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Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to Chimborazo Day!

Chimborazo Day celebrates the spot on the Earth that is closest to the moon and farthest from the center of the Earth. Chimborazo is an inactive volcano that is in the Cordillera Occidental range of the Andes Mountains in central Ecuador, and has an elevation of 20,565 feet. Although Chimborazo has a lower elevation than Mt. Everest, because of its spot near the Equator it is the farthest from the Earth's center and closest to the moon. The Earth is not a perfect sphere, but rather it is an oblate spheroid. The Equatorial diameter is larger than the Polar diameter, and Chimborazo lies close to the former. Being that it lies on this Equatorial bulge, it sticks about a mile and a half farther into space than Mt. Everest.

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Gabe Daniels puts Syracuse on top following official visit (; $; McAllister)

Class of 2025 wide receiver Gabe Daniels has a plethora of power five offers. He has three at the top, however, in Kansas, NC State and Syracuse. He took the first of his three official visits over the weekend, getting a closer look at the Orange.

"It was really good," Daniels said. "One of the best parts was hanging out with all of the guys because this weekend, I don't think everyone was a commit but it was me and like two other guys who weren't committed. Seeing their perspective and their opinions on everything, going around campus with them was really cool."

Syracuse football recruiting 3-star WR Larry Miles the hardest as analyst dishes praise (itlh; Adler)

Syracuse football target Larry Miles from Florida, a 2026 three-star wide receiver, has seen his offer sheet expand of late.

The 6-foot, 170-pound Miles, who received a scholarship offer from the Orange staff in late January of this year, recently earned high marks for his performance at the National College Showcase in Detroit.

national analyst Greg Smith was on hand at this event, and he noted that Miles was one of the camp's "true standouts."

In his write-up, Smith said that the Orange is currently recruiting Miles the hardest, while adding that following the camp, Miles secured new scholarship offers from Michigan State, Purdue, Indiana, Marshall and Western Michigan.

Syracuse Opens As Large Favorite In Week One Matchup, Why It Makes Sense (; Papillo)

It may be prohibited to place bets on in-state collegiate athletics in New York, but sports betting has taken college football by storm over the past few years. As we inch closer and closer to kickoff for Fran Brown’s inaugural season as head coach, betting lines have been released for Week One of the NCAA college football season.

For Syracuse’s opening week matchup against Ohio on August 31st, the Orange have opened up as 14.5-point favorites over the Bobcats according to DraftKings. The game is set to take place at 3:30 p.m. on the ACC Network.

Now this may not come as much of a surprise considering the buzz Syracuse football carries into the 2024 campaign. Aside from just bringing in Fran Brown from Georgia, SU’s program has been completely revamped from head to toe with new coordinators as well. Add in Kyle McCord, and there’s no reason why the JMA Wireless Dome wouldn’t be electrified in a Week 1 matchup against a Mid-American Conference (MAC) school.

But the Bobcats are nothing to sneeze at, either. Ohio is coming off its second 10-win season in a row, which is the first time in its program history. The Bobcats are also aiming to build on a victory in the Myrtle Beach Bowl against Georgia Southern, their fifth bowl victory in the past seven seasons. A program certainly on the rise would love to make some noise and shock the world in week one, especially on the road in the Loud House against Syracuse.

Back in mid-February, the odds were released for season win totals, which saw Syracuse slated at 6.5 wins. This news came with large amounts of criticism from Orange fans. However, the drastic turnover this program has seen leaves a lot of question marks for this upcoming season. SU can only hope to build on last season’s opener, which saw a trounce of in-state rival Colgate 65-0.

Syracuse Football: Fast-rising DL to officially visit, names top 3, has decision date (itlh; Adler)

Elijah Crawford, a three-star defensive lineman in the 2025 class from the Baltimore area who recently caught the eye of a national analyst, is winding down his recruiting process, and Syracuse football is firmly in the mix.

The 6-foot-4, 280-pound Crawford, a rising senior and a captain at the McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Md., disclosed a top three via his X page that consists of the Orange, Rutgers and West Virginia.

He also says that he plans to announce his college decision on July 5.

Crawford, who holds around 15 offers in total, picked up a scholarship offer from the 'Cuse on December 12 of last year.

According to his bio on , Crawford plans to officially visit Syracuse football on June 7, Rutgers on June 14 and then West Virginia on June 21.

Syracuse football remains a contender for 2025 three-star defensive lineman Elijah Crawford.

Beyond the Orange, per recruiting services and his X page, Crawford's full offer sheet includes schools such as Connecticut, Indiana, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Temple, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Charlotte, Akron, Liberty, Delaware, Coastal Carolina, Howard and Dartmouth.

3-star Class of 2025 QB chooses Arkansas over Syracuse football, six others (PS; $; Leiker)

A three-star Class of 2025 quarterback who’d considered Syracuse football announced his commitment Saturday afternoon during an event at his high school’s field house.

Quentin Murphy verbally committed to Arkansas, choosing it over SU, Colorado, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Alabama, Oregon and Ole Miss.

His commitment was live streamed on his Instagram.

In March, Murphy had posted a top three that was just Syracuse, Arkansas and Georgia Tech and announced his commitment date would be in August.

While he has since deleted that post and used eight schools in the promotion of his commitment, only T-shirts for the Orange, the Razorbacks and the Yellowjackets were displayed at his ceremony, as shown during the live stream of his commitment.

He threw all three T-shirts on the ground before grabbing a different Arkansas shirt out of his bag. Those in attendance led a rendition of the Razorbacks’ hog call.

This is Murphy’s second verbal commitment. He’d verbally committed to and de-committed from Ole Miss in June 2023, according to 247Sports.

Murphy is from Little Rock, Arkansas, and will play his senior season at Parkview Magnet High School.

He spent his first three seasons at Robinson High School, where he finished his junior season with 892 passing yards, 697 rushing yards and 19 total touchdowns over 10 games, according to the school’s MaxPreps page.

Syracuse already has several new faces poised to join the quarterback room over the next year or so.

SU gets national attention in partial release of 2024 TV schedule (; Burstein)

The opponents and dates for Syracuse’s 2024 campaign have been known for a while. But, as the times and TV networks get revealed, it means that college football season is really just right around the corner.

The times and networks for five of SU’s games were announced this past Thursday. So how much media attention are Fran Brown and the Orange getting? Let’s take a look.

Week One: Aug. 31 vs. Ohio (3:30 p.m., ACCN)

Unsurprisingly, a week one match-up against a non-Power Five school will be on ACC Network. It will be Fran Brown’s first game as head coach with a brand-new roster. As for the opposition, the Bobcats are coming off a monster 10-3 2023 campaign that included a Myrtle Beach Bowl win. They won four in a row to end last year. Those notes move it to the competitive mid-afternoon spot.

Syracuse football commit Malachi James runs fastest 100m in New Jersey but will not hold state record (; McAllister)

Syracuse football commit Malachi James is a track star and one of the fastest players in the entire 2024 class. On Friday, James showed off that speed in an incredible accomplishment at the South Jersey Sectionals. James ran the 100m in 10.18 seconds, the fastest time ever in the state of New Jersey. That came just minutes after Washington Township's Ajani Dwyer ran the state's fastest time at 10.24. However, despite these times being the fastest in the state, neither will be in the official state record books. The state record remains 10.35 by Jamar Ervin set in 2000.

Why? The reason is due to a technicality. There was no wind gauge at the event and therefore cannot qualify to be in the official state record books.

Despite that, 10.18 is blazing fast. It is Olympic type speed. It would have finished third at the NCAA Championships this year, the fourth fastest in the US this year, second best in the US for men under 20 years old and eighth fastest in the world under 20.

James would win his sectional and advance to states.

The 5-11, 198 pounder out of Burlington City High School in New Jersey officially picked Syracuse on National Signing Day in February. James was an under the radar prospect but has shown an elite level of speed that makes him a very intriguing prospect. He could play running back, wide receiver or defensive back and also return kicks.

"Syracuse was the right fit for me because the moment I stepped foot on the hotel grounds, they showed me and my family hospitality," James said after he signed. "Which is a huge green flag. Also, they are a great football team with great coaches."

While James made his intentions public on signing day, he actually visited and committed the month prior.

"Coach Fran said he didn't want anybody in his business," James said. "He wanted to keep it a surprise until signing day. It was important for me to gain his trust right away. I think it was a test and I passed."

Week Two: Sep. 7 vs. Georgia Tech (Noon, ACCN)
(twitter; live podcast; DT (premieres at 10 AM EST)

Sportswriter Bud Alderman joins DT LIVE MON, JUN 3, at 10amET to speak on FSU’s interesting current relationship w/ the ACC as well as the 2024 ACC Football Schedule Releases

ACC News

ACC’s Fight to Survive Goes to Court in Florida (; podcast; Front Office Sports today)

The ACC is working to keep FSU and Clemson from leaving, and that fight has put the conference in a legal battle with Florida’s attorney general. The other Power 4 conferences and ESPN have joined the ACC in a fight to keep media contracts private. Front Office Sports reporter Amanda Christovich joins the show to break down the situation and its implications.

Plus, FOS reporter AJ Perez digs into the strange case of Dov Kleinman’s popular NFL news aggregator account and whether it was quietly sold. The WNBA is getting more attention, and that could lead to changes in the game, and a Division III baseball team outlasted its own school.

Way-too-early ACC football power rankings for the 2024 season (; Haley)

It’s hard to think of a season in which precedent will matter less than the 2024 ACC football schedule.

Florida State, one of the most prestigious schools in the conference, went undefeated in the 2023 regular season en route to a conference title. So the Seminoles should be primed to repeat, right? Well, only if you like betting on a team that lost its veteran starting quarterback, top wide receiver, and best edge rusher to the NFL.

Naturally, the next choice to take the top spot would be Clemson, but the Tigers failed to win 10 games for the first time since 2010 last season and head coach Dabo Swinney showed little urgency in the transfer portal to add instant-impact players.

North Carolina? New quarterback. Miami? New quarterback. Duke? New quarterback and head coach.

Even on top of all of that, there are three new teams added to the dogpile this season with Stanford, California, and SMU all thrown into the mix.

If you’re looking for a better measure of preseason hype, we tried to sort out which ACC football teams would be ranked the highest on EA Sports College Football 25 here. If you want some true predictions for how the 2024 football season will go? You’re in the right place.

Here are our entirely-too-early power rankings for the 2024 ACC football season.

17 Virginia Cavaliers

Virginia’s upset of North Carolina last season was one of college football’s most stunning results in 2023. Unfortunately, that’s partially because of the caliber of team UVA was last season. There will be new faces ready to prove that wrong and returners ready to improve, but the entire offense ran through wideout Malik Washington last year. I’m not ready to buy any Cavaliers stock until I see what that side of the ball looks like without him.

16 Stanford Cardinal

College football fans should absolutely watch this space. Just for 2025 and beyond. Troy Taylor might genuinely be building something with the sixth-ranked Class of 2025 in the conference right now, but it’s hard to get excited about a program that hasn’t won five games in a season since 2018.

15 Boston College Eagles

Boston College went bowling despite few positive feelings about the program, and that’s a testament to something within the culture and the leadership. What that something is, however, we won’t know because former NFL coach Bill O’Brien is now at the reigns after Jeff Hafley headed to the Green Bay Packers. Combine a coach who hasn’t led a college program in the transfer portal era with a team that beat Holy Cross, Army, and Connecticut last season, and it sounds like a prime candidate for regression.

14 Wake Forest Demon Deacons

The Demon Deacons have had too many good years with Dave Clawson to stay down on the mat after Wake Forest was the only team without multiple wins in conference play last season. However, in an era when teams can turn around overnight through the transfer portal, the Demon Deacons have one of the lightest incoming transfer classes in the ACC. It’s just hard to see the path to 2024 being exceptionally better.

13 Pittsburgh Panthers

It’s surreal to think last year’s 3-9 season came just 24 months after Pat Narduzzi and the Panthers literally won the ACC. A 17-point victory over Louisville showed there’s a good team somewhere inside this roster (despite their head coach throwing them under the bus), and there’s a higher ceiling here than the teams below them, but the odds it gets reached so quickly seem unfavorable.

12 Syracuse Orange

Fran Brown was a good hire for the Orange, and he’s already paying dividends with the transfer of former Ohio State quarterback Kyle McCord and the No. 11 2025 recruiting class. However, this was a program that saw a tight end lead the team in passing yards during a game last season. Even if Brown’s schematic work keeps pace with his recruiting, this is a multi-year fix.

Josh Pate On BOLDEST College Football 2024 Predictions (Late Kick Cut) (youtube; podcast; Late Kick with Josh Pate)

College Football bold predictions are back as the 2024 season draws closer, and on Late Kick Live Ep 517 Josh Pate responded to the latest batch. Will Alabama be able to win the national title in Kalen DeBoer's first season in Tuscaloosa? What would it take for Syracuse to go 11-1? Could newcomers win each P4 conference title? All that plus the odds Clemson goes further in the College Football Playoff than Ohio State. Let us know what you think in the comments below and be sure to SUBSCRIBE to the channel and CLICK THE BELL for notifications as we bring you multiple live shows per week!

ACC Stadiums | Stadium Heads (Ep. 6) (; podcast; Stadium Heads)

The Stadium Heads podcast continues its break down of all the Division 1 college football stadiums with the ACC college football stadium history. Pick Dundee aka (@TheColbyD) & Michael Barker (@CFBcampustour) break down all 17 ACC members and their current college football stadium situation. Is Lane Stadium with the Virginia Tech Hokies the best stadium to catch a college football game in all of the ACC? Did the ACC improve as a stadium conference with the additions of Cal, Stanford and SMU? Do the California Golden Bears have one of the nations best college football stadiums in Memorial Day Stadium?

Another preseason Top 25 (June 2nd, 2024) (RX; HM)

Another preseason Top 25 (June 2nd, 2024)

Hey, they're all still undefeated so far, right?

I count 6 ACC teams (not counting Notre Dame) in this Top 25. Not bad for such a weak conference, huh?

5. Notre Dame
8. Florida State
9. Clemson
16. Louisville
20. Virginia Tech
22. NC State
24. Miami

Let me remind you that #9 Clemson plays #1 Georgia in Week 1, and then #8 Florida State in Week 6.

#22 NC State gets their shot at #13 Tennessee in Week 2.

#16 Louisville visits #5 Notre Dame in Week 4, the same weekend that #20 Virginia Tech visits #24 Miami.

The potential for a Week 9 showdown between Miami and FSU exists... unless VT and Clemson beat them, in which case it's Tigers vs Hokies in Week 11.

Coming this Fall: Venu Sports (RX; HM)

Coming this Fall: Venu Sports

Soon, even cord-cutters will be able to watch nearly every college football game.

As streaming providers struggle to figure out how to add new customers and retain the ones they’ve already had, we’ve seen numerous streaming bundle deals and providers come together... Disney, Warner Bros. Discovery and Fox have teamed up to launch a single streaming app for their sports programming... the app will launch in the fall of 2024 – likely to correspond with the start of football season – and be called Venu (pronounced like venue) Sports.
Pete Distad, the CEO of the platform, said “We are... singularly focused on delivering a best-in-class product for our target audience, built from the ground up using the latest technologies to engage and entertain discerning sports fans wanting one-stop access to live games.”

The original February 28th, 2024 announcement stated:

By subscribing to this focused, all-in-one premier sports service, fans would have access to the linear sports networks including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, SECN, ACCN, ESPNEWS, ABC, FOX, FS1, FS2, BTN, TNT, TBS, truTV, as well as ESPN+.

This video explains what you'll be able to get through Venu Sports:
ESPN, Fox, Warner Bros. to Launch Sports Streaming Site

Duke AD Nina King shares damning quote on the state of ACC at spring meetings (; Hughes)

Duke AD Nina King shared a damning quote at the ACC's annual spring meetings that put it in perspective just how much of a shaky ship the conference has become in recent years.

Basically, the drama that Clemson and FSU are embroiled in with the conference is par for the ACC course.

“Well the good news is we’re experienced” in matters of uncertainty, said Nina King, the Duke athletics director (h/t The News & Observer). “Because last year when we sat here, we were talking about the Magnificent Seven. And I feel like each spring meeting (the question will be) what are we going to deal with — what disruption?”

Duke basketball is one of the ACC's pillar programs and without it, the conference will fall apart

FSU and Clemson leaving the conference would drastically alter football's revenue, but the ACC would collapse if it were to lose the Duke basketball teams. Per MVPIndex, Duke, Virginia, Miami, and Clemson combined to generate $814.7K worth of brand value in 2022, with the Blue Devils accounting for 76.3% of that total.

If SEC expands again, consider 4 ACC teams. But what about Notre Dame football? | Toppmeyer (; Toppmeyer)

Greg Sankey could have said: We're not interested in further expansion.

He didn't say that.

When I asked the SEC commissioner this week about the conference’s appetite for additional growth beyond 16 teams, Sankey kept the door cracked to the idea.

I should add, he didn’t express a rabid desire to expand immediately. But I exited SEC spring meetings thinking that if the right schools were available and not bound by media rights agreements with their current conference, the SEC might have interest.

“Our focus has been on our 16,” Sankey said, “but I pay attention (to the landscape).”

The question is: Which schools would pique the SEC’s interest? This conference doesn’t expand for the sake of expansion. There’s no Rutgers in the SEC’s membership.

A few ACC members, though, might intrigue the SEC, if those schools can unlock an escape hatch within the ACC’s sticky media rights deal that so far has prevented defections.



There's a strong chance that this summer will be warmer than normal across nearly all of the lower 48 states this summer, the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center says.Climate Prediction Center

Upstate NY summer forecast: It could be one of the hottest on record (PS; $; Coin)

Break out those air conditioners: Upstate New York could be in for one of its hottest summers on record.

The National Weather Service and private forecasting agencies agree that the odds tilt strongly toward our seventh above-normal summer in a row.

Both The Weather Channel and Accuweather say this could be among the hottest summers ever recorded.

This summer in Upstate New York could be 3 to 4 degrees hotter than normal, predicts Alex DaSilva, an Accuweather meteorologist. That would rival Syracuse’s hottest summer on record, 2005, which was 4.4 degrees above normal.

For Syracuse, the normal temperature in summer is 69.7 degrees. That’s calculated by averaging the daily highs and lows for the months of June, July and August.

DaSilva says that hot summer could generate strong heat waves, defined in Syracuse as three consecutive days of at least 90 degrees.

“It’s certainly possible during the heart of the summer there could be a couple of heat waves, with several days in the 90s,” DaSilva said.

A hotter than normal summer doesn’t mean every day will be atypically warm, but that overall, the average temperature over three months will exceed the long-term average. We could still see cool days, but they would be outnumbered by hot ones.
bomber.jpg (; Bevington)
An A-26 invader, nicknamed “Million Airess,” made a fuel stop at Syracuse’s Hancock Airport on Saturday afternoon, June 1.

It was an aircraft that played a crucial role in World War II. Now one of only six left flying, it’s on its way to Normandy for the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

This twin engine bomber and attack plane actually took part in the Battle of the Bulge. The CEO of Million Air, along with those with the maintenance team, are also on their way right now to Normandy.

It will be about 30 hours of total flying by the time the team reaches Europe. (PS; $; Doran)

Decker’s Wine & Spirits, which closed after three decades in business in Fayetteville, has reopened with a new name and new owners.

Saint Urban Cellar is now open at 112 Brooklea Drive. It is owned by Keri Levens and Jared Stafford-Hill. The two acquired the wine shop from Dana Decker, who retired and closed Decker’s Wine & Spirits at the end of 2023.

Decker approached the pair about taking over the wine shop, and the two have been working together to get if off the ground, Levens said.

Saint Urban restaurant closed its Syracuse location in September 2023, and is now open in Manhattan. The Westcott restaurant was known for its French-inspired menu, with carefully crafted food and wine pairings.

“The Syracuse community was wonderful to us, and we want to continue to have a presence even though the restaurant here is closed,” Levens said. “We wanted to open a retail space, and when Dana Decker approached us, we thought we could build on his legacy.”
... (PS; AP)

Craft beer pioneer Anchor Brewing Co. — maker of its famous Anchor Steam and Christmas Ale beers — has been purchased by Chobani yogurt founder and billionaire Hamdi Ulukaya.

The purchase price was not disclosed. Ulukaya said in a statement issued Friday that Anchor embodies much of what makes San Francisco so great and he’s excited to be part of the company’s rebirth.

“I have fallen in love with this city, its history, grit and charm. I believe brands born in places like this are incredibly special and must be treasured, respected and loved,” he said.

Beer lovers mourned when the brewing company, established in San Francisco in 1896, announced its closure last year amid declining sales and increased competition from canned cocktails, crafted drinks, spirits and wines.

Anchor was rescued previously from near financial insolvency in the 1960s when it was acquired by Fritz Maytag, who sparked a revival in small-scale and local brewing. Japanese brewer Sapporo then purchased Anchor Brewing in 2017.
Pretty much dump on the idea of a Dome but no real talk about the dome itself. At least they have been there since some of the new changes.
Pretty much dump on the idea of a Dome but no real talk about the dome itself. At least they have been there since some of the new changes.
It was disappointing. If they had actually gone to some of these stadiums they love so much from looking at old pictures, they would understand why they were demolished.

I love old buildings. I love history. My heart breaks every time I see pictures of all the beautiful mansions on James Street that were knocked down so ugly garbage buildings could be built in their place. All the people involved in that destructive reign of terror should rot in hell forever.

That said, I went to a number of games at Archbold. It was falling apart. The design was not great. The halls were narrow and poorly lit. When it rained, the architects made no provisions to draw the water away from the stands and I sat through several games where I had to move a couple of times to avoid the river/waterfall encroaching on my bottom.

Given how it was built, I don't think it could have been saved.

I got the love for outdoor stadia. In a perfect world, we would play football outdoors. But the world is not perfect.

They should have noted the dome hosts basketball as well. For Syracuse, the choices were to build an outdoor stadium at the State Fair and keep Manley for basketball or build the dome on campus and use it for both football and basketball.

SU made the right move. It helped both sports greatly and it kept football on campus, which those guys greatly value (as they should). They also should have mentioned the dome has the best scoreboards in college sports, the best wifi, and the new seating. The dome is the most state of the art football and basketball facility in the ACC and no other venue is remotely close.

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