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College Football: Can Syracuse Return to Power

December 8, 2015 Louisville, KY (Analyzed Sports)

Can Syracuse Return to Power  By: S.K Patrick

Many millennials don’t understand the football tradition that is Syracuse football. The football program has produced some of the greatest football players in the great sports history.  Arguably the greatest running back in Jim Brown wore blue and orange.  Hall of famers John Mackey, Art Monk, and Larry Csonka also attended Syracuse.

How did Syracuse become so bad at a sport they used to be great at? As recent as the 90’s they were a solid program with Marvin Harrison, Donovan Mcnabb and Dwight Freeny. After beating Boston College 20-17 Syracuse finished the season 4-8 missing yet another bowl game. Now Syracuse is cleaning house in hopes to regain some measure of respect and return to post season play. Scott Shafer will no longer be the head coach of the Syracuse Orange. Now the question is who will lead the team into a new era.

Dino Babers was introduced as the new football coach. In four years as a head coach at Eastern Illinois (2012-13) and Bowling Green (2014-15), the 54-year-old Babers has an overall 37-16.  Babers joined Bowling Green in 2013 and in 2014 led the team to a victory in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl in 2014, the program’s first bowl win since 2004; he won two MAC East Division titles; and had three victories against Power-5 conference teams. . At Baylor University under coach Art Briles, Babers helped execute Baylor’s dynamic, up-tempo, high-scoring spread offense and served as receiver coach the year Robert Griffin III won the Heisman Trophy.

Mark Coyle, Syracuse’s director of athletics said “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 reinforce that commitment.”

“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.”

A problem with New York football is the lack of talent. Football has taken a step back in landscape of New York Sports.  New York is the nation’s largest city and may be the sports capital of America. It’s a historic baseball town and one of the nation’s top basketball cities but it doesn’t have the same long tradition of amateur football. Even Los Angeles, which doesn’t have a professional football team at all, has two widely followed college football teams. The issue may be getting the athletes to run such a high tempo offense.

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