Syracuse Football: Top quotes from first presser of head coach Fran Brown

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New Jersey native Fran Brown was formally introduced as the next head coach of Syracuse football at a press conference on Monday, and many Orange fans, myself included, loved what he had to say in his first presser on the Hill.

Brown, regarded as one of the country’s top recruiters by national observers, replaces Dino Babers as the ‘Cuse head coach. Syracuse football (6-6, 2-6 in the ACC), by the way, will square off against American Athletic Conference member South Florida (6-6) in the Boca Raton Bowl on Thursday, Dec. 21, in Boca Raton, Fla. It is the second bowl game in as many seasons for the ‘Cuse.

Brown comes to the Orange after serving as the defensive backs coach at Southeastern Conference powerhouse Georgia. He’s also held coaching positions at Rutgers, Temple and Baylor.

A native of Camden, N.J., Brown’s strong recruiting ties include in New Jersey and throughout the Northeast, two important geographic areas for Syracuse football. Brown is also excellent at player development, regardless of what official coaching titles he held at Georgia, Rutgers, Temple and Baylor.

Top highlights from the first press conference of new Syracuse football head coach Fran Brown.

Brown, to me, was quite impressive in Monday’s presser. He’s a straightforward guy. He’s humble. He has high expectations. He’s a family man. He wants his players to be exquisite on and off the field. He seems extremely genuine, and Brown is ready to get to work and turn Syracuse football back into a highly regarded program not only in the Atlantic Coast Conference, but also on a national scale.

I wasn’t able to attend Monday’s press conference in person, but I wanted to pass along some of what I found to be the top quotes from Brown at this event:

•Brown’s message to ‘Cuse alumni.

•Brown on recruiting and name, image and likeness (“NIL”) efforts.

•Brown on building a winning program, and that includes fan support.

•Brown discusses why he wanted to be the next head coach of the Orange.

•The new ‘Cuse boss says in part, “I’m here for life.”

•Brown on the importance of community endeavors.

•Brown, by the way, confirmed that Elijah Robinson will be the Orange’s new defensive coordinator. Robinson, most recently, was the co-defensive coordinator and assistant head coach at SEC school Texas A&M. Analysts note that Robinson, much like Brown, has deep recruiting ties in New Jersey and throughout the Northeast region.

•Brown on what it takes from everyone for Syracuse football to consistently become a top program, and what the Orange is getting from him.

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