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Former Syracuse coach Paul Pasqualoni’s tree has grown everywhere

It’s been an interesting journey for Coach P, and the many proteges he’s amassed along the way.

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Back in 2004, the Syracuse Orange fired long-time coach Paul Pasqualoni after a 6-6 season and a co-Big East championship. At the time, it seemed like SU had fallen from grace. We didn’t realize just how much further the program could sink — and it would under Greg GERG Robinson.

No matter what you thought of Coach P then, however, he’s remained in the game since. Since 2005, he’s coached on the Cowboys, Dolphins, Bears, Texans and Boston College staffs -- plus a stint as UConn’s head coach, and most he was most recently hired by Matt Patricia to be the Lions’ defensive coordinator. Patricia worked under Pasqualoni at SU, and like many who’ve worked under Coach P, he’s only branched out from there.

On Monday, the Athletic took a look at Pasqualoni’s coaching tree’s reach and how it got him to Detroit. Worth a read just to stroll down memory lane.

The rest of your Syracuse-related links below:

‘You wanted to emulate him’: The Paul Pasqualoni coaching tree has spread its branches everywhere (The Athletic)

According to Rippon, Pasqualoni had opportunities to jump to the NFL before he finally did so in 2005, only after his dismissal at Syracuse. “The influence that I saw was Joe Paterno,” says Rippon, of Pasqualoni’s coach during his playing days at Penn State. “It was, ‘If you do a good enough job, they’re going to come and offer you a job.’

Assessing ACC basketball after NBA draft decisions (Daily Press)

6. SYRACUSE: Battle, Oshae Brissett and Frank Howard each started all 37 games last season, averaging 38-plus minutes and averaging a combined 48.5 points per game. That’s a start on reaching a second consecutive Sweet 16 for the first time since 2009 and ’10.

Syracuse football recruiting: 4-star WR Brieon Fuller puts Orange in Top 9 (

Fuller caught 46 passes for 888 yards and 11 touchdowns last fall en route to earning first-team All-Miami-Dade County honors from The Miami Herald. He has been clocked at 4.7 seconds in the 40-yard dash, according to The Miami Herald.

Boeheim’s Army 2018: Which Northeast teams pose the biggest threats? (

The Syracuse-based The Basketball Tournament team has eight members and at this point, GM Kevin Belbey doesn’t believe he’ll add a player, but won’t completely rule it out, either. If the team does add someone, there is a fee involved. This will be the fourth straight summer Boeheim’s Army has competed for TBT winner-take-all prize money. This year, it’s $2 million.

Syracuse football in mix for 3-star PA teammates WR Yusuf Terry, S Tykee Smith (

The 6-foot-3, 170-pound Terry listed the Orange in his Top 7 on Monday, along with Rutgers, West Virginia, North Carolina, Central Florida, Baylor and Missouri. He’s rated three stars, the No. 69 wideout in the Class of 2019 and the No. 11 prospect from Pennsylvania this cycle by’s composite rankings.

Countdown to Colts: Linebacker Zaire Franklin (Stampede Blue)

Sports Platform SportsCastr Launches Currency for Fans (Broadcasting & Cable)

Here’s who will run in the Outdoor National Championship (Daily Orange)

Oliver Luck leaving NCAA to head Vince McMahon’s XFL reboot (Yahoo Sports)