Monday, December 15, 2008
Less than 36 hours after being hired as head football coach at Syracuse University, Doug Marrone has been relieved of his duties with the New Orleans Saints, taken and passed his NCAA recruiting exam, and has officially hired his first coaching assistant. Newsday.com reports that Nassau Community College head coach John Anselmo has been hired to lead Syracuse's secondary. The report goes on to note that Anselmo is currently on his way to Syracuse to concecrate the hiring.
Anselmo is a throwback to Marrone's days on staff at Georgia Tech, where he coached outside linebackers. The veteran community college head coach has tremendous reach in the world of high school football networking in the state of New York and will be relied upon to attract talent for the Orange on Long Island. In-state recruiting is something Marrone desperately needs as he must act quickly in formulating the best recruiting class possible in a short period of time. Anselmo managed to lead his team to 6-4 record this year.
Marrone, will of course continue to form his staff; an important first step to rebuilding a once proud program that has now fallen on hard times. He is widely expected to retain linebackers coach and Syracuse alum Dan Conley. Other speculated staff members include New Orleans Defensive Line Coach Ed Orgeron for Defensive Coordinator, and former Auburn Offensive Coordinator Al Borges as Offensive Coordinator.
Photo Courtesy of Bill Yelverton (C-Club Weblog)