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RIP Dick MacPherson: Remembering Coach Mac

To many it’s like losing a family friend, not a former coach

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The Syracuse Orange lost a legend today with the passing of Coach Mac at the age of 86. Richard MacPherson was more than just a football coach to many in the Syracuse area. He was a guy who wore his heart on his sleeve and defended the Syracuse area with such fire that you would have sworn he was a native of the area (he was born in Maine).

Coach Mac guided the Orange football program back to national prominence. The 1984 Orange upset #1 Nebraska in the Carrier Dome. Behind the play of QB Don McPherson, Coach Mac guided Syracuse to an undefeated season in 1987, a season Syracuse will honor this Fall at the Sept. 9 game against Middle Tennessee State.

Coach Mac was loved by players, coaches and fans for his passion, enthusiasm, and his role in making Syracuse football a perennial winner. Coach Mac left Syracuse to take over as Head Coach of the New England Patriots in 1991. After two seasons in New England, he was back in Syracuse serving as an announcer for Orange football, and as one of the best ambassadors Syracuse University has ever had.

His impact on the Syracuse program was seen in recent years as grandsons Mackey and Cameron suited up for the Orange. We send our condolences to the MacPherson family.

“God love ya”