Top 3 moments from Mark Coyle’s time at Syracuse

first_imgSyracuse 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: jrmettus@syr.edu | @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&Alast_img read more

Angels’ Tyler Skaggs enjoying healthy, successful start to season

first_imgANAHEIM — At the intersection of health and experience, Tyler Skaggs is enjoying the best extended stretch of work in his career.Heading into his ninth start of the season, on Thursday, Skaggs has posted a 3.07 ERA and he’s pitched 44 innings, tops on the team.“It feels good,” he said. “If you look at my career before I got over here and had Tommy John, I didn’t miss a start ever. It feels good and normal. It feels like what I’ve always done.”Since the Angels acquired Skaggs in the winter before the 2014 season – reacquiring a player they drafted and then traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks – Skaggs has enjoyed a few good months. Mostly, his successes have been interrupted by injuries or ineffectiveness. Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Skaggs had had a good start to his season while pitching in a rotation that has been in flux, with the order often jumbled as they try to give the starters extra rest and work in Shohei Ohtani, who is on a different schedule.“It would be nice to have a set schedule, but there’s nothing I can do about it,” he said. “The team is pitching well right now. That’s all that matters.”Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros With the injuries behind him, he’s working on a run of consistently strong performances. He said part of his success is attributable to the development of his changeup – a new pitch this year – and a two-seam fastball.“The curve and the four-seamer have always been there,” he said. “If you’re two-dimensional, they have a 50-percent chance of being right. I think once I started throwing the changeup, it’s opened up a lot of avenues for me.”Skaggs has thrown his changeup 10 percent of the time, but hitters are batting .143 against it. They are hitting .177 against his two-seamer, which he’s thrown 15 percent of the time. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros center_img He missed almost two entire years – from August 2014 to July 2016 – rehabbing from Tommy John surgery and a subsequent shoulder injury.Skaggs, 26, hasn’t had an arm injury since, having missed time last year with an oblique injury.Related Articles Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more