There was a time when a Syracuse football coach stayed the Syracuse football coach for a long time. Ben Schwartzwalder put in 25 years. Dick McPherson was here for 10. Paul Pasqualoni roamed the sidelines for 14.
Since Paul, we've had a succession of coaches who were here for no more than four seasons at a time. While they haven't all left for bad reasons, it's started a new trend of SU as a journeyman destination, either to move on from or be fired from.
So in that sense we can admire that Paul Pasqualoni stayed here as long as he could. Not that he had too many other options after a while, but Coach P was the face of Syracuse Orange football for a decade and a half.
We thought we'd seen the last of him when he was fired and moved on to the NFL as a coordinator. But then he returned to haunt us as head coach of the Connecticut Huskies. Now he haunts UConn fans as the face of that program's fall back into mediocrity after a Fiesta Bowl. Coach P lasted a mere 2.3 seasons at UConn, but he did get a modicum of vengeance on us, leading the Huskies to victory in his first game against his former school. With that, we figured NOW we've seen the last of him.
And now he's been hired as the defensive line coach of the Boston College Eagles. Following a stint as the DL coach for the Houston Texans, Coach P is back where he apparently belongs, coaching Northeastern FBS college football.
It's a reunion for head coach Steve Addazio and Pasqualoni, though a bit of a role reversal. Addazio was an assistant coach under Coach P at Syracuse between 1995 and 1998.
And so, Syracuse fans can look forward to at least one more go-round with Coach P. Boston College will tangle October 22 in Chestnut Hill. The last time Coach P was involved in a game between Syracuse and BC there, Diamond Ferri ruined the Eagles' season. Funny how things turn out in college football.
P.S. - No, Boston College, you do not get #OrangeEagle points for hiring P.