Syracuse AD Daryl Gross resigns, leaving ACC with two AD openings

The fallout from NCAA sanctions has already begun at Syracuse, as Daryl Gross has resigned from his post as athletic director and taken another job with the school, just 12 days after the NCAA released its penalties.

You can read more here about Wednesday's events, which include men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim's decision to step down in three years.

Gross' new job with Syracuse will be vice president and special assistant to the chancellor. Gross will also be an adjunct professor in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics.

From the football side of things, Gross was involved in a number of dramatic changes for the program, both good and bad. He fired head coach Paul Pasqualoni shortly after his arrival as AD in December 2004, oversaw the launch of the program's new practice facility and, most notably, saw the school transition from the Big East to the ACC, where it began play in the 2013-14 academic year.

Gross also hired three different head football coaches, to varying degrees of success: Greg Robinson, Doug Marrone and current coach Scott Shafer.

A small committee chaired by trustee and board athletic committee member Steve Ballentine will assist the school in its search for Gross' full-time replacement. Until then, Peter Sala will serve as interim AD, this after serving as associate AD for facilities and the managing director of the Carrier Dome.

Syracuse is not the lone ACC school searching for a full-time AD, as Pitt finds itself in the same predicament after firing Steve Pederson this past December. Randy Juhl remains Pitt's interim AD, and he is the head of an internal search committee as well.

Coincidentally, both schools left the Big East together for the ACC, announcing their intentions back in the fall of 2011.

If Syracuse is in a rush to make a quick hire, it can probably look at what Pitt has been able to accomplish in the past three-plus months without a full-time AD.

As colleague Jared Shanker wrote earlier this month, the Panthers' situation did not stop them from landing their top head-coaching target for football after Paul Chryst left for Wisconsin.

Additionally, Pitt announced Wednesday a future home-and-home agreement in football with Tennessee: The Panthers will travel to Knoxville on Sept. 11, 2021, before hosting the Volunteers on Sept. 10, 2022.