Jan 7, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone speaks at the press conference announcing his hiring as the new Bills head coach at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Syracuse University Releases Statements On Doug Marrone Hiring

Jan 7, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills general manager Buddy Nix (right) with new Bills head coach Doug Marrone (center) and president Russ Brandon at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports


Well we finally have statements from the University regarding the hiring of former Syracuse coach Doug Marrone to the Buffalo Bills. Hereyago:

“Doug has restored Syracuse football to its rightful place and we are appreciative of the foundation he has laid on and off the field for the future success of the program. We wish him the absolute best in his opportunity in the NFL. We look forward to improving on our success, as we have great momentum heading into the ACC. We will put a head coach in place who will continue down the successful path we are on.” -Athletic Director Daryl Gross

And the Chancellor:

“We congratulate Coach Marrone on having this opportunity to become a head coach at the highest level. Under his leadership, we have restored the rich, winning football tradition at Syracuse, and we wish him continued success as he moves to the National Football League.

“We are fully committed to continuing SU Football’s successful trajectory and the commitment, work ethic, integrity, and support for the personal and academic development of our student-athletes that Doug and his coaching staff embedded in the program. Moving forward, we have full confidence in Dr. Daryl Gross to find the right successor to build on this success.” -Nancy Cantor

Aaaaand here is one from SU Athletics (whatever that means):

Former Orange standout and Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone is moving west down the thruway. The Bronx native, who played tackle for the Orange from 1983 to 1985 and was a sixth-round draft pick by the Los Angeles Raiders, was introduced today as the head coach for the NFL’s Buffalo Bills. In four seasons at Syracuse, Marrone led the Orange to two New Era Pinstripe Bowl victories and four wins against top 25 opponents.

It has been a rough couple of days, but now that Marrone has been introduced in Buffalo the focus can finally shift to hiring the next head coach for the Orange. Marrone did a lot of good things while he was here, and hopefully his work is undone with his departure for the NFL. This is an absolutely critical time for Syracuse football, so the pressure just got turned up a notch for Daryl Gross. He can use a committee again, but if the next hire is a bust the blame falls squarely on him. He was given credit for the Marrone hiring even though a committee put forward a recommendation, so it works both ways. Gross needs to make a huge decision, and it has to be a good one.

No speculation yet as to who Syracuse is considering to be the next head coach.

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