We haven't heard a ton from Syracuse Orange football coach Dino Babers since his introduction in December and last week's Carrier Dome address. But he did hop onto SiriusXM College Sports Nation this morning, and on-air, he ended up sharing more than he has in just about any other interview.
Stephen Bailey grabbed a ton of the highlights both on Twitter and Syracuse.com, so I'd recommend checking those out. For our purposes here, however, here's what stuck out:
It wasn't easy leaving Bowling Green
Dino Babers talking about how hard it was to leave Bowling Green. "It broke my heart that I couldn't coach in the last game."— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) January 20, 2016
(though it probably helped that he got to bring most of his assistants along with him to Syracuse)
On the coaching staff
Dino Babers on staff changes: "It was almost a clean sweep, so to speak."— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) January 20, 2016
Babers said he didn't want to rush the hiring process for his staff. Took recommendations from those he knows well.— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) January 20, 2016
Dino Babers said his initial focus post-hire was on administration. Wants to ensure positive reinforcement for his vision.— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) January 20, 2016
All of that checks out, since the team spent more time than most thought naming support staff slots (not a bad thing), and took nearly a month to fill out all the full-time coaching staff spots. He even considered former Orange defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough, whom he coached with at UCLA. But the move wouldn't have made much sense for Chuck, as an assistant here instead of a DC.
Dino Babers on whether Syracuse has the players to run his hurry-up spread: "In some ways, the offense recruits itself." Knows speed is big.— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) January 20, 2016
He told SiriusXM:
"I really believe we can. In some ways, the offense recruits itself, but you do need speed. When you're playing in the ACC, you've got Clemson playing in the national championship game. You've got Florida State playing in the national championship game. If you're talking about the Power-5 conferences, there's one thing for sure: if you wan't to get into the championship game, the route may go through the ACC."
New tight ends coach Reno Ferri's also a new challenge for Babers as a head coach:
Babers said TEs coach Reno Ferri is the first guy he's brought in as an offensive coach who'll have to learn the hurry-up spread.— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) January 20, 2016
And of course, recruiting:
Babers feels just like you when it comes to all the recent changes...
Babers on recruiting shuffle: "Hectic... chaotic... You're happy and celebrating over here. You're disappointed and moving on over there."— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) January 20, 2016
Check out Bailey's piece (linked above) for a bit more from the interview.