Syracuse Football continues Camping World Bowl prep, comment on Dino Babers extension
Syracuse is still buzzing about the football team's turnaround in 2018.
Whether it's atop the SU Hill, or across Central New York, the area has bought in to the Orange Football program once again.
The players have, too.
Monday's practice was open to the media from inside the Ensley Athletic Center, where the Orange continued their preparation for the 2018 Camping World Bowl.
Syracuse will meet former Big East Conference rival West Virginia in Orlando later this month, but aside from that there was another big topic of conversation after practice.
That's without a doubt, Dino Babers contract extension.
"It's awesome," Syracuse senior quarterback Eric Dungey responded when asked about Babers recent extension. "I'm so proud of him. I went up to him and I told him. It's just incredible. He deserves it. He deserves it all. There's going to be a lot of success to come here in the future."
"I think it's big-time," Orange freshman safety Andre Cisco commented. "We all love coach Babers and he's a really good guy to play for. You want to play for him, and he makes you want to play for him. So it's really big for everybody around here."
Whether it was a senior or a freshman, the players wildly approved of their coach's contract extension.
In his third season, Babers turned a corner, improving from back-to-back 4-8 seasons, to a 9-3 campaign and a chance to notch win No. 10 in Orlando this month.
As for Babers, the extension was a sign of faith -- in him and the direction he's taking the program.
"I just think it comes down to faith," Babers admitted. "I know now that they believe in me, and we're going to be able to go out and do some great things together.
Babers has always been fond of the medium-size city that Syracuse has to offer, remembering his time growing up as a kid around the heavy population and dense traffic of Southern California.
"I mean, I've always enjoyed towns of this size," he added, "To me, this is truly a blessing come true."
For Syracuse fans across the country, Babers staying put is truly a blessing come true.
Now that it's behind him, he's fully prepared to shift the focus to the West Virginia Mountaineers on Friday, December 28 at 5:15 p.m. on ESPN.