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Dino Babers: 'A Lot of People Told Me Not to Take the Syracuse Job'

Babers was a guest on NBC Sports Radio and spoke on a variety of topics including his decision to come to Syracuse, games at MetLife Stadium, and his desire to have the best Elephants and Hippos around.

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Dino Babers was a guest on NBC Sports radio with Newy Scruggs on Tuesday, and said some very interesting things about his arrival and tenure with the Syracuse Orange. Most notably, that only one person told him he should come to Syracuse, and that was former Baylor head coach Art Briles.

"A lot of people told me not to take the Syracuse job. Only one person told me to take it and that's a person I listen to as lot. That was Art Briles."

Babers then went on to praise Briles as a coach and a person, crediting a lot of his successes to his mentor.

Babers also spoke on a variety of other topics including elephants and hippos, as outlined by Stephen Bailey over at

"If you don't have an o-line and a d-line, you're not going to win," Babers said. "You're only as good as those elephants are."

"...If I said the lions rule the jungle, that's not true. Hippos rule the water and elephants rule the land. Until you get that, you're going to have a hard time winning football games."

Putting the memes of Dino Babers and The Jungle Book out of our heads, Babers also spoke on the New York College Classic at MetLife Stadium against Notre Dame this season. Babers said that while he understands why the school did it, he would like to play marquee home games inside the Carrier Dome (Ed. Note - Correct.)

Most importantly, Dino shared his favorite Hawaiian dish: Chicken cutlet with extra meat and extra sauce from Gracie's food truck.

To listen to the full interview, click play below: