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Jacksonville expands claim to be “Syracuse South”

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The interim tag has been removed from Doug Marrone
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With the football world focused on Tampa and tonight’s College Football Playoff Championship, the Jacksonville Jaguars decided to wrap up their head coach search. According to Adam Shefter’s sources, the Jaguars are promoting former Syracuse Orange head coach Doug Marrone to fill their opening. Marrone will be joined by another Syracuse alum, as Shefter is also reporting that Tom Coughlin will be named Executive VP of Football Operations for the Jags.

This marks the second time in the last year that a team in Jacksonville has turned to a pair of Syracuse alums to lead them, following the lead of the Jacksonville University lacrosse team. Now Marrone and Coughlin can’t match the playing resumes of Galloway and Powell, but they do have a history of improving the teams they coach. Marrone was 25-25 during his Syracuse career, but in restoring the program from the depths of the Greg Robinson era, he grades a lot higher than a .500 coach. With Coughlin back, the Jaguars hope for a return to the AFC Championship appearances that the franchise achieved back in 1996 and 1999.

The last time Marrone took a NFL head coaching position, he took a lot of the Syracuse staff with him. While you might think the Orange are safe this time, don’t be surprised if former Marrone standout and current GA Macky MacPherson is tabbed for a position with the Jaguars. If that happens, it’s a good thing. The more Syracuse connections there are in the NFL means the more opportunities for Orange players to be seen.

Congratulations Doug Marrone and maybe we’ll all hang out and reminisce about those Pinstripe Bowl victories when we come down for a future TaxSlayer.Com bowl game.

New Era Pinstripe Bowl - West Virginia v Syracuse Photo by Nate nose / Getty Images