Syracuse has hired former Assistant Athletic Director at Rutgers University as the new Director of Football Operations. Drew Robinson tweeted Wednesday that he is leaving RU and Mike Quick of MSG Varsity tweeted that he is headed to SU.
Robinson will replace Steve Scarnecchia who has made the jump to the NFL after taking a job with the Atlanta Falcons. Robinson is a Syracuse man, having been a football manager and undergraduate assistant to the head coach here at SU between 2003-2007.
The departure of Scarnecchia and the hiring of Robinson is the first of many changes that can be expected in Syracuse athletics. The most significant of these changes will be the hiring of a new Athletic Director.
Robinson obviously knows how Syracuse football operates, having been so involved in SU football as a student. This could potentially allow him a greater role than his predecessor. Scarnecchia played little to no role in recruiting but Robinson could see his role expanded to include the recruitment of new players.
Robinson has a connection to New Jersey having been involved at Rutgers for six years. The importance of recruits from NJ to Syracuse cannot be stressed enough. SU doesn’t have the ability that bigger programs have to reach across the country to snag recruits. The Orange rely heavily on NY and the neighboring states to fill out a roster.
The hiring of Drew Robinson could be key for the Orange in NJ recruitment. Regardless, it is important that the Orange were able to make this hiring and begin to retool the football program after a dreadful season.
Posted: Logan Grossman