Syracuse will hire Bowling Green’s Dino Babers as its next head coach, per a tweet from ESPN’s SportsCenter.
This isn’t a surprise, as Babers has been linked to the Syracuse job for most of the week. He just led the Falcons to a MAC Championship against Northern Illinois last night, so that likely sealed the deal for him.
Syracuse AD Mark Coyle addressed the hiring in a statement:
“We wanted a leader who had a proven track record and a strong commitment to student welfare. Dino’s background as a former student-athlete combined with his head coaching experience, and dynamic offensive mind make him a great fit for our program. We are committed to building a winning Syracuse Football program and today reinforces that commitment.”
Babers himself also offered a brief statement:
“It is a true honor to have been selected to lead Syracuse University football, a program steeped in rich tradition, excellence, and success, both on and off the field,” said Babers. “There were many coaching opportunities out there but none more attractive or exciting than this one. I’ve always admired Syracuse Football’s scrappy demeanor, grit, and winning mentality, but what attracted me to this position even more is the University’s intense focus on preparing its student-athletes for a lifetime of success. This is an incredible opportunity and one I am thrilled to have been offered.”
Babers only has four years’ head coaching experience, with two years apiece at Bowling Green and Eastern Illinois, but he has gone 37-16 and won at each spot. Syracuse is just another step up and at age 54, Babers’ three decades in coaching with schools like Arizona, Texas A&M and others will be welcome in upstate New York. He is a fine offensive mind and though defense is what’s needed at Syracuse, his approach could wind up being ideal for the ACC.
Babers’ introductory press conference will be on Monday, so stay tuned to Campus Sports for more!
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