Dino Babers was a hot name on the coaching carousel. It is suddenly less scalding for an obvious reason. Syracuse, fresh off a stellar 10-3 year, has derailed in mighty fashion.
The Orange were thoroughly embarrassed by Boston College in today's first 30 minutes. Carrier Dome faithful were subjected to an offensive explosion from the visiting Eagles. When the smoke cleared, 44 points and 484 total yards has been posted. BC amassed 336 rushing yards, with both AJ Dillon (146) and David Bailey (133) running wild.
Barring a 24-point comeback in the second half, Syracuse will fall to 0-5 in ACC Conference play and 3-6 overall. Their three remaining games are no picnic. At Duke. At Louisville. Hosting Wake Forest. It's well within the possibility that Babers & Co. go winless in the conference and find the win column just three times (with one of those coming against Holy Cross).
Expectations were much higher. Talent and a lusted-after coach were returning. Outside of last season, Babers is staring a 11-22 record at the university in the face. He's staring the ceasing of all buzz and market demand. Markets, of course, can always change.
But right now there's a ton of work to do at Syracuse. And there will be fewer knocks at the door offering better opportunities. The hype train has crashed. The job now becomes keeping things on the tracks.