When does a lackluster and mistake-filled intrasquad scrimmage pass for progress? When the team involved has just five victories over Division I-A opponents in the last four years, that's when. Such is the case at Syracuse, where new coach
Taking over for
To strengthen the school's recruiting network, Marrone filled out most of his staff with coaches who have roots and experience in the area. But the Orange won't just scout regionally. "We're going to be in California," says Marrone, 44, who was the Saints' offensive coordinator the past three seasons. "We're going to be in Texas. We want the best players we can get."
Giving Marrone reason for optimism is a handful of talented skill-position players. Led by bruising junior
There's not enough talent on campus for Syracuse fans to expect much more this fall than a second straight 3-9 finish. But as the Orange showed on Saturday, progress isn't always pretty.