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Medically DQd by Syracuse, Steven Clark wants release to transfer

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Steven Clark‘s time at Syracuse may be over, but he’s hoping the same can’t be said of the remainder of his collegiate career.

While the results were disputed by his family, Clark (pictured, No. 72) was medically disqualified by ‘Cuse earlier this month because of a genetic disorder that makes him susceptible to blood cots. On his personal Twitter account Thursday, the defensive lineman stated that he has “requested… permission to contact other schools in order to see if I can go anywhere else to play.”

Another school would need to clear him medically in order for him to sign and continue playing.

The defensive lineman ended his Orange career having played in 21 games, starting nine of those contests. He was credited with 37 tackles, three tackles for loss and a pair of fumble recoveries.

Coming to SU as a three-star 2015 recruit out of Alabama, Clark held offers from, among others, Florida, Memphis and Vanderbilt.

Middle Tennessee fills linebackers coach hole with Notre Dame analyst

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Middle Tennessee filled a late-in-the-year hole on its staff on Thursday.

The Blue Raiders have announced the hiring of Siriki Diabate as their new linebackers coach, filling a hole created when David Bibee resigned late last month.

“This is a tremendous opportunity with a program that has done a lot of great stuff under Coach (Rick) Stockstill,” Diabate said in a statement. “I can’t wait to get there and join the staff, meet the players and begin preparing for the season.”

Diabate spent the past two seasons coaching safeties at Colgate, and in March joined the Notre Dame staff as a defensive analyst.

“I am excited to have Siriki join our staff,” Stockstill said. “He will be a great example and leader of our linebackers. I love his energy, enthusiasm and passion he possesses for the game of football. He played for Coach (Scott) Shafer, so he comes in with a great understanding of our defense which was critical considering how close we are to our report date.”

Diabate’s hiring was no doubt strongly influenced by new Blue Raiders defensive coordinator Scott Shafer. Diabate played at Syracuse and spent two seasons as a defensive graduate assistant under then-Orange head coach Shafer.

“Coach Shafer is someone who has been very influential in my career, and to have a chance to keep learning under him is like a dream come true,” Diabate said. “I can’t wait to team up with him and work extremely hard to put the best possible product on the field this fall.”

Genetic disorder medically disqualifies Syracuse’s Steven Clark

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As had previously been rumored, a health issue unrelated to any type of football injury has cost one member of the Syracuse squad the remainder of his career.

Speaking to the Syracuse Post-Standard, the father of Steven Clark (pictured, No. 72) confirmed that his son has been medically disqualified from playing again for the Orange because of what was described as a genetic disorder.  Clark was diagnosed with Factor V Leiden in one of two genes, which makes him susceptible to blood clots.

While one hematologist said Clark would need to be placed on blood thinners for the remainder of his life, making a career in football untenable, two other doctors, another hematologist as well as a vascular surgeon, indicated that shouldn’t be the case.

The defensive tackle’s dad, though, seemed to place the onus on SU’s medical staff for some of what’s transpired of late.  From the Post-Standard:

After Steven Clark suffered a sprained MCL and slight meniscus tear during practice on Tuesday, Nov. 8, an SU Athletics medical staffer fitted him for a knee brace that the family believes was too small.

Two days later, the tightness of the brace was causing Clark severe pain. He couldn’t walk. He went to see then-head football athletic trainer Denny Kellington before being sent to the emergency room. A Doppler ultrasound test showed four clots around where the brace had been — one in his groin, one in his thigh, one behind his knee and one in his calf.

“Steven told me they tightened the hell out of (the brace),” Steve Clark said. “Three days later, his leg’s a sausage.

Clark will end his Orange career having played in 21 games, starting nine of those contests.  He was credited with 37 tackles, three tackles for loss and a pair of fumble recoveries.

Syracuse, Western Michigan announce future home-and-home

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Syracuse and Western Michigan have never before faced each other in football.  In a couple of seasons, that will change.

Both football programs Monday announced that they have reached an agreement on a future home-and-home series.  The Broncos will play host to the Orange at Waldo Stadium Sept. 1, 2018, with WMU traveling to the Carrier Dome on Sept. 21 of the following season.

Former ‘Cuse offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tim Lester will be entering his first season as the head coach at WMU.  Two of Lester’s coaches, defensive coordinator Tim Daoust and co-offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Jake Moreland, are former SU assistants as well.

“We have a great deal of respect for Western Michigan and the Mid-American Conference,” said Syracuse athletic director John Wildhack in a statement. “Western Michigan has a long history of success. We look forward to a competitive series.”

‘Cuse has played eight games against a member of the MAC the last decade, the last of which came in 2015 against Central Michigan. In its history, WMU has played just nine games total against teams who were a part of the ACC at the time, the last of which came against Virginia Tech in 2014.

ACC distributed $23.8 million to members in 2015-16 as revenue declines

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Everybody in college athletics is making money — outside of the players — but the ACC was one entity that didn’t quite make as much as they did the year prior.

The reason for a slight decline in total revenue in the ACC? It’s members can thank not having the hefty buyout Maryland paid to leave the league and join the Big Ten the year prior.

Ace Daily Press reporter David Teel recently obtained the conference’s tax returns for the 2015-16 fiscal year and they show a still-robust $373.4 million in total revenue. That resulted in a nice $23.8 million distribution to the 14 member schools and a payment of just over $4 million to Notre Dame as part of the Irish’s agreement to house their non-football sports in the ACC.

The ACC was the big winner among the Power Five conference in the prior tax return period, seeing their revenue jump by a whopping $100 million in 2014-15 to $403.1 million. Taking out the $30 million buyout that the Terps paid in order to leave and revenue was essentially flat for the ACC year-over-year.

Despite that, the balance sheet is still a very healthy one and slots the ACC in front of the Big 12’s $313 million in total revenue among the Power Five conferences. That only means a fourth place finish though as the Pac-12 ($488 million), Big Ten ($483.4 million) and SEC ($639 million) all came out significantly ahead.

USA Today reports that ACC commissioner John Swofford didn’t feel the pinch of the decline however, as his salary was just a tad under $3 million in the same reporting period and represented an increase of nearly $300,000 from the year prior. Something says everybody in the league can expect future increases though with Clemson’s back-to-back national title game appearances as well as the upcoming ACC Network launch factoring into the equation in coming years.