Amid a dismal 1-4 start for the football team, Director of Athletics John Wildhack calmed speculation that head coach Dino Babers’ job is in jeopardy.
“He’s going to be our coach in 2021 and I hope for a long time,” Wildhack said in an interview with Chris Carlson of Syracuse.com.
“That’s what he wants. That’s what I want. At the same time, we all know this is a result-oriented business to some degree. When you look at everything we’ve had to deal with this year, it’s been incredibly challenging. I’m not going to judge the book on Coach Babers solely on this year. I’m not going to do that. You can’t make emotional decisions. If you make emotional decisions, more often than not, you make the wrong decision. It’s about where are we deficient and how do we correct it?”
The Orange have hit rock bottom in the Babers era after a 38-21 loss to Liberty, a team that didn’t fully join the FBS until last year. Injuries and opt-outs, due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, have decimated a Syracuse squad that went 10-3 two years ago.
“I understand the fans’ frustration. Nobody is happy. We’re all frustrated,” Wildhack said. “But I look out on the field, particularly on defense, and I see so many freshmen and redshirt freshmen. … You lose Andre Cisco, who started from the moment he stepped on this campus. You lose your quarterback, which in my opinion is the most important position in all of sports, not just football, but all of sports. It’s been a rough go.”