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Was Chip Kelly Gross’ Choice?

Posted by Todd Kramer on December 4, 2008

That’s what Donnie Webb at Syracuse.com seems to think.  Kelly was nabbed as Mike Bellotti’s successor at Oregon yesterday, throwing at least some sort of wrench into Daryl Gross’ coaching search.  Gross had already spoken with Kelly and was scheduled to meet with him again this week — a meeting Webb thought was just a “formality.” 

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Donovan McNabb Weighs in on SU Coaching Search

Posted by Todd Kramer on December 3, 2008

 

Kevin Rogers

Kevin Rogers

 

He may not know the NFL’s overtime rules, but Eagles quarterback and former Syracuse great Donovan McNabb knows who he wants to replace Greg Robinson as Orange head football coach. McNabb is one of several SU alumni to voice an opinion to The Sporting News.  

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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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