A mere 24 months ago, Syracuse fans were only two-weeks into the Doug Marrone era. Since then, Coach Marrone has completely changed the culture of Syracuse football and brought the program back to respectability and, I dare to say it, on the cusp of a return to Northeast football dominance.
As a prelude to yesterday's 36-34 victory over Kansas State, I spent an afternoon watching Time Warner Sports 13's replay of the Orangmen's 1989 Peach Bowl victory over Georgia. For you youngsters out there, this was during the "Golden Age" of Syracuse football as names like Michael Owens, Rob Moore and David Bavaro led the Orangemen to another bowl victory.
Yesterday's win in the Bronx brought back a little bit of that "Golden Age" magic. It has me all sorts of fired up for next year's season.
What Coach Marrone has accomplished in those 24 months is remarkable. I can only imagine where this program will be 24 months from today. Until then, Big East you've been warned....the sleeping giant in the Northeast has awakend.