SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse is coming off a breakthrough season that even surprised coach Dino Babers a little bit. Keeping the momentum going is of paramount importance.
Syracuse inks DE transfer from Coastal Carolina
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse has signed a defensive lineman from Coastal Carolina.
Orange coach Dino Babers says Thursday that defensive end Jeffrey Gunter, of Durham, North Carolina, has signed a financial aid agreement with the university and will join the program for the 2019 season.
Gunter must sit out next season per NCAA transfer rules and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
The Latest: Tennessee finishes strong with 2 top-50 recruits
The Latest on national signing day (all times Eastern):
Tennessee has added a pair of top-50 recruits with offensive tackle Darnell Wright and linebacker Henry To'oto'o both choosing the Volunteers.
Wright entered the day as the nation's top remaining unsigned prospect. He's rated 10th overall according to composite rankings of recruiting sites compiled by 247Sports.
Syracuse inks 4 more players, class up to 21
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse signed four players on Wednesday to bring its recruiting total to 21.
Joining those who signed in December were: running back Garrison Johnson out of Manvel, Texas; defensive linemen Steven Linton, of Dublin, Georgia, and Jason Munoz, of Hollywood, Florida; and quarterback David Summers, of Fairfield, Connecticut.
Coach Dino Babers calls his new class "a big upgrade, probably a higher-rated class than we've had in a long time."
Syracuse tops West Virginia in Camping World Bowl, 34-18
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Syracuse sent Eric Dungey out a winner, and got a good look at its future.
Dungey capped his record-setting college career by throwing for 303 yards, Abdul Adams and Trishton Jackson combined to score three touchdowns in their Syracuse debuts and the 17th-ranked Orange got their first 10-win season since 2001 by topping No. 15 West Virginia 34-18 in the Camping World Bowl on Friday.
Syracuse’s Dino Babers, a wanderer who’s found a home
When Dino Babers was fresh from being named the football coach at Syracuse, he introduced himself to the Orange faithful at halftime of a basketball game. It's a moment forever etched in his memory.
"It's two minutes before I'm going to go out there and I'm on the phone like, 'I don't know what I'm going to say. I don't know why I'm doing this," Babers recalled. "All I remember is telling them that we will win. I might have said a lot of stuff, but all I remember is, 'We will win.' "
AP Coach of the Year: Notre Dame’s Kelly wins for 2nd time
Notre Dame's Brian Kelly is The Associated Press college football Coach of the Year and the third coach to win the award twice since it was established in 1998.
Kelly received 16 of 58 first-place votes from AP college football poll voters and 81 total points. Alabama's Nick Saban was second with 16 first-place votes and 66 points and Central Florida first-year coach Josh Heupel was third with 33 points (five first-place votes).
Syracuse extends contract of football coach Dino Babers
Syracuse athletic director John Wildhack is in a good place as winter nears — the men's and women's basketball teams are ranked and so is the resurgent football team, with a bowl game looming.
Most important, the architect of the football turnaround, coach Dino Babers, is set to be around for a while.
Dino Babers signs long-term contract with Syracuse
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse has signed football coach Dino Babers to a contract extension, the school announced Wednesday night.
Details of the deal were not revealed, but the school said in a news release that the contract will keep Babers, in his third season, at the "helm of the program well into the future."
No. 2 Clemson dominates AP All-ACC team again with 11 Tigers
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — No. 2 Clemson once again dominated the Associated Press All-Atlantic Coast Conference teams and individual awards released Tuesday.
The four-time defending league champions placed 11 players on the two teams as selected by a panel of 14 sports writers who cover the conference.
Five Tigers made the first team, and four were unanimous picks. Offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt was a unanimous pick for the second straight year.
No. 19 Syracuse finishes surprising season by beating BC
BOSTON (AP) — Syracuse coach Dino Babers was watching Eric Dungey in practice this week when he realized his quarterback didn't look like a guy who had an injury.
"He did something that was really, really natural," Babers said. "All the hair stood up on my arm because right then I knew we had a chance to win."
Dungey threw for 362 yards and three touchdowns and ran for three more scores on Saturday, leading No. 19 Syracuse to a 42-21 victory over Boston College.
No. 19 Syracuse hoping QB Eric Dungey ready for Eagles
BOSTON (AP) — Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey is questionable for the regular-season finale, and Boston College coach Steve Addazio says that's not much comfort for him.
Because backup Tommy DeVito isn't exactly a pushover, either.
Syracuse-BC matchup headlines this week around the ACC
Things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 13:
Syracuse puts loss to Notre Dame behind
Syracuse coach Dino Babers offered little on quarterback Eric Dungey and a lot on the Orange's third loss of what has been a breakthrough season.
Syracuse hopeful senior QB Eric Dungey can play at BC
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse coach Dino Babers says he's hopeful quarterback Eric Dungey will be available for the 19th-ranked Orange's season finale at Boston College.
Dungey was injured Saturday in a 36-3 loss to No. 3 Notre Dame at Yankee Stadium . It was announced as an upper-body injury, with no more details provided.
Syracuse QB Dungey leaves in 1st quarter with injury
NEW YORK (AP) — Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey has left the Orange's game against No. 3 Notre Dame in the first quarter with a possible back injury.
Syracuse-Notre Dame matchup headlines ACC’s 12th week
Things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 12:
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Syracuse QB Eric Dungey nears end of memorable career
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — After Syracuse defeated Louisville in the home season finale Friday night, Orange coach Dino Babers brought the seniors out of the locker room to mingle one last time with their fans inside the Carrier Dome. Quarterback Eric Dungey lingered longer than most, snapping selfie after selfie with fans.
No. 13 Syracuse beats Louisville 54-23 _ perfect in dome
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — After humiliating losses the last four seasons to Louisville, payback was sweet for Syracuse.
Moe Neal rushed for a career-best 159 yards and two touchdowns, senior quarterback Eric Dungey ran for two more scores and passed for another, and No. 13 Syracuse took advantage of five Louisville miscues to rout the Cardinals 54-23 on Friday night.
Perfect at home, No. 13 Syracuse hosts Louisville
Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey has never played in the final home game of a season. At long last he has that chance.
And rest assured that when the No. 13 Orange (7-2, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference, No. 13 CFP) take the Carrier Dome field on Friday night to face struggling Louisville (2-7, 0-6) the senior star will appreciate the moment.
No. 13 Syracuse on a roll going into final 3 games
Dino Babers sure didn't want his third year at Syracuse to turn out like the first two, so he's adjusted his routines. So far, the move has paid off.
Syracuse looking up after getting ranked No. 22
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A day after Syracuse moved into the national rankings for the first time in nearly two decades, third-year coach Dino Babers enjoyed a moment of satisfaction and not much more.
"I can appreciate it. Yes, we're here and it's fabulous. It's a heck of an accomplishment," Babers said Monday. "If we win, it will get better."
Syracuse beats No. 22 NC State 51-41
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Quarterback Eric Dungey said he thought he was getting complacent when Syracuse coach Dino Babers declined to name a starter before the biggest game of the season.
Syracuse hosts No. 22 NC State; Orange unbeaten at home
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Coach Dino Babers goes into one of Syracuse's most important games of the season with a big secret — who will start at quarterback.
Will it be senior Eric Dungey or redshirt freshman Tommy DeVito to face No. 22 North Carolina State (5-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) on Saturday night in the Carrier Dome? Both teams are one victory shy of qualifying to play in the postseason and it's a big deal for the Orange (5-2, 2-2), who haven't played in a bowl game in five years.
Quarterback controversy? Not so, says Syracuse coach
Syracuse coach Dino Babers is in a good place, with two quarterbacks who have excelled in this turnaround season. He doesn't buy the notion a controversy is brewing.
"The quarterback is no different than any other player," Babers said Monday. "We've got two good quarterbacks. I think we should treat that position like any other position."
Midway through season Syracuse 2 wins from bowl-eligibility
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Halfway through his third season at Syracuse, coach Dino Babers is closer to that magic number of six wins than he's ever been at this juncture with the Orange.
Football parity dominating the ACC _ except at Clemson
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney breathed a big sigh of relief when his Tigers remained unbeaten — barely — in a come-from-behind victory over Syracuse.
The winning touchdown in a 27-23 triumph just over a week ago was scored with less than a minute to play — in Death Valley, no less, before more than 80,000 rabid fans. And it came against a team that has won just one Atlantic Coast Conference road game in three seasons under Dino Babers.
After tough loss at Clemson, Syracuse awaits struggling Pitt
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Syracuse coach Dino Babers believes the culture within his program is changing. That the days of the Orange settling for simply being competitive are gone.
Babers sees proof everywhere, from the warp speed offense led by senior quarterback Eric Dungey to a defense that has evolved from meager to occasionally menacing.
Syracuse special teams thrive with punter, walk-on kicker
One thing is certain about Syracuse coach Dino Babers — he's getting a kick out of watching his special teams perform.
From punter Sterling Hofrichter to walk-on place-kicker Andre Szmyt to return man Sean Riley, it's hard to find much wrong so far this season for a team that's 4-1, the lone loss a four-point setback at unbeaten powerhouse Clemson on Saturday.
Rising Syracuse no longer a laughingstock in football
Nearing the halfway mark of his third season at Syracuse, coach Dino Babers has finally made the Orange relevant again.
Unbeaten Syracuse turns its focus toward No. 3 Clemson
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Dino Babers has never experienced this before in seven seasons as a head coach — his Syracuse Orange are undefeated after four games and received votes this week in the AP Top 25.
That's heady territory for a vagabond coach who's toiled for more than three decades at 14 different schools.
Syracuse on a roll in third season under coach Dino Babers
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — When the clock ticked to zero on Saturday and Syracuse had beaten another marquee team at home, Orange coach Dino Babers didn't have to flinch.
"I didn't get hit with any ice or water," said Babers, in his third season at Syracuse. "That means that they expected to win. A lot of guys thought that we could do that, thought we had a chance. It was good to see them follow through."
Syracuse beats Florida State 30-7 behind DeVito
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse took another big step toward putting the woeful recent past in the rearview mirror.
Quarterback Tommy DeVito, subbing for injured starter Eric Dungey, scored on a 3-yard run and hit tight end Ravian Pierce with a 3-yard score in a span of just over 3 minutes in the third quarter, and Syracuse beat Florida State 30-7 on Saturday in the sweltering heat of the Carrier Dome.
Syracuse and Purdue schedule 2-game, home-and-home series
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse and Purdue have agreed to a two-game, home-and-home series beginning in 2022.
The schools announced the series Wednesday.
The Boilermakers will make their first trip to the Carrier Dome on Sept. 17, 2022, and Syracuse will travel to West Lafayette, Indiana, a year later.
Syracuse offense purring under Dino Babers
Maybe the breakthrough Syracuse coach Dino Babers has been expecting has finally arrived.
The Orange have won their first two games for the first time under Babers, and his up-tempo offense has shined in victories at Western Michigan and at home on Saturday over Football Championship Subdivision foe Wagner.
Syracuse hosts FCS foe Wagner, looking to get to 2-0
Syracuse looks to get to 2-0 for the first time under third-year coach Dino Babers.
The Orange will attempt to prove the Carrier Dome really is "our house," starting with a three-game home stand.
"We're looking forward to getting back in front of the student body, the community," Babers said. "I think it's time to get back to Syracuse football."
The Orange host Championship Subdivision foe Wagner (1-0) on Saturday, a team they defeated 54-0 in their only previous meeting five years ago.
Dungey leads Syracuse over Western Michigan, 55-42
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Senior quarterback Eric Dungey rushed for 200 yards and passed for 184, coming back off the bench for Syracuse in a 55-42 win at Western Michigan on Friday in the season opener.
Dungey looked like he was going to get the second half off after the Orange built a 34-7 lead, but he returned after Western Michigan made it a six-point game in the third quarter.
Dungey lobbied coach Dino Babers to get back in and put the game away upon his return.
Syracuse opens season on the road against Western Michigan
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Syracuse opens its season with a true road game for the first time in eight years, and the Orange can't afford any early season slip-ups if they hope to escape a three-year rut.
Syracuse, which has finished 4-8 in each of the past three seasons, has won its last four season openers, all in the friendly confines of the Carrier Dome. But the Orange open at Western Michigan on Friday night and coach Dino Babers is well aware of what's at stake.
Syracuse football has nowhere to go but up
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse's Dino Babers is in uncharted territory as he prepares for his seventh season as a head coach. So far, he likes what he sees.
"This is the first time I've ever had a Year 3 anywhere," said Babers, whose first two head coaching jobs were two-year stints at Eastern Illinois and Bowling Green. "I think everybody's headed in the right direction. I think there's more of our type of guys (here) than before and I think it's going to pay off for us in the long run."
Syracuse adds graduate transfer OL Koda Martin
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse has added offensive lineman Koda Martin to the roster.
Coach Dino Babers said Tuesday that Martin is enrolled and eligible to play immediately as a graduate transfer from Texas A&M.
The 6-foot-6, 310-pound Martin appeared in 13 games for the Aggies last season, starting all but two at left tackle for an offense that averaged nearly 390 yards.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Spring football ended on a most promising note for Syracuse and coach Dino Babers.
In between treatments for testicular cancer and a bald head under his helmet as evidence of the struggle, quarterback Rex Culpepper hit tight end Ravian Pierce for a 17-yard touchdown on the final play of spring scrimmage , setting off a moving celebration on the Carrier Dome field.
Syracuse coach Dino Babers reshapes football staff
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse coach Dino Babers has given five assistants new responsibilities for the upcoming football season.
Mike Lynch has been elevated to offensive coordinator for the first time in his career and also will handle the running backs, while assistant head coach Kim McCloud, a defensive back in college, will mentor the cornerbacks after handling the wideouts for two seasons.
Syracuse adds 5 players to football roster
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse has added five players to its football roster.
Coach Dino Babers, who signed 15 players to national letters of intent last month, announced Thursday that the newcomers include transfers Trishton Jackson, a wide receiver from Michigan State, and Chattanooga linebacker Zack Lesko, who rejoins the Orange after one year with the Mocs. Both will have to sit one season because of NCAA transfer rules.
Syracuse hires Mike Cavanaugh to coach offensive line
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse announced Tuesday it has hired Mike Cavanaugh as the team's offensive line coach.
Cavanaugh comes to the Orange from Nebraska, where he served in the same role for three seasons under Mike Riley before the staff there was fired in November.
Cavanaugh has spent nearly his entire career working with offensive linemen and also worked two seasons (1997-98) in the NFL as an assistant offensive line and quality control coach with the San Diego Chargers.
Report: Former Nebraska offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh hired by Syracuse
Nebraska's offensive line coach during the Mike Riley years is headed east.
Mike Cavanaugh has been hired by Syracuse to be its new offensive line coach, according to a report by FootballScoop.com.
Cavanaugh is the fourth coach from Nebraska's 2017 staff to be hired since Riley and all of his full-time assistants were fired in November. Riley and linebackers coach Trent Bray are back at Oregon State, and Donte Williams was hired by Oregon to be its outside linebackers coach.
Syracuse inks 15 players in early signing period
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse coach Dino Babers reached deep into Florida for four players and also inked four from New York as the Orange strive to become more competitive in the Atlantic Coast Conference's tough Atlantic Division.
Syracuse's early class of 15 players was ranked 44th by 247sports.com, putting the Orange on pace for their best showing in the past decade. Still, it was behind six other ACC schools, half of them in the Atlantic Division.
Syracuse heads into the offseason on a down note
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Five straight losses to end his second season at Syracuse wasn't what coach Dino Babers envisioned. He remains resolute in his optimism going forward.
Syracuse closes season against old foe Boston College
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse coach Dino Babers is facing Senior Day on Saturday with a lot of pent-up emotion on his mind because he'll be losing several key players to graduation and the Orange won't be playing in the postseason.
Syracuse makes gains in disappointing season
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — When Donovan McNabb was Syracuse's quarterback two decades ago, he had a constant lament — that coach Paul Pasqualoni would not give him the green light to pass more often.
McNabb, who had just three 300-yard passing games in college, might have another lament today — wishing he could turn back the clock and play for current Orange coach Dino Babers.