Sterlin Gilbert will be the new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Syracuse, sources told FootballScoop on Saturday. The news was first reported by the Lake Charles (La.) American Press.
Gilbert will reunite with Orange head coach Dino Babers after the pair worked together previously at Eastern Illinois and Bowling Green. He was selected by his peers as the FCS Coordinator of the Year for his work at EIU in 2013.
Gilbert is currently the head coach at McNeese. He led the Cowboys to a 7-5 record and a 5-4 mark in Southland Conference play in his only season as head coach at the FCS school. Gilbert previously coordinated offenses at Tulsa, Texas and South Florida in between working under Babers and his head coaching stint at McNeese.
What Gilbert’s addition means for the Syracuse staff is unclear. The Orange currently list Mike Lynch as offensive coordinator and Kirk Martin as quarterbacks coach.
Syracuse went a disappointing 5-7 in 2019 after an ascendant 2018 in which the Orange won 10 games and ended the year at No. 15 in both polls. After finishing 11th in the country in scoring in 2018, Syracuse slipped to 69th this season and 101st in yards per play.
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