The big news coming out of the Syracuse football program this weekend is that defensive coordinator Steve Russ has left to join the Wake Forest coaching staff. Details are a bit murky as to why he left and who will take over, but the bottom line is that both the offensive and defensive coordinators from last season are now at different schools - coming off a 2-10 season, change can't be a bad thing, it's not like things can get much worse.
Dave Rahme makes the case for Dan Conley returning to Syracuse - which I personally could live with. Here's the thing with assistant coaches, unless you are deeply involved in the coaching community (i.e. you are a high level football coach or have worked on a staff with a coach) there's NO WAY of knowing if an assistant is any good. "Insiders" who claim to be in the know about this sort of thing are generally full of it and passing speculation off as fact to feel important. Hiring coaches is the biggest crap shoot going, just ask Doctor Gross, for every Pete Carroll there is a Greg Robinson.
Honestly, we don't care who is hired to replace Russ or who ultimately ends up running the defense - this season is Greggo's last chance to GET SOMETHING RIGHT. Hire Mickey Mouse, coach Klein from the Waterboy, or Gene Hackman and his bad hat from The Replacements, just hire someone who can get some results on the field. Names don't matter - wins do, and this is Robinson's last chance to show anyone he knows how to win - here's hoping he doesn't waste it.