Three teams finished with losing records in the Big East. One of them has been tabbed as a promising rebuilding job for 2012:
Ryan McGee of ESPN The Magazine lists the Orange as one of his five teams that will turn the corner this upcoming season. Of coach Doug Marrone he writes:
Marrone is entering the final season of what he calls the four-year cycle, when the shortcomings of the past should finally be purged. That cycle started in 2009 with the overhauling of everything from the offense to how practices are run. Now it should be coming to a close thanks to the first signs of actual roster depth, which will allow Marrone to finally start redshirting incoming freshmen, a crucial step toward looking and feeling like a real football program.
What I thought was most interesting about the post was his introduction, in which McGee relayed a conversation he had with Floyd Little during fall practice last August. Syracuse had come off its first bowl appearance since the Paul Pasqualoni days, and the common thought was that the Orange had put the bad old days of the Greg Robinson era behind them.
But Little told McGee, "I don't think people outside the program realized how much of a hole he was given to dig out of. Yeah, we'll struggle a bit this year. Not early, but likely in the second half of the season. Next year, though, next year we're finally going to start getting around that corner we've been trying to turn for so long."