List of Candidates to Replace Dino Babers at Syracuse

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With Dino Babers Fired, Who Will be the Next Head Coach for Syracuse in 2024? Who are the Candidates to Replace Dino Babers in 2024?

Today, we will review the latest news involving the List of Candidates to Replace Dino Babers at Syracuse! Before we reveal who those top candidates are, we must go over the whole story regarding Dino Babers’s firing. Without further adieu, let’s begin!

List of Candidates to Replace Dino Babers at Syracuse

Full Story on Babers Being Fired as SU Orange Head Coach

With Dino Babers gone, now is the time for the Orange to interview top candidates. In fact, the recognizable applicants could be qualified to become the team’s new head coach for the 2024 season. Syracuse decided to fire Babers after eight seasons under the helm. At the time of the dismissal, the football program was 5-6 for the season and 1-6 in ACC conference play. Tight Ends Coach Nunzio Campanile will guide the team on an interim basis. SU was coming off a road loss against Georgia Tech in Atlanta on Saturday. 

Dino Babers’s Career with the Syracuse Orange

The former coach led the club to a 10-win season in 2018, where the 10-3 Orange won the Camping World® Bowl. Unfortunately, Syracuse could not capture that same magic from that year because the school failed to win more than seven games a season for the next five years. The Orange has not been to a bowl game since the 2022 Pinstripe Bowl. In fact, the program has not finished in the Associated Press Top 25 standings since 2018 at #15. SU has not reached a college bowl berth in consecutive seasons since 2012-2013. 

Before coming to Central New York in 2016, Babers held the same role for Bowling Green (2014-2015) and Eastern Illinois (2012-2013). He also led the Falcons to the 2014 MAC Championship Game (lost vs. Northern Illinois) and a Camellia Bowl victory. Babers also served as a wide receivers coach for Baylor from 2008 until 2011. 

What’s Next for the Syracuse Orange?

Many Orange football fans might wonder: Who is the leading candidate to replace Dino Babers in 2024? The top coaches in consideration listed in this article have prior coaching experience. In addition, those candidates have been on the coaching staff for at least five years. Please refer to the information below for the list of top candidates to replace Babers as Syracuse Head Coach! 

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Possible Candidates to Replace Dino Babers at Syracuse

Internal Candidates

Nunzio Campanile-Syracuse

  • Rutgers TE Coach (2019-2022)
  • Rutgers Interim Coach (2019)
  • Syracuse TE Coach (2023-Present)
  • Syracuse Interim Coach (2023)

Top Head Coach Candidates for Syracuse to Consider

Teryl Austin-Pittsburgh Steelers

  • Seattle Seahawks DC Coach (2003-2006)
  • Arizona Cardinals DB Coach (2007-2009)
  • Florida DC (2010)
  • Baltimore Ravens Secondary Coach (2011-2013)
  • Detroit Lions DC (2014-2017)
  • Cincinnati Bengals DC (2018)
  • Steelers Defense Analyst (2019-2021)
  • Steelers DC (2022-Present)

Liam Coen-Kentucky

  • UMass QB Coach (2014-2015)
  • Maine OC (2016-2017)
  • LA Rams Assistant Offense Coach (2018-2020)
  • Kentucky QB Coach (2021)
  • LA Rams OC (2022)
  • Kentucky OC (2023-Present)

Bronco Mendenhall-Virginia

  • New Mexico DC (1998-2002)
  • BYU DC (2003-2004)
  • BYU HC (2005-2015)
  • Virginia HC (2016-2021)

Doug Marrone-New Orleans Saints

  • NY Jets OL Coach (2002-2005)
  • Saints OC (2006-2008)
  • Syracuse HC (2009-2012)
  • Bills HC (2013-2014)
  • Jaguars OL Coach (2015-2016)
  • Jaguars HC (2017-2020)
  • Alabama OL Coach (2021)
  • Saints OL Coach (2022-Present)

Jason Candle-Toledo

  • Rockets TE Coach (2009)
  • Toledo WR Coach (2010-2011)
  • Rockets OC (2012-2015)
  • Toledo HC (2016-Present)

Tony White-Nebraska

  • New Mexico LB Coach (2008)
  • San Diego St. CB Coach (2009-2017)
  • Arizona St. CB Coach (2018-2019)
  • Arizona St. DC (2019)
  • Syracuse DC (2020-2022)
  • Nebraska DC (2023-Present)

Jim Knowles-Ohio State

  • Cornell HC (2004-2009)
  • Duke DC (2010-2017)
  • Oklahoma St. DC (2018-2021)
  • Ohio St. DC (2022-Present)

Al Golden-Notre Dame

  • Virginia DC (2001-2005)
  • Temple HC (2006-2010)
  • Miami-FL HC (2011-2015)
  • Detroit Lions TE Coach (2016-2017)
  • Detroit Lions LB Coach (2018-2019)
  • Cincinnati Bengals LB Coach (2020-2021)
  • Notre Dame DC (2022-Present)

Leading Candidate to Replace Dino Babers at Syracuse in 2024

Sean Lewis-Colorado

  • Eastern Illinois TE Coach (2012-2013)
  • Bowling Green WR Coach (2014)
  • Bowling Green Co-OC (2015)
  • Syracuse Co-OC (2016-2017)
  • Kent State HC (2018-2022)
  • Colorado OC (2023-Present)

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