SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Syracuse University men’s football head coach Dino Babers is slated to stick with the Orange for a while, after a long-term contract deal was announced, Wednesday.
In July 2016, Dino Babers was named the 30th head coach in program history for orange football. Fast forward three years, and it appears he's now here for the long haul.
While specific terms of the deal have not been released, the school announced that it will keep him in the area "well into the future."
However on Thursday, Syracuse University Director of Athletics John Wildhack hinted to a minimum length by saying the plan is for at least the 2019, 2020, and 2021 recruits to play all four years in a Babers’ regime.
Doing the math, that would put his time at the helm of the Orange into at least 2024.
Speaking to the media, Wildhack discussed the signing and assured fans that despite potential interest in Babers from bigger programs now and in the future, he really is here to stay.
"The announcement yesterday underscores the commitment because it’s a significant commitment on the part of the University, it’s a significant commitment by Coach to the University," said Wildhack. "I know that he enjoys it here, his family enjoys it here and we have the chance to build something and to build something that special."
Wildhack said the process of extending Babers actually began back in early November when he approached the school's Chancellor Kent Syverud.
He said that despite rumors, there were no external factors or potential other suitors that expedited the process.
"I saw the progress that we’ve made in the first two years he was here and it may not have been reflected in the win-loss record, but you saw the progress in the program," said Wildhack. "[You] saw it last year in a close loss at LSU, and you saw it at Miami, Florida State, playing schedule that was rated the top in the nation, so that gave me a pretty good idea of we got the right coach and let's be prepared at the right time to extend him."
He also said that Coach Baber's track record was another factor in wanting to keep him around.
"When you look at Coach Babers, he went to Eastern Illinois and he won, he went to Bowling Green and he won, and now he’s come to Syracuse and he’s won, so there’s a body of work there that’s a very compelling"