By all accounts it looks like Doug Marrone is going radio silent for the next month. The last chance to grab him, sit him down and force him to answer questions for a while was likely last night's Doug Marrone radio show. On it, we hoped, Doug would answer questions about the firing of three coaches and what he plans to do in their absence.
Instead, Doug filibustered and talked up the 2010 season. In other words, he's BSed.
That's fine. That's what coaches do. But Doug, you'll have to excuse Syracuse fans if we don't exactly jive with BS these days. You have the unfortunate task of following a goober who did nothing BUT bulls*** us about anything and everything for four years. So you can imagine than the hairs on the back of our necks stand up everytime someone goes the "everything's going fine, nothing to see here" route.
So, Doug, what of the three fired coaches?
[I] appreciated the job that those coaches have done for us and we're looking forward to the 2010 season and moving forward with our program.
Alright. Any timetable on when we might see replacements?
"As far as a timetable (on the staff), it's obviously, you have to make sure you get the right person or persons that we're looking for is someone that can communicate with the players, is someone that believes in the life skills and are able to develop these players, not only as football players but as citizens and future leaders in our community and across our great country and the nation."
So...none? Fine. Can you tell us about your plan for evaluating coaches and the program?
"It's one I had a plan for the whole time. As far as the structure of how you evaluate the program, those were in place prior to me accepting the job. After that, then you just get a better feel of having gone through things and what's expected and not expected. The big thing is we tried to change the culture of the program which I feel that we've have done. We tried to create a foundation for this program to be successful, not only on a short term but a long term basis. Those things are in place. We feel very comfortable in where we're going. Again, there's a lot to be excited about in this upcoming year."
Wrap this up generically, Doug.
"At the end of the year, you have the evaluation process and you move on because, you know, we have to do what's best for the program."
And like that...(poof)...he's gone. No idea when we'll hear from Marrone again...I'm guessing he'll be up to his eyeballs in recruiting and, possibly, a little vacation time with the fam. Of course, with rumors swirling of more roster defections on the horizon, Marrone might be forced to make some more generic comments about how great 2010 looks sooner than he, or we, would like.