Pasqualoni will return

Syracuse head coach Paul Pasqualoni will remain as head coach of the Orangemen, Director of Athletics Jake Crouthamel said at a press conference Friday.

"I feel very good about what we're doing here," Pasqualoni said. "I'm proud of our accomplishments here. I feel good about coming back."

Still, Pasqualoni will need to make some changes in his coaching scheme, Crouthamel said.

"There will be adjustments," Crouthamel said. "For one, Paul will be responsible for making game-day decisions on offense.

"George DeLeone will remain as associate head coach and coach of the offensive line. He will contribute to the strategy of the offensive schemes. And he will focus on attention on recruiting, which is one of his strengths."

Offensive consistency has been a large problem for Syracuse. Though the Orangemen averaged more than 350 yards of offense a game, Syracuse gained less than 200 yards in four games, while in the other eight, they gained more than 400 yards.

"I'm not sure how much drastic change is needed (on offense)," Pasqualoni said. "Buy we need to make adjustments, and that's what we're going to do."

Crouthamel decided against overhauling the coaching staff for several reasons.

"There are significant risks associated with such a move, most especially with recruiting," he said. "If we were to bring in a new staff next season, chances of immediate success would be limited."

Crouthamel also outlined the need for improve facilities, most notable to the football weight room and an indoor practice facility to take some of the burden off the Carrier Dome.

"Some of our facilities do not match up against those of larger, better-funded and primarily sate Division I-A schools," Crouthamel said. "To assist in the effort to attract impressionable young talent to our program, the University is making a commitment to seek major donor support to enhance some of our football facilities."

Syracuse went 6-6 this season, an improvement over its 4-8 mark in 2002. Still, fans were disappointed, and called for Pasqualoni to be fired after a 24-7 defeat at Rutgers Nov. 29. Some believed Pasqualoni was playing for his job Saturday against Notre Dame, but Crouthamel said the 38-12 win had nothing to do with his decision on Pasqualoni.

"The decision was made the Monday before the Notre Dame game," Crouthamel said.

Instead, Crouthamel pointed to the success in the long haul. Pasqualoni, who has compiled a 101-53-1 (.655) record as head coach of the Orangemen, is one of only two Big East coaches to win three consecutive Big East titles (1996-98) with Miami coach Larry Coker being the other.

"We don't need to lay a new foundation," Crouthamel said. "We already have a solid foundation and a strong football tradition on which to draw."

"Orange fans, rightfully so, have expectations of our football program. They expect a quality product. They expect a successful team. … It is our obligation to fulfill those expectations."

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