Syracuse hires Wheatley as running backs coach

A day after announcing its running backs had decided to return home for family reasons, Syracuse hired a big name to fill the position.

Former Michigan star Tyrone Wheatley will join Doug Marrone’s staff to replace Roger Harriott, who decided to return to his job at a Florida prep school after being hired late last month. Wheatley was a three-time All-Big Ten running back who played 10 years in the NFL for the New York Giants and the Oakland Raiders. He was the running backs coach at Eastern Michigan last season. Wheatley has also worked as a coaching intern at Ohio Northern and was the football and track coach for a high school in 2006 and 2007.

He ranks fourth on the all-time Michigan rushing yards list with 4,178 and was the 1992 Big Ten player of the year and the 1994 Rose Bowl MVP. At Syracuse, he'll work with Delone Carter, who rushed for 1,021 yards last season, as well as talented backups Antwon Bailey and Averin Collier.