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Syracuse gains, loses graduate transfers

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Let’s start with the bad news.

Delaware State graduate transfer Gabe Sherrod announced in March he would take his 64 tackles and 25 tackles for loss — second in the Football Championship Subdivision — to Syracuse for his senior season. Sherrod delayed his arrival late last month and on Saturday announced he would not join the Orange roster at all.

Now, the good.

Colorado defensive end DeJon Wilson revealed via Twitter Saturday night he will leave the Buffs to join the Orange this fall.

Wilson recorded 19 tackles in 22 career games for the Buffaloes but has not played since 2014 for reasons that remain unclear, according to the Syracuse Post-Standard.

On the surface, it appears losing FCS’s No. 2 play-maker behind the line of scrimmage while replacing him with a bit player from a struggling Colorado team would represent a net negative for Dino Babers‘s team, but the Orange will take any help they can get along their unproven defensive line.

Minnesota sends Gopher truck to pick up new AD Mark Coyle — by accident

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A Power 5 school taking another Power 5 school’s athletics director is a boss move. Showing up to his house in your branded 18-wheeler? That’s some Kenny Powers level stuff.

A pair of Syracuse media outlets showed up to now-former Syracuse AD Mark Coyle‘s house on moving day and spied Minnesota’s equipment truck there ready to move his belongings to Minneapolis.

Reached by the Syracuse Post-Standard, Minnesota said the Gophers’ truck showing up on moving day was a mistake:

“A University of Minnesota football equipment truck has occasionally been used to move new employees to Minnesota,” Minnesota communications director Paul Rovnak told the paper. “In this situation, a different truck should have been used by the transportation company who owns the vehicle. Mark Coyle and members of the Minnesota athletic department were not aware that this truck was being used.”

It appears the entire episode was a big misunderstanding. A big, funny misunderstanding.

ACC sees revenues spike nearly $100 million in 2014-15

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Here’s how wacko, bonkers, crazy college sports has gotten in the past half-decade, and more specifically the money taken in by the SEC and Big Ten: the ACC saw its revenue jump by nearly $100 million in 2014-15 — and they’re worried about falling behind.

Whereas a decade ago simply making $100 million as a conference would’ve been cause for a clicking of heels in Greensboro, the ACC’s jump from $302.3 million in 2013-14 to $403.1 million in 2014-15, according to tax documents obtained by USA Today, is met by concern of just how in the heck they’re going to match the SEC’s $527.4 million and the Big Ten’s $448.8 million without what those two leagues have — a TV network.

The ACC has seen revenues jump nearly $170 million in two years, and the 2014-15 jump was thanks in large part to a $30 million exit fee played by Maryland in leaving for the Big Ten.

Commissioner John Swofford saw his pay grow along with his conference’s, from $2.1 million and change to just under $2.7 million.

The ACC was the final Power 5 to release its financials for the 2014-15 fiscal year, and with all five out we now have a full picture of how the schools stack up on a per school basis (full shares only):

  1. SEC: $32.6 million*
  2. Big Ten: $32.4 million
  3. ACC: $25.8 million*
  4. Pac-12: $25.1 million
  5. Big 12: $23.4 million^

*  – Splitting difference between highest and lowest distributions, as listed by USA Today
^ – Does not include third-tier payments such as Longhorn Network

Denied admission by UNC, 2016 signee James Pierre moves on to Syracuse

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Deemed not good enough academically for North Carolina — insert the one-liners at your leisure — James Pierre has been deemed qualified for another ACC school instead.

Friday, Syracuse announced that Pierre has signed with the Orange and officially added to the football team’s roster. The move comes a little over two weeks after reports surfaced that the defensive back was denied admission to UNC.

Because he had not attended classes at UNC, Pierre is eligible to play in 2016. He’ll have the standard five years to use four seasons of eligibility.

“They talked to me about the real meaning of life and what comes with it,” Pierre told the Syracuse Post-Standard in a Twitter direct message, “and I just feel deeply inside I can be a better man in life and become successful.”

A three-star 2016 recruit, Pierre was rated as the No. 48 safety in the country. In addition to UNC, Pierre held scholarship offers from, among others, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Syracuse names Dan French interim AD

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Mark Coyle is gone for Minnesota, and now Syracuse must begin moving toward hiring its third athletics director in a little over a year.

The Orange took their first step Thursday in naming Dan French their interim athletics director.

French has no experience running an athletics department, but neither did other high-profile interim ADs Jim Hackett (Michigan) or Mike Perrin (Texas). A former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of New York, French has been Syracuse’s general counsel since 2014.

“I look forward to working with Dan French and Herm Frazier in the weeks ahead to continue building a winning athletics program centered around highly accomplished student-athletes,” SU chancellor Kent Syverud said in a statement, via

Syracuse used an interim AD to bridge the gap between Darryl Gross and Coyle, tapping Pete Sala for the role, who has since moved on to becoming Syracuse’s vice president and chief facilities officer. Sala will be the university’s point person for the Carrier Dome restoration project.

The Orange used search firm DHR International to hire Coyle, so one figures SU could pick up where it left off with its No. 2 choice from last time around. Ohio State executive associate AD Martin Jarmond was a top also-ran to Coyle in 2015, according to Sports Illustrated‘s Pete Thamel.

Along with appointing French, Herm Frazier was appointed to senior deputy athletics director.