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Syracuse Football: Grad Assistant Siriki Diabate Takes Linebackers Coach Job at Colgate

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Cool news for the former Orange linebacker.

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According to's Stephen Bailey, former Syracuse linebacker and grad assistant Siriki Diabate will leave for Colgate to coach linebackers there. Diabate graduated following SU's excellent 2012 season, and since, he's been a grad assistant with the program, helping out with the linebacker position as well. A great success story under Doug Marrone, the Orange linebacker was a pass-rushing force by his final season on campus, and was a key part of the team's ferocious defense that year.

Diabate has had coaching dreams since leaving Syracuse, and it's great to see that his time as a grad assistant has paid off for him. The move over to the FCS Colgate Raiders won't take him too far away from the familiar Syracuse area. And if all goes well, he'll be on the sidelines at the Carrier Dome again in 2016, when Colgate tries to bring the Hoodoo back to SU.


Following an 8-4 record and Patriot League title in 2012, Colgate has gone a combined 9-15 in the two seasons since. With the defense being a key part of the problem for the Raiders, it makes sense to bring in a new coach on that side of the ball with experience at both a power conference, and with the region.

Hope this is the first in many big moves for your coaching career, Siriki! Congratulations, and good luck!