"We have some beautiful guys on that staff that have done an unbelievable job. Obviously, that helps alot. To say those guys wouldn't get the strongest consideration would be foolish."
"I do think that there is a sense that he felt like folks didn’t always, I don’t know what the percentage is, it’s probably a minority, but some folks didn’t get what was happening," Gross said. "We had a very entertaining team this year and I think he was disappointed in some regards because this is his alma mater, and he just thought that people would get behind it a little bit more."
So who is our guy? A reasonable mind would think that Daryl Gross will want to find a replacement relatively quickly, as news is already breaking of recruits potentially backing out of their commitments to Syracuse. Here are some of the names being thrown around amongst the fan base, even if they are completely far fetched.
If Syracuse doesn’t promote Nathaniel Hackett, Shafer is the other in-house option for the Orange. The Ohio native has worked as an assistant on the college level since 1991, making stops at Rhode Island, Northern Illinois, Illinois, Western Michigan, Stanford, Michigan and at Syracuse since 2009. Shafer led Syracuse’s defense to a top-10 ranking in yards allowed in 2010 and held opponents to just 19.3 points a game. Shafer doesn’t have any head coaching experience, but is familiar with the current personnel and would provide an easy transition from Marrone.
Syracuse is at a more fragile place than Rutgers or Cincinnati. Though the Orange made strides this year, the rebuilding job is far from over. Syracuse has not been ranked or won 10 games since 2001. The last BCS appearance? The 1998 season. The last time the Orange had back-to-back winning seasons? Try 2000-01. That is why Gross faces such an important decision. He made a great hire in Marrone. He needs another great hire to keep this program from slipping backward again.
Doug Marrone arrived at Syracuse with a mission. He wanted to resurrect the once-proud program from the doldrums of college football. Syracuse had fallen so far and lost so much respectability that his dream to restore the Orange’s pride seemed like a pipedream. Four years and two bowl victories later, Marrone can leave Syracuse knowing he accomplished what he set out to do.
Many Syracuse fans are upset that Marrone openly described Syracuse as his "dream job" when first hired there over four years ago. Marrone explained, "Syracuse was my dream job, and I meant that... I've moved on from Syracuse to go ahead and take this next experience." "What made me feel good is the people at Syracuse that are excited for me," was Marrone's reply to the question if it was tough to leave Syracuse.
Keeley feels that overall, Marrone did a fantastic job of rebuilding the Syracuse program and leaves it in far better shape than when he came.
Henderson told Kelly that Shafer would be announced as head coach on Sunday, Kelly said. He said he also received a call from Floyd Little telling him both coordinators, Shafer and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, would stay with the program.
If Marrone gives the Bills a positive review of Nassib, there's no reason to think a reunion between Marrone and Nassib can't happen this April. For a second-round pick, the Bills could do worse in attempting to rebuild their quarterback position.
Triche, the senior guard, scored 25 points in SU's win over the Scarlet Knights last Wednesday in the Carrier Dome. He followed that performance with a 20-point game on Sunday at USF, when the Orange defeated the Bulls 55-44.
"It's Houston and SMU and you can't even name all the teams that are going to be there and when they're going to be there," Boeheim said. "It's not the same. The ACC is a very stable league, I think -- knock on wood, knock on some president's head. We hope it's stable. But who knows? Nothing's really stable. Things are going to be changing. I'll be fishing someplace and playing golf. But there's many changes yet to come, no question."
Syracuse had been scheduled to play St. John's at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10, but SU officials have switched that game time to 3 p.m.
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