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So, is it time to worry?

Posted by Matt Gelb on December 4, 2008

Daryl Gross is searching long and hard for the next SU head coach. (SU Athletics)

Daryl Gross is searching long and hard for the next SU head coach. (SU Athletics)

Chip Kelly was locked up by Oregon. Temple’s Al Golden said no. Tennessee hired Lane Kiffin. Auburn and Tommy Tuberville parted ways, creating another marquee opening. Randy Edsall continues to deny his interest as Connecticut’s season concludes.

So where does that leave Syracuse?

Well, Skip Holtz, Turner Gill and Mike Locksley are all still in play, theoretically. But, if Auburn pushes hard for Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach, would Tech then go after Gill, the former Big 12 star? Certainly a possibility. And Holtz could be a candidate at Mississippi State.

Yes, the coaching carousel is dizzying.

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SU Wins One for the Gipper

Posted by Todd Kramer on November 23, 2008


Head coach Greg Robinson and company celebrate yesterday's huge win

Head coach Greg Robinson and company celebrate yesterday

Say what you want about Greg Roinson as a head football coach, but throughout his four years as head man of the Syracuse football program, I have never heard anyone – from the players on the team, to athletic director Daryl Gross, to other coaches around the country – question Robinson as a person. And that’s why even the most bitter SU football fans should be happy for Robinson after the Orange’s 24-23 comeback win over Notre Dame last night.


For anyone who watched the game on national television yesterday, there was no question how hard the team was playing, and just how excited the team was to win. I’ve heard some people say they expect the Orange to play hard the rest of the way just to attract a potential replacement for G-Rob, but part of me honestly thinks the team was playing for its lame-duck head coach. Not necessarily to help him win his job back, which is out of the question, but out of respect for Robinson as a man.

“It really isn’t necessarily a surprise at all to our team,” Robinson said in his postgame press conference. “They knew somewhere along the line this team was going to do something special. This was an opportunity for them and they knew they had to make the most of it. I give them a lot of credit.”

Who would have thought coming out of this game the opposing head coach would be the one hearing the critcism? Charlie Weis, who started at Notre Dame the same year Robinson took over at SU, is starting to feel the heat after last night’s unthinkable loss. There’s a good chance if Weis didn’t have a $20 million buyout, he would be shown the door at season’s end.

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Top 5: Next Syracuse head coach

Posted by Matt Gelb on November 18, 2008

Counting down the candidates most likely to be the next Syracuse football head coach…

Randy Edsall could be telling the truth. We dont think he is. (Associated Press)

Randy Edsall could be telling the truth. We don't think he is. (Associated Press)

1. Randy Edsall, Connecticut head coach
Yeah, we know what he said yesterday. But that’s what the head coach of a team currently fighting for bowl positioning is supposed to say right now. He doesn’t want the Syracuse job opening to be a distraction to his team and staff and Connecticut. Fair enough.

Coaches lie, though, and Edsall is included. Disinformation is part of this whole merry-go-round, so Edsall remains the favorite. He coached at Syracuse for 10 years after playing as a backup quarterback. He knows the Big East. He has the recruiting pipelines. And this is the opportunity to fix his alma mater and with help from some donors, SU could reach his asking price of $2 million-plus. ODDS: 10-1

2. Mike Locksley, Illinois offensive coordinator
He’s young and he’s probably one of, if not the best recruiters in the nation. Locksley is reportedly interested in a head coaching job and at this point, he could be the best fit out there if Edsall sticks to his guns. He has constantly convinced the top players from the D.C.-metro area to go to Illinois and that’s enough credentials for us. The only drawback? No prior head coaching experience. But he’s ready for the gig. ODDS: 16-1

3. Turner Gill, Buffalo head coach
He fits the mold of Locksley, except he has head coaching experience. Gill has turned Buffalo, the perrenial doormat of Division I-A football, into a bowl contender. That in of itself is miraculous. But, as’s Stewart Mandel says, he might be overqualified.

It’s entirely possible Gill would be eager to jump from the MAC to the Big East. But here’s the thing: Gill can do better. Much better.

That being said, we think Gill takes a long, hard look at the Syracuse job. Still, he might be holding out for a return home to Nebraska and could just want to wait in Buffalo. ODDS: 25-1
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Greg Robinson fired; Jim Brown celebrates

Posted by Matt Gelb on November 17, 2008

Jim Brown played at Syracuse from 1954-56. (Associated Press)

Jim Brown played at Syracuse from 1954-56. (Associated Press)

Jim Brown made his displeasure for the Greg Robinson Era at Syracuse public last month when he spoke out against the beleaguered head coach on an ESPN feature.

Well, suffice to say, the former Syracuse legendary running back was thrilled at the news that Syracuse had fired Robinson.

“It’s a great day, because we have an opportunity to start anew and work together with the new coach,” Brown told The Daily Orange.

Brown is just one of many former Syracuse football players to express his anger at the current situation. Rob Konrad wrote a letter to Syracuse athletic director Daryl Gross with a suggestion for head coach. Other alumni have done the same.

On Sunday, Gross made the inevitable official, firing Robinson, who is now 9-36 in his four years at Syracuse. It’s the worst four-year stretch in the 117-year football history at SU.

Oh, but don’t worry: Brown likes Robinson as a person.

“He’s a great human being,” Brown said, “but the program is headed nowhere.”

Well, after Sunday’s events, nowhere is somewhere.

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