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Dino Babers part of Syracuse search committee that will target new AD

First-year Syracuse football coach Dino Babers is a part of a six-person search committee that will target a new athletic director, the school announced Wednesday.

The placement on the committee of Babers, who was hired from Bowling Green by previous Orange AD Mark Coyle in December, should alleviate any concern about Babers’ stability with the program. Coyle left to become Minnesota’s AD two weeks ago, before Babers had coached a single game at Syracuse.

Babers was surprised by Coyle’s departure, as the coach learned of the move from reporters during the ACC spring meetings May 11 in Amelia Island, Florida.

Joining Babers on the committee are chancellor Kent Syverud, faculty athletics representative Richard Burton, deputy AD and senior women’s administrator Kimberly Keenan-Kirkpatrick, board of trustees athletics committee chair Robert Miron, and Syracuse women’s basketball player Brittney Sykes.

"The future of Syracuse Athletics is brighter than it has ever been, both on the field and in the classroom," Syverud, the committee’s chair, said in a statement. "The next Director of Athletics will be someone who can enhance our many existing strengths and has a strong vision that will bring us to new heights."

Syracuse says its goal is to have a new AD in place by the start of the 2016-17 academic year. The school has yet to rule out using a search firm.

"This search process will be both deliberate and expeditious," Syverud said. "Our unprecedented investment in new facilities and membership in one of the finest athletic and academic conferences makes this job one of the best in the nation. I am confident we will find the best person to lead Syracuse Athletics into the future."

Dan French is serving as Syracuse’s acting AD.