Stephen Bailey of Syracuse.com got some quotes from Syracuse Football head coach Dino Babers on various topics regarding the general state of the program and some other topics.
Syracuse will be represented at seven satellite camps this summer. News that they'd be attending Sound Mind Sound Body in Detroit has come out. In addition to that camp, four of the seven other camps that Syracuse coaches will be attending will also feature Michigan coaches.
Dino Babers said his pre-existing relationship with Jim Harbaugh made it possible for the schools coaches to overlap at the same camps:
"Coach Harbaugh, when I was at Bowling Green, wanted to get us into some football games," Babers said while being interviewed during Syracuse's Fort Drum soldier combine Wednesday. "And we had some conversations when he first got into college football, and I thought he was very unique, very honest. We kind of got a little relationship going there.
The Orange will be attending the following camps this summer:
June 3: Stetson Football South Florida Prospect Camp
June 8: Next Level Camp
June 8: Talent Raw U
June 9-10: Sound Mind Sound Body Midwest Regional
June 11: Dino Babers Football Camp (Brooklyn)
June 11-12: NCAA Exposure Camp
June 16: ODU College Exposure Camp
June 18-19: Dino Babers Football Camp (Syracuse)
June 24-26: Dino Babers Football Team Camp
Syracuse and Michigan coaches will also be at Stetson, Next Level Camp, Raw Talent U, and Sound Mind Sound Body.
Babers is the second Syracuse coach in a row with close ties to Jim Harbaugh. Scott Shafer served as defensive coordinator to Harbaugh at Stanford.
Babers added that he cancelled two of the school's four local camps and thinks its huge for Syracuse to go to out-of-state camps:
"The big thing with that is when the NCAA changed the rules now you're able to go off campus," Babers said. "Now you have to make yourself available to all those athletes that can't afford to do all that traveling."
Babers also spoke on the Class of 2017, which only features three commits, Tommy DeVito, Sharod Johnson, and Zach Morton and is currently ranked 70th in the nation:
"You don't worry about the numbers you don't have; you worry about the numbers you get. I'm excited about the people that are committed to us right now and I'm looking forward to getting more young people that we're really excited about that can help us not only on the football field, but in the classroom as well." Babers finished saying, "I'm comfortable with where we're at and I'm looking forward to those numbers going in the future."
Babers finished his statements by discussing his role on the committee find the new Athletic Director:
"I think I'm a normal committee member," Babers said. "All of the things that they do, I have access to. And I'm looking forward to fulfilling my responsibility to the University."
Babers didn't cite anyone as a favorite for the AD position. He simply said that it will be someone who is best for the school.