Former Patriots, Syracuse Head Coach Dick MacPherson Dies At Age 86


MacPherson and the Orange went just 4-6-1 during the coach's first season and 2-9 in his second year, putting a whole lot of pressure on MacPherson to produce results in his third season.

Dick MacPherson, known by many for his 10-year coaching tenure at Syracuse University as well as a head-coaching stint with the New England Patriots, died Tuesday afternoon at age 86. He had an undefeated season with the Orangemen in 1987, when his team finished 11-0-1 and tied Auburn in the Sugar Bowl.

MacPherson only coached the Patriots briefly, taking the reigns for the 1991 and 1992 seasons. The five-game improvement helped MacPherson to finish fifth in NFL Coach of the Year balloting. He went 8-24 in two seasons before giving way to Bill Parcells. I knew of his name and that he had some success at Syracuse back in the '80s, but that's about it. Of course, [Dante Scarnecchia] worked for him here.

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Great guy, great person, really amusing, funny guy, got along well with everybody, but he did a very good job with the Syracuse program. I've spent the last day or so reading as much as I can, while trying to learn about MacPherson's legacy at Syracuse.

"He had a good impact on the game, good impact on this organization, both when he was here and numerous people here worked with him and learned under him". If you didn't have them, he'd send you out to get them. And I kind of put myself in that category, as well, because of my interactions with all those guys, all the coaches that I mentioned. "He was a good man".