Jim Boeheim wasn’t expecting to be in Atlanta for the Final Four this year. He had booked a trip to Disney World with his family before the NCAA tournament. It would’ve been hard to blame Boeheim at the time. His team limped into the postseason losers of four of five games, punctuated by an embarrassing 61-39 loss to Georgetown to end the season.
The Juice Online’s Brad Bierman was the last reporter to speak to Marrone while he was still head coach of the Orange. Rumors became reality, and over the next few weeks, Marrone interviewed with several NFL teams including the Philadelphia Eagles and Cleveland Browns. On Jan. 6, Marrone was hired as the head coach of the Buffalo Bills.
SU stumbled to a 1-3 start, and after an ugly, mistake-laden 35-24 loss to Cincinnati on Nov. 3, it looked like Syracuse would be sitting at home for a second straight bowl season. With his team sitting at 4-5, Doug Marrone inched ever closer to the hot seat, where he had — until that point — turned in a mediocre coaching tenure.