It’s been a hectic week for Syracuse Orange coach Dino Babers, as he’s made the national media rounds to talk about SU’s upset over the Clemson Tigers. The result? A significant lack of sleep. As he mentioned on this week’s ACC coaches teleconference:
“... My schedule is pretty filled out as it is and when you add all the extra media stuff, it makes me have less time to sleep during the night because there's still things I need to do, as obviously the head football coach and being a part of the things that go on in the offensive staff room.
It's a tiring week; lack of sleep, and hopefully right now I can make that up on the back of the week.”
No more big wins, guys. Dino needs his Zs.
On how the Clemson win compared to last year’s big upset over Virginia Tech:
“I would say it's been more. The Virginia Tech win was outstanding and there was a lot of notoriety over it, but Clemson being No. 2 and defending national champs and undefeated. I would say it's a lot more than the Virginia Tech win the year before.”
Sorry, Hokies. It just means more (TM).
Dino also said it does a lot for recruiting, giving the win a “nine out of 10” in terms of impact on the trail.
The only real Miami Hurricanes question he got was about the heat. It’s supposed to be 84 and raining on Saturday. So despite the comments about not being able to simulate the South Florida heat in CNY... it’s not that tough to mimic 84 and rain during the summer at least.
However, two other quips were worth including. First, on the team’s energy in the locker room post-game:
“Oh my God, the energy, when you look into their eyes, it's like the Energizer Bunny on the commercials, are you kidding me, beating that drum. Those kids, there's so much youth and there's so much energy in their eyes and that's what gets me going. That's what charges my batteries, I mean, unlimited, unlimited energy coming from those young people.
They say youth is wasted on the young; I tell you what, if we had their energy at our age we would probably get the whole world in trouble. But those young people, they get me going. I love seeing them excited and I love giving them a moment being a part of something that will stick with them the rest of their lives and stick with their kids' lives and their grandkids' lives. That's the stuff that gets me going.”
And lastly, there could be worse nicknames for Devin C. Butler and Devin M. Butler, Dino. Don’t worry.
“You know, this is a little embarrassing. It's Devin Butler offense and Devin Butler defense.”
At least it’s descriptive.