Following yesterday's news that Daryl Gross would no longer serve in his position as Syracuse athletics director, it was only a matter of time before some of the staffers below him started being shown the door. Well, that process started today.
A source confirmed that a memo was sent to SU athletics staff today, to announce that Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director/External Affairs and Chief Communications Officer Joe Giansante would no longer serve in that role at the university. He'd been in the position since 2013, after coming over from Oregon.
Sue Edson, long-time associate athletics director at Syracuse, will be taking on some additional duties to make up for Giansante's departure.
This isn't a "firing" per se, but well... again, it's sort of a given that several of the next-in-line folks will be on the way out after Gross. And that starts with Giansante, whose #BRAND-centric ways were a large part of how the now-former athletics administration did business.
Not major news, but nonetheless, things are changing quickly at Syracuse. We'll certainly get further clarity on the other side of yesterday's news -- Jim Boeheim's timetable -- at this morning's 10 a.m. ET press conference.
UPDATE (5:10 p.m. ET):
Giansante has told Syracuse.com that he has taken a "leave of absence" from his post. You can infer what you want from this statement on his part, after Gross made some similar remarks about his own self-determination yesterday. So #BRAND, guys.
UPDATE (5:53 p.m. ET):
This sure doesn't look like a "leave of absence," Joseph...