So it appears all the negative publicity DOCTOR Daryl Gross has been getting over the past week is finally starting to get to him. Whether it was the verbal beating he took on College Gameday Saturday, or the written smack down given to him by Scott Reid of the Orange County Register, it appears the DOCTOR is now eager to defend himself, telling ESPN's Ivan Maisel that Robinson "isn't working out." Gee, thanks Doc, no one had figured that out before.
What makes the article startling is this passage about Gross:
"He made an unsolicited phone call to ESPN.com to defend himself, citing the university's success in non-revenue sports, ranging from the 2008 NCAA men's lacrosse championship to an Orange field hockey program currently ranked third in the nation. "
An unsolicited phone call to defend himself, which in turn garnered even more NATIONAL negative publicity for a wretched football program. Why? All for the greater glory of DOCTOR Daryl Gross. Guess what Daryl, we know your ego is hurt, but making that call and generating even more bad press isn't going to make that GameDay piece disappear. It isn't going to get you a retraction in the Orange County Register. It's just going to give the University one more bad NATIONAL story on one of the most widely read sports sites on the Interet highlighting the complete failure of the football program.
However, it did give us some more great Greg Robinson quotes. While I'm sure TNIAAM will be all over these, I can't let them pass. Greg, apparently bolstered by the imaginary vote of confidence that famous alums gave him last week, feels confident he'll be the coach all season long, saying:
"He isn't going to do anything right now," Robinson, referring to Gross, said Monday night. "I know that. But let me tell you something, we just need to win. We're capable of winning. People don't know it."
People don't know it because it hasn't happened genius. You can't piss on people's shoes for 4 years and tell them its raining, life doesn't work that way.
Greg went on to say that Gross gets a lot of crap [ED Note: mostly because of his job performance] - saying:
"He's tried to hang in there," Robinson said of Gross. "He gets a lot of crap. I understand it. You know what? It [Syracuse football] ain't as bad as people think. He's feeling pressure ... He's got a political world to live in. My world is not that way."
Greg - 8-31 is bad. 2-19 is bad. Losing to Akron is bad. Losing games last year by an average of 20 points is bad. Losing to Penn State by 42 is bad. I want to live in your world, where everything is gum drops and lollipops, but since I can't get there, I can't wait until you exit mine.