Saints offensive coordinator Marrone interviews at alma mater

Updated: December 4, 2008, 8:56 PM ET
By Pat Yasinskas | ESPN.com

New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Doug Marrone has interviewed for the head coaching position at Syracuse University, two sources told ESPN.com.

Marrone interviewed with Syracuse athletic director Daryl Gross late last week and remains a candidate for the job that came open when Greg Robinson was fired.

Marrone has deep ties to Syracuse, where he was a three-year letterman in the 1980s. He returned there to finish his degree in 1991. Marrone also reportedly could be a candidate for the offensive coordinator job at the University of Tennessee but is waiting to see what happens with the Syracuse job.

Marrone joined the Saints when coach Sean Payton took over in 2006. In that season, New Orleans offense was ranked No. 1 in the league for the first time in franchise history. This season, the New Orleans passing game has ranked near the top of the NFL.

Marrone, who played briefly in the NFL, was an assistant for the New York Jets from 2002 through 2005. He was an assistant at several college programs, including Georgia and Georgia Tech, before that.

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