WSYR-TV/SYRACUSE ATHLETICS - Syracuse Head Coach Dino Babers has signed a long-term contract extension with Syracuse University.
The university did not specify the length of the contract, other than saying it will keep "Coach Babers at the helm of Syracuse University football well into the future."
“A little over three years ago, I arrived at Syracuse University inspired by the great opportunity to coach at an institution with such a rich football legacy, hungry student-athletes, good facilities and a storied tradition of academic distinction,” Babers said in a statement. “It was a true honor to have accepted the head coach position then and I consider it a privilege today to be able to extend my time coaching at Syracuse University. I am grateful to have the support, faith and trust of University leaders, the Orange community, our student-athletes and our fans. I am excited about what the future holds for Syracuse Football and look forward to our continued improvement and growth.”
Under Babers’ leadership, Syracuse Football has experienced great success—both on and off the field. In fact, many are calling the 2018 season a breakthrough year for Babers and his team.
The Orange finished the regular season 9-3, undefeated in the Dome, and is headed to the Camping World Bowl, where it will take on No. 15 West Virginia University.
At one point, the Orange ranked as high as No. 12 in both the Associated Press Top 25 and Amway Coaches’ Poll. The team, which appeared in all six releases of the College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings, is seeking just the seventh 10-win season in school history.
Additionally, the team racked up several individual honors, including Babers being named the ACC’s co-coach of the year by the Associated Press and redshirt freshman Andre Szmyt becoming the first Syracuse kicker to win the Lou Groza Award, the highest honor for placekickers.
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