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

Welcome to National Cheese Day!

This is a day to celebrate cheese, which comes from the milk of cows, goats, sheep and buffalo. Its age, temperature, spices, and seasonings affect its flavor and texture. Cheese is good on its own, but it also goes well with souffles, soups, and pastas, and can be paired with many foods. It many times is also paired with white or red wine.

While it cannot be definitively said why National Cheese Day is celebrated on June 4, rumor has it that a shepherd discovered Roquefort cheese on June 4, 1070. Apparently he had left bread and cheese in a cave a few days or months before and the mold had overtaken the cheese and transformed it when he returned. Could this be why we celebrate cheese on this day?

SU News

Syracuse Football: No. 1 edge Zion Elee, 4-star, top-10 prospect, sets SU visit - wow (itlh; Adler)

One of the top high school prospects in the 2026 class is set to visit Syracuse football, and that's awesome.

Zion Elee, a 2026 four-star edge from Maryland who is ranked in the top 10 nationally of his cycle, said in a post on X that he will visit the 'Cuse on June 6 and June 7.

According to recruiting services, the 6-foot-5, 225-pound Elee holds around 20 offers at this stage in his recruiting process, and some of his suitors are heavyweights in the sport of college football.

The Orange staff, led by head coach and ace recruiter Fran Brown, offered a scholarship to Elee on February 16 of this year.

Elee is a standout rising junior at Joppatowne High School in Joppatowne, Md. You can see some his career statistics while in high school via the MaxPreps Web site.

Syracuse football is expected to get a visit this week from elite 2026 four-star edge Zion Elee.

Per recruiting Web sites, beyond the 'Cuse, Elee's full offer sheet includes schools such as Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Miami, Michigan State, Missouri, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Wisconsin, among others.

VolReport - Syracuse Recruiting Roundup: 6/3/24 (; Kang)

Between official visit season starting on Friday and the 2024 Franchise Elite Prospect Camp on Sunday, it was a busy weekend in the Syracuse football recruiting world.
We spoke with several prospects who were in Central New York this weekend for their thoughts.


6'5" | 176 LBS | WR | 2025

"It was amazing being able to connect with the players already there and the commits."


5'11" | 150 LBS | WR | 2027

"It was fun getting great advice from all the coaches, and the competition was elite."


6'3" | 180 LBS | LS | 2025

"I like the program. I think they’re building something special and all the new additions to the facilities they are going to add is awesome."


6'1" | 185 LBS | RB | 2025

"The camp was amazing, high energy. Each coach was actively involved."


6'0" | 185 LBS | QB | 2026

"I loved it up there the atmosphere was amazing and the coaches were all over the place and helping you as much as possible."


Former Syracuse receiver Marvin Harrison is on the ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame for the seventh-straight year. Harrison was a first team All-American in 1995 for his kick returning.

Syracuse football alum Marvin Harrison up for College Football Hall of Fame for seventh year (PS; $; Leiker)
Syracuse football alum Marvin Harrison is listed on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot for 2025.

Harrison, who played for the Orange from 1991-95, is on the ballot as a kick returner and wide receiver. He earned the first team All-American status necessary to be considered in 1995 as a kick/punt returner, the same year he was Big East Special Teams Player of the Year.

This is Harrison’s seventh consecutive year on the ballot. There are 10 Syracuse players already inducted; Dwight Freeney was the most recent addition in 2023.

Harrison is the only former Orange being considered this year.

Other names on this year’s ballot include Aaron Donald (Pittsburgh, 2010-13), Sebastian Janikowski (Florida State, 1997-99), Marshawn Lynch (Cal, 2004-06) and Manti Te’o (Notre Dame, 2009-12). The coaching ballot includes Urban Meyer and Nick Saban.

The full list of players and coaches on this year’s ballot can be viewed here.

Harrison didn’t emerge as a starter for Syracuse until 1993 after redshirting his true freshman year and appearing only limitedly in 1992.

In 1994, he led the Big East in receiving yards per game and broke out as a return man. He returned 18 punts for 165 yards, the second-best punt return average (9.2 yards per PR) in the conference that season.

(youtube; podcast; DT)
Wake Up Call with Dan Tortora brings you Bruce Williams, CBA Syracuse WR alum as well as CBA Syracuse Football Assistant Coach, to speak on the CBA Syracuse Program, Local Recruiting, & being the "Keeper of the Rings", followed by Sportswriter Bud Alderman on Florida State's interesting relationship w/ the ACC, along w/ the ACC Schedule Release so far...

30 Minutes in Orange Nation 6-3-24 (ESPN; radio; Orange Nation)

Steve and Paulie react to the opening line for Syracuse-Ohio, discuss what they know about the Orange football schedule so far, and give their thoughts on the new visits announced for Kiyan Anthony.

Keeping Up With The 315 6-3-24 (ESPN; radio; the 315)

Brian Higgins opens the show discussing the big recruiting weekend over the weekend and why commitments might take a little longer off this one. Then, he dives into the Caitlin Clark controversy from the weekend. Lastly, Tony from Syracuse asks Brian if the current crop of coaches is the best it’s been at Syracuse in awhile?

Big Smoothie "The 315" 6-3-24 (ESPN; radio; the 315)

KRock Host Smoothie joins the show with Brian to give a detailed report of a Fran Brown football camp after his son attended the camp this past weekend.

Get to Know Your Orange Man: #99 DL Elijah Fuentes-Cundiff (TNIAAM; Wall)
It’s time to start preparing for the 2024 Syracuse Orange football season. We’re going through the roster to take a look at each Syracuse player as we get to know a lot of new faces to kick off the Fran Brown Era

Up first is….

Name: Elijah Fuentes-Cundiff

Position: Defensive line

Year: Redshirt Junior

Height: 6’4”

Weight: 279 lbs

Hometown: Bronx, N.Y.

High School/Previous College: Cardinal Hayes

2023 stats:

Fuentes-Cundiff appeared in nine games last season and recorded six tackles and one pass break-up.

2024 projections:

The switch to a 4-3 defense should lead to more playing time for Fuentes-Cundiff this season. He’ll need to show he can hold up against the run to stay in the interior line rotation as the Orange have some new bodies joining the group this summer.

Get to Know Your Orange Man: #98 K Jadyn Oh (TNIAAM; De Guzman)
It’s time to start preparing for the 2024 Syracuse Orange football season. We’re going through the roster to take a look at each Syracuse player as we get to know a lot of new faces to kick off the Fran Brown Era.

Up next is….

Name: Jadyn Oh

Position: Kicker

Year: Redshirt Freshman

Height: 6’1”

Weight: 165 lbs

Hometown: Alexandria, Va.

High School/Previous College: Chantilly

2023 stats: Didn’t play in any games

2024 projections: Early indications is that Oh is the back-up to Brady Denaburg. In an ideal world, you’d rather not see Oh take the field this year still, since that would indicate something seriously wrong with Denaburg. This should be another year of growth in CNY for Oh.

How’d he get here?: Offers from Fairmont State and VMI, but joined the Orange instead.

What’d recruiting sites say?: Four-and-a-half stars from Kohl’s Kicking Camps. He was the No. 90 kicker in the class.
ACC News

College Football Conference Realignment: 1 Team From Each P4 Conference That Fits Better In Another Conference - Gridiron Heroics (; Gibby)

College Football is always changing, and it feels like no team is tied down to their conference anymore. Five years ago, if you said that Texas, the heartbeat of the Big 12, would be joining the SEC and that UCLA, who plays in the Rose Bowl, would be in the Big 10, nobody would have believed you.

Yet here we are.

Rumors and teams are already saying they want to leave their current conferences. Clemson and Florida State want to leave for a conference that will pay more. Utah seems very unhappy in the Big 12, and rumors swirl about whether Kansas could be a Big 10 fit.

But what if the conference started to make sense again? Every conference has a team or two that just don’t seem to fit, whether culturally, politically, or geographically. Here is one team from each conference that doesn’t fit.

ACC – Syracuse

This may be a personal issue, but I’ve always considered Syracuse a Big 10 school. Geographically, they are closer to most Big 10 schools than they are to the majority of ACC schools. They also play traditionally more of a Big 10 style.

When I think of traditional Big 10 teams like Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, and Iowa, Syracuse feels like they belong in that cultural mix.

Finally, Syracuse plays in an indoor stadium. There aren’t a lot of teams that play indoors, and none other in the P4, but when I think of an indoor stadium, I think of NFL teams that reside in Big 10 country, not the ACC, which is more associated with warmer, almost tropical temperatures.

Big 10 – Nebraska

Nebraska has never felt like it belongs in the Big 10. Culturally and geographically, it is a Big 12 school. It is also very interesting that since Nebraska joined the Big 10, they have had no success in football. The kind of athletes that Nebraska gets traditionally don’t fit the smashmouth football style of the Big 10. Eventually, that may change with NIL and the transfer portal, but for now, Nebraska would do much better in the Big 12.

Finally, there have been multiple times when Nebraska has been at odds with the rest of the conference. Whether it’s realignment or policies, Nebraska has not voted with the majority of the league on multiple issues. There is little doubt that Nebraska would rejoin the conference today if the Big 12 had the same money as the Big 10.

Each ACC football team's chance to win the conference in 2024, according to ESPN FPI (usatoday; Haley)

The calendar flipping to June brings the 2024 college football schedule ever closer, and the release of ESPN’s Football Power Index only raises the excitement level.

The ACC conference won’t look recognizable compared to the end of 2023. Duke fans must get used to a new coach on the sidelines and a new quarterback under center after Mike Elko and Riley Leonard both left. Florida State lost its quarterback (and a litany of other stars) after last year’s undefeated run through the conference championship. And for the first time in a decade, Clemson won’t be the preseason favorite to win the conference. Right?

On top of all of that, three new teams get to join the fray this season. SMU jumps aboard fresh off an American Athletic Conference title and an 11-win season, and Stanford and California (famed Atlantic Coast schools) fled a sinking Pac-12. How do the extra mouths to feed change the math?

Duke Wire already published early power rankings for the 2024 ACC football season (found here). However, according to the math and ESPN’s FPI formula, here are the teams with the best chance to win the conference crown.

1 Florida State Seminoles – 26.2%
2 Clemson Tigers – 19.3%
3 Louisville Cardinals – 12.0%
4 Miami Hurricanes – 9.9%
5 SMU Mustangs - 9.0%
6 NC State Wolfpack - 7.5%
7 North Carolina Tar Heels - 4.3%
8 California Golden Bears - 2.6%
9 Virginia Tech Hokies - 2.5%
10 Pittsburgh Panthers - 1.5%

US Counties with more than 1M people (2024) (RX; HM)

US Counties with more than 1M people (2024)
Where are the highest population counties in the United States, and which colleges are located in them?

Here the data in table format:

RkCountyState2023 PopCounty seat (city)School(s)
1Los AngelesCA9,663,345Los AngelesUCLA, USC
4MaricopaAZ4,585,871PhoenixArizona State
5San DiegoCA3,269,973San DiegoSan Diego St
6OrangeCA3,135,755Santa Ana
7Miami-DadeFL2,686,867MiamiMiami, FIU
9KingsNY2,561,225Brooklyn, NYC
11ClarkNV2,336,573Las Vegas
13QueensNY2,252,196Queens, NYC
14San BernardinoCA2,195,611San Bernardino
15TarrantTX2,182,947Fort WorthTCU
16BexarTX2,087,679San AntonioUTSA
17BrowardFL1,962,531Fort LauderdaleFAU
18Santa ClaraCA1,877,592San JoseStanford

2024: Remember to Pac those bowls! (RX; HM)

2024: Remember to Pac those bowls!

In case you've forgotten amid the 1,973 things that have changed this off-season, here's a reminder:

That's right: Cal and Stanford will NOT be playing in any ACC bowls this Winter - unless... (more on that in a bit).
So, which bowls can Cal and Stanford play in, anyway? Glad you asked; I count six of them:

Sun BowlACC vs. PacEl Paso, TXCBS
Holiday BowlACC vs. PacSan Diego, CAFOX
L.A. BowlPac vs. MWCInglewood, CAESPN network
Independence BowlXII vs. PacShreveport, LAESPN network
Las Vegas BowlB1G vs. PacLas Vegas, NVESPN network
Alamo BowlXII vs. PacSan Antonio, TXESPN network

There are a couple of problems for the ACC here: a) two of these bowls pit Pac-12 vs ACC, and b) former Pac-12 schools must fill all of the Pac-12 bowl slots first, so you can't have one of the "Four Corners" schools repping the Big XII, nor can UCLA take a Big Ten slot.
Worst-case scenario: we get a pair of ACC-vs-Calford bowl games (ugh!)
Best-case scenario: we get USC or UCLA vs BC or Syracuse in the Holiday Bowl, and SMU vs Arizona, ASU, or Colorado in the Sun Bowl.

Choosing the Elite: Pitt, GT, and Syracuse's Strategic Moves Unveiled! (youtube; podcast; The College Football Mafia)

Choosing the Elite: Pitt, GT, and Syracuse's Strategic Moves Unveiled!

Utah Insider: Utah Thinking Big Ten, Not ACC (youtube; podcast; Kurtz)

Part two of my conversation with Josh Furlong, Sports Director and Utah beat writer for Utah's ultimate goal is the Big Ten, but they're happy in the Big 12 right now.

Clemson, Florida State DENIED by SEC, Can Expansion Big 12 STEAL Both Powers or is Big 10 the Goal? (youtube; podcast; Locke don Big 12)

Clemson, Florida State DENIED by SEC, Can Expansion Big 12 STEAL Both Powers or is Big 10 the Goal?


Belmont Stakes expected to bring tons of money to Saratoga Springs (PS; Karlin)

Horse racing fans booking rooms at the last minute in the Spa City for the weeklong Belmont Stakes Racing Festival may need to dig deep into their pockets — especially if they want to stay at one of the tonier lodgings.

Late last week, the Gideon Putnam at the Spa State Park still had rooms available, as did the Adelphi Hotel on Broadway — for a price. While overnight rates early this week range from around $280 to $375 per night, respectively, at these establishments, by Friday and Saturday nights, they soar to more than $900 per night at the Gideon and around $3,000 per night at the Adelphi.

A portion of receipts for hotel rooms like those will go to taxes that will trickle down to community coffers.

It’s just one example of the early summer cash infusion officials anticipate the temporary relocation of the Belmont Stakes will bring to the city and the greater region as more than 100,000 people are expected to take part in festivities planned around Saturday’s running of the third jewel in horse racing’s Triple Crown at Saratoga Race Course. (The race has been moved north this year and next while its traditional namesake home at Belmont Park on Long Island undergoes redevelopment.)

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