SYRACUSE, NY - OCTOBER 15: Brandon Facyson #31 of the Virginia Tech Hokies breaks up a pass intended for Amba Etta-Tawo #7 of the Syracuse Orange during the third quarter on October 15, 2016 at The Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

One school to lose 7th player to transfer since October


The Dino Babers era at Syracuse is off to an interesting start. After a 4-8 season in 2015 that opened the head coaching position for Babers to occupy, his debut campaign resulted in the same record and, quite obviously, that isn't ideal. However, Babers' team was 4-4 early in the season before floundering near the end and there were moments of encouragement. Unfortunately, though, the coach's style appears to be grinding on his roster.

Linebacker Alryk Perry is reportedly transferring to Division II power Valdosta State, and while that might not seem overly noteworthy, he is the seventh member of the Orange roster to leave the program over just a three-month period. Perry joins the likes of QB Austin White and defensive backs Corey Winfield and Chauncey Scissum who have left the program, and a mass exodus is underway at Syracuse.

To some extent, this isn't overly shocking news, simply because some level of turnover always takes place in college football when regimes change at the top. However, Babers' style seems to be wearing on incumbent players at a higher level than most, and that certainly will not play well if Syracuse does not improve rapidly under his leadership at the top.

For now, this is just a note, but in short order, it could become a disturbing trend if not accompanied by better results for the Orange.