The Syracuse Orange football program has had far more coaching turnover than any in recent memory, a testament to the rare consistency of staffs brought in by previous head coaches, and the general willingness from many admins to give staffs time before expecting results. However, after a disappointing 5-7 season, Dino Babers has been hard at work turning things over.
Unfortunately, this has meant some coaches leaving of their own accord, and Steve Stanard is now the next coach out, as Pete Thamel is reporting the longtime Babers assistant is headed to the Kansas State Wildcats.
Sources: Kansas State is hiring Steve Stanard for the open linebacker coach job. He comes from Syracuse, where he held the same position. He’s also worked at Wyoming and North Dakota State.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) March 5, 2020
Stanard took over the Defensive Coordinator role after Brian Ward was removed from the program. The defensive did look better under Stanard, but the results weren’t convincing enough for those in charge; Zach Arnett was brought in as the new DC, only to quickly bolt for Mike Leech’s new staff with the Mississippi St. Bulldogs. The Orange were then able to bring in Tony White, previously of the Arizona State Sun Devils and solidify the position.
All in all, these moves reflected a change away from a tradition Tampa 2, 4-3 base to a 3-3-5, a change we covered in some detail when the Arnett news broke. While Stanard may have just wanted a change in scenery, the new system and role as linebackers coach was a large change coming from where the 2019 season ended. This move means White will more than likely bring in an assistant he’s far more familiar with.
Now on to today’s links:
The Syracuse Women’s Ice Hockey Team begins defense of their CHA Championship. The Orange take on Lindenwood this afternoon and last night several Orange were honored by the CHA. Mae Batherson was named Rookie of the Year while Lindsay Eastwood and Abby Moloughney were named All-CHA First Team.
Tapé talks about his academic interests, how he would fit with the Syracuse system and he mentions another potential Ivy League graduate transfer- Seth Towns of Harvard.
Syracuse Lacrosse playing it safe with Nick Mellen’s return (Syracuse.com)
“He has a type of injury where he could re-injure it and we don’t really want to put him in that situation,” Desko said. “And with (Brett) Kennedy making that nice adjustment playing down low, we really don’t feel that sense or urgency to get him out there. So our main concern is that he’s 100 percent so he doesn’t re-injure it and he’s good for the rest of the year.”
Syracuse Tennis shakes up doubles line-up (Daily Orange)
“On the season, Syracuse’s doubles pairs are 4-6. In both of SU’s losses, the Orange (8-2, 3-1 Atlantic Coast) won just one doubles point. Injuries have caused head coach Younes Limam to shuffle the doubles combinations — every partnership has changed since the season opener.”
Syracuse Nike Dunk Low sneakers near release (Kicks on Fire)
It’s been four years since a Syracuse colorway of the Nike Dunk has been released. This year we get a low-cut version. Release date is scheduled to be March 14th.