Perhaps you’re tired of the praise heading the Syracuse Orange’s way since Friday’s big win over Clemson? Well, we’re not, so we’ll keep featuring the accolades tossed in the direction of the program. The latest:
The Dodd Trophy, handed out by the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, is awarded to a coach whose team exhibits the highest level of success on and off the field. One Syracuse coach -- Dick MacPherson -- has won the award since it started in 1976.
Though these awards don’t expressively target upsets, they certainly do help. Previous winners this year included Iowa State’s Matt Campbell, Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen and others that have pulled off major upsets during the season. Syracuse’s 27-24 victory over Clemson qualifies as the biggest one yet.
Despite all of the praise and attention thrown at the program this week, Babers has kept things pretty grounded. While he wants his players to enjoy the success of beating the nation’s No. 2 team, there’s also another top-10 outfit on the schedule this Saturday.
Congrats on the honor, Dino. Looking forward to what’s next!