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With the news coming from everyone but Doug Marrone himself, it is a certainty that the former Orange head coach is Buffalo bound for an NFL head coaching gig. With Syracuse left in the dust scrambling for a new head coach, opinions have been swirling as to who can replace Marrone and lead this team in to the ACC.
So who is our guy? A reasonable mind would think that Daryl Gross will want to find a replacement relatively quickly, as news is already breaking of recruits potentially backing out of their commitments to Syracuse. Here are some of the names being thrown around amongst the fan base, even if they are completely far fetched.
Jim Tressel- Tressel has been a popular name thrown around since Marrone announced his departure yesterday. Tressel was a coach for Syracuse from 1981-1983, coaching the quarterbacks. Tressel was a winner at Ohio State, but he was also a liar at Ohio State. Tressel is currently not eligible to coach by the NCAA, and if Syracuse were to hire him, they could be sanctioned for employing him following the coverup and sanctions at Ohio State that led to the undefeated Buckeyes being ineligible for postseason play this year. I think there is not a chance in H E Double Toothpicks Jim Tressel is hired as the next head coach of Syracuse University.
- Scott Shafer- This is a high probability if he doesn’t go to Buffalo with Marrone. The defensive coordinator was absolutely essential in the success of the Orange since his arrival, and Syracuse has played tremendous defense under his leadership. Syracuse would be lucky to have him, but who knows what his current status is with the Doug Marrone era now over.
- Matt Patricia- This name has come up because of the endorsement of Rob Konrad. I had not heard his name throughout the fan base all that much, but since Konrad brought him up we’ll take a look in to him. Patricia is the current defensive coordinator for the New England Patriots. Patricia was a graduate assistant at Syracuse from 2001-2003, and to quote Konrad “is one of the top young coaching minds in the NFL”. While I had not heard of Patricia prior to reading Donnie Webb’s article, after checking his credentials he definitely seems like a person who should be taken under consideration. Anyone who is within the New England organization is definitely a coach with the right mentality, and will know what it takes to win.
- Bob Diaco- Diaco is the defensive coordinator for Notre Dame. In 2012, he won the Broyles Award, which is given to the top assistant in college football. Diaco is a guy with New York City ties, and could potentially be a good recruiter of New York State. Diaco is rather unproven to be a head coach, so I think this idea is greatly in doubt as well.
Keep in mind I have absolutely no inside information as to who the athletic department is looking in to, but rather this list is compiled based off of fan opinions and comment boards. While this is really nothing to go off of, we have nothing else to speculate about since we still haven’t heard one word from the athletic department. Hopefully something comes out from Gross either today or tomorrow, to give Syracuse fans something to fall back on and gain some confidence from.