Saturday, October 18, 2008
The Clarion was less than favorably predisposed to Robinson to begin with because we opposed the Paul Pasqualoni firing. We believed that Coach Pasqualoni, who had brought the program back to such renewed heights, was just going through a down cycle. Some alumni thought that they were a bigger deal than the reality. They thought that an USC guy could recruit to upstate New York.
We hope that they don't make the same kind of mistake again. We felt compelled to weigh in, even though Coach Robinson still has his job, just because we'd heard they might be heading down the same misbegotten road. One of the leading candidates is Florida, Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Line Coach, Steve Addazio. Now at least Addazio is from Connecticut rather than from a sunshine state, but we have no idea what makes folks think that just because he can recruit to warm weather Florida that he can recruit to Syracuse. He also has Notre Dame experience, but during one of the most unsuccessful stints in their history.
The Clarion strongly prefers renown motivator Turner Gill. The former star Nebraska quarterback and more recently Nebraska Quarterbacks Coach has resurrected nearby Buffalo's program from their status as, quite literally, the worst team in Division I-A to a MAC contender. They are coming off an overtime loss to 6 and 1 Western Michigan, but Gill has the program poised to turn around and is ready to make the leap to the next level.