When Daryl Gross was hired as athletic director at Syracuse, there was plenty of backlash. Who was this hot shot coming in from California, what did he know about upstate New York? Since, there has been plenty of good and some inarguable bad. He’s imported solid coaches into the athletic department, made Olympic sports a priority, and marketed the Orange as New York’s College Team. He also hired Groobers, and has allowed Nike to become one of the most influential voices on campus (Ernie Davis’ cleats, anyone?).
The Fizz caught up with Gross in Pittsburgh for the NCAA Tournament. The past few weeks have been challenging between Fab Melo and Jim Boeheim’s APR counter-attack, but the AD says it has not been overwhelming.
“In our business this is what we do. You’re always going to have challenging times. I have an amazing staff with me. We’ve all been at big schools. We know how to deal with tough times. We know how to deal with crisis.”
At the front of The Fizz’s mind is a conc...