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'Try less harder' -- How Dino Babers and Syracuse got off to a 3-0 start

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Syracuse football coach Dino Babers has a saying when he talks to his team, one he has relied on heavily over the last year. «Try less harder.» Among Babers' many gifts is his ability to tell a story.

To explain the phrase, Babers recalls his former college coach, the late Dick Tomey, and how he used it constantly with his teams. «When I was 18, I was like, 'What in the H is he talking about?

Less harder?' I want to date her, I want her to be my wife — 'Try less harder.' I want to be a head coach… 'Try less harder.' What does that mean?» Babers says.

Babers never forgot that phrase as he moved forward with his career, because he desperately wanted to figure out what Tomey was trying to say.

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