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Aug 15, 2011

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Syracuse football depth chart projection: An early look ahead to 2019 season (PS; Bailey)

Syracuse football put a bow on its best season in 17 years on Friday evening when the 20th-ranked Orange defeated No. 16 West Virginia 34-18 in the Camping World Bowl.

While there's plenty of time for those within the program and fanbase to soak in SU's accomplishments following this breakthrough season, naturally, one can't help but to think ahead to 2019. And, on paper, it looks like another 10-win season is a reasonable possibility given who Syracuse returns and its schedule for Year 4 of the Dino Babers era.

So let's run through a projected two-deep depth chart with the understanding that a lot can happen over the next eight months including, but not limited to unforeseen additions and departures, individual player growth and regression, and injuries.

Starting quarterback: Tommy DeVito
DeVito experienced highs and lows during his redshirt freshman season, most notably turning in what could be called a season-saving performance late against North Carolina.

He's the clear frontrunner to take over for four-year starter Eric Dungey, who he pushed during preseason camp and midway through the campaign. Known for his efficient mechanics and top-tier arm talent, DeVito has already started getting in extra field work with the team's receivers.

If he can be protected, the Cedar Grove, N.J., native has the potential to put up gaudy numbers similar to those that Jimmy Garoppolo (Eastern Illinois) and Matt Johnson (Bowling Green) logged under Babers at past stops.
One more thought here: it will be interesting to see how Babers and offensive coordinator Mike Lynch mold the team's offense to fit DeVito's skill set as a passer who can run as opposed to Dungey's as a playmaker who can pass. We should get a feel for that come spring ball.


Graham: Eric Dungey is the most important quarterback in Syracuse history (DO; Graham)

Sitting at the podium, after winning the most important game of his career, Eric Dungey tried to reflect — to consider what the last four years, 39 games and 20 individual records meant.

He started, then he broke down.

“It’s kind of starting to hit me now,” Dungey said, choking through tears. “I’m just very thankful. I know I’ve been through a lot. To have Coach Babers believe in me, it just means a lot, you know. Coach (Scott) Shafer brought me in here originally. All I want to do is complete. And I’m going to get grief for crying, man, but I’ve been through a lot here.”

The cocky, chippy, gunslinging quarterback that Syracuse fans adore was moved to tears thinking about his career at SU.

Dungey is the most important Syracuse quarterback ever. Loyalists to Don McPherson and 1987 might differ on Dungey, still bemoaning McPherson’s Heisman stiff. Donovan McNabb partisans who remember that win at Michigan Stadium in 1998 will feel differently, too. A good quarterback can resurrect a team and a bad one can cripple a squad.

But no quarterback at SU has gone through so much — endured so many lean years, downtrodden moments and flat out embarrassing losses — as Dungey. And then, in his senior year, he put his body on the line 13 more times to try and drag Syracuse, his team, out of the abyss.

The payoff? The former three-star recruit from Oregon, who had offers from Wyoming and Montana State, delivered one of the Orange’s greatest-ever seasons.

Battle Enjoys SU Football Success (spectrum;video;Staff)

Star guard Tyus Battle takes pride in Syracuse footballs success.

Episode 111- Syracuse Football: Camping World Bowl Postgame!

Lessons learned from loss to Syracuse (; Hertzell)

What did we learn from West Virginia’s latest bowl loss to Syracuse?

We learned just how good Will Grier is and how he spoiled us all over the “passed” — and I use that term with purpose — two years.

He was a big-time talent, a big-time person and a big-time loss.

And we learned you can’t expect Jack Allison to be Will Grier.

That’s not a knock on Allison.

Seldom do you replace Roberto Clemente with Roberto Clemente.

WVU has been on a long run of good to great quarterbacks for the past two decades with Marc Bulger, Rasheed Marshall, Pat White, Geno Smith, Clint Trickett, Skyler Howard and Grier.

They not only passed the football, but they passed the torch.

And now Dana Holgorsen will mull over what he saw in Friday night’s loss.

It is far too simple to lay it all at Allison’s doorstep because he wasn’t Grier. Not with that his first start. Not without Yondy Cajuste protecting him at left tackle, something he paid a price for in black and blue marks.

Sources Indicate Major Applewhite Has Been Fired; DanaWatch Officially Begins (; WVUNite)

According to sources at the mothership, the University of Houston has fired head coach Major Applewhite.

Steven Godfrey


Sources to @SBNation: Major Applewhite has been officially let go at Houston. Our story on the ongoing transition at U of H: Houston firing Applewhite, and Holgorsen is top candidate
1:00 PM - Dec 30, 2018
Houston set to fire Applewhite, and Holgorsen is top candidate
Major Applewhite didn’t meet the school’s stated standard. On the horizon could be a former Lone Star State assistant coach.
As previously reported, the Houston Cougars are very interested in West Virginia Mountaineers head coach Dana Holgorsen. Dana has strong ties to Houston, previously serving as their offensive coordinator in 2008 and 2009. Holgorsen also has maintained a strong relationship with Houston superbooster who is willing to put down upwards of 20 million for the right head coach and staff. Houston is lobbying for a move to Power 5 status and looks to be serious about their chances.This story is developing and we will keep you updated with verifiable sources and information as it comes available. Currently Houston is "allegedly" waiting for New Years Day when Dana's buyout will drop from 2.5 million to 1 million.


WVU's offense sputtered in Camping World Bowl loss (; Bragg)

For the West Virginia University football team, the offense led the Mountaineers to great heights in 2018.

It was the few occasions when the offense wasn't clicking — that terrible night at Iowa State and the second half at Oklahoma State come to mind — that cost WVU dearly, however, and Friday's 34-18 loss to Syracuse in the Camping World Bowl was no different.

The Mountaineers were notably missing quarterback Will Grier, offensive tackle Yodny Cajuste and receiver Gary Jennings. To make matters worse for WVU in the personnel department, receiver Marcus Simms also did not play and was on the sideline in street clothes Friday.

"We're obviously a different club (without those players) and I could give you a bunch of different excuses, but I'm not interested in saying any of them," WVU coach Dana Holgorsen said after Friday's loss. "I think what happened throughout the course of this last month will help us become a better club."

Simms left the Mountaineers' final regular-season game against Oklahoma because of a concussion. Holgorsen said Simms had not done anything since that game last month in Morgantown.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Dejection over another bowl loss continues to break at dawn (; Hertzell)

Morning is supposed to be a new beginning.

In the spring you wake up to the chirping of birds outside a window that is bathing you in the sunshine. You brush away any bad taste of yesterday with your toothbrush, then kick into gear to face what is ahead of you with a cup of coffee.

It wasn't that way Saturday morning in Morgantown.

Not after another bowl loss.

Friday night lingered, as it always does when your team loses 34-18, when the loss is your team’s third straight defeat in a season that promised you the world. You couldn't spit yesterday away with the used toothpaste and the coffee had a bitter taste, the air was chilled and it was dank and damp and just eight days into winter.

Some awoke wondering about their futures.

Certainly, Dana Holgorsen arose and did some self-evaluation, wondering what went wrong during the game and what he might have done differently to stop it. We're not talking about coaching a bowl game that the Mountaineers couldn’t have won, considering that offensive they were going against a six-shooter with a derringer.

Sapakoff: Key to Clemson beating Alabama? Protect Trevor Lawrence on passes and runs; Sapakoff)

Trevor Lawrence wears No. 16 as a tribute to Peyton Manning, the quarterback he liked as a kid. The heralded number also fits nicely into a big game in the San Francisco Bay Area, where Joe Montana made the 49ers supremely relevant before Manning enrolled at Tennessee.

But it’s the oft-repeated words of another Northern California NFL icon that beg Clemson heed going into a College Football Playoff national championship game matchup with Alabama on Jan. 7 in Santa Clara.

“We say, and we believe,” the late Oakland Raiders owner (and former Citadel assistant coach) Al Davis said. “The other team’s quarterback must go down. And he must go down hard.”

NC State’s Finley looks back at his time with the Wolfpack (; video)

Before his final game with the Wolfpack in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl, quarterback Ryan Finley talks about his time with NC State during a press conference at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Fla, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018.

McFarling: Virginia Tech looking to avoid costly mistakes on football field (; McFarling)

Positive consistency. All season long, Virginia Tech has been yearning for some semblance of that.

The Hokies still seek it. You could sense it in Bud Foster’s quotes from D.C. last week, when he lamented Tech’s “aggravating” mistakes during the team’s first on-site practice for Monday’s Military Bowl.

“It was Day 1 stuff,” Foster told reporters. “Here we are week whatever, 20 or so of the season, we shouldn’t be doing those things.”

You could even sense earlier this month in Tech’s regular-season finale, which was one of the most complete games the Hokies played all year. With Tech leading Marshall comfortably in the third quarter, coach Justin Fuente pulled the offense aside after a sloppy series and lit into the group.

“I was [ticked] off,” Fuente admitted later. “We should have put the game away several times. We drop a ball wide open just short of the end zone. We have a procedural penalty. We move the ball and move the ball and can’t maintain our discipline level.

“We got a second, third, fourth, fifth life right there. Can we please take advantage?”

A ‘completely different’ NC State program aims for a piece of history (; Giglio)

Garrett Bradbury can see the forest from the trees when it comes to the progress of N.C. State’s football program.

The All-America center also knows the view could have been a little bit better.

When Bradbury, and the nine other fifth-year seniors who are still on the team were recruited by coach Dave Doeren, the Wolfpack was coming off of a 3-9 season, including an 0-8 mark in the ACC.

“The program is completely different now,” Bradbury said.

N.C. State flipped 3-9 in 2013 into 9-3 this season and closes it out with No. 21 Texas A&M (8-4) in the Gator Bowl on Monday night (7:30 p.m., ESPN) in Jacksonville, Fla.

N.C. State will be missing two of its best players (receiver Kelvin Harmon and linebacker Germaine Pratt) and two of its assistant offensive coaches (Eli Drinkwitz and Dwayne Ledford) but there’s still a pretty good chunk of history at stake.

How every conference has fared in this year’s college football bowl games | (

ACC leads bowl challenge again...

Atlantic Coast Conference

Record: 5-2
Wins: Wake Forest, Duke, Syracuse, Virginia, Clemson
Losses: Georgia Tech, Miami
Upcoming games:

  • Virginia Tech vs. Cincinnati (Dec. 31, 12 p.m., ESPN)
  • Pittsburgh vs. Stanford (Dec. 31, 2 p.m., CBS)
  • North Carolina State vs. Texas A&M (Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m., ESPN)
NOTE: Boston College's bowl game against Boise State has been canceled.

After blowout loss to Clemson, Notre Dame AD, ACC Commissioner defend Irish in Playoff (; Staff)

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Notre Dame got embarrassed on the national stage.

The Irish were throttled by Clemson 30-3 in Saturday’s Cotton Bowl College Football Playoff semifinal matchup. The Irish didn’t look like they belonged on the same field as the Tigers.

Remember, the selection committee has a big human element to it, and humans can’t help but be persuaded by what they see. And what they’ve seen is now two Notre Dame teams (2018 and 2012) get embarrassed on the biggest stage. However, Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick said he doesn’t think the loss will hurt the Irish’s future Playoff chances.

“No,” Swabrick told ESPN. “No, I don’t think it will.”

The Irish were the butt of the joke on social media. Even Georgia players were calling out the Playoff selection committee.

ACC Commissioner John Swofford went to bat for the Irish, saying they might have just had a bad day.

“I think you look at it from the perspective of, Were the right things considered at the time?” Swofford told ESPN. “You make that selection based on the information they have at hand when they make it — not after the semifinal games. So a lot of things can happen in a game, and if a team doesn’t show well, it doesn’t necessarily mean they didn’t deserve to be here. They might’ve just had a bad day.”

A bad day indeed. That was gross.

Texas A&M tries to end bowl losing streak against NC State :: (AP; Long)

Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher has dozens of players on his roster without a bowl victory.

Most of them, actually.

Fisher has a chance in his first season with the Aggies to show many of them what it's like to end the year celebrating on the field with a trophy. No. 21 Texas A&M (8-4) will try to end a three-game bowl losing streak when it plays North Carolina State (9-3) in the Gator Bowl on Monday night.

"I want one," senior defensive lineman Landis Durham said. "I've been saying since before we came here, I feel like everybody deserves to experience a bowl win in their college football career. I'm trying to get mine."

The Aggies likely will rely heavily on running back Trayveon Williams, who has been on a tear during the team's three-game winning streak. A junior expected to leave school early and enter the NFL draft, Williams had 593 yards rushing and five touchdowns in wins against Mississippi, UAB and LSU.

Williams leads the Southeastern Conference with 1,524 yards on the ground in 2018, leaving him 169 yards shy of Darren Lewis' school record set in 1988.

ACC Football Rx: BREAKING: Verizon Fios signs up for ACC Network (RX; HM)

Syracuse presence helps ensure ACC Network is successful...

From Bloomberg: Verizon, Disney Avert Bowl-Day Blackout With Contract Accord
By Christopher Palmeri and Scott Moritz

Millions of TV customers from Boston to Washington were spared the loss of channels such as ESPN - and popular college football games - after Verizon Communications Inc. and Walt Disney Co. struck a distribution agreement on the eve of the new year. The companies reached a broad-based, multiyear agreement, with details to be released in coming days, Verizon spokeswoman Adria Tomaszewski said Sunday.

The agreement, if finalized, shows that pay-TV operators are still willing to pay for pricey sports channels even in an age of video streaming and declining viewership. Disney was able to win price increases for its programming and the pickup of a new channel, the ACC Network, according to a person familiar with the talks who asked not to be identified.


Source: S&P Global’s Kagan:
Verizon's FiOS TV serves millions of customers on the East Coast
Subscribers, in millions
New York 1.6M ================
Washington 0.8M========
Philadelphia 0.7M=======
Boston 0.3M ===

The negotiations were seen as a litmus test of the business model that’s fueled Disney’s profit for years: charging ever-higher fees for ESPN even though many consumers don’t watch sports, and using the network’s popularity to force pay-TV providers to carry other programming.

This means we know for sure that Altice and Fios will be carrying the ACC Network - that pretty well covers the Northeast. We also believe that Hulu TV and the other streaming TV services will be carrying the ACCN as well - giving cable customers everywhere an alternative. No word yet on Charter Spectrum or Comcast.

Side point, from the above article:
The number of pay-TV subscribers who get ESPN fell 2.3 percent to 86 million last year. Less-popular Disney-owned channels, such as the SEC Network and ESPN News, experienced even greater declines.

My take: It's probably not a big deal, but we should all keep in mind that even if the ACC Network doesn't do quite as well as originally expected, neither is the SEC Network (or BTN, for that matter).

ACC Football Rx: 2018-19 Gator Bowl Preview (RX; HM)

The Matchup
This is the first-ever football meeting between NC State and Texas A&M. The Aggies are 13-18 vs. the current membership of the ACC while the Wolfpack are 38-57-6 against the SEC (the bulk of which is a 26-28-4 mark vs. South Carolina).
Line: Texas A&M -3

Both of these teams have struggled to shut down opponents’ passing attacks in 2018. NC State is ranked No. 120 nationally vs. the pass (No. 13 in the ACC) and Texas A&M comes in at No. 109 (No. 14, or dead last in the SEC). Though the Aggies’ passing offense is good (No. 33 nationally and No. 5 in the SEC) it isn’t elite. The Wolfpack’s is. NC State is ranked No. 6 in the FBS in passing yards per game, just behind West Virginia at No. 3, Texas Tech at No. 4 and Ole Miss at No. 5. This puts the pressure squarely on A&M’s secondary. The good news for the Aggies is that Kelvin Harmon – NC State’s leading receiver – has decided to opt out of the bowl game to prepare for the NFL Draft.

ACC Football Rx: 2018 Sun Bowl Preview (RX; HM)

The Matchup
A rematch of the 2014 Military Bowl, the 2008/09 Orange Bowl and the 1946/47 Sun Bowl, Cincinnati and Virginia Tech have met 11 times previously. The Hokies hold a 6-5 advantage and have won three of the last four.
Line: Cincinnati -7.5

The big mismatch in this one is Cincinnati’s No. 16 nationally ranked rushing attack taking on Virginia Tech’s No. 105 ranked rush defense. After holding its first five opponents to an average of 100 yards rushing per game, the Hokies coughed up, on average, 282 to its last seven foes. Keep in mind that the Bearcats have quietly put together one of the best defenses in the FBS this season – ranked No. 7 in scoring, No. 8 vs. the run and No. 26 vs. the pass.

Players to Watch
Cincinnati: sophomore running back Michael Warren II (#3) (No. 5 in the FBS in rushing touchdowns), senior defensive tackle Cortez Broughton (#96) (No. 22 in the FBS in tackles for a loss).
Virginia Tech: junior quarterback Ryan Willis (#5) (No. 3 in the ACC in passing yards per game).; HM)

The Matchup
A rematch of the 2014 Military Bowl, the 2008/09 Orange Bowl and the 1946/47 Sun Bowl, Cincinnati and Virginia Tech have met 11 times previously. The Hokies hold a 6-5 advantage and have won three of the last four.
Line: Cincinnati -7.5

The big mismatch in this one is Cincinnati’s No. 16 nationally ranked rushing attack taking on Virginia Tech’s No. 105 ranked rush defense. After holding its first five opponents to an average of 100 yards rushing per game, the Hokies coughed up, on average, 282 to its last seven foes. Keep in mind that the Bearcats have quietly put together one of the best defenses in the FBS this season – ranked No. 7 in scoring, No. 8 vs. the run and No. 26 vs. the pass.

Players to Watch
Cincinnati: sophomore running back Michael Warren II (#3) (No. 5 in the FBS in rushing touchdowns), senior defensive tackle Cortez Broughton (#96) (No. 22 in the FBS in tackles for a loss).
Virginia Tech: junior quarterback Ryan Willis (#5) (No. 3 in the ACC in passing yards per game).




The Penny Pub has reopened in Armory Square (PS; Weaver)

The Penny Pub, at 321 W. Fayette St., reopened last weekend after a nearly three-month hiatus that involved some renovations and hiring new staff.

The Penny will still be open seven days a week, said general manager Katie Beckett. But this time, the bar will cater less toward late-night clubbing customers and more toward people who want to sit, chat and watch a game, she said.

“We want to be a place where you can have a conversation,” said Christopher Holmes, who owns the bar along with Doug Balle and Robb Bidwell.

The Penny closed in September. Since then, renovations were done, including newly treated floors, painting and some upgrades behind the bar, Holmes said. More televisions will be installed in coming days, he said.
He also hired Michael Macaluso to oversee the bar operations. Macaluso recently moved to Syracuse from Brooklyn, where he worked at a small pub and a restaurant in Park Slope. He’s hired new staff, and he said he hopes to add more whiskeys and craft cocktails to the Penny’s traditional drink lineup.

The Penny first opened in 2003, and since then has had a couple of names. This time, the team decided to stick with the Penny. “That’s what everyone calls it,” Beckett said.

ACC needs ONE more win to guarantee a winning bowl record.
If the ACC sweeps today I think they win the "bowl challenge".
(NC State would have to hang another loss on the SEC anyway)
And so it begins...

Best of luck Colin!

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