2020 Cali Award Winner, Aka FloridaHam
- Nov 3, 2017
With all do respect 6 years isnt overnight. It’s not too much to ask for to make more then 1 bowl game in 5 seasons. If it is then we need to ask what are we doing at this level. If by some disappointing circumstance we go 5-7 this year and next year do you keep him? Is 1 bowl in 6 years good enough? Is 1 in 7? Sooner or later results have to materialize no matter the “program” he is building here.What I hear is the players are still "all in". They are frustrated with the recent results, but are ready to put their work in and get ready for Clemson on a short week.
I'm not sure about the "no-win" position your present. 1) Babers is building a program here. It hasn't happened overnight and may never be big enough to satisfy some of the posters here. But the program is trending in the right direction. 2) Babers is 60 years old and has been coaching for 37 years. Even if things start to click and we are in bowls games in 2022, 2023 and 2024, is he going to want to leave then, after nine years in CNY? Maybe. And if he does, by then a few of his current assistants will be more than ready to take over. I'm not convinced they're ready now. A while back I remember a post that said they didn't think Babers would stay at Syracuse long term because he hadn't put down roots in Syracuse". What kind of roots does a football coach need to put down to convince someone he's looking to leave town?
Regarding Coach White, why do people say he has NY roots? His father was career military and moved around a lot. He was born in Florida and he spent some of his youth in NYC. But he went to high school in Texas and college in California. This is Coach White's first time living east of the Mississippi in probably 30 years.
Keeping Coach White and Coach Schmidt will be a couple of Coach Babers' biggest challenges after the season.
Having a Head coach who is "a great character/CEO leader" is invaluable. And something the Syracuse athletic department may want to keep around.