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"Orange fans should be grateful he brought the football team back to respectability, and wish him success in Buffalo. No ill will from fans should be harbored. And the best part? His greatest contribution, could be still on the horizon."
Orange fans should be grateful he brought the football team back to respectability, and wish him success in Buffalo. No ill will from fans should be harbored. And the best part? His greatest contribution, could be still on the horizon.
Yes, Marrone’s departure is a body blow. He was the right guy at the right time for Syracuse. The future looked bright. But there will be another coach, and another season. With any luck, that coach will keep up the momentum. Meanwhile, SU fans should thank Doug Marrone for all he’s done, count their blessings for four years of thrilling football, and wish him nothing but the best.
Good move from Syracuse. They acted quickly, and kept the momentum and philosophy of the program moving forward. Earlier today, both Eric Crume and Keon Lyn tweeted in support of Shafer staying on as head coach. Looks like they get their wish. Double goes for Syracuse recruiting. A complete coaching swap would’ve led to the defection of a lot of recruits. This allows SU to hang on to the guys they already have, while having some stability going forward.
There were hot young candidates out there like Bowling Green’s Dave Clawson who some believe would’ve been a much better hire. But ultimately it’s hard to disagree with SU’s decision to try and build off Marrone’s success, and keep as much continuity as possible.
"It’d be amazing. That’s be real nice because that defensive coordinator, he was in my house, and I’d be better off with him. He’s just so down to earth, he’s never going to BS you."
Junior Alyssa Murray shares some of the shooting tips that helped her become the nation's leading scorer in the January issue of Lacrosse Magazine. Murray also discussed her goals for 2013 in the issue, which is now available.
17. Pinstripe. Snow! Not a lot of it, by kickoff, but snow! Snow! And, yes, the second over-by-the-middle-of-the-third-quarter blowout victory for the Orange over the Mountaineers in as many seasons. But snow! Oh, and Holgorage! And snow!
BC is one of four ACC programs with more than a $100M valuation, joining Virginia ($146.3M), N.C. State ($143.0) and North Carolina ($99.8M). The rest: Maryland ($96.0M), Syracuse ($91.4M), Louisville ($75.4M), Duke ($62.0M) and Pittsburgh ($59.6M). Not surprising to see the three Big East newcomers towards the bottom of this list as the ACC has outstripped the Big East in generating football revenue the past couple of years. Maryland's financial woes have been well documented and Duke is, well, Duke.
Turns out a close first half doesn't get you anything other than a close halftime score, as Marquette played almost even with Syracuse through 20 minutes back on Saturday night, but lost the thread of the game in the second half.
Conley will be joining Alliance Advisory Group, a financial planning team here in Syracuse but he still remains well versed on the game of college football.
Syracuse is No. 2 seed in the Midwest, playing Wagner in the first round. Road to Final Four is Philly-Indianapolis.
8. Syracuse -- Major questions surround the Orange now that coach Doug Marrone has left for the Buffalo Bills. This is a team that already had to replace starting quarterback Ryan Nassib, all-Big East tackle Justin Pugh, record-setting receiver Alec Lemon and leading tackler Shamarko Thomas. But Syracuse does have 1,000-yard rusher Jerome Smith returning, along with linebackers Marquis Spruill and Dyshawn Davis. Many questions must be answered before 2013 begins.
3. Syracuse (8-5, 5-2). The Orange won six of their final seven games on the year and ended the season playing as well as any team out there. Major credit to coach Doug Marrone for winning a share of the Big East in what ended up being his final season. The win over West Virginia in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl was as dominating a victory as any team had during bowl season.