White stays with Syracuse

Syracuse coach Greg Robinson promoted assistant coach Chris White, Robinson announced Monday.

White, who was Syracuse's tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator last year, will be the wide receivers coach next year. He will continue to be the recruiting coordinator.

"We have a good, young group and they are going to develop into great players here," White said.

The news came a day after Robinson named Steve Russ as linebacker coach and Major Applewhite as quarterbacks coach. The two replaced the departed George DeLeone and David Walker, who took positions at the University of Mississippi and the University of Pittsburgh, respectively.

Russ was a linebacker for the Broncos from 1995-2000 when Robinson was the defensive coordinator for Denver. Russ was a member of the two Bronco Super Bowl Championship teams in Super Bowl XXXII and Super Bowl XXXIII.

Applewhite, a former standout at the University of Texas, was 22-8 as a starter at Texas, setting school records for passing yards (8,353) and touchdown passes (60) from 1998-2001. Among his accolades includes being the Big 12 co-Offensive Player of the Year in 1999.

"I am very enthusiastic about being around an offense that is going to throw the ball," Applewhite said. "We are going to do things with the wide receivers, the quarterback and our offense. That is what I did as a player and that is what we are going to do here."

The main speculation has centered on who Robinson will name as his offensive coordinator. Rumors surfaced last week that Broncos quarterbacks coach Pat McPherson could fill the position. But Robinson said little on who would fill the vacancy.

"I would hope for the end of the week," Robinson said of his timetable to name an offensive coordinator.

There are still six assistant coaches left from the Paul Pasqualoni era that have uncertain futures including: Defensive coordinator Steven Dunlap, defensive line coach Jim Reid, special-teams coordinator Chris Rippon, cornerbacks coach Todd Littlejohn, wide receivers coach Dennis Goldman and quarterbacks coach Steve Bush.

"I am not trying to keep a mystery," Robinson said. "Those coaches understand the process that I am going through and at the same time, I am trying to be sensitive to them and I understand their world."

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