Wow, can Syracuse sink any lower into the abyss. After a joke of a Spring Game where secrecy ruled and play was uninspiring we were all wondering if last year was rock bottom. Now, two days after the NFL draft we see another low spot in Syracuse Football. Not since 1975 was Syracuse shut out of the draft. Now we can safely say that another low was hit. That brings up an interesting point, if any whose shoulder does this lie on?
Jake Crouthamel- after Coach P seemingly lost Michael Vick and could not find a replacement for one of the best quarterbacks to ever don an SU Jersey, should he have noticed the downward spiral and try to repair it before it got too bad, or does he ride his horse into the night. As we all know Jake rode his horse proclaiming that we are the only horse in town and deal with it. I have to say that I do hold Jake responsible for this mess; we all know that P should have made more changes or he should have been removed sooner, but hindsight is 20/20!
Coach P- with the evidence in this years draft that the cabinet was bare, a good portion of the blame must ride on the shoulders of dear old P. I know that the verdict is still out on the P dismissal but I for one believed and still believe that his time came and went. P stubbornness not to change led to the downfall of the Orange and P does deserve a lot of the blame. First off, P refused to change his game plan even when he was getting blown out. He did not posses the character to recruit big name high school athletes anymore and seemed to even struggle selling the program to even lower skilled players.
Grob- Now this is a tough one, Grob has been here for three full seasons now, and no favorable change has come to the orange. Now we can look at these two ways. First Grob does not seem able to get the most out of the talent or lack of talent that he has. This is a big problem in my book because P was able to at least mustard a 500 record where Grob is getting blown out of the water week in and week out. Grob took over a bowl eligible team and turned it into a 1 win team. This does fall on his shoulders, but it also reflects on the type of talent pool that was and still is one the hill. I will say that Grob has been turning in some decent recruiting classes the past few years, but are they good enough to turn the corner and get this team back to bowl eligibility and return it too it's past glory days. The addition of Mitch Browning and Dan Conley I believe is a step in the right direction, but is it too late!
Daryl Gross- Now how can I blame the AD. He has been able to turn around a lot of sports including the woman's basketball team, why has he not been able to get the job done with football. I will say this, he has done a great job in certain areas, the dome looks great the woman's teams are making a name for themselves, I like the Girls Hockey team, but his legacy will be attached to the football team and Grob. Where goes football goes Gross.
Now with all that being said, I do have to give the final blame to Jake. Jake was in charge up there and should have recognized the need for a change. I will not blame a person for not stepping down, so I can not blame Coach P. Honestly if you had a great paying job doing what you love where you love doing it would you step down, not a chance in hell. Now Jake being the grand wizard on the hill should have made the changer, should have stuck to his own rules, and should have put is personal feeling aside and made the change! Know the only thing left is to wait and see if we can ever crawl out of this hole that Jake has created!