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ACC Network availability could create conflict with New York state, Spectrum

At least one member of Congress is not pleased.

NCAA Football: ACC Media Days Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

While everyone was pretty excited to hear that Spectrum would carry the ACC Network, it seems there are some caveats there for legacy Time Warner Cable subscribers. It was recently revealed that those customers would be forced to switch to Spectrum to get the new channel — something that irked U.S. Congressman Anthony Brindisi (D-Utica, N.Y.).

There’s a chance that blocking Time Warner customers from receiving the network violates a consumer fraud settlement that originated in 2016, and was resolved late last year. That’s yet to be determined for sure, and it is the main point of contention from Brandisi — and the point Spectrum refutes here. When expressing his frustration with the arrangement, Brandisi directly addresses Syracuse Orange fandom in Central New York and how that’s affected by a lack of carriage without switching.

This won’t affect whether or not SU fans can watch this weekend’s first football game vs. Liberty. But it will affect the ability to view the ACC Network’s studio shows and non-revenue sports this fall, plus numerous games during basketball season. So the sooner this is resolved, the better.

That, plus the rest of your Syracuse-related links below.

Brindisi: Spectrum’s ACC Network fee rips off public, may break deal with NY (

Brindisi said in an interview that it’s clear to him the company is trying to take advantage of consumers who want to watch Syracuse University and ACC sports events. “All Central New Yorkers want to do is see Orange, however, as usual the only color Spectrum sees is green,” Brindisi said. “It’s another example of Spectrum fleecing the customers of Upstate New York and trying to squeeze every penny out of them.”

Candid Coaches: Which college basketball conference, top to bottom, has the best stable of coaches? (CBS Sports)

“The ACC has three Hall of Fame coaches [Jim Boeheim, Mike Krzyzewski, Roy Williams], the winningest coach of all-time [Krzyzewski], maybe the best coach in the game right now [Tony Bennett] and a bunch of other really good guys. Not sure how the answer could be any other conference.”

Syracuse QB Tommy DeVito primed for breakout season (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

In order to get to where his coach is referring to, DeVito knew had to step his game up mentally and he saw positive results during fall camp. ”(I’ve grown a lot), especially with watching film with the receivers and running backs. When guys are all on the same page that’s when you become special,” DeVito said.

2019 ACC Power Rankings: It’s Clemson and everyone else once again (Yahoo Sports)

4. Syracuse (10-3, 6-2): The Orange took massive advantage of a down year for perennial Atlantic contender Florida State and reeled off a 10-win season in 2018 while giving Clemson quite the scare. Tommy DeVito takes over at QB for Eric Dungey and is joined by RB Moe Neal, who led the team in rushing in 2018. WRs Sean Riley, Taj Harris and NyKeim Johnson are also back. We know the offense will be good.

What did Liberty’s Hugh Freeze say about Dino Babers, Tommy DeVito and the Orange? (

“I’m impressed with their quarterback Tommy DeVito,” he said. “He didn’t play in a lot of games, but I think he is an extremely accurate passer and athletic enough to run when he needs to. I thought he was a very accurate passer. Notre Dame got after him good, but in the other games I thought he was really, really accurate, maybe more accurate than [Eric Dungey] last year as a passer. An accurate passer with his frame is something that you worry about.”

Syracuse offer has Baldwinsville point guard J.J. Starling excited (

Syracuse Field Hockey Begins 2019 Campaign Ranked No. 18 (

Flames football notes: NCAA could rule on Willis’ appeal this week, injury update, and in-state recruiting (The News & Advance)

Mike Locksley names Maryland’s staring quarterback: Josh Jackson (247Sports)

College football coaching carousel: Who could be on the move? (ESPN Insider)