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Newz Forum: FOOTBALL: COLLEGE: Syracuse fires Pasqualoni

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posted on Dec, 29 2004 @ 02:14 PM
Syracuse University has fired head football coach Paul Pasqualoni on the heels of his second consecutive 6-6 season and an embarrassing 37-point bowl loss.

New athletic director Daryl Gross made the announcement Wednesday, less than a month after chancellor Nancy Cantor and retiring AD Jake Crouthamel gave the coach a vote of confidence.

Pasqualoni's job was in jeopardy after the 2003 campaign, but it appeared as though an upset at Boston College in the regular-season finale that gave the Orange a share of the Big East title and a bowl bid might have again saved his job. However, the Orange suffered a 51-14 thumping by Georgia Tech in the Champs Sports Bowl on December 14 to conclude an up-and-down season.

Syracuse opened the year with a 51-0 setback at Purdue, then nearly upended Florida State and had solid wins against conference co-champions Pittsburgh and Boston College. However, the Orange also lost at lowly Temple, a defeat which eventually wound up costing the team a BCS bowl bid because Syracuse would have won the conference crown outright with a win over the Owls.

In 14 years with Syracuse, Pasqualoni posted a record of 107-59-1 and had just one losing season -- a 4-8 mark in 2002. The Orange played in nine bowl games during his tenure, winning six.

Syracuse was a consistent top-25 program in six of Pasqualoni's first eight seasons, winning at least nine games five times. After a 10-3 mark in 2001, the Orange were just 16-20 the past three seasons.


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