Syracuse Director of Athletics Mark Coyle is leaving SU after 11 months on the job to take a position at the University of Minnesota, SU confirmed on Wednesday morning. Minnesota announced on Wednesday morning that he was a finalist for its AD position and he will take the position, according to ESPN.Here are three memorable moments from Coyle’s time at Syracuse.MORE COVERAGE:Storify: Syracuse community reacts to AD Mark Coyle’s departureSyracuse University Director of Athletics Mark Coyle leaving for Minnesota Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 11, 2016 at 1:58 pm Contact Jon: firstname.lastname@example.org | @jmettus First press conferenceCoyle had the Iocolano-Petty football wing auditorium erupting in applause from the start of his first press conference on June 22 — less than a month before he officially became Syracuse’s director of athletics. He spoke to the media, Board of Trustees, members of SU administration and SU head coaches for about 15 minutes saying, “My expectations are simple. … We’re going to get our degrees, and we’re going to compete for championships. And I want to make sure that we all understand that.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFiring of Scott ShaferCoyle said he’d take time to evaluate the Orange’s football programs and almost exactly four months later, on Nov. 23, he fired head coach Scott Shafer with the team sitting at 3-8 and on an eight-game losing streak. There was still one game left in the season.“Scott has worked tirelessly to educate our students on and off the field and to build our program,” Coyle said in a statement. “However, I feel a change in leadership is needed at this time. A national search will begin immediately.”Hiring of Dino Babers and Babers’ inaugural press conferenceBabers, the former Bowling Green head coach, was hired as head football coach on Dec. 5 and held his opening press conference on Dec. 7. Coyle said Shafer was fired before the end of the season to give more time to find a new coach. He also mentioned that he skipped the basketball team’s trip to the Bahamas to continue searching for a football coach.“We wanted a leader who had a proven track record and a strong commitment to student welfare,” Coyle said in a press release on Dec. 5. “Dino’s background as a former student-athlete combined with his head coaching experience, and dynamic offensive mind make him a great fit for our program. We are committed to building a winning Syracuse Football program and today reinforces that commitment.”“I wanted to make sure we found the best fit for Syracuse football,” he added at the press conference. “And how I define best fit was, simply, I wanted someone with tremendous honesty and integrity. I wanted somebody who would be focused on our students and the welfare of our students. I wanted somebody who was innovative and had an exciting brand of football. And I wanted somebody who had a commitment to winning. And I’m confident we’ve found that person in Coach Babers.” Comments Related Stories Syracuse University Director of Athletics Mark Coyle leaving for MinnesotaStorify: Syracuse community reacts to AD Mark Coyle’s departureSyracuse AD Mark Coyle: ‘We’re going to get our degrees, and we’re going to compete for championships.’5 things Mark Coyle said at Dino Babers’ introductory press conferenceMark Coyle speaks with The Daily Orange in Q&A
The Astros acquired Osuna from the Toronto Blue Jays while he was serving a 75-game suspension for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy. The 23-year-old pitcher began a minor league assignment Thursday and will reportedly be reinstated once he’s eligible Sunday.“I’m sure it’s an interesting move in the clubhouse,” Wood said. “Their quote, unquote, zero-tolerance policy; that was a pretty interesting thing as well. It’s a crazy dynamic. It’s hard to understand or know how that clubhouse will react.”Wood was referring to the apparent contradiction between a prepared statement by Astros general manager Jeff Lunhow citing the team’s “zero tolerance policy” toward domestic abuse, and their acquisition of an alleged domestic abuser.Wood also questioned how two Astros players would react to having Osuna as their teammate. When video showed a former Astros prospect beating his girlfriend in a stairwell earlier this year, Verlander and McCullers publicly condemned the player on Twitter.“If that organization can accept the backlash from trading for someone in that situation, that’s for them to deal with,” Wood said. “It’s hard to speak on the clubhouse aspect of it without ever dealing with that situation, but I’m sure it will be an interesting part of the rest of their season for sure.”UTLEY LANDS ON DLIn order to activate third baseman Justin Turner, the Dodgers placed veteran second baseman Chase Utley on the 10-day disabled list with left wrist inflammation.“It is going to be a short-term thing,” Roberts said. “It’s one of those things where you have players all year long who are dealing with things. When you have an excess of players and you want them to play – whether it’s a Justin Turner or a John Axford coming – there’s certain things where now we can appreciate or recognize something, nurse it, get them back to health. That’s what we’re trying to do.”The Dodgers did not announce the transaction until after Roberts briefed the media Thursday afternoon, so he did not directly address Utley’s injury. The manager said the move was delayed because the team was also contemplating placing a relief pitcher on the 10-day disabled list.Axford, who was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays at the trade deadline, will be added to the Dodgers’ roster on Friday. Roberts said it’s possible that the ailing reliever could join Utley on the DL then.ALSOMaking his first minor league rehabilitation appearance, Hyun-Jin Ryu threw four scoreless innings for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga. The left-hander did not walk a batter and struck out four. Of Ryu’s 47 pitches, 34 were strikes, including two hits (both singles). … Ryu has not pitched since May 2 because of a strained left groin. … Left-hander Zac Rosscup (left middle finger inflammation) threw a scoreless inning in relief of Ryu. … Andre Ethier’s retirement ceremony is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. on Friday at Dodger Stadium. Actor Jason Bateman will emcee the ceremony, which will include tributes from teammates past and present. … Kevin Hart and Kourtney Kardashian were on the field prior to batting practice, filming segments for Hart’s YouTube series “What The Fit.” Some Dodger players made cameos.UP NEXTDodgers (LHP Alex Wood, 7-5, 3.68 ERA) vs. Astros (RHP Justin Verlander, 10-6, 2.24 ERA), Friday, 7 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), ESPN+ (out of market only)Related Articles Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire LOS ANGELES — The last time the two most recent World Series participants were granted a regular-season rematch was 2016, when the New York Mets took three of four games against the Kansas City Royals. The Dodgers will try to turn the tables on the Houston Astros similarly this weekend.At least one player Thursday afternoon did not want to offer a preview, professing that looking ahead would violate his one-game-at-a-time mantra. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts suggested it isn’t always that easy.“For what that’s worth, yeah, each game is one game, but you do want to bring your best playing against a championship team,” Roberts said. “When you get that opportunity to play them again, we know we have to play our best to beat them. We’re going to see some very good pitching.”Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.The Astros will send Justin Verlander, Lance McCullers Jr. and Gerrit Cole to the mound in that order. The Dodgers will counter with Alex Wood, Kenta Maeda and Walker Buehler. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season “It’ll be fun to see those guys, have some of those feelings from last October, November creep back into our clubhouse,” Wood said. “It’s always fun to play teams like that.”Several of last fall’s familiar faces will not be on the field. Astros second baseman Jose Altuve went on the 10-day disabled list July 25 with knee discomfort, joining shortstop Carlos Correa (back) and catcher Brian McCann (knee). World Series MVP George Springer was benched because of a sore shoulder Tuesday but did not go on the DL.Yuli Gurriel is healthy, and the Astros’ first baseman was booed roundly the last time he came to Dodger Stadium. After hitting a home run against Yu Darvish in Houston during Game 3, Gurriel made a gesture toward the Japanese-born pitcher that many interpreted as racist. Gurriel apologized after the game, but animus among Dodger fans followed him to Los Angeles.Gurriel served a five-game suspension without pay at the outset of the 2018 season. Darvish signed with the Chicago Cubs after last season, but Dodger fans are unlikely to forget the incident. When Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Josh Hader’s name was announced at Dodger Stadium on Monday, less than two weeks after his series of offensive Twitter comments were publicized during the All-Star Game, boos were audible throughout Chavez Ravine.The series finale will offer fans another conspicuous target: Roberto Osuna.