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A dysfunctional end at Syracuse and a candidate

Posted on: November 16, 2008 9:09 pm
 

A week after Syracuse officially dropped from bowl contention, 24 hours after senior day, now -- now  -- they decide to fire Greg Robinson.

Like everything else about the Robinson era, this made no sense. AD Daryl Gross explained the firing as if Robinson had been some sort of serial killer.

"We just thought at this point the community could relax," he said.

Huh?

What exactly does Gross gain by firing Robinson now, especially since the coach will stay for the final two games of the season? Something must have gotten into ADs' coffee this year. Robinson became the sixth coach to be fired/resign during the season.  

Gross does have his first official candidate. Illinois offensive coordinator Mike Locksley told me Sunday night, in a roundabout way, that he would be interested.

"Obviously being a head coach is an ultimate goal of mine," Locksley said, "whether it's a BCS or non-BCS school. I'm not in a hurry."

Locksley said he had not been contacted, although his name has circulated as a possible candidate for a while. The 48-year-old is in his fourth season under Ron Zook. Before that he was with Zook at Florida making a reputation as one of the nation's best recruiters. Locksley is responsible for opening up the Washington D.C. area to Illinois. They snatched current stars defensive back Vontae Davis and receiver Arrelious Benn from the area.

Illinois signed Locksley to an extension that runs through the 2012 season after West Virginia inquired about interviewing late last year. The coach makes approximately $500,000 per season, making him one of the highest paid coordinators in the country.

Syracuse already has employed headhunter Chuck Neinas. Former Raiders and USC coach Lane Kiffin is known to be interested and has ties to Gross, a former USC associate AD. The name of New Orleans offensive coordinator Doug Marrone has surfaced as well. Marrone played at Syracuse from 1983-85. He currently oversees the NFL's No. 1 offense. 

Category: NCAAF
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Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2008 11:42 am
 

A dysfunctional end at Syracuse and a candidate

"I cannot remember one coach tenure bringing down a program so far, so fast."

As a Louisville fan, I can think of 2: Ron Cooper and now Steve Kragthorpe.




Since: Apr 4, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2008 10:13 am
 

A dysfunctional end at Syracuse and a candidate

Daryl Gross should fire himself . Now . Because as much as anyone he has contributed to the destruction of the Syracuse football program by firing Pasqualoni and hiring Robinson . It will take a very long time to restore any stature to Syracuse's football program and reputation .




Since: Oct 22, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2008 9:40 am
 

A dysfunctional end at Syracuse and a candidate

The AD Darryl Gross has ties to USC he worked with Carroll for a long time.



Since: Nov 10, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2008 9:14 am
 

A dysfunctional end at Syracuse and a candidate

SU should be going after Mark Whipple.  He won a national title at UMass.  The last coach SU got from UMass didn't do too poorly (Coach Mac).  Whipple has college and pro experience, winning a super bowl with the steelers as qb's coach.  Now he works with D-Nabb, who by the way is on the board of trustees.  This guy is a perfect fit.




Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2008 12:26 am
 

A dysfunctional end at Syracuse and a candidate

The AD Gross used to be Assoc. AD at USC i believe thats the relevance that is being referred to regarding USC ties.



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2008 12:00 am
 

A dysfunctional end at Syracuse and a candidate

Robinson had no ties to Southern Cal and was defensive coordinator for just one year under Carroll in 1994. The Jets finished 6-10 that year but the defense gave up only 20 points per game (14th best) and never gave up more than 28 in a game. I'm not sure how Kiffin's USC or Carroll relationship would be relevant.



Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: November 16, 2008 10:04 pm
 

A dysfunctional end at Syracuse and a candidate

Locksley might be a good choice given his recruiting skills.  I had recommended Turner Gill at Buffalo on another thread.  As far as Kiffin is concerned, I don't think the SU community would be too happy with someone else with Southern Cal or Pete Carroll ties right now after the absolute disaster of Robinson.  I cannot remember one coach tenure bringing down a program so far, so fast.  There's talk about Randy Edsall, but personally I think he'd be nuts to leave Connecticut, where he's built a solid program and has top-notch facilities to make a move to another team in the same conference.  If he does, he really loves his alma mater.



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