Syracuse AD: Doug Marrone's future has been 'solidified'

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday November 29, 2012

Posted by: Chris Vannini on November 29, 2012

With Doug Marrone's name being thrown around for some potential NFL jobs, athletic director Daryl Gross may have calmed those worries for Orange fans.

Speaking with ESPN Radio Central New York, Gross said the future with Marrone has been "solidified," but wouldn't get into the details.

"It's a compliment. Obviously, he's done an unbelievable job and what he's done with this program is terrific," Gross said. "No, we haven't had any of those conversations but we've been always transparent and straight-up to each from day one. Obviously, we're a private school, so we don't report things, but we've solidified our relationship with Doug Marrone and Syracuse football for a long time and we're very excited about that.

"Doug's obviously done a great job growing this program the right way and doing the right things. I'm excited about his future here at Syracuse and that's all we've been talking about. We've talked about the future and recruiting and things that are all going well, and he opportunity to play in the ACC and really get after it.

"He's a stud coach, he's a loyal coach and we're really proud of him. We're on the same wavelength so I feel really good about Doug Marrone's tenure here at Syracuse."

Asked if that meant Marrone has been given some sort of contract extension, Gross wouldn't say - because he doesn't have to.

"We're a private school, so we don't discuss those things because we don't have to, but you can read into it what you want. He's solid here with me and our institution and our Trustees. We see things well ahead of time, well before the talk starts. That's my job. Doug is very solid here at Syracuse."


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