Despite rumors percolating around Dino Babers and potentially leaving Central New York. He is here to stay, not just for this season but likely beyond.
It’s been a hot topic of conversation ever since Dino Babers decided to take the Syracuse football job. Throughout this tumultuous season for the Orange, Babers was asked on a consistent basis about his desire to stay in Central New York.
From the opening at his former University in Baylor to Babers being asked about his connection to the Houston job. Babers continued to deny all reports and said that he was focused on this job that he has.
ESPN College Football Insider, Brett McMurphy, is the go-to source for all rumors, truths, and falsities for openings around the country. The last tweet that McMurphy sent out regarding Babers was more than eight months ago.
On every opening around the country McMurphy has revealed the top five/six candidates for each job and not once has Babers name been mentioned. Here’s my theory that we discussed on ESPN Radio in Syracuse earlier this week.
Babers has told his agents that he is as committed to Syracuse as we thought he was. And that he doesn’t want his name floated around with any jobs.
If this wasn’t true then why wouldn’t have Babers name have been brought up? He’s proven that
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regardless of location he can put up points. He’s witty, colorful, and intelligent in his responses. The media loves him because he’s so amicable and he’s a walking headline with his personality.
Many considered SU a stepping stone for Babers until he can acquire that next job. Call it bias, but Babers has sold me on the fact that he wants to be here. I’m buying in and after these past couple months of rumors and speculation, here Babers remains at the helm.
I’m excited for the future of this program and so should you. #OrangeIsTheNewFast
Why should you be so optimistic? Well besides the fact that Babers has expunged his own name from any other big openings. The fact that he’ll finally reach his calling point, “between weeks 4-6 you’ll see the players start to get it.”
Babers will finally have players he recruited for his offense and the players he already has on the roster will have a full year under their belts. Specifically the younger players on the roster who got a lot of playing time this season due to a myriad of injuries. It was a blessing in disguise and I believe we’ll see the fruits of that labor during the course of year two of Dino Babers.
Babers has been successful regardless of where he has been. Why can’t he do it here? A lot of that could depend on the health of Eric Dungey whose status is still very much in the air. Which could force Babers to go to the bullpen and rely upon true freshman Tommy DeVito. We’ll have to see how those storylines play out through the course of this upcoming offseason.