First, Doug Marrone left Syracuse for the Buffalo Bills.
Then, Nathaniel Hackett, his offensive coordinator at SU, followed him to accept the same position in the NFL.
Just when Syracuse football fans thought their coaches were safe, reports surfaced that two more offensive coaches may leave. Multiple reports from coachingseach.com, a website dedicated to providing users with daily coaching news, show that SU running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley and offensive line coach/recruiting coordinator Greg Adkins may leave the program to pursue coaching jobs in other locations.
According to Brent Axe of syracuse.com, several sources also told him Sunday night Wheatley is “likely” to follow Marrone and Hackett to the NFL. Virginia Tech is also eyeing Adkins for its offensive line coaching job, according to Mike Barber of the Richmond Times Dispatch. However, Adkins has not accepted a deal, according to a tweet by Pete Roussel of coachingsearch.com.
— Pete Roussel (@coachingsearch) January 13, 2013
Adkins has coached the offensive line at SU for the past three seasons, where he also served as the recruiting coordinator. Prior to coming to Syracuse, Adkins coached at the University of Tennessee from 2003-2008. Adkins is considered to be a top-10 recruiter nationally and has over 18 years of collegiate coaching experience.
Wheatley, a former Michigan running back, became the Syracuse running backs coach in 2010. He also coached running backs at Eastern Michigan University in 2009 and Ohio Northern University in 2008.
It will be interesting to see how this new news affects recruits and current players. The Orange already lost quarterback Zach Allen to TCU after Marrone and Hackett left, and several other recruits, such as running back Augustus Edwards, are reconsidering their commitments to Syracuse. The effect will be even greater for the future of Syracuse football because of Adkins recruiting connections.