It’s a very sad day in the Salt City. One of the most legendary sports figures Central New York has ever known has left us, as former Syracuse football coach Dick MacPherson passed away at age 86.
By all accounts, Coach Mac was one of the most genuine, lovable guys on the entire college football landscape. He turned around a Syracuse football program that had been struggling for more than a decade, culminating in a 1987 season that saw Syracuse finish just shy of winning a national title thanks to Pat Dye’s desire to play for a tie.
I will fully admit, I don’t have much recollection of Dick MacPherson as a coach, simply because I was too young, and didn’t really get into following Syracuse football until the early ’90s. But his legacy is nearly unparalleled, as is his reputation.
Here’s a little sampling of what those who knew Coach Mac have to say about his passing, and his impact…
— Kevin Connors (@kevconnorsespn) August 8, 2017
So sad to hear of the passing of Dick MacPherson. Few people have had as big an impact on a program over generations as he did at Syracuse.
— David Hale (@DavidHaleESPN) August 8, 2017
Sad to hear about Old Town's Dick MacPherson.I Once addressed him as Coach Mc-Fear-son- he corrected me – Mc-Fer-son because he has no fear.
— LEE GOLDBERG (@WCSHSPORTSGUY) August 8, 2017
He was the best. Remember, there was no "fear" in MacPherson. He will be missed. https://t.co/EQS8PZt8Hm
— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) August 8, 2017
Lost a great one today. I owe this man so much. He believed in me before I did. Would not be where I am today if not for him. RIP Coach Mac. pic.twitter.com/qTkn9pDrdD
— Daryl Johnston (@DarylJohnston) August 8, 2017
RIP Coach Mac. Beautiful man. Loved being around him. Syracuse Football was everything to him. He built it. https://t.co/jHNJ7eCM6v
— Adam Schein (@AdamSchein) August 8, 2017
Sad to hear about the passing of Coach Mac. He loved Syracuse! The Boeheim Family sends prayers to Sandra and the MacPhersons.
— Jim Boeheim (@therealboeheim) August 8, 2017
Such sad news for all of us blessed to call Mac a friend. Our prayers to his family & all the men he coached. So lucky to have known him. https://t.co/SjOa8Cedoc
— MikeTirico (@miketirico) August 8, 2017
Syracuse Football lost a great one today. Thoughts and prayers are with the MacPherson family. pic.twitter.com/fCeRV4Dy1Q
— Dino Babers (@CoachBabersCuse) August 8, 2017
— Derrick Coleman (@44TheLegend) August 8, 2017
Former @CuseFootball coach Dick MacPherson: one of my favorite people I've met in/out of colfb. Relentlessly upbeat. Sorry to see he's gone.
— Ivan Maisel (@Ivan_Maisel) August 8, 2017
We’ll miss you, Coach Mac.