"Coach Pasqualoni and I are meeting tomorrow to talk about the future of the football program," Crouthamel said. "We will go through the evaluation process that we do every year with consideration given to all factors – past, present and future. We plan to address this publicly at the end of the week. Until that time, no statements will be made by either coach Pasqualoni or myself."
Before Crouthamel addressed the
media, Pasqualoni didn't answer any questions about the future of his job when
"I'm not going to get into that," Pasqualoni said. "We're here to
talk about today's game."
Several players, including quarterback R.J. Anderson, tailback Walter Reyes and defensive lineman Christian Ferrara pledged support for Pasqualoni.
"(Pasqualoni) ain't going anywhere," Reyes said. "That's just a wild
guess. I hope he doesn't go anywhere. If he goes, I'd be heartbroken."
Said Anderson: "I hope he's back (next year). I can't say, but I can
pretty much guarantee he'll be back."
Pasqualoni's future with Syracuse took a turn for the worse after last
Saturday's 24-7 loss to Rutgers, a team the Orangemen have generally played
well against. The loss dropped Syracuse to 2-5 in the Big East, ahead of only Temple.
Should Syracuse have lost today,
it would've marked the second season in a row Syracuse had a losing season. Last
year, the Orangemen finished 4-8.
Some have said Pasqualoni has done
little with huge talent. The Orangemen have not competed for a national title
even with huge names coming through the university, including quarterback Donovan McNabb, linebacker Dwight Freeney, receivers Kevin Johnson and Marvin Harrison and cornerback Will Allen.
The speculation was further fueled
by the relative silence of Crouthamel. Last season, when the Orangemen were
mired in the worst season under Pasqualoni, Crouthamel told reporters that
Pasqualoni would be back this year. No such promise came from Crouthamel at any
time this season.
But while Pasqualoni's past two seasons have been
subpar, he still owns a 101-52-1 record at the helm and regularly graduates a
large percentage of his student-athletes. Pasqualoni is also heavily involved in
the community and is liked by players.
"We love that man," Ferrara said.
"He'll give up time with his children to be with us. He'll do anything for us.
(If Pasqualoni is fired,) that will be the biggest mistake this university ever
Crouthamel will address media later this week
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