"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 in a release. "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."
Previously, Babers had been linked to head coaching vacancies at UCF, Maryland and Missouri. In fact, one report indicated he was expected to take the job at UCF, but he released a statement saying he would coach his team through the MAC Championship game.
"We wanted a leader who had a proven track record and a strong commitment to student welfare," said Mark Coyle, Syracuse's director of athletics. "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."In his career, Babers is 37-16 as a head coach including 18-9 at Bowling Green.
"He previously turned around an Eastern Illinois team that went 2-9 the year before his arrival. In the two years with Babers at the helm, the Panthers went 19-7, including a 12-2 campaign before he left for the Falcons."
Babers has a reputation as an offensive mind. He will not be tasked with mentoring a young, but talented, Orange offense. In 2015, Babers’ Bowling Green squad finished third nationally in passing yards (387.8 per game), 58th in rushing yards (178.2), third in total offense (566.0) and fourth in scoring offense (44.2 points per game).
Those are all big improvements for the Falcons in just Babers second year there. Gaudy numbers to say the least.
Babers is the third head coach for Syracuse since 2009.
"Syracuse University has hired the best person for this job," said Chancellor Kent Syverud. "Dino's success in previous head coaching roles is a testament to his character, his ability to motivate young student-athletes, and his can-do attitude. Under Dino's leadership, we are going to build a competitive program in the ACC and continue to foster an environment where success in the classroom is equally as important as success on the field.
"On behalf of the Syracuse University community, I wish to extend a warm welcome to Dino, his wife Susan and their family."
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