The mood seems better fit for a Tim Burton movie than a competitive Division 1 football program. But lately, what's the difference.
Following a disastrous 1-10 season, Syracuse head Coach Greg Robinson needs to turn things around in a hurry, and help could be on the way.
Enter David Legree.
You want a quarterback? He stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 210 pounds.
You want credentials? Legree threw for 1483 yards and 15 touchdowns last year, earning him All-Conference, All-NYC, and All-Borough honors while playing for South Shore HS in Brooklyn.
But the best part about him is his swagger.
"I bring another dimension to the game, Legree said." "Whatever is asked of me, I'm going to do"
Legree is also more than just a quarterback. To work on his agility and elusiveness he played basketball and ran track in hopes of adding to his impressive repertoire.
Fellow Big East defensive coordinators beware!
But what about going from Coney Island to Marshall Street?
Making the transition to upstate New York should be easy according to Legree.
"It's louder in Brooklyn, but its still New York," Legree said. "I don't know about the heat and stuff, it gets a little colder in upstate than in Brooklyn. The easy part about playing upstate is playing in the dome. I think I can fit their offense and throw the ball very well."
To Legree, the pressure of putting the Orange back on the national scene is a challenge he welcomes every time he buckles his chin strap.
"I welcome pressure," Legree said. "You need competition; you can get too comfortable sometimes. In college, they bring in quarterbacks every year, so you have competition all around you."
"These past few years, a lot of kids have been leaving the big east," Legree said. "I'm trying to put the Big East back on the map."