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

Welcome to National Apple Pie Day!

Apple pie is seen as being very American. Just how American? Well, there is not one but two National Apple Pie Days in a year. And it's almost a certainty you've heard the phrase "as American as apple pie." How ironic it is, then, that apple pies didn't even originate in the United States, nor did apples!

Apples came from Asia, and their seeds and cuttings were brought to the Americas by Europeans during colonial times. Prior to this, only crab apples were grown in the Americas. The first apples brought to the Western Hemisphere were tart and were used for making cider. It wasn't until around 1800 when apples better suited for pies—with a higher acidity and crispness—began being grown in the United States. It was also around this time that Johnny Appleseed began traveling the country and helping solidify the association of the apple with America.

SU News

Two former Syracuse football players find D-I landing spots (PS; $; Carlson)

Two Syracuse football players who transferred after their first seasons with the Orange found Division I landing spots over the weekend.

Offensive lineman Jayden Bass announced that he had committed to UConn, while defensive lineman Ty Gordon announced that he had committed to William & Mary. William and Mary plays in the Colonial Athletic Association, one of the top leagues in the Football Championship Subdivision.

Both players were three-star recruits in Syracuse’s Class of 2023 and redshirted last season. Both have four seasons of college eligibility remaining.

In a brief phone interview after entering the transfer portal, Bass told that he was transferring in pursuit of more playing time and that he had no bad feelings about his time with the Orange. He labeled it a “mutual decision.”

Syracuse football 2024 docket 2nd easiest among power 4 teams. Let's run the table. (itlh; Adler)

Earlier this month, College Football News ranked the 2024 schedules of the 134 schools in the Football Bowl Subdivision ("FBS"), including Syracuse football.

Here, the Orange's 2024 docket checks in at No. 67 overall. College Football News says that the team's easiest game is at home versus Holy Cross on September 28, while the hardest encounter for Syracuse football is at N.C. State on October 12.

More recently, a few days ago, our friends at the X account No Destination put out an interesting social media post that caught my eye. In addition to noting that the Orange is No. 67 overall as it pertains to its 2024 slate, No Destination pointed out that this ranking for the 'Cuse is the "2nd easiest schedule among Power 4 teams."

It's the power four these days, friends, as the Pac-12 Conference is no more, leaving the "major" conferences as the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Big Ten Conference, the Big 12 Conference and the Southeastern Conference.

Syracuse Football: In ACC quarterback rankings, 4-star Kyle McCord is far too low (itlh; Adler)
Brad Crawford, an analyst with 247Sports, places Syracuse football four-star signal-caller Kyle McCord at No. 9 in his post-spring quarterback rankings within the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Respectfully, I think that McCord should be much higher, although I'm the first to admit that these sorts of ratings are subjective nature, and also that Crawford is an analyst, whereas I am not.

Naturally, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound McCord will have every opportunity to show that he's an elite ACC quarterback during the upcoming 2024 season under first-year head coach Fran Brown.

I'll also readily acknowledge that there are a lot of talented quarterbacks in the ACC, which for the next term has added Pac-12 Conference members California and Stanford, along with SMU out of the American Athletic Conference.

Still, McCord, as a junior in the 2023 stanza for Big Ten Conference school Ohio State, led the Buckeyes to an 11-1 regular-season record (although the loss to eventual national champion Michigan of course stings to that fan base).

He completed 65.8 percent of his passes as a junior for 3,170 yards and 24 touchdowns against just six interceptions. The Mount Laurel, N.J., native, who last December said he would transfer to the 'Cuse for his senior year, checks in as four stars, No. 49 nationally and No. 9 at quarterback in national transfer rankings via the industry-generated On3 Industry Ranking.

UGASports - Syracuse Recruiting Roundup: 5/13/24 (; Sen)

In another busy week in the Syracuse football recruiting world, SU received several commitments, handed out offers, and also locked in visits.

Here's an overview of what's happened in the past week.



6'2" | 180 LBS | ATH | 2026

2026 four-star ATH Hakim Satterwhite is one of the elite prospects in his class. The Orange has recruited Satterwhite hard since they offered him last year, and Satterwhite has appreciated the attention.


6'1" | 180 LBS | ATH | 2025

2025 ATH Amari Colon committed to Syracuse on Tuesday, he announced on social media. Colon said one of the major reasons he committed was his recent visit and time spent with head coach Fran Brown.

Syracuse received a commitment from Louisville transfer defensive back Marcus Washington Jr., who pulled the trigger after taking a visit to Central New York over the weekend. In the 2022 cycle, Washington was a four-star recruit and the No. 140 overall prospect out of Grovetown (GA) High.

Players Only 5-12-24 (ESPN; radio; Players Only)

Ryan Storie and Jordan Capozzi start the show recapping their three Games of the Week before diving into two interviews. The guys start chatting with CBA football WR/TE Daunte Bacheyie about his ongoing track season and his decision to commit to play for Syracuse. Then, Cazenovia boys baseball pitcher Jack Donlin joins the show to discuss his progress on the mound throughout the years and his success as a three-sport athlete. The hosts cap off the show previewing three big games coming up this week, including some playoff tennis.

(youtube; podcast; WakeUpDT; premieres at 10 AM EST)

Colorado and Syracuse about to Shock College Football. (youtube; podcast; Big Tiger Media)

Colorado and Syracuse about to Shock College Football.

ACC News

ACC quarterback carousel: Who’s back, who’s in, who’s out? (; $; Raynor)

The ACC featured two of college football’s best quarterbacks in 2023, Drake Maye at North Carolina and Jordan Travis at Florida State.

While the top-end talent might not be the same this fall, there are plenty of intriguing signal callers in the league — including a host of high-profile transfers.

Cameron Ward appeared headed to the NFL at one point but is now at Miami after two years at Washington State. Grayson McCall is making the move from Coastal Carolina, where he put up huge numbers in four seasons as the starter, to NC State. Former Clemson starter DJ Uiagalelei is back in the ACC — as the starter at Florida State — after a one-year stop at Oregon State.

There are also some quality holdovers. Did you know Georgia Tech’s Haynes King led the league with 27 touchdown passes in 2023? Preston Stone at SMU — yes, ACC member SMU! — threw for 3,197 yards and 28 TDs in his final season in the AAC.

With the second transfer portal window closed, we thought it would be a good time to take a look at where each team stands at the QB position heading into the summer.

Boston College

Who’s back: Thomas Castellanos, Matthew Rueve, Jacobe Robinson, Peter Delaportas
Who’s gone: Emmett Morehead
Who’s new: Grayson James, Johnathan Montague Jr.

Castellanos, who began his career at UCF, entered 2023 as the Eagles backup behind Morehead but was the starter by Week 2 and gave BC a nice spark. He was one of three players nationally to top 2,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing. The other two were Kaidon Salter from Liberty and Heisman Trophy winner Jayden Daniels from LSU. James, a starter at FIU in 2022, is the heavy favorite to be the No. 2 quarterback for new coach Bill O’Brien. Neither Robinson nor Rueve — both former three-star prospects — attempted a pass in 2023. Montague is an incoming freshman. Morehead transferred to Old Dominion.


Who’s back: Fernando Mendoza
Who’s gone: Sam Jackson V, Ben Finley, Tyler Jensen
Who’s new: Chandler Rogers, EJ Caminong, CJ Harris

Mendoza started eight games as a redshirt freshman and threw for 1,708 yards with 14 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Rogers spent the 2023 season at North Texas and also has stops at Louisiana-Monroe, Southern Miss and Blinn (Texas) College. He threw for 3,382 yards with 29 touchdowns and just five interceptions as the starter at North Texas. Caminong, an incoming freshman from Seattle, was once committed to Washington. Harris transferred from Ohio. Jackson, who began his career at TCU, transferred to Auburn to play wide receiver. Finley transferred to Akron.


Who’s back: Cade Klubnik, Christopher Vizzina, Trent Pearman
Who’s gone: Paul Tyson
Who’s new: n/a

Klubnik returns for his third season with the program and second as the starter in offensive coordinator Garrett Riley’s system. Vizzina, a top-100 prospect in the Class of 2023, would appear to be the favorite to back up Klubnik, but keep an eye on Pearman. The son of Director of Football Scouting Danny Pearman is not your typical walk-on. A local product from D.W. Daniel High School, Pearman was a two-time South Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year and was one of the spring game standouts.


Who’s back: Grayson Loftis, Henry Belin IV
Who’s gone: Riley Leonard
Who’s new: Maalik Murphy

Murphy, a former four-star prospect who started two games at Texas last season, is expected to replace Leonard, who transferred to Notre Dame. Loftis is an experienced backup who played in eight games and took over starting duties after Leonard missed the final month of the season due to injury. He threw for 1,006 yards with eight touchdowns and four interceptions. Belin started the NC State game but was eventually replaced by Loftis as the No. 2 quarterback. He is entering his third year in the program.

Florida State

Who’s back: Brock Glenn
Who’s gone: Jordan Travis, Tate Rodemaker, AJ Duffy
Who’s new: DJ Uiagalelei, Luke Kromenhoek, Trever Jackson

Uiagalelei, a one-time starter at Clemson who spent last season at Oregon State, is back in the ACC as the presumed starter for the Seminoles. Glenn, a sophomore who started the ACC Championship Game and the Orange Bowl, will battle Kromenhoek, a top-100 prospect in the Class of 2024, for the No. 2 role. Jackson is a walk-on despite being ranked as a top-400 recruit. Rodemaker, who started the Florida game last year before going down with an injury, transferred to Southern Miss. Duffy, a California native, transferred to San Diego State after two years at FSU.

Georgia Tech

Who’s back: Haynes King, Zach Pyron
Who’s gone: Zach Gibson
Who’s new: Aaron Philo, Graham Knowles

King, a former starter at Texas A&M, led the ACC with 27 touchdown passes in 2023, his first season at Georgia Tech. Pyron returns as the backup. The former four-star recruit played in six games a season ago but attempted only eight passes. Philo and Knowles are both three-star prospects in the Class of 2024. Gibson, who played three seasons at Akron and two at Georgia Tech, transferred to Georgia State for his final season of eligibility.


Who’s back: Harrison Bailey, Pierce Clarkson, Brady Allen, Sam Vaulton,
Who’s gone: Jack Plummer, Evan Conley, Brock Domann
Who’s new: Tyler Shough, Deuce Adams

Shough comes to Louisville as a seventh-year senior after three seasons at Texas Tech and three seasons at Oregon. He started the first four games for Texas Tech in 2023 but broke his fibula in Week 4 and did not play again. Bailey was a top-100 recruit in the Class of 2020 who played two seasons at Tennessee and one at UNLV. Clarkson is a former four-star prospect from high school powerhouse St. John Bosco in Southern California. Allen came to Louisville from Purdue with coach Jeff Brohm after the 2022 season. Adams, a three-star recruit, is a true freshman.


Who’s back: Emory Williams
Who’s gone: Tyler Van Dyke, Jacurri Brown
Who’s new: Cameron Ward, Judd Anderson, Reese Poffenbarger

Things didn’t go as planned for Van Dyke, who lost his starting job and eventually transferred to Wisconsin. Williams is back, but this team belongs to Ward, the Washington State transfer who was among the most coveted prospects in the portal this year. Williams, now a sophomore, will battle Poffenbarger, the FCS leader in passing yards and passing touchdowns a season ago at Albany, for the backup role. Brown, who started the Pinstripe Bowl, transferred to UCF. Anderson is a true freshman.

North Carolina

Who’s back: Conner Harrell
Who’s gone: Drake Maye, Tad Hudson
Who’s new: Max Johnson, Michael Merdinger, Jacolby Criswell

North Carolina has had good-to-great quarterback play over the past five seasons, starting with Sam Howell from 2019-21 and Drake Maye from 2022-23. Johnson, the Texas A&M transfer who began his career at LSU, came to Chapel Hill as the presumed starter but will have to hold off Harrell, who redshirted in 2022 and appeared in five games in 2023. The staff added another intriguing player to the mix after the spring, when Criswell, who started his career at UNC, returned after one year at Arkansas. Merdinger is a three-star freshman from Florida.

NC State

Who’s back: Lex Thomas
Who’s gone: Brennan Armstrong, MJ Morris
Who’s new: Grayson McCall, Cedrick Bailey

McCall threw for 10,000-plus yards in 42 games at Coastal Carolina and will have one year to show what he can do in the ACC. He is the only scholarship quarterback on the roster who has attempted a pass in college. Thomas, a Class of 2023 signee, did not play last fall. Bailey is a true freshman from Florida who played with Ohio State wide receiver Jeremiah Smith, the No. 1 prospect in the 2024 class, in high school. Morris entered the transfer portal after benching himself late in the season — despite earning the starting nod — to preserve his eligibility. He is now at Maryland.


Who’s back: Nate Yarnell, Ty Dieffenbach
Who’s gone: Phil Jurkovec, Christian Veilleux
Who’s new: Eli Holstein, Julian Dugger

Yarnell enters the summer as the expected starter. He played in four games last year and started the final two, throwing for 595 total yards and four touchdowns against one interception. Holstein is a transfer from Alabama and a former top-100 national recruit. He threw for 7,000-plus career yards in Class 5A Louisiana high school football. Dieffenbach, a Class of 2023 signee who didn’t play last season, is the likely third-stringer. Dugger, a freshman, is a local three-star prospect from Pittsburgh. Veilleux, who got benched late in the year (after replacing Jurkovec), is now at Georgia State.


Who’s back: Preston Stone, Keldric Luster, Kevin Jennings
Who’s gone: Alex Padilla
Who’s new: Tyler Aronson

Stone is back for his fourth season in the program and second as the starter after throwing for 3,197 yards with 28 touchdowns and six interceptions a season ago. The former four-star prospect was limited in the spring as he continued to recover from a broken leg, but he is the clear QB1. His backup returns, as well. Jennings played in eight games in 2023, throwing for 618 yards and five touchdowns with two interceptions. He made his first start against Tulane in the AAC Championship Game with Stone sidelined. Luster, who played in two games last season, and Aronson, the three-star incoming freshman, would be up next.


Who’s back: Ashton Daniels, Justin Lamson, Myles Jackson
Who’s gone: Ari Patu
Who’s new: Elijah Brown

Daniels started 10 games last season as a sophomore and threw for 2,247 yards with 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Lamson, who transferred from Syracuse after the 2022 season, started two games and threw for 504 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. Jackson is a former top-500 prospect who did not play in the fall. Brown is a true freshman who was one of two top-250 prospects in Stanford’s 2024 class. He went 42-2 as a three-year starter at perennial powerhouse Mater Dei in Southern California and is the only quarterback in program history to win two state championships. Patu transferred to North Alabama.


Who’s back: Braden Davis, Carlos Del Rio-Wilson
Who’s gone: Garrett Shrader
Who’s new: Kyle McCord, Jakhari Williams

Head coach Fran Brown’s first major portal win came this offseason when he landed McCord, the starter at Ohio State last year. Del Rio-Wilson, a former transfer from Florida, is back in 2024 after playing in seven games and passing for 282 yards. He is likely to be the No. 2 QB. Davis, a transfer from South Carolina, was getting some snaps at wide receiver in the spring. Brown told local reporters that Davis’ future depends in part on what happens in the portal. Williams is a true freshman who was once committed to Georgia Tech.
... (CFN; Fiutak)

ACC Football Storylines

- Lost in all the hullabaloo about schools wanting a new deal - don't worry, that's next - the ACC just did what the SEC should've.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, it's a long plane ride, and yeah, the Bay Area isn't all in on college football like the people in Tallahassee and Clemson are, but grabbing Stanford and Cal 1) made the ACC a coast-to-coast conference, which 2) opened up the geographic doors to potentially add more schools, and 3) it now has one of the biggest media markets in the country all to itself.

All of that, and getting those two cranks up the ACC's academic profile even more.

SMU was about moving into Texas and the Dallas market as a possible start, but if nothing else, the conference is ahead of the game when it comes to protecting itself because ...

- Florida State REALLY doesn't want to be in the ACC, and Clemson - among others - isn't too keen on it, either.

Forgetting the social media dream posts from those who assume all the legal stuff will come to a head and ACC programs will get to way out from their draconian grant of rights media deal, there's still a large question about where that bigger payday might come from.

If nothing else, all of the screaming, yelling, and grouchiness will make for an interesting backdrop in what should be a magnificent season, partly because ...

- The quarterbacks in the ACC will make the conference as much of a must-watch as any in the bunch. Clemson is set with Cade Klubnik, and SMU has a sneaky-hot NFL prospect in Preston Stone, but the new guys coming in will take the overall play up a few notches.

DJ Uiagalelei going to Florida State is a big deal. Not enough is being made about Coastal Carolina's Grayson McCall stepping in at NC State, and there for the presence of Quinn and Arch it would be the Maalik Murphy show at Texas instead of Duke.

Tyler Shough is about to have a monster season at Louisville, Max Johnson found a home at North Carolina, Kyle McCord went from hanging the Ohio State O to taking on Syracuse, and Cam Ward might just be the passer Miami has been waiting a long time for.

Bold Predictions

- Notre Dame will rip through the ACC, and it'll lead to changes in some way. At the moment, Notre Dame can't get into the top four of the expanded College Football Playoff because it can't be a conference champion.

It'll go 5-0 against Louisville, Stanford, at Georgia Tech, Florida State, and Virginia and be strong enough to be hovering around the top four, but the inability to get one of those coveted top spots and a first round bye will crank up the narrative even more that the program needs to have a bigger relationship with the ACC.

Or, the CFP will cave and make an exception for that team in South Bend.

- The ACC will send at least 13 of its 17 teams to bowl games - that's how many in the current alignment went to the bowls last season. Teams will pick each other off left and right, but there will be just enough wins across the board to get at least 12 into bowl games and two - possibly three - into the expanded College Football Playoff.

- Cal will go on a late run to pull off its first winning season since 2019. Life in the ACC will be good after a rough first half of the schedule - including a non-conference date at Auburn - if the Bears don't finish win wins over Oregon State, at Wake Forest, Syracuse, Stanford, and at SMU, they'll come close.

10 Best ACC Players

1. Cam Ward, QB Miami, Sr.
2. Omarion Hampton, RB North Carolina, Jr.
3. Barrett Carter, LB Clemson, Sr.
4. Ashton Gillotte, DE Louisville, Sr.
5. Xavier Restrepo, WR Miami, Sr.
6. Patrick Payton, EDGE Florida State, Jr.
7. Jaydn Ott, RB Cal, Jr.
8. DJ Uiagalelei, QB Florida State, Sr.
9. Grayson McCall, QB NC State, Sr.
10. Elic Ayomanor, WR Stanford, Soph.

ACC Way Too Early Rankings - Will it be Florida State, Clemson Football or University of Miami (youtube; podcast; DNA Sports Recap)
The guys discuss their top 5 rankings for the ACC. Who will take the conference with all of the changes? Can Dabo revive Clemson Football? Will Mike Norvell finally get the Florida State Seminoles to the CFP? How will Mario Cristobal do with his great recruiting class at The University of Miami Football?

Top 10 Most NFL HoF Alumni as of 2024 (RX; HM)

Top 10 Most NFL HoF Alumni as of 2024
Which ACC schools have the most alumni in the NFL Hall of Fame?

Who are they, you ask?

Notre Dame (14)

  • Jerome Bettis
  • Tim Brown
  • Nick Buoniconti
  • Dave Casper
  • George Connor*
  • Edward DeBartolo, Jr.
  • Paul Hornung
  • Earl Lambeau
  • John McNally*
  • Wayne Millner
  • Joe Montana
  • Alan Page
  • George Trafton
  • Bryant Young

Pitt (10)

  • Jimbo Covert
  • Mike Ditka
  • Chris Doleman
  • Tony Dorsett
  • Russ Grimm
  • Rickey Jackson
  • Dan Marino
  • Curtis Martin
  • Darrelle Revis
  • Joe Schmidt

Miami (9)

  • Ted Hendricks
  • Michael Irvin
  • Edgerrin James
  • Jim Kelly
  • Cortez Kennedy*
  • Ray Lewis
  • Jim Otto
  • Ed Reed
  • Warren Sapp

Syracuse (8)

  • Jim Brown
  • Larry Csonka
  • Al Davis*
  • Marvin Harrison
  • Floyd Little
  • John Mackey
  • Art Monk
  • Jim Ringo
Florida State and Southern Methodist both have 5 NFL Hall-of-Famers while Stanford and Virginia each have 4, Duke and Georgia Tech have 3 each, and BC, Cal, and UNC each have 2. All the rest have just one NFL Hall of Fame alumnus.

History of Exit Fees, 2012-24 (RX; HM)

History of Exit Fees, 2012-24

There's a lot of discussion around exit fees, so I thought I do some research and piece together the actual exit fees paid by recent power conference teams that have moved on, along with a little background where I could find it.

Pitt & Syracuse (2012)

  • The schools paid $7.5M each to leave 15 months early (i.e. 1 year notice).
West Virginia (2012)
  • American Athletic Conference exit fee was $5M (with 27-month notice given);
  • WVU paid a little over $20M (4X the regular exit fee, but left immediately)
Maryland (2013-14)
  • ACC wanted $52M, Settled for $31.3M
Louisville (2013-14)
  • American Athletic Conference had raised the exit fee to $10M with 2-year notice;
  • The school paid $11M to exit (but technically gave 27-months notice).
Texas & Oklahoma (2023)
  • Big XII wanted $80M each to buy back 2 years of TV rights (GoR)
  • Settled for $50M each after stating they were willing to wait it out.
Pac-12 (2024)
  • There was no exit fee (believe it or not!)
  • There was no GoR past 2023, either!

Noles Comment on the Lawsuit 2024 May 13 (RX; HM)

Noles Comment on the Lawsuit 2024 May 13
CSNBBS user "Gamenole" (a Gamecock/Seminole fan) posted this comment recently in the thread "Seminoles & Tigers versus ACC: the ongoing saga":
Matt Baker (TBTimes)... shares observations from his deep dive into conference realignment lawsuits from 2002–2022. It's quite a nostalgia trip...

Here's Gamenole's summary:
  1. Expect a settlement
  2. Dueling lawsuits are common
  3. This could take a while
  4. Exits are (at best) delayed, not stopped
  5. Fights over home-court advantage are routine
  6. The legal arguments echo
  7. Things can get ugly
  8. Could this scheduling wrinkle help the ACC?
  9. One wave of realignment/litigation affects the next
  10. The figures have exploded
  11. The existential threat is real
  12. The names are prominent
Of course every situation is different, but some interesting takeaways noted in this article from past realignment litigation -
  • All but one case settled out of court
  • Average case took 10+ months to resolve, longest 23 months
  • No schools were stopped from leaving
  • Conferences have generally won venue argument
  • Future games have been used as a bargaining chip
  • Highest paid to escape was $41.2 million (adjusted for inflation)
All excellent observations.
Another Seminole fan who goes by "Gitanole" wrote this comment:

Sharing my 2¢ worth of prognostication:

  • We can expect a settlement. The schools will depart the ACC. We can expect it to be expensive.
  • When the dust settles, each side will claim a win. The schools will say they win because they have wriggled free to join a destination conference. The league will say it wins because the price tag set a new record—whether the amount is $200M or $600M.

Guest Post: The ACC vs. Clemson (; Kranz)
Can you keep track of all the lawsuits? We have FSU v. ACC. Then, we have ACC v. FSU (which technically came first). Then, we got Clemson v. ACC. Now, we have ACC v. Clemson!

Today, I want to talk about the last one. This is filed in Mecklenburg County in North Carolina. We have one lawsuit in Leon County, FL, one in Pickens County, SC, and now two in Mecklenburg County, NC. M-Burg leads the league in college football realignment lawsuits. But will they maintain that lead?? Clemson will most assuredly file a motion to dismiss/stay for this lawsuit.

Before we get to the substance of the lawsuit, it is important to note that it appears the ACC filed second. This could have big ramifications here. The ACC was able to minimize FSU’s legal success by beating them to the punch. Clemson filed first here. They will file the motion to dismiss/stay this case and we will see what the Judge does. Given how he has approached the FSU case so far, I wouldn’t be surprised if he denies the motion to dismiss/stay. He seems very focused on pushing this matter forward in the FSU case and he may do the same in the Clemson case. It does make sense to have these matters heard in one venue and not strewn throughout the South.

The lawsuit opens with a quote from the Clemson president from 2016 when he signed the ESPN contracts and Amended Grant of Rights. He says how amazing the ACC is etc etc. Not sure how legally relevant this is, but they open with it to drive their point home.

Then, they summarize their causes of action. These are:

  1. Declaratory Judgment that Grant Of Rights is valid
  2. Declaratory Judgment that GOR is irrevocable,even if Clemson leaves
  3. Confirmation that Clemson is equitably estopped from suing over the GOR
  4. Confirmation that Clemson owes fiduciary duties to the ACC
  5. Damages for breach of the GOR
  6. Damages for the breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealing
It is a lot of the same stuff you saw in the FSU case, just in a slightly different context. This came out a day after the Clemson suit, so they just hit that C+P, changed the names, and filed it!

The lawsuit emphasizes that Clemson waived its sovereign immunity to be sued in NC. FSU made a big deal out of this and lost. Not sure if Clemson will. Clemson seemed to have learned from FSU’s keystone cops escapades in their lawsuit, so maybe they’ll litigate better here.


Next, the lawsuit focuses on the jurisdiction. This again is important issue here, because the ACC is trying to avoid getting booted out of court. They need to prove that the Court should maintain the case in NC. They argue repeatedly about how Clemson does so much in NC. Committee meetings, sports events, etc etc. They even note that Clemson accepts benefits from NC taxpayers. They spend pages on this.


Next, they turn to venue. Venue is very similar to jurisdiction. Jurisdiction is the authority for the NC Court to make decisions over Clemson. Venue is the location where those decisions should be made. Since the ACC HQ is in M-burg County, the ACC argues that M-Burg is the place to be. The lawsuit has a lengthy history of the ACC and how its NC focused etc.

Statement Of Facts

Next, the lawsuit provides a statement of acts about the various contracts. We’ve gone over this a bunch so I am not sure I need to do a lot here. They have the ESPN TV contracts, the Grant Of Rights, and Amended Grant Of Rights. This includes discussion of the “withdrawal payment and alternative performance.” This is the ACC’s new spin. The “withdrawal penalty” is the “withdrawal payment.” “Alternative performance” means leaving the ACC (Ie paying 9 digits to get out). They are trying to frame it less as an improper penalty and more of “perform under the terms of the contract by paying money to leave.”

FSU Just Gained A BIG ADVANTAGE Against The ACC In Court | Is THIS The ACC's WORST QB? (youtube; podcast; Locked on ACC)
Florida State has gained a new advantage in their legal battles against the ACC. North Carolina Judge Bledsoe issued a stay on all discovery and court-related work on the case until FSU appeals to the North Carolina Supreme Court. While this may not appear like a victory on the surface, it gives FSU an advantage as their lawsuit in Florida may move faster than the one in North Carolina. FSU has an advantage in their home state, with Judge Cooper in Leon County now having the opportunity to process the case more quickly. Favorable outcomes in Florida could influence precedent in North Carolina or it could move the ACC to settle with FSU more quickly.
FSU Football | ACC Vs FSU Suit Bledsoe Drops a BOMBSHELL- Friday Happy Hour With Attorney Doug Rohan (youtube; podcast; Renegade Report)

FSU Football | ACC Vs FSU Suit Bledsoe Drops a BOMBSHELL- Friday Happy Hour With Attorney Doug Rohan
Will Clemson's lawsuit vs ACC win? One legal expert answers this and more key questions (; Carter)
Clemson University and the Atlantic Coast Conference are continuing their litigation against each other.

The legal battle started after Clemson filed their initial complaint against the ACC in Pickens County, South Carolina, over the conference's grant of rights deal and withdrawal penalty on March 19. The ACC responded a day later with its countersuit in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.

Clemson is now seeking damages from the ACC over alleged false statements regarding its media rights in an amended complaint that was filed on April 17 in Pickens County.

A Pickens County judge ordered an interim ruling on May 3 that the ACC must provide an unredacted copy of its ESPN contract to Clemson within seven days, but the contract must remain confidential and only be used for litigation. Both parties have also exchanged motions to dismiss each other's complaints over the past week.

With more moves expected, The Greenville News spoke to attorney Kevin Paule to answer five key questions regarding Clemson and the ACC's lawsuits.

Is Clemson's lawsuit really a legal step in potentially leaving the ACC?
Like with Florida State, when Clemson filed its complaint against the conference, it was viewed as an initial step to potentially leave the ACC.

"It's definitely an attempt by these schools to attempt to leave, and they've decided that filing these lawsuits may help give them more leverage if they're going to try to negotiate that with the ACC," Paule said.

Will Clemson's lawsuit be successful against the ACC?

Paule said it is very early in the litigation process to determine if Clemson's lawsuit will win, but he estimates that the complaint will end in a settlement.


Syracuse’s workforce development efforts begin ramping up ahead of Micron (PS; $; Racino)

Syracuse’s efforts to train its workforce are ramping up after the Biden administration’s recent announcement of a $6.1 billion award to Micron Technology.

Micron proposes to build four chip manufacturing plants in Onondaga County partly because of the region’s “access to talent,” according to Micron CEO Sanjay Mehrotra.

However, the company will need a lot of talent.

It estimates its four “fabs,” at the 1,400-acre White Pine Commerce Park in Clay, will employ 9,000 people over the next 20 years. Another 40,000 jobs are expected to come as a result of the investment, in such fields as machinery manufacturing, construction and other professional services.

The topic of “workforce” has been discussed among government agencies, industry leaders and local service providers since talks to lure Micron to New York State began.

“‘Can you develop, recruit and retain workforce?’” said County Executive Ryan McMahon at a recent public meeting, recalling a portion of Micron’s checklist used to select its U.S. site.

“Within that very simple lens, it’s very complex,” McMahon said.

Today, two big initiatives are taking shape to address these complexities. Both are run or overseen in part by the region’s economic development agency, CenterState CEO.

CNY Food Truck Battle 2024: And the winners are ... (PS; Miller)

The 2024 food-fest season started this weekend with the annual Food Truck Battle at the New York State Fairgrounds.

Some 60 portable chefs set up shop at Chevy Court Friday and Saturday to remind us foodies what Central New York really has to offer. These food trucks offered their full-priced menus and gave newbies a shot at their samples items for $3 to $6.

Over the past two days, thousands of customers sampled their favorites or tried something new. They then cast their votes for a favorite in two categories: savory and sweet. All the while, seven teams of judges sampled every sample and lobbied for their top choice. Judges included food writer Charlie Miller and restaurant critic Jacob Pucci.

Here are the winners:

Judge’s Choice: Sweet category


Spaghetti ice cream capri from MELT, a competitor at the Food Truck Battle at the State Fairgrounds on Saturday. (Charlie Miller | Miller |

1. Melt, for their spaghetti ice cream capri. No, it’s not pasta. It’s vanilla ice cream made to look like noodles by squeezing it through a potato ricer onto a bed of whipped cream. Next comes the sauce, which is pureed fresh strawberries dusted with grated white chocolate that looks like parmesan cheese. The Ferrero Rocher plays the part of a meatball and a Marguerite cookie on the side replaces what would normally be a breadstick.

From the judges’ notebook: This is certainly the most attractive dessert we sampled today, but it’s also the tastiest. I think a potato ricer should be a mandatory utensil in every ice cream shop. It fluffs up the hard ice cream, almost making it soft-serve.

2. Leo’s Donut Factory for their strawberry shortcake donuts.

From the judges’ notebook: Instead of shortcake, we get tiny fresh donuts. Great portion size. I mean, for $5, you can get the gets all sugared up for hours.

3. Blueberries & Lace for their wildberry vanilla draft latte.

From the judges’ notebook: A cup of coffee at the Fair is going to run you between $3 and $5. This is quite an upgrade for the same cost. Hmmm, you know what this could really use? Suggestion for next year: Make an “adult” version of this. We’re about halfway through the judging and we’re about to fall into a food coma. A little booze would go a long way right now.


Clinton's Ditch Co-Operative Co. on Pardee Road in Cicero has been bottling Pepsi products since 1968. The company is planning a $41 million expansion that will create 15 jobs. It currently employs 299 people.Google Maps

Pepsi bottling company plans $41 million expansion in Cicero (PS; $; Moriarty)

The Clinton’s Ditch Co-Operative Co., which has been bottling Pepsi products in Cicero for 56 years, is planning a $41 million expansion it says will create 15 jobs.

The company disclosed its plans Thursday in an application to the Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency for $3.9 million in tax breaks.

It said business growth at the company is constrained by limited space at the plant, which sits on a 71-acre site on Pardee Road. Without the expansion, the company might have to relocate to an associated facility in Massachusetts, it said.

“To accommodate increasing demand, our only option is to continue to expand our operations,” the company said. “If we remain at our current capacity, we face a risk of business relocating to an associated facility in Massachusetts, displacing our 250+ local workers and leaving a hole in the Central NY economy.”

The 100,000-square-foot expansion will retain the plant’s current 299 employees while creating 15 additional jobs, according to the company.

The addition will add warehouse space and improve production line layout resulting in greater production efficiency and capacity, the company said.

The company is a high-volume producer of various types of carbonated soft drinks, seltzer’s, energy drinks and purified water.

Clinton’s Ditch began as an independent bottler of Pepsi Cola with its founding in 1967, the 150th anniversary of the start of construction on the Erie Canal. Clinton’s Ditch was the nickname given to the canal because of Gov. DeWitt Clinton’s strong backing for it.

A groundbreaking for the Cicero plant was held in 1968.

The company was founded by 18 independent Pepsi Cola bottlers to produce Pepsi in aluminum cans. Over the years, it expanded to include filling bottles as well.
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