Bill Belichick's connection to the late Dick MacPherson

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MacPherson only coached the Patriots briefly, taking the reigns for the 1991 and 1992 seasons.

Syracuse University's most beloved football coach, Dick MacPherson, has died.

After two seasons of transition, MacPherson produced a winning team in 1983.

Syracuse Athletics Coach MacPherson led the Orange football team for almost a decade in the 1980's.

MacPherson, who played college football at Springfield College, also led the Minutemen to four Yankee Conference championships (1971, 1972, 1974 and 1977) during his seven seasons at the helm of the program.

Belichick took time before training camp on Wednesday to speak about Coach Mac and the early days.

MacPherson restored Syracuse to national prominence before heading to the Patriots.

The Old Town, Me. native began coaching MA in 1971, leading the school to a 4-4-1 record. I knew of his name and that he had some success at Syracuse back in the '80s, but that's about it. Under MacPherson's leadership, Syracuse won three more bowl games before moving on to the Patriots.

"Great guy, great person, really amusing guy who got along well with everybody". 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. When you went to see Dick at Syracuse, you had to bring in a couple dozen doughnuts or he wouldn't let you in. You had to go get them.

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