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Syracuse statements on Marrone’s departure for the NFL

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As you know doubt have heard by now, Doug Marrone Sunday opted to leave his alma mater Syracuse to return to the NFL as head coach of the Buffalo Bills.  In fact, as I typed this, Marrone was being introduced at a press conference in Orchard Park.

While Marrone is basking in the glow of his first head-coaching job at the professional level, the fact that the fourth-year coach left leaves a significant void for the Orange football program.

There has been no real concrete news as to a viable replacement for Marrone, although a search has already commenced.  In that vein, the university released statements early Monday afternoon both congratulating the former coach on his new gig and vowing to maintain the momentum the football program has built heading into a new conference.

Here are the statements from, first, athletic director Daryl Gross and the university’s leadership, including chancellor Nancy Cantor:

“Doug has restored Syracuse football to its rightful place and we are appreciative of the foundation he has laid on and off the field for the future success of the program,” Gross said. “We wish him the absolute best in his opportunity in the NFL. We look forward to improving on our success, as we have great momentum heading into the ACC. We will put a head coach in place who will continue down the successful path we are on.”

“We congratulate Coach Marrone on having this opportunity to become a head coach at the highest level,”  the statement attributed to the board’s chairman and the school’s chancellor. “Under his leadership, we have restored the rich, winning football tradition at Syracuse, and we wish him continued success as he moves to the National Football League.

“We are fully committed to continuing SU Football’s successful trajectory and the commitment, work ethic, integrity, and support for the personal and academic development of our student-athletes that Doug and his coaching staff embedded in the program. Moving forward, we have full confidence in Dr. Daryl Gross to find the right successor to build on this success.

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6 Responses to “Syracuse statements on Marrone’s departure for the NFL”
  1. thegamecocker says: Jan 7, 2013 1:42 PM

    LOL! The successful trajectory, commitment, work ethic, integrity and support for the personal and academic blah, blah, blah, etc. He was 25-25! That is mediocrity at best! Ben Schwartzwalder doing summersaults in his grave! After Jim Brown, Ernie Davis, Floyd Little, etc., we bring you Doug Marrone? Are you kidding me? He restoreth Jack Sit! He will not get it done in Buffalo either. Now “Dr. Gross” (nice name by the way….) should reach out to Tom OBrien and beg him to be the next HC.

  2. v2the4 says: Jan 7, 2013 1:55 PM

    I think Doug Marrone did a good job, considering the program was in shambles when he arrived, and its very hard to get recruits up the Syracuse.

    The Cuse had one winning record since the turn of the decade, they went 10-3 in 2001 under current UConn head coach Paul Pasqualoni, who was fired after going 4-8 in 2002 and back to back 6-6 years in ’03 and 04.

    The Cuse then brought in former Texas and NFL defensive coordinator Greg Robinson and he ran the program in the ground going 1-10, 2-10, 4-8 and 3-9 in his four seasons there from 2005-2008.

    Marrone has righted the ship considering how bad they were….going 25-25, a big east co-championship this season(they blew out Louisville, who bitch slap sec heavyweight Florida in the sugar bowl) and two bowl wins were huge…thats the reason he got the Buffalo job….

  3. whitdog23 says: Jan 7, 2013 2:07 PM

    his name is Doug Marrone Sunday? since when?? journalism 101 boys

  4. thefiesty1 says: Jan 7, 2013 3:25 PM

    The board said “he restored the rich winning tradition….” it shouldn’t be too hard to find a replacement to keep them at .500. Rich? Winning? 25-25 aim for mediocre.

  5. stevincinci says: Jan 7, 2013 7:23 PM

    Kerry Combs from Ohio State. Perfect choice.

  6. dannymac42 says: Jan 7, 2013 10:58 PM

    With Chip Kelly returning SU should take a look at Mark Helfrich.

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