Sources: New Orleans offensive coordinator to return to Syracuse

Updated: December 12, 2008, 12:56 PM ET
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New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Doug Marrone has accepted the head coaching position at Syracuse and will be on campus for a news conference Friday, multiple sources told ESPN.com.

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There will be a lot to say about Doug Marrone, who takes over a Syracuse program that has fallen on hard times. Let's take a quick look at the pros and cons that this hiring brings to the Orange. Blog
Marrone has deep ties to Syracuse. He was a three-year letterman in the 1980s and returned to finish his degree in 1991.

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.