Buffalo (WSYR-TV/SU ATHLETICS) – The Buffalo Bills have announced that Doug Marrone will be their new head coach.
The announcement was made on Monday after multiple reports surfaced on Sunday indicating that the Bills had tabbed Marrone to turn around a franchise that has failed to make the playoffs since 1999.
In his four years as Syracuse University head coach, Marrone has a 25-25 record and guided the Orange to two victories in three years in the Pinstripe Bowl in New York City.
The Orange went 10-37 in the four years before Marrone’s arrival.
The Bills finished the 2012 campaign at 6-10. They fired Chan Gailey last week.
Marrone reportedly interviewed with the Cleveland Browns last week.
Syracuse University Director of Athletic, Darryl Gross, released the following statement shortly after the announcement was made. “Doug has restored Syracuse football to its rightful place and we are appreciative of the foundation he has laid on and off the field for the future success of the program. We wish him the absolute best in his opportunity in the NFL. We look forward to improving on our success, as we have great momentum heading into the ACC. We will put a head coach in place who will continue down the successful path we are on.”
Syracuse University Chairman of the Board of Trustees Richard L. Thompson and Chancellor and President Nancy Cantor added,
"We congratulate Coach Marrone on having this opportunity to become a head coach at the highest level. Under his leadership, we have restored the rich, winning football tradition at Syracuse, and we wish him continued success as he moves to the National Football League.
“We are fully committed to continuing SU Football’s successful trajectory and the commitment, work ethic, integrity, and support for the personal and academic development of our student-athletes that Doug and his coaching staff embedded in the program. Moving forward, we have full confidence in Dr. Daryl Gross to find the right successor to build on this success.”