Syracuse coach Dino Babers was fired after 8 years and only 2 winning seasons

Syracuse fired coach Dino Babers on Sunday after eight years with the Orange that included just two bowl appearances.

Babers was 41-55 overall and 20-45 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, including a breakout season in 2018 when the Orange went 10-3 and finished 15th in the AP Top 25. He has a 7-6 record in 2022, his other winning season.

The 62-year-old Babers has just one season left on his contract, but the private school has not announced the terms of the deal.

“I appreciate everything Dino, his wife Susan, and their family have done over the past eight years for Syracuse athletics, Syracuse University, and most importantly, our student-athletes,” athletic director John Wildhack said in a statement. “Thanks to Dino’s leadership, our student-athletes have performed at the highest levels in the classroom, dedicated countless hours to supporting our communities and have continued to achieve great success, both professionally and personally.”

The Orange fell to 5-6 on Saturday when Lost 31-22 at Georgia Tech He now needs a win next week at home against Wake Forest to make it six wins and qualify for the tournament.

Coach Nunzio Campanelli will act as interim coach for the final.

Syracuse hired Babers away from Bowling Green in 2015 after he went 18-9 and won the Mid-American Conference championship.

Babers brought with him an open, fast-paced offense, but during his time at Syracuse he had to adjust his approach.

Unlike 2018, nothing has really worked for the program and it has become difficult to find a formula for success. The task did not become easier as transfer rules were eased and players were able to earn money from their name, image and likeness.

Babers earlier this season lamented how Syracuse’s depth had been depleted due to players entering the transfer portal.

Syracuse has had just three winning seasons since joining the ACC in 2013 and five since its previous 10-win season in 2001 while in the Big East.


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