November 23rd, 2015 at 10:31 AM ^

What are the chances Durkin sticks around?  You have to believe he is going to get multiple head coaching offers.  We need at least one more year of Durkin with this DL and Peppers and Lewis maybe...

Go Blue Rosie

November 23rd, 2015 at 10:53 AM ^

Especially considering the injuries at QB. I thought he's get one more year. I'm in Syracuse and there aren't angry mobs with pitchforks calling for this like we've seen at other programs including ours not so long ago. It's odd they would want to compete with so many other (better) schools for a coach this year.

UM Fan from Sydney

November 23rd, 2015 at 10:33 AM ^

I don't even know how Syracuse has a football program. It is so bad and their stadium is horrible. I cannot stand domes and would hate it if M played in one. This is why I hate it when NCAA games are played in NFL domes.

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November 23rd, 2015 at 10:57 AM ^

His record prior to RR was stellar and he got hired because he ran an exceptional defense at SU under the previous staff. Shafer is a good coach. But you've got Mattison on the staff if Durkin leaves, so he's an obvious candidate you'd think.


November 23rd, 2015 at 11:27 AM ^

That is a job that Pasqualoni made look much easier than it is. I never though Shafer was an ace candidate, and you have to think Syracuse would have been better off staying with Marrone. Firing Shafer has at least superficial appeal: looking at Syracuse's last two years, I can't imagine them being worse. But really this is Syracuse trying to correct an error it made several years ago with respect to Marrone.  


November 23rd, 2015 at 12:03 PM ^

Shafer at least had them competitve in most games, even if their record was terrible. That might be the most Syracuse can ask for out of their football program now-a-days.


November 23rd, 2015 at 1:41 PM ^

Before Shafer, Doug Marrone won 2 bowls in the previous three years against West Virginia and Kansas State. In Shafer's first year, SU won a bowl against Minnesota.

Three bowl wins in four years, all against Power 5 teams...

Yeah, Shafer's back-to-back three win seasons are all SU can ask for...


November 23rd, 2015 at 12:31 PM ^

It's the Harbaugh effect.  Harbaugh comes in and has the team turned around and highly ranked in his first year.  Now half of college football seems to want to replicate that move.  Of course these schools will soon figure out that there are very few coaches even close to Harbaugh's abilities, and most of those aren't leaving their current jobs.


November 23rd, 2015 at 1:57 PM ^

Despite having become famous for some running backs who wore the number 44 at Syracuse in the 1950s and 1960s (NFL Hall of Famers Jim Brown and Floyd Little and Ernie Davis - the first African-American winner of the Heisman Trophy) and the man for whom a trophy for each season’s best tight end in college football is named (John Mackey), to some extent, football has become the weakest sport among the 18 varsity sports Syracuse offers. The Syracuse football program has a 48-83 record from the 2000 season until now.
They’re also not producing very many NFL players. Currently, there are three Syracuse alums starting in the NFL – Patriots DE Chandler Jones and Giants G Justin Pugh and DT Jay Bromley.  Their other five NFL players are either backups (Cardinals LB/DE Dwight Freeney, 49ers G Andrew Tiller, Giants QB Ryan Nassib, Steelers DB Shamarko Thomas) or on injured reserved (Colts DE Arthur Jones.)
Syracuse has become a basketball/lacrosse school, with some greater emphasis on Olympic sports (they are the 2015 national champions in field hockey and men’s cross country; their women’s cross country team finished 12th in the 2015 NCAA championship; their 6th ranked men’s soccer team has advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament; and their women’s volleyball team is 21-8 and 12-6 in the ACC.) 
They’ve got a new Athletic Director who has promised to fix the problems with their football program, even though they appear to be very difficult problems to fix. Although they’ve managed to get some good players from Florida, their recruiting base (New York and New England) doesn’t have much top-level talent to offer, and the best players from the neighboring states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania rarely think of Syracuse as a first choice.