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Syracuse Fires Robinson

Syracuse University Press Release, and's Dave Congrove

Syracuse University Director of Athletics Dr. Daryl Gross announced the firing of Greg Robinson on Sunday (November 16) after he compiled a 3-24 record in Big East games and won just 9 games overall in nearly four full seasons.

"I have made the decision to move our football program in a new direction and have informed Greg Robinson that his tenure as Syracuse’s head coach will end at the conclusion of this season.

"Coach Robinson worked very hard to try to establish a winning program, one that could eventually compete for the conference championship on a regular basis. Unfortunately, the progress we expected to see has not occurred.

"Greg has been professional and honorable in how he has handled his responsibilities as head coach. He has been dedicated to teaching and guiding the student-athletes in his charge, and passionate in wanting Syracuse to be a quality and successful program.

"I thank Coach Robinson and his entire staff for creating a highly competitive culture in which our players never gave up, and for his development and leadership of our student-athletes in the classroom and community. His commitment to community service was outstanding. He leaves the program with a solid base on which we will continue to build. We wish Greg and his family the very best moving forward.

"The timing of this announcement allows us to end rumor and speculation and provides us ample time to hire a head coach who has shown the capability to produce a winning football program that the Syracuse nation can be proud of. That process will begin immediately and will remain confidential until a selection is made.

Robinson was named the new head coach on January 11, 2005, replacing Paul Pasqualoni. Pasqualoni had been at the school for 14 years, and the higher-ups had given him a vote of confidence following the regular season after the Orangemen rallied to win three of their last four games and become bowl eligible. But dwindling home attendance and the bad taste left by a 51-14 drubbing at the hands of Georgia Tech in the lower-rung Champs Sports Bowl sealed Pasqualoni's fate.

Still, Pasqualoni was 107-59-1 in his career at Syracuse and gathered the second-most wins of any coach in school history. Syracuse won six of the nine bowl games it appeared in during those 14 seasons, but the team only finished 4-8 in 2002 and 6-6 in each of his last two seasons.

Robinson never came anywhere close to Pasqualoni's success with a current record of 9-36. He is just 3-24 in Big East games, beating Connecticut once (2006) and Louisville twice (2007, 2008). His teams never defeated a school with a winning record, and four of his wins came against an FCS school (Northeastern) and two MAC teams (Buffalo twice, Miami of Ohio once).

Greg Robinson's Record:
Year Overall Conf.
2005 1-10 0-7
2006 4-8 1-6
2007 2-10 1-6
2008 2-8 1-5
Totals 9-36 3-24


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