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Syracuse University Logo
Syracuse University Logo

The 2009 season kicks off the Doug Marrone Era at Syracuse. I think everyone is really looking forward to this season and hoping for a good showing. There’s a lot of hope, and expectations, riding on Marrone already. If you’re wondering why, let’s take a look back…

I think we can all agree that the past few years, the Robinson Era, have been terrible. In case you’ve somehow managed to purge the past 4 seasons from your memory, let me remind you.

  • 2005: 1 – 10 – 0
  • 2006: 4 – 8 – 0
  • 2007: 2 – 10 – 0
  • 2008: 3 – 9 – 0
  • Total: 10 – 37 – 0

Ugh. That’s bad. The un-official motto for the football team under Robinson:

You can’t spell sucks without SU!

Keep in mind, we ran Paul Pasqualoni out of town for going 6 – 6 two years in a row and for being co-winners of the Big East. Granted, going six and six is not acceptable at SU. There was a time, when winning was expected and demanded. Though during the Robinson Era, no one seemed to remember that.

Otto, SU's Mascott
Otto, SU's Mascot

Instead, we were treated to poor play, and excuses from people that should know better. Robinson constantly made excuses for the poor play. He blamed himself, the coaching staff, the play calling, sunspots, the weather, the turf, and anything else he could find. Darrel Gross, the Athletic Director, made numerous speeches saying that he had faith in Robinson, that he deserved the opportunity to make a change.

After a dismal 2008 season, Robinson was finally sacked. A move that earned Gross a standing ovation, even if it was two years late.

So now, we’re on to bigger and better. At least we all hope so. The Saturday Football Crew I go to games with is excited about the prospects for this year. Though mostly, we’re interested in tailgating. That’s where the real fun has been for the past couple of years.

Here’s the home game schedule (full schedule):

  1. Saturday, September 5 vs. Minnesota
  2. Saturday, September 19 vs. Northwestern
  3. Saturday, September 26 vs. Maine
  4. Saturday, October 3 vs. South Florida
  5. Saturday, October10 vs. West Virginia
  6. Saturday, October24 vs. Akron
  7. Saturday, October31 vs. Cincinnati
  8. Saturday, November 21 vs. Rutgers

If you’re in the area, feel free to stop on by. You can bet that we’ll have a cold one waiting for you. If you prefer a fruity, chick drink, I’m sure we’ll have those too. We’ll have to try live-blogging from the tailgate parties this season, complete with pictures on Twitter!

Finally, SU Athletics is looking for an official blogger for the 2009 season. I wonder if this will get me noticed!