Understand first and foremost, this is a Twitter report. I hate Twitter reports. But this is a report from a confirmed Twitter account of an Associated Press writer, so it is interesting to say the least. Writer Tom Withers said on his Twitter account today that Chip Kelly will be interviewing with the Cleveland Browns job, and adds a little note about Doug Marrone:
Now it seems pretty unclear on if Withers is talking about the Browns job alone, or all of the jobs in the NFL. Withers does not say Marrone isn’t going to Cleveland, but rather says he is “not leaving ‘Cuse”. If this is the case, the entire Syracuse fan base can take a collective exhale. This could be potentially huge news for this football team, and a lot of Syracuse fans who may not have realized it previously will have a new appreciation for the head coach. The timing (if true) could also be perfect, as the announcement may be able to keep Syracuse in the hunt for Ebenezer Ogundeko. The all-american defensive end is set to make his announcement this weekend, with Syracuse and Clemson being his final two schools on his list.
I would advise to be cautiously optimistic, and to take nothing as fact until we hear it from Marrone himself that he is staying at Syracuse.