MacPher­son dies

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE -

For­mer Syra­cuse foot­ball coach Dick MacPher­son has died at 86. The univer­sity said he died at home Tues­day with his fam­ily at his side. The cause of death was not re­leased. MacPher­son res­ur­rected a de­clin­ing foot­ball pro­gram in the 1980s and re­stored Syra­cuse to na­tional promi­nence be­fore re­turn­ing to the NFL. Known for his joc­u­lar per­son­al­ity and off-beat com­ments, MacPher­son ar­rived at Syra­cuse be­fore the 1981 sea­son. The Or­ange had slumped through a decade of medi­ocrity, with only three win­ning sea­sons. In 1959, Syra­cuse was the un­de­feated na­tional cham­pion. Be­tween 1967 and MacPher­son’s ar­rival, the Or­ange made only one bowl trip. Af­ter two sea­sons of tran­si­tion, MacPher­son pro­duced a win­ning team in 1983. By the time he left in 1990, he had a 66-46-4 record, the school’s sec­ond-win­ningest coach.

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