The Syracuse football program is mourning one of its legends of lore. Coach Dick MacPherson passed away at 86-years old early in the month of August. In an effort to honor his memory, the team has decided to wear a blue patch on their jersey with the words “Mac” on them.
The patches will be sewn onto the jersey, and painted on the field of the Carrier Dome.
News was first reported by Syracuse.com
MacPherson is credited with turning the Syracuse program around in the 80’s after it had fallen from grace. He built the program slowly through the 80’s culminating in their first back-to-back double-digit win seasons in school history.
They went undefeated in 1987, though they finished the season with a 16-16 tie against Auburn in the Sugar Bowl that year. MacPherson was named Coach of the Year that season.
He’d coach the Orange to winning season though 1990 before taking a job as head coach for the NFL’s New England Patriots. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2009.
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