5 quick facts about new Syracuse football head coach Dino Babers

first_imgBowling Green head coach Dino Babers will be the next head coach at Syracuse. He’s spent the last four seasons as the head man at Eastern Illinois (2012-13) and Bowling Green (2014-15). Here are five quick facts about the 54-year-old who will fill the vacancy.1. Success grooming quarterbacksIn 2013, Babers coached EIU quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to the Walter Payton Trophy, FCS’s equivalent of the Heisman. Garoppolo had 5,050 yards and 53 touchdowns in 2013 and 8,873 yards and 84 touchdowns in two seasons under Babers. He was taken in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots and currently serves as Tom Brady’s backup.Last season, Bowling Green quarterback Matt Johnson suffered a season-ending hip injury in the Falcons’ season-opener. In 2015, he led the country in regular-season passing yards. His 4,465 yards through the air are 182 more then Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ total. Johnson, a senior, also has a 43-to-8 touchdown-to-interception ratio.Next season, Syracuse is expected to return quarterback Eric Dungey, along with walk-on Zack Mahoney and sophomore Austin Wilson. The Orange is also bringing in Rex Culpepper and Lindsey Scott as Class of 2016 commits.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text2. Bringing Baylor to SyracuseBabers served as the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator for the Bears in 2008. From 2009-11, he was Baylor’s special teams coordinator and wide receivers coach for an offense led by current Washington Redskins signal-caller Robert Griffin III.The Bear’s high-powered offense put up 45.3 points per game in 2011 and Babers carried the style to EIU, where the Panthers put up 36.5 points per game and 48.2 points per game in his two seasons. Bowling Green put up 34.8 points per game last year without Johnson and 43.4 per game with him this year.The Orange posted 27.3 points per game this season, only 17.1 in 2014 and 22.7 in 2013. Babers’ offensive-minded approach can only help a team scrapping to emerge from the depths of the Atlantic Coast Conference.3. Past stopsHere’s a list of Babers’ 16 coaching jobs before getting the head job at Syracuse1984 – Hawaii (graduate assistant)1985 – Arizona State (GA)1987 – Eastern Illinois (running backs)1988-89 – UNLV (special teams/RBs)1990 – Northern Arizona (ST)1991-93 – Purdue (wide receivers)1994 – San Diego State (WRs)1995-97 – Arizona (WRs/RBs/quarterbacks)1998-2000 – Arizona (offensive coordinator/QBs)2001-02 – Texas A&M (OC/QBs)2003 – Pittsburgh (RBs)2004-07 – UCLA (asst. head coach/RBs/QBs)2008 – Baylor (WR/recruiting coordinator)2009-11 – Baylor (ST/WRs)2012-13 – Eastern Illinois (head coach)2014-15 Bowling Green (HC)4. What he said this weekEarlier this week, 247 Sports reported that Babers would be the next head coach at Central Florida. He refuted that on Monday, saying “I am not going anywhere, OK. I have no secret deals, no above deals, no verbal deals. I have no deals.” He expressed the sole focus of preparing for Friday’s Mid-American Conference title game against Northern Illinois. Syracuse target and ex-Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost eventually took the UCF job.After a USA TODAY report linked Babers to Syracuse on Thursday, he released the following statement: “I am focused on Bowling Green State University and our goal of winning a MAC championship.” It didn’t refute the rumors like his earlier statement about UCF did, but it didn’t confirm anything either.Now, he’s reportedly hired as SU’s next head football coach.5. Almost giving up“I always lived my life from a very young age to be a head football coach,” Babers told The Daily Orange in 2013. “It was something that I always worked and strived to be. But after I left UCLA, I kind of gave up on that.”Babers was involved in a life-threatening car crash while coaching at Baylor. It gave him a new outlook on life, one that made him not want to give up on football.Now, he’s the head coach at a Power 5 school. Comments Related Stories Dino Babers named Syracuse football’s next head coachPoll: Is Dino Babers the right football coach for Syracuse?Syracuse football recruits react to Dino Babers hiringStorify: Social media reacts to Dino Babers being hired as Syracuse’s next football coachSyracuse makes hiring of Dino Babers official in press release Published on December 5, 2015 at 11:50 am Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidmancenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Pete Carroll returns to the Coliseum

first_imgPhoto courtesy Bobak Ha’EriJust like old times · USC fans have many fond memories of the Pete Carroll era, when the Trojans won two national championships. Here, Carroll participates in the “Trojan Walk” before a game in during the 2008 season.Despite a lackluster, defensively oriented game, Sunday afternoon was an electric return for the Los Angeles Rams in their first game in L.A. since 1994. With a rowdy crowd, an energetic Red Hot Chili Peppers pre-game concert and a much-needed home victory for the Rams, lost in the shuffle was a major storyline: Former USC head coach Pete Carroll’s first appearance at the Coliseum since leaving the school in 2009.The coach wasn’t sure how he would be received when asked before the game.“No idea,” Carroll said. “I don’t think there’s going to be an actual reception, I think we’re just going to start the game.”It turns out he was largely correct. Most of the crowd’s attention seemed to be directed at the pure excitement of seeing their Rams back in Los Angeles or urging for rookie quarterback Jared Goff to replace starter Case Keenum. Goff did not play.Carroll’s return to the Coliseum was an appealing narrative largely because of his controversial exit from USC. After amassing 83 wins, four Rose Bowl victories and two national championships during his nine seasons with the Trojans, he left abruptly following the 2009 Emerald Bowl to fill the Seattle Seahawks’ head coaching vacancy.Six months later, the USC athletic department was hit with crippling sanctions stemming from improper benefits received by running back Reggie Bush and basketball player O.J. Mayo. The football program faced a two-season bowl ban and the reduction of 30 scholarships. Some felt that Carroll knew about the severe penalties and that his departure was a calculated measure to avoid any punishment from the NCAA.“I regret that anybody had to go through all of that, and I’m as remorseful as I can be about that,” Carroll said of the circumstances surrounding his exit. “I think it was really off-base and out of line the way they handled it, and I felt like it was a miserable thing to do to a great university. I’ve always felt really kind of upset about that. I wish I could have done something once we realized that it was a problem, but I was already gone by the time all of that stuff came out, and I felt bad about that.”The Trojans have not been able to replicate Carroll’s successes following his departure. Since 2010, the football program has had three head coaches, three athletic directors and a series of mediocre seasons. USC has failed to maintain national prominence since the NCAA investigations.Carroll, on the other hand, continued his success, leading Seattle to five postseason appearances in six years and a Super Bowl championship in 2013.However, Carroll experienced much less success in his Coliseum return than he was accustomed to when leading the Trojans. The Seahawks were stifled by the Ram’s defensive front, mustering just 67 rushing yards in a miserable 9-3 loss. After the two-minute warning in the fourth quarter, Seattle began to drive into Rams territory, but a potential game winning drive was spoiled when Alec Ogletree forced a Christine Michael fumble at the 32-yard line. The Seahawks have now lost four out of five of their last games to the Rams. Both the Rams and Seahawks have experienced little offensive success so far in their respective 2016 campaigns.Former USC All-American and current Rams safety T.J. McDonald also made his return to the Coliseum. He recorded one tackle during his defense’s dominant performance.Next up for Carroll and the Seahawks is a divisional matchup against the 49ers, who defeated the Rams in a 28-0 opening weekend clobbering. This Sunday, the Rams will aim to score their first touchdown since relocating in an away game at Tampa Bay.last_img read more

FIFA World Cup Coca Cola Trophy Tour takes off, in Kampala March 5

first_img“The Trophy Tour will give fans everywhere a taste of the excitement that’s to come, not to mention a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the Trophy for themselves.” World Cup legend Pirlo with the trophy before leaving London. PHOTO @FIFAWorldCupFIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola takes off from London, in Kampala March 5London, UK | THE INDEPENDENT |  The global leg of the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola kicked off with an official launch ceremony in London on Monday, with former FIFA World Cup winners Sir Geoff Hurst of England and Andrea Pirlo of Italy on hand to celebrate and send the FIFA World Cup Original Trophy off on its worldwide journey.The FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola will visit 91 cities, across 51 countries and six continents, giving thousands of fans the chance to experience football’s most coveted prize. The trophy will be in Uganda on 5th – 6th March, 2018.According to FIFA.COM, starting today, Coca-Cola invited fans around the world to get #ReadyFor the highly anticipated 2018 FIFA World Cup by giving them the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get up close to the same Trophy that will be presented to the winning country of the tournament in July.This is the fourth time in history that Coca-Cola and FIFA have come together to bring the Trophy Tour to the world. This year, the 2018 FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour will touch down in a number of nations for the first time ever, including Iceland, Austria and Mongolia.“As football fans around the world gear up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, we want to make sure they are ready for all of the emotions that this summer’s tournament will bring,” said Ricardo Fort, Vice President of Global Sports Partnerships, The Coca-Cola Company. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more