Welp, that did not take long. Recent athletic director hire Mark Coyle is already leaving Syracuse for the
greener snowier pastures of Minnesota. Syracuse.com refers to “family reasons,” which would be a very good reason for such a move.
At Minnesota, Coyle will be able to compete in a division with Wisconsin and Nebraska in football–a step down in competition from Florida State and Clemson. Of course, the history of Gophers’ sports is not exactly riddled with bowl successes and Final Four runs.
In any event, Minnesota is likely flush with all that Big 10 cash, as that conference shows its true colors by putting money ahead of every decision. And, in reality, it is only that the Big 10 is simply better at converting athletics into cash than most other conferences. The same hypocritical agenda is in place in the ACC, as well as all other conferences. Meanwhile, the sheeple of this world continue to believe that Universities have any morally sound agenda whatsoever. Regardless, Minnesota has money than Syracuse simply does not.
As for Syracuse, they are still a P5 school that can pay more than most other non-P5 schools. As the Coyle hire was good, there is reason to be confident that the Trustees will make another good hire. For the most part, other than (a) not getting joined in a conference with Penn State somehow; and (b) hiring Greg Robinson, Syracuse athletic directors have done a very good job over the past 40 or so years.