For most programs, a four-win season would be considered a massive failure. In fact, it’s hard to even fathom a world in which losing twice as many games as you win could be considered successful.
However, after the dreadful Greg Robinson era of Syracuse football in which the Orange won a total of 10 games in four years, last season’s 4-8 record under rookie head coach Doug Marrone can only be viewed as progress. In fact, all things considered, 2009 was probably about as successful as anyone could have reasonably hoped for.
And while the majority of the folks in Syracuse are currently focused on the fifth-ranked Orange basketball team and the impending madness of March, there is also some buzz surrounding the football program as spring practice approaches.
With all-Big East caliber players like Derrell Smith and Doug Hogue anchoring the defense, as well as talented young players like Shamarko Thomas, Alec Lemon, Phillip Thomas and Chandler Jones returning after strong freshman seasons, there is a lot to be optimistic about in Syracuse.
Of course, there are also a number of question marks and plenty of intriguing story lines for the Orange faithful to keep an eye on when the calendar flips to March and Doug Marrone’s squad takes the practice field once again.