Report: Daryl Gross Resigns As Syracuse’s Athletic Director
Daryl Gross is resigning his position as Athletic Director of Syracuse University Athletics less that two weeks after the damaging NCAA report about violations at the school, Syracuse.com reports.
Interestingly, the article cites sources as saying that Gross – whose been at the helm for a decade – will remain at the school but in a different position.
That scathing report on NCAA violations resulted in the men’s basketball program losing a dozen athletic scholarships over the next four years, questions about academic fraud and integrity, an investigation into improper payments through a third party to athletes, a $1 million fine for the school and basketball coach Jim Boeheim having 108 wins vacated from his record.
The school has until Friday to appeal the punishments.
Syracuse.com’s article includes a snapshot of Gross’ tenure – which includes everything from huge revenue for television contracts to change in the football program to the branding of ‘Cuse as New York’s College Team:
His first move at the school was firing of 14-year head coach Paul Pasqualoni, exchanging the grizzled veteran for flashy Greg Robinson, who arrived with a West Cost offense and a Southern California pedigree. Widely applauded at the time, the switch turned out to be a flop, with the football program bottoming out under Robinson and continuing to push toward average.
Gross also oversaw a change from the Big East to the ACC that will net the athletic department more than $17 million more in annual television revenue, built critical practice facilities for basketball, football and lacrosse that should benefit recruiting and brought SU’s non-revenue programs to new heights. Since Gross’ arrival, Syracuse has become national title threats in field hockey and women’s lacrosse, while nearly every other program has reached a new level of success.
While speculation continues about how much Boeheim and Gross knew about the violations, Gross was never directly named or implicated in the NCAA report.