Syracuse University’s most beloved football coach, Dick MacPherson, has died.
The SU football program confirmed his death on Tuesday afternoon.
Coach Mac compiled a record of 66-46-4 at the helm of the Orange’s program, including an undefeated season when he guided SU to an 11-0-1 record.
MacPherson went 4-1 in bowl games while coaching the Orange, and led the team to as high at No. 4 in the national rankings.
MacPherson coached at SU from 1981 to 1990.
After a stint as a graduate assistant at the University of Illinois, MacPherson served as a freshman coach UMass and then an assistant coach at Cincinnati.
Lou Saban hired MacPherson at Maryland in 1966, before bringing him along to the NFL’s Denver Broncos.
The Maine native earned his first head coaching job at the University of Massachusetts. After he was hired to the program’s top post in 1971, he led it to a 45-27-1 record.
MacPherson returned to the NFL as an assistant coach with the Cleveland Browns from 1978 to 1980 before he was hired as SU’s 25th head coach.