Syracuse’s Dino Babers became the latest coach to pack up his office on Sunday. The firing came one day after the Orange fell to Georgia Tech 31-22. Babers compiled a 41-55 record with the program and only had two winning seasons. This comes after a tenure at Bowling Green where he went 18-9 in two seasons.
Where will the Orange go from here? The program has enjoyed above-average success at times, including from 1995-01 when they finished ranked in the AP top 25 five times in a seven-year span. However, the next head coach will have a rebuilding job on his hands based on the program’s current state of disarray. Upstate New York isn’t the most fertile recruiting ground, but there are enough players in the area to build a competitive program if the roster is supplemented through the transfer portal.
The potential of the program combined with its spot in the ACC will make the job attractive to several established candidates as well as a few up-and-comers who would love to take their talents to the next level. Who will Syracuse consider? Here’s a list of potential candidates.
Syracuse coaching candidates
Ex-Mississippi State, Florida coach Dan Mullen: Mullen was 69-46 from 2009-17 at Mississippi State, led the Bulldogs seven straight bowl games and elevated the program to No. 1 in the country in the first ever College Football Playoff Rankings in 2014. His eight-year run made him the best coach in the history of a program that had only been to 13 bowl games prior to his arrival. He was hired by Florida prior to the 2018 season, went 34-15 and won the SEC East in 2020. Mullen was born in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, played at Ursinus College in Collegeville Pennsylvania, and was a graduate assistant at Syracuse in 1998. He is familiar with the…