|12-29-2004, 03:24 PM||#1|
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Syracuse fires Paul Pasqualoni
I feel Syracuse's program has been one of the major disapointments/underachievers in recent years. This is a storied football program that should win the Big East every year considering the lack of firepower that is still left in this conference.
Pasqualoni had his moments with Marvin Graves in the early 90s and McNabb in the late 90s, but he's had too many mediocre seasons for a program that deserves better.
This program has won a national championship in the past and has some of the greatest players to ever step foot on the gridiron i.e. Jim Brown, Larry Csonka, Ernie Nevers, Floyd Little, John Mackey, Art Monk, Joe Morris, Donovan McNabb, Marvin Harrison.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Syracuse fired football coach Paul Pasqualoni on Wednesday, eight days after a 37-point loss in a bowl game -- and less than a month after giving him a vote of confidence.
Chancellor Nancy Cantor announced Dec. 6 that Pasqualoni would return for his 15th season with Syracuse, but 11 days later Daryl Gross was hired as athletic director and the Orange's humbling 51-14 loss to Georgia Tech in the Champs Sports Bowl apparently sealed Pasqualoni's fate.
The decision to fire Pasqualoni was made by Gross.
"Right now, I just think it's time to go in a different direction," Gross said at a news conference. "He served the student athletes well. He is a tremendous man. The things he's done here, you can marvel at."
Pasqualoni did not attend the news conference.
Gross said a search for Pasqualoni's replacement will begin immediately, adding that he will look for someone who has coached in both college and the NFL.
Pasqualoni was 107-59-1 and 6-3 in bowl games at Syracuse. But the Orange struggled to break even the last three years after going 10-3 and finishing 14th in the nation in 2001. They were 4-8 in 2002 and 6-6 the last two years.
Outgoing athletic director Jake Crouthamel, who hired Pasqualoni to replace Dick MacPherson, gave his coach a positive evaluation after the Orange upset then-No. 17 Boston College in the season finale. That vaulted Syracuse into a four-way tie for the Big East championship and made the Orange eligible to play in the postseason.
The Orange began this season with a 51-0 loss at Purdue on national television. It was Syracuse's most lopsided season-opening defeat in the program's 112-year history. The Orange seemed to bottom out with their second straight loss at lowly Temple, a team with a total of 13 Big East that has been booted out of the conference.
Dwindling home attendance also became a factor. For the five home games this season, the Orange averaged just over 37,000, about three-quarters of capacity in the 49,000-seat Carrier Dome and nearly 10,000 fewer than 1998, Donovan McNabb's final college season.
Since McNabb left for the NFL after the 1998 season, the Orange have an overall record of 39-33 and 21-20 in the Big East Conference and lost regular-season games to Big East also-ran Rutgers, along with Temple.
Pasqualoni departs as the second-winningest coach in school history, behind only Ben Schwartzwalder, who had 153 wins.
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