Dino Babers Named Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week

Babers recognized for victory against Clemson, as well as achievements in the classroom and community.

ATLANTA (Oct. 16, 2017) – Officials from the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl today announced that Syracuse Head Football Coach Dino Babers has been selected as The Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week.

The Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week Award honors the football coach whose program embodies the award’s three pillars of scholarship, leadership and integrity, while also having success on the playing field during the previous week.

Coach Babers and the Orange pulled off one of the biggest upsets in program history, stunning the defending national champions and previously unbeaten No. 2 Clemson Tigers 27-24 inside the Carrier Dome on Friday. The victory broke the Tigers’ 11-game winning streak, which was the longest active winning streak in the country by an FBS team. The Tigers are the highest-ranked team to fall to the Orange since Syracuse knocked off No. 1 Nebraska at the Carrier Dome in 1984.

“Coach Babers led his team to a historic win that turned heads and caught the attention of the college football world,” said Jim Terry, chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “To secure a victory against the defending national champions and No. 2 team in the country is a huge feat.”

In just his second year as head coach at Syracuse, Babers planted the seeds of Syracuse’s revival in 2016 and the program immediately began to make significant strides. He commanded an offense that set or tied more than 40 school records. In the same season, the Orange knocked off a ranked opponent for the first time in four years, toppling eventual ACC Coastal champion Virginia Tech at the Carrier Dome. In all, Babers boasts more than 30 years of experience owning a 45-27 career head coaching record and is a two-time Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year.

In addition to leading the Orange to success on the Field, Babers’ team achieved an Academic Progress Rating (APR) score of 968 last season. The Orange football program also has a strong presence in the local community. In 2016-17, the Orange football team received the ‘Cuse Cares Award for their superior commitment to giving back to the community. Through the “Lift for Life” and other initiatives supporting Uplifting Athletes, the Orange also raised more than $25,000 last year to help fight rare diseases.

“We are proud of what Coach Babers and his team have been able to accomplish on the field, as well as in the classroom and in the local community,” said Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Chairman Percy Vaughn. “A huge win this past weekend over Clemson only further solidifies the monumental strides this program has made since Babers took over last season.”

The Dodd Trophy presented by the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl – along with the Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week Award – celebrates the head coach of a FBS team who enjoys success on the gridiron, while also stressing the importance of scholarship, leadership and integrity.

2017 Dodd Coach of the Week Winners
Week Coach School
1 Jim Mora UCLA
2 Lincoln Riley Oklahoma
3 Dan Mullen Mississippi State
4 Gary Patterson TCU
5 Mike Leach Washington State
6 Matt Campbell Iowa State
7 Dino Babers Syracuse

A panel consisting of all previous winners, national media, a member of the Dodd family and a College Football Hall of Fame member will identify the final list of potential recipients at the conclusion of the 2017 season. The winner of the 2017 Dodd Trophy will be announced in Atlanta during Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Week.

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About the Dodd Trophy
The Dodd Trophy was established in 1976 to honor the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division 1A) head football coach whose program represents the highest ideals on and off the field. The award honors the coach of a team which enjoys a successful football season, while also stressing the importance of academic excellence and character, as did Coach Dodd’s teams during his 22 years as head football coach of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Coach Dodd remains one of college football’s legendary figures, both as a coach and a player. Coach Dodd was a native of Galax, Virginia, and played his college ball at the University of Tennessee where his team had 27 wins, one loss and two ties during the three years he played. Coach Dodd was selected to the National College Football Hall of Fame both as a coach and as a player. Additional information about the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation can be found at www.TheDoddTrophy.com. For news, updates and insider information, follow us on Twitter at @DoddTrophy or find us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/DoddTrophy.

About Peach Bowl, Inc.
Peach Bowl, Inc. operates the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, one of the New Year’s Six Bowls selected to host the College Football Playoff. This season, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl is celebrating its Golden Season, including its 50-year history of traditions and successes as the nation’s ninth-oldest bowl organization. The Bowl has earned a reputation as one of the most competitive bowls in the country, with 51 percent of its games being decided by a touchdown or less. Peach Bowl, Inc. has disbursed $160 million in team payouts over its 50-year history and has increased team payout every year since 1996. The Bowl also leads all other bowl game organizations in charitable and scholarship contributions, giving more than $21 million to organizations in need since 2002. Peach Bowl, Inc. also runs the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament and manages The Dodd Trophy national coach of the year award. For more information, visit Chick-fil-APeachBowl.com or follow us on Twitter at @CFAPeachBowl and find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/CFAPeachBowl.