Dino Babers the new favorite for Syracuse opening

Ohio State defensive coordinator Chris Ash is out of the running for the head coaching job at Syracuse and the athletic department has shifted its focus to Bowling Green head coach Dino Babers. USA Today’s Dan Wolken broke the new development on Twitter.

Breaking: Chris Ash has pulled out of the Syracuse search, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Clears way for Dino Babers

— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) December 2, 2015

On Syracuse: Unless there’s a mystery candidate it was down to Ash and Babers. Ash has pulled out. But Babers has a game to play this wknd

— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) December 2, 2015

This is certainly quite the twist, as Babers is set to coach the Falcons in Friday Night’s MAC Championship Game against Northern Illinois. Still, he is theoretically the perfect candidate to take over the Orange even though he only has four years of head coaching experience: two years with Bowling Green and two with Eastern Illinois before that.

Babers has the experience necessary at age 54 and has an offensive background, which helps in the fast-moving ACC. Prior to his head coaching experience, he served as the offensive coordinator at schools like Arizona and Texas A&M.

Syracuse wouldn’t immediately improve under his watch and the competition in the ACC is a far cry from that in the MAC, but Babers is a great football mind and would at least help the Orange compete to a degree if he was hired at Syracuse.

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