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Dino Babers sets table for 2022 Syracuse offense under Robert Anae: 'There’s going to be a blend' (247sports.com; Bailey)


Syracuse football head coach Dino Babers spoke with media for the first time in nearly three months on Monday. On Day 2 of his team's spring practice, Babers reflected on his decision to make a drastic change to the coaching staff.

He did not retain Sterlin Gilbert, the team's offensive coordinator for the last two years, due to what he described as a lack of production. And after Bronco Mendenhall's abrupt resignation at Virginia, Babers landed UVA OC Robert Anae to take on the same role in Central New York.

The result is Babers, whose veer-and-shoot system has been at the core of each Orange offense since he was hired in December 2015, committing to a substantial change in scheme. He outlined how he expects the balance to work with Anae and quarterbacks coach Jason Beck bringing in their own approach.

"Right now, we’re going with a bunch of stuff," Babers said. "I have to be careful with how I say this because everybody, they want to know what the hell we’re doing. We’re starting with their stuff as the lead, but I think somewhere in there, there’s going to be a blend. But right now we’re going with their stuff because it’s the best way to keep it moving at a very, very fast pace before we can come back, regroup and decide what we want to keep and what we want to get rid of."
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Syracuse begins spring ball; nowhere to go but up (apnews.com; Kekis)

Dino Babers is starting the most important year of his tenure at Syracuse. With only one winning season under his belt in six years, there’s pressure to get it right again.

Two days into spring camp, things are in high gear and there’s been lots of change.

“There’s been some change, which is good,” Babers said Monday after practice. “New ideas out there. Those guys are grabbing it very, very quickly. They’re learning new stuff. I think so far, so good. It’s only the second day out, but they’re going to get better.”

Syracuse was one win shy of securing a bowl game berth last season with three games left on the schedule and lost all three to finish at 5-7 overall and 2-6 in the Atlantic Coast Conference for the fourth time in Babers’ tenure. That left his Syracuse record at 29-43, 15-35 in the ACC.

The stumble to the finish prompted a revamping of the staff in late December. Babers fired offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert and brought in Robert Anae from Virginia to take his place. Syracuse also hired former Virginia quarterbacks coach Jason Beck after the sudden resignation of head coach Bronco Mendenhall.
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Fizz Film Room: ’23 QB Commit LaNorris Sellers is the Future – Orange Fizz – Daily Syracuse Recruiting News & Team Coverage (orangefizz.net; Eads)


You can’t help but think that new ‘Cuse QB’s coach Jason Beck had a hand in this move. Robert Anae’s right-hand man was the primary recruiter on behalf of the Orange and of course was brought to the Hill from UVA a few months ago. So the #BeckEffect is in full form and Syracuse has its foundation built for what is a pivotal ’23 cycle.

Sellers is a top-650 prospect nationally, the 32nd best signal caller, and a top 10 player in the Palmetto State according to 247sports.com. The 6’5″, 215 pound dual-threat athlete owns seven offers including Virginia Tech, Memphis, and Washington State. Let’s review Sellers’ film and see what Dino Babers and Company are getting.

PLAY 1

Seven defenders are inside the box ready to stop the run. The defensive backs appear to be creeping up as well. Most units sport this look right now against Syracuse because of its prolific rushing attack. It appears as though the play call is a run-pass option and Sellers needs to make a quick read. He can either hand it off on a half back dive or pull it and hit a quick slant behind the linebackers.

Watch Sellers’ eyes don’t even worry about the throw, he’s staring down the near linebacker the entire play. He notices that the backer is stepping towards the line of scrimmage ready to engage in a block and vacates the space behind him. Sellers delivers a pin-point pass for a big play. SU can run this kind of stuff until it’s broken even right now with Garrett Shrader.

PLAY 2

Not the best camera angle here but this is more about fundamentals than X’s and O’s. Have you seen Shrader throw a pass with this kind of touch? What Syracuse needs is a dual-threat quarterback, yes. However, it also needs a signal caller that can be a serious threat through the air. Sellers drops this right in the bucket and it was dropped but SU has the athletes to convert these down-field pass plays already on its roster.
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The Syracuse Football Story (1989) (youtube.com; video)

Lots of great stuff here

The Syracuse Football Story (1989) (hosted by Dick Stockton)

On A Mission-1987 Syracuse Orangemen Football (youtube.com; video)

Ditto

On A Mission-1987 Syracuse Orangemen Football

A $2 Million Gift to the John A. Lally Athletics Complex to Strengthen the Student-Athlete Experience (syr.edu; Korey)

Michael Bill ’58 was a top student-athlete at Syracuse University, a center on the highly ranked football team that went to the Cotton Bowl. After graduation, he lost touch with his alma mater, but never lost the Orange spirit. In fact, his wife Sharon recalls that when they met and married in the 1970s, Mike told her: “If I get a chance, I’m going to give back to Syracuse University. They gave me the foundation for my success in business.”

That sense of gratitude—and the desire to see other student-athletes succeed—is the motivation behind the Bill family’s latest gift to the Forever Orange Campaign. Mike and Sharon Bill have pledged $2 million to support the John A. Lally Athletics Complex, a state-of-the-art academic and athletics center designed to benefit all student-athletes and enhance the entire student experience.

In honor of their generosity, the new football locker room will be named the Michael M. Bill #59 Football Locker Room, acknowledging Mike’s legacy on the field (he wore #59) and his continuing support off the field.

“Mike and Sharon’s commitment to Syracuse Athletics and our student-athletes is remarkable,” says Director of Athletics John Wildhack. “Their passion inspires all of us and their support of the Lally Athletics Complex will significantly aid in our efforts to recruit student-athletes who excel academically and athletically.”

“To attract talented young men and women, colleges have to have a great athletics complex,” says Mike. “Better recruiting means better teams. And, in the case of football especially, great teams help build donor support. We see this as a long-term investment and a very good investment in the future of the Orange.”
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First Spring Visit Weekend Provides College Football Commitments (SI; Garcia Jr)

Spring is right around the corner but both spring football and the spring evaluation in recruiting are already upon us and it means new verbal commitments are coming in.

The first weekend of the visit period provided a half-dozen Power 5 programs with new members of the class of 2023 -- including the first pledge of the cycle for Syracuse. Most of the new names among those with the recruiting process in the rear view mirror were on campus at their school of choice over the last several days.

Sports Illustrated catches up on the most recent decisions coming from the rising-senior class.

OT Malachi Wood - Kentucky

The Wildcats added to the 2023 haul and in-state haul when the Richmond (Ky.) Madison Central standout went public with his pick on Saturday over rival Louisville, Maryland, West Virginia and others. A towering presence, Wood lists himself at 6'8", 280 pounds and started at left tackle during the program's deep playoff run in 2021. Naturally Wood's length makes him hard for pass rushers to get around him, but he's capable downhill despite a higher center of gravity than every opponent he faces. Added mass and strength in Wood's lower half will help him to develop an SEC anchor with potential blind side or font side upside in pass protection.

QB LaNorris Sellars - Syracuse

The Orange coaching staff kicked off the 2023 class in an ideal way, bringing in a quarterback to not only sit as the potential future of the program -- but to begin helping to build the remainder of the recruiting class. Sellars was a Virginia commitment to assistants Robert Anae and Jason Beck when they were on staff under Bronco Mendenhall and they were able to sell central New York to the South Carolina native after they were hired by offensive-minded coach Dino Babers.

Sellars has a great, physical frame at 6'3", 215 pounds and can stand in the pocket to deliver despite traffic in one of many flashes of maturity at the position. Also a good athlete, he is capable of making college defenses account for his wheels in addition to an arm equipped with above average power and a condensed motion.

"Run it, throw it, can extend the play if need be and can also stay in the pocket," Sellars told All Syracuse of his game. "Really can use my feet whenever."
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FSU tight end Camm McDonald talks new season, Jordan Travis (tomahawknation.com; Mire)

Florida State Seminoles football tight end Camren McDonald is entering his fifth year in Tallahassee — his third under Mike Norvell — and is excited about the growth he’s seen from the team heading into spring.

“I know what they’re asking from us, but we do learn something new everyday,” he said following Monday’s practice. “That’s the benefit of playing in this program — it does prepare you for the next level.”

McDonald, who has been FSU’s go-to guy at the position over the last two years, also spoke on the progress and talent in the tight end room, as well as the work that quarterback Jordan Travis is putting in as the top guy at quarterback.

“I feel like he really took a holistic approach as quarterback, just to get better as a player,” he said of the redshirt junior. “He keeps getting better year after year, phase after phase.”

You can watch McDonald’s entire interview below:
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Startup airline Breeze Airways will offer low-cost airfares to more than two dozen cities. The airline is expanding to 10 cities, including Syracuse.

Syracuse airport lands new airline with low-cost fares to Southeast, West Coast (PS; $; Weiner)

Breeze Airways, a low-cost airline that began operating last year, said today it will expand to Syracuse’s Hancock International Airport and launch its non-stop flights this spring.

Syracuse will become the first city in Upstate New York and only the second in the state to be served by the new airline.

Breeze Airways will initially offer two non-stop flights a week from Syracuse to Las Vegas and Charleston, S.C., the airline said. Service will start on June 10.

Tickets to Las Vegas will start at $99 one-way, and tickets to Charleston will be $49 one-way. Flights will be offered on Fridays and Mondays.

Breeze Airways said Syracuse is part of its national expansion into 10 new cities with 35 new routes. Its introductory one-way fares will be as low as $99 coast to coast. Tickets must be purchased by March 11 for travel by Aug. 31.

The startup airline began serving Long Island last month with flights from MacArthur Airport in the town of Islip.

With today’s expansion, Breeze Airways will serve 28 U.S. cities including New Orleans, Tampa, West Palm Beach, Fla., Las Vegas, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Breeze Airways launched in May 2021 with the goal of providing non-stop service between underserved U.S. cities at affordable fares.
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