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

Greek retail closures rock OPAP Q1 performance

first_img Submit StumbleUpon Share Share Related Articles SAZKA confident of European comeback as assets weather COVID-19 storm June 12, 2020 OPAP delivers on Athens children’s hospital CSR projects July 6, 2020 Cypriot football seeks betting levy for development programmes June 25, 2020 OPAP SA has disclosed double-digit declines across all core operating metrics as a result of closing its entire retail network (betting shops, gaming venues and lottery stalls) following Coronavirus restrictions enforced across Greece and Cyprus.Publishing its Q1 2020 results, OPAP recorded group revenues of €328m down 17% on corresponding 2019’s €396m, as the Athens-listed gambling group disclosed that first-quarter group wagering did not surpass the standard €1 billion mark. Forced to suspend its entire retail capacity from 14 March (Greece and Cyprus units), OPAP saw its period EBITDA decline by 23% to €86m (Q12019: €113m).Countering unprecedented headwinds, OPAP implemented an emergency cost reduction programme across its operating units, reducing payroll expenses and suspending advertising campaigns during the lockdown period.Despite cost savings lowering group operating expenses by 16% to €95m, OPAP could not escape COVID-19 consequences as period net profits declined by 40% to €33m (Q12019: €57m).Following the 58-day closure of its retail network, OPAP began to reopen Greek betting shops and lottery venues from 14 May following the Greek government’s approval to ease retail business restrictions.This week, OPAP announced that it would begin the reopening of its ‘PLAY’ gaming halls, as Greek leisure venues (restaurants, cafes, hotels) are allowed to reopen their businesses.Publishing his first trading statement as OPAP Group CEO, Jan Karas commented on performance: “OPAP’s Q1 2020 was a double-faced quarter; on the one hand, we managed to demonstrate sizeable growth stemming mostly from VLTs and betting up to March 13th, while from March 14th onwards our retail estate was closed down leading to a severe decline of the Group’s revenues. “Nonetheless, we reported an overall solid set of results by putting promptly into effect our business continuity plan, achieving material cost savings and enhancing liquidity.”“I would like to extend my appreciation to our network for both their swift adaptation to the new norm and working conditions as well as for their strong will to resume their business leading to an impressive 99% reactivation rate right from the very first day of reopening. I am confident that our agents’ and employees’ hard work, positive spirit and commitment will drive once more OPAP’s business forward.”last_img read more