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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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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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