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Former Syracuse coach Dick MacPherson dies at 86

Richard F. "Dick" MacPherson, who helped rebuild the Syracuse football program for 10 seasons from 1981-90, died Tuesday in Syracuse at the age of 86 due to natural causes.

He led the Orange to five bowl games in his 10 seasons and a 66-46-4 record during his 10-year tenure.

His best season with the program came in 1987, when he led Syracuse to an 11-0 regular season record, produced a quarterback in Don McPherson who finished second in Heisman Trophy voting and tied Auburn 16-16 in the Sugar Bowl to finish the season ranked fourth in both major polls with an 11-0-1 record.

After his stint in the NFL , he worked as a radio analyst for Syracuse football games.

Barrett Sallee has been a member of the sports media in various aspects since 2001.


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