Syracuse was a wasteland when he arrived after the disaster that was the coach before him and he took a team that looked like any local high school team and made them D-1 again. Bumps along the way? Sure there was, but in today’s nonsensical way of making guys in high school a few years away from even committing to a college stars on national television; can you imagine the attitudes and selfishness that these guys deal with? May as well deal with all that at the pro level and get paid more (ahem….Dr. Gross…) He had his detractors here for sure and he will in Buffalo as seen on TV already. Not sure what it is with people and getting a ‘name’ coach, a couple of those ‘name’ coaches that chose elsewhere over Syracuse are currently unemployed last we checked. Nevertheless, as much as I hate seeing him go, especially to Toronto…er…Buffalo…um…both, right? Who can blame him? He earned it and the opportunity. We wish him well up there, I mean over there, okay; both! Just not too well as my team resides in the division. Job well done Coach, job well done!
Statements from Syracuse University Regarding Head Coach Doug Marrone Being Named Buffalo Bills Head Coach
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.
Syracuse University Director of Athletics Dr. Daryl Gross
“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.”
Syracuse University Chairman of the Board of Trustees Richard L. Thompson and Chancellor and President Nancy Cantor
"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.”