Former Marrone Assistants Rob Spence and Jaime Elizondo Find Work

Ryan Maloney@ImRyanMaloneyContributor IIMarch 3, 2010
Rob Spence (Frank Ordoñez/P-S)

Two of the three assistants fired by Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone in November have recently found jobs, according to FootballScoop.com.

Rob Spence, last year's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Orange, has accepted a position on Temple's staff as wide receivers coach.

The Owls, who were booted from the Big East Conference in 2005 for their lack of competitiveness, won nine games last season under fourth-year coach Al Golden. 

Temple appeared in the 2009 EagleBank Bowl in DC, their first postseason appearance since they won 10 games in 1979, but lost to UCLA 30-21. 

Spence replaces Kevin Gilbride, a former grad assistant at Syracuse and son of the New York Giants offensive coordinator with the same name.  The younger Gilbride was hired by the Giants last month to be their offensive quality control coach.

Elizondo (Argonauts.ca)

Ironically, Syracuse's former wide receivers coach, Jaime Elizondo, has been hired as the offensive coordinator of the Canadian Football League's Toronto Argonauts. That franchise has gone downhill at an alarming rate, winning just seven games over the past two seasons, breaking a string of six consecutive playoff appearances (2002-2007) in the process. 

They are just six seasons removed from their last Grey Cup title.

The third assistant that Marrone fired, Derrick Jackson, caught on with Akron in January. He will coach the Zips' defensive line, the same responsibility he held for three seasons at Syracuse.

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