it unusually long?

St John's fan "johnbragg" posted this in response to "Gitanole" on CSNBBS, in the thread "ACC must provide unredacted copy of ESPN contract to Clemson within 7 days"

Gitanole: University lawyers aim to show that quite a few ACC procedures are not typical of conferences generally The most obvious peculiarity is, of course, the league's exceptionally long term for its grant of rights.

The ACC worked out the deal for the ACC Network in 2016. It runs through 2036. That's 20 years. Is that exceptionally long?

johnbragg: It's not though?
The SEC Network was tied to a 20 year contract.
"The Southeastern Conference and ESPN have signed a 20-year agreement through 2034 to create and operate a multiplatform network, which will launch in August 2014,"
That's 20 years.
The original BTN conttract was for 20 years, according to Wikipedia which references a dead link: Big Ten Network - Wikipedia
"The launch of the Big Ten Network was announced on June 21, 2006, as a 20-year joint project between the Big Ten Conference and Fox Entertainment Group."

It would've run out in 2 more years - but it's still for 20 years total. Now, is it different when a school leaves the Big Ten or the SEC versus trying to leave the ACC? We may never know...

Nonetheless, it seems like the tv networks use a 20-year planning horizon for launching a new network. In the words of johnbragg:

Links, News and Rumors 2024 May 3rd (RX; HM)

Links, News and Rumors 2024 May 3rd

From FBSchedules: UCF schedules home-and-home football series with Pitt, Northwestern

The UCF Knights have scheduled future home-and-home football series with the Pitt Panthers and Northwestern Wildcats, the school announced on Thursday.
UCF and Pitt will kickoff their home-and-home series at Acrisure Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pa., on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2026. The Panthers will return the trip to take on the Knights three seasons later at FBC Mortgage Stadium in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2029.
In three previous meetings, Pitt leads the series with UCF 2-1. The two schools first met in 2006 and played most recently in 2019 in Pittsburgh, where the Panthers claimed the series lead with a 35-34 victory...

Good thinking, Panthers - get the home game in 2026, before UCF joins the ACC (so you never have to return the away game)!

ESPN's Secrets Coming Out (youtube; podcast; Kurtz)

The courts are forcing the ACC's documents with ESPN to come out in court. Power five schools get a $1 billion break from the NCAA.

Former Ohio State football receiver transferring to west coast ACC team (; Baird)

When Ohio State football loses a transfer from its receiver room, that typically means a big pickup for someone else.

Kyion Grayes announced his commitment to Cal on Sunday. He entered his name in the NCAA transfer portal prior to last Tuesday’s deadline.

Grayes, an Arizona native, played sparingly in his two seasons. He finished with one career reception. He will have three seasons of eligibility remaining after using a redshirt as a true freshman.

Cal enters its first season as an ACC program after the breakup of the Pac-12. Grayes, a former top-100 prospect, could quickly contend for playing time with the Bears.

Jameson Williams remains the best example of a former Buckeye receiver whose transfer worked out for all involved. While OSU saw Jaxon Smith-Njigba have a record-setting season in 2021, Williams went to Alabama and became a Biletnikoff Award finalist and first-round NFL Draft pick.

Other receivers who recently left the program include Kaleb Brown (Iowa), Caleb Burton (Auburn), Julian Fleming (Penn State) and Noah Rogers (North Carolina State).

Noles News: FSU looking to raise over $320 million from revenue bonds to finance stadium renovations, football facility construction (; Kostidakis)


Grand Valley State defensive tackle transfer Jay’Viar Suggs took a trip to Tallahassee this weekend — he has taken official visits to Arkansas, Wisconsin and USC and holds offers from the likes of Iowa Hawkeyes, Kansas State Wildcats, Kentucky Wildcats, Louisville Cardinals, Miami Hurricanes, Michigan State Spartans, Minnesota Golden Gophers, Michigan Wolverines, Nebraska Cornhuskers, Purdue Boilermakers, TCU Horned Frogs:


Sportico, an outlet focused on covering the business side of sports, reported on Sunday that a preliminary offering statement posted to the state’s Division of Bond Finance revealed Florida State is looking to raise $326.6 million through revenue bonds.

The purpose? Financing renovations to Doak Campbell Stadium as well as the construction of FSU’s football-only facility.

From Sportico:

The combined cost of those two projects, the statement says, is $372.3 million, with $233.7 million attributed to the Doak Campbell Stadium renovations and $138.6 million to the new football building. The work is expected to be completed in August 2025.
The bonds, to be issued as early as next week by the State of Florida Board of Governors, are backed by revenue generated by the Seminoles, including conference payouts, ticket sales, annual booster donations and sponsorships. The $326.6 million is broken into two series—a $291.6 million Series 2024A and a $35 million taxable Series 2024B—and would join roughly $111 million in other athletics bonds, also tied to Seminoles revenue, with payments that are still outstanding.
Bonds are a common way for athletic departments to fund major projects, particularly ones for which it can make a direct case for increased revenue (which it uses to pay off the money). It’s an alternative to other common funding sources, such as booster donations, grants and cash reserves.
The document dedicates nearly 1,200 words to the “changing nature of college athletics,” under which it discusses the movement toward revenue-sharing with athletes, NIL, the looser transfer portal, conference realignment, and the school’s legal battle with the ACC.
“The above-referenced factors, collectively or individually, could result in a material change to FSU’s on-field performance and/or the Pledged Revenues over the life of the Series 2024A&B Bonds,” the offering statement says. “Buyers of the Series 2024A&B Bonds should take into consideration these developments, and other potential risk factors related to collegiate athletics, when deciding whether to purchase the Series 2024A&B Bonds.”
FSU spent $172 million on athletics in fiscal 2023, the 17th-highest total among all public schools, according to data in Sportico’s college finance database. Clemson ranks No. 16, and every school in the top 15 will be in either the SEC or Big Ten next season.



Micron and traffic: Major changes coming to the roads in Syracuse’s north suburbs (PS; $; Racino)

Micron Technology’s $100 billion semiconductor manufacturing site in Clay is still far from breaking ground, but a concern for the public is traffic.

“The worry when I talk to people is, ‘Are you going to overwhelm the transportation system in general with this development?’” said Jim D’Agostino, director of the Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Council.

“We do not believe that to be the case,” he said.

The influx of workers, the expansion of transportation and infrastructure, and billions of dollars in federal and state funds are expected to transform the region. Local, state and federal agencies are thinking about how to deal with the increase in vehicles around the site.

Those roads include State Routes 11 and 31, Interstates 81 and 481, and Caughdenoy Road. Ideas include adding lanes to key arteries and possibly two new highway exits.

Agencies are also considering how to expand public transportation systems, for example, from Syracuse to Clay.

Micron is conducting a regional transportation analysis, expected to finish this year, using models from the state’s Department of Transportation and the transportation council. Once that’s done, the DOT will start a study to look at the environmental impacts of increased traffic related to the project.

As with the I-81 viaduct project, “a number of alternatives will be considered and available for public review during the environmental process,” according to a state DOT spokesperson.

But, while we wait, local officials have provided a glimpse of what will probably need to happen along highways and roads near the site.

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