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Syracuse Football: Should Syracuse Canonize Doug Marrone?

Saint Doug is making headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Joe Sargent

Things are not going all that great for former Syracuse Orange head coach Doug Marrone in his new(ish) stint as head coach for the Buffalo Bills? He's coming off of a 6-10 campaign (understandable), his personal decisions have been spotty, hot seat warnings have been popping up all over the place and now he's getting into shouting matches with his bosses on the practice field.

That last nugget comes from Jason La Canfora at CBSSports.com in a piece that paints Marrone as, well, a guy on his way out of town long before the Bills themselves head out of town for Toronto...

There's also thing little nugget that, well, let's just put it out there...

Sources said Marrone has referred to himself as "Saint Doug" at times, referencing the fact that it takes two miracles to be canonized as a saint, and that he already pulled off one miracle by winning at Syracuse and alluding to the fact it would take another miracle to win in Buffalo.

Now...

I've seen a lot of SU fans giving Marrone flack already over that statement and it should be noted that...

1. It's from "sources" and SU fans should know as well as anyone that "sources" is a bit of a fibber sometimes.

2. Context is king. Did he say it in a joking manner? Cause that's different from him walking into the room, asking people to call him Saint Doug and to kiss his ring.

3. While "winning at Syracuse" isn't the miracle, winning so quickly following the debacle that was the GROB Era kinda was...

Forget about the Saint Doug thing for a second, this piece is obviously coming from someone's agenda. A bunch of people seem to have a whole lot to say about what a terrible job Marrone is doing and what a terrible person he is. I don't think La Canfora woke up one morning and said I better dig into this Marrone character...obviously he's being fed all of this.

So, before you just jump on board the "Saint Doug is a Saint Dick" train, just keep it in mind that this is all coming from a certain angle. And maybe Marrone did call himself Saint Doug, but maybe he didn't mean it the way it reads on paper.

We've all followed Jim Boeheim long enough to know that how something he says reads on paper sounds a lot worse than it actually was.

I guess I never answered the question...should we follow through and canonize Marrone for his four year miracle? Probably not until Coach Mac gets his sainthood first...