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Joe Biden Is Potentially Giving a College Football Program a Big Recruiting Advantage

When several media outlets named former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden as the next President of the United States, not many people probably had sports on their minds. However, that was maybe not the case with a particular college football coach, as Syracuse head coach Dino Babers has thought about how Biden’s win in the 2020 Presidential Election could actually help his program. In fact, Biden could potentially give the Orange a pretty big advantage in recruiting.

Joe Biden went to law school at Syracuse

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According to Sports Illustrated’s All Syracuse, Biden has become the first Syracuse alum to be named as the president-elect. He ultimately graduated from law school there in 1968. That is not his only tie to the school, though, as his late son Beau Biden also graduated from law school there in 1994, and his late first wife, Neilia Hunter, went to Syracuse as well.

He has since returned to the school multiple times for commencement and to give other speeches, according to Sports Illustrated. He has also supported the school’s sports teams over the years, as Biden even gave the Orange basketball team a pep talk after their loss to the North Carolina Tar Heels in the 2016 Final Four.

“What a hell of a run,” Biden said, according to Bleacher Report. “Thank you for all the joy you gave us this year.”

Syracuse’s football team has not been great over the years

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While Syracuse has had an excellent basketball program over the years, the football team has not been nearly as successful.

Since 1999, Syracuse’s highest ranking in the AP Poll has been No. 12 in 2018. They have only made seven bowl games during that time and have only had a winning record seven times. Additionally, since 2014, they have only won more than four games twice and have only made one bowl game. 

Syracuse head coach Dino Babers’ first year as head coach of the program was in 2016. Their best year under Babers has come in 2018 when they went 10-3 and played in the Camping World Bowl. Prior to Syracuse, Babers coached at Bowling Green in 2014 and 2015, where he led them to a conference championship and the GoDaddy Bowl in 2015, according to his bio on Syracuse’s site. He also coached at Eastern Illinois in 2012 and 2013.

So far this season, Syracuse has been horrible. They are 1-7, they are only scoring 18.2 points per game, and they are allowing 31.1 points per game. 

However, could Syracuse soon have an advantage in terms of recruiting?

Syracuse coach Dino Babers thinks Joe Biden can help his team in recruiting

Joe Biden was recently named the president-elect by several outlets. The news could potentially help Syracuse's college football program.
Trent Steelman of the Army Black Knights speaks with Vice President of the United States Joe Biden before a game against the Navy Midshipmen on Dec. 8, 2012. | Hunter Martin/Getty Images

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With multiple media outlets naming Biden as the president-elect, Babers now thinks that having the President of the United States as an alum of the university could help him tremendously in recruiting.

“To have the opportunity to be the head football coach at the university where the president-elect graduated from, I think is huge,” Babers said recently, according to TMZ.

He continued: “Not only is it a huge honor, but I think it’s a huge recruiting advantage when you go around the country and say, ‘Hey, come to Syracuse University. You can be a president of the United States.'”

Babers also said, “I’m very proud and I’m glad that happened, and I hope I get an opportunity to meet him. I think that would be extremely cool,” according to Fox News.

Could Biden being a Syracuse alum actually help Babers and his program? It is hard to tell for sure, but it certainly won’t hurt them. Syracuse needs as much help as possible, too, as it doesn’t appear that players are choosing to go there for football reasons.

It will be interesting to see if they can land any better recruits in the coming years.

Stats courtesy of Sports Reference