We've been waiting not-so-patiently to hear what Syracuse University and Syracuse Athletics would have to say about Doug Marrone leaving the football program to take over the Buffalo Bills. Now that the ink is dry on his contract and the Bills are holding a presser of their own, the school is finally reacting publicly.
Here is SU's official announcement:
"We congratulate Coach Marrone on having this opportunity to become a head coach at the highest level. Under his leadership, we have restored the rich, winning football tradition at Syracuse, and we wish him continued success as he moves to the National Football League.
"We are fully committed to continuing SU football’s successful trajectory and the commitment, work ethic, integrity and support for the personal and academic development of our student-athletes that Doug and his coaching staff embedded in the program. Moving forward we have full confidence in Dr. Daryl Gross to find the right successor to build on this success."
"Doug has restored Syracuse football to its rightful place and we are appreciative of the foundation he has laid on and off the field for the future success of the program. We wish him the absolute best in his opportunity in the NFL. We look forward to improving on our success, as we have great momentum heading into the ACC. We will put a head coach in place who will continue down the successful path we are on."
Let's hope so, sir. It will almost certainly be your legacy.