Fans buzzing about SU head coaches
Wednesday night, the attention of SU fans was on the head coaches. First the spotlight was on Jim Boeheim's latest milestone, becoming the second winningest coach in Division One men's basketball. There was also much talk about football coach Doug Marrone and potential job aspirations. Iris St. Meran has more.
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- SU fans say they have the best of both worlds: Boeheim coaching basketball and Marrone Coaching football. Ideally, they'd like to keep it that way.
“It was just two weeks ago Coach Jim Boeheim marked his 900th career win,” one person said.
"900 I thought was crazy and I didn't realize how close he was at first to getting second place," Allison Ganey said.
It only took three victories to get here. He passed Bobby Knight for the second most wins all-time in Division One college basketball.
"I'm very proud to say that he is getting that title. It's pretty awesome and not many people can say that they can be a part of it," said Jessica Ockenden.
"Watching the games, he's just a great coach and he really deserves everything he's accomplished," said Alyce Newman.
Football was also on the minds of SU fans. It's been reported that head coach Marrone will be interviewing with some NFL teams.
"We are concerned. I think Marrone has done a great job turning this program around. We'd love to see him here for another four, five, six years. The economic reality of what he does with the NFL, who knows. We hope he stays," Craig Dennison said.
He's reportedly interviewing with at least three teams: The Bills, Browns and Eagles. Most fans say they'd be happy for him if he did move on, but say his successor would have some big shoes to fill.
"It's a very prosperous coaching job. I feel that, it's not going to be easy to take over for Doug Marrone. He's done a great job here," Alex Hahn said.
Only time will tell what will happen next with Marrone. Diehard fans hope to keep this good thing going.
"We love the Boeheim-Marrone Tandem here at Syracuse," said Dennison.
Coach Boeheim is in his 50th year at SU as a player and coach.
Marrone has about four years under his belt as head coach. He also went to school at Syracuse and played here.