The Time Doug Marrone De-Scholarshiped An Entire Syracuse Recruiting Class

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So remember when Doug Marrone was hired as head coach of the Syracuse Orange football team and, like, 47 players left via various means and reasons? Maybe this is old news but I don't think I've ever heard the specific reason put the way Sir Alec Lemon put it.

Update: I kinda read it wrong. It's not that he de-scholarshipped everyone already on the team but that he rescinded all the offers on the table for the recruits. We regret the error. Carry on.

Original: So remember when Doug Marrone was hired as head coach of the Syracuse Orange football team and, like, 47 players left via various means and reasons? Maybe this is old news but I don't think I've ever heard the specific reason put the way Sir Alec Lemon put it in his interview with Pro Interviews as he leads up to the 2013 NFL Draft:

Strauss : Were you recruited by Doug Marrone?

Lemon : I was actually recruited by Greg Robinson, and I stayed committed with him. When Coach Marrone came in, he took all of the scholarships of every player that committed to Coach Robinson, except for me, Justin Pugh, and Andrew Phillips. We were the lucky three that stayed committed to Syracuse. Thankfully because I remember when he came and visited my house, he mentioned that this was his first house visit, and that I could relax. He told me that he was taking everyone’s scholarship away except for mine. I was the first person he did not have to do that to. I was kind-of nervous, but very relieved.

Before he left, Marrone sent an e-mail to the SU players saying "you are my guys." He wasn't kidding.

Lemon also touches on WR coach Rob Moore...

I probably tell everyone that’s the best thing that has happened to me at Syracuse. Having a new coaching staff and having Coach Moore come in and become my coach and my mentor.

And what flavor of ice cream he is...

Have you ever had cheesecake ice cream from Cold Stone's? I would have to say that. The reason is it kind of looks bland, like regular old vanilla or just another type of vanilla. However, once you get a bite of that cheesecake ice cream you know you get that sensation, that good cheesecake flavor, you think it’s some real stuff.

I suddenly want to know what flavor of ice cream every player on Syracuse is. (Charley Loeb is Stephen Colbert's Americone Dream, obviously).

Read the rest of the interview here to find out what Lemon is doing to prepare for the draft.

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