Monday October 6, 2008
Washington: New athletic director, Scott Woodward, has recently stated that head coach Tyrone Willingham will be evaluated after the season. If Woodward decides to make a change, it will come after he evaluates the entire body of work.
Syracuse: Former Syracuse star Rob Konrad recommends Florida assistant coach Steve Addazio.
Former Orangeman Rob Konrad sent along a recent email that he sent to Syracuse Athletic Director Daryl Gross and Nancy Cantor and wanted to pass along to you as well. His words are below.
I've had the pleasure of spending time with Greg Robinson during the past few seasons and competed against him as a defensive coordinator during my time in the NFL. Greg is a quality individual with a deep understanding of defensive football. Should he be relieved of his position with the University, I'm certain that he will continue his coaching career with success. It's my contention the failings of the program are due more directly to a general lack of understanding of the environment in which to operate a successful program at Syracuse University. A group of prominent football alumni, including several team captains and NFL players, have joined me to collectively provide their opinions regarding the current state of the program and possible remedies to the situation... Everyone who contributed to this message cares deeply about the program and has firsthand experience of the operations during its years of prominence. We hope that any suggestions are taken into serious consideration by the University. After several months of discussions, the following points outline our collective observations about relevant issues regarding the future success of the program.
1.) Syracuse facilities needed to be upgraded and expanded for the program to consistently compete with the state funded universities in the Northeast. You have addressed this need during your tenure at Syracuse and the University is well positioned for the future.
2.) Recruiting talented, high-character players is the single most important factor that contributes to the success of a college football program today. Recruiting the Northeast requires an understanding of the traditional protocol among the high school coaches of the region--prior relevant relationships certainly provide an advantage. Dick MacPherson, Paul Pasqualoni and George DeLeone had decades of history with high school coaches in Northeast, these relationships have never been replaced. Many quality players attended Syracuse in large part due to the relationship of their high school coach with the program and their subsequent recommendations.
3.) Syracuse will continue to struggle recruiting head-to-head against major programs around the country as a consequence of diverging resources (Penn State compared to Syracuse). Given this dilemma, a traditional pro-style schematic and preparatory coach will not yield the highest results for the program. It's our contention that Syracuse University should not endeavor to acquire a "big" name during a coaching search in order to cajole enthusiasm for the program. A search of this kind would more than likely yield a fiscally inappropriate candidate that again would waste several years attempting to learn how to recruit the Northeast and build a successful program at Syracuse. The program should strive to get back to the principles that lead to twenty years of prominence in Northeastern football. During our group discussions regarding coaching candidates, we have consistently arrived at one individual who as a Head Coach at Syracuse would fill the critical needs of the program addressed above. Steve Addazio is currently the Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Line Coach of the University of Florida. He coached at Syracuse 1995-98 before making stops at Notre Dame and Florida. Addazio began his career as a high school coach in Cheshire, CT and keeps many of the relationships of the past regime with the high school coaching element of the Northeast region. He has built a reputation as a tremendous recruiter and a passionate motivator who has become legendary for his pre-game speeches. Addazio has helped organize some of the most potent non-conventional offenses in college football including Florida's National Championship season and Syracuse's Big East Championship and BCS seasons. Besides coaching at the pinnacle of college football, local knowledge and motivational attributes, considering his past ties to the University, he can come with a reasonable price tag. I have not spoken to Steve Addazio since 1998, and I can't tell you if he's interested in the job. I can represent, with pure objectivity, that Steve Addazio is one of the most logical and qualified coaches to bring this once proud program back to life.
Rob Konrad "44"