SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Syracuse head coach Greg Robinson, who was hired to resurrect a faltering program and instead saw it plummet to historic lows, was fired on Sunday.
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Greg Robinson's job security at Syracuse was shaky for some time. He leaves the program with nine wins just shy of four seasons.
Robinson, who had the only two 10-loss seasons in school history, was 9-35 in three-plus seasons at the helm and 3-23 in the Big East. He had another year on a contract that paid him $1.1 million per season.
Syracuse (2-8, 1-5) lost to Connecticut 39-14 Saturday night.
Athletics director Daryl Gross said Sunday he has informed Robinson he's decided "to move our football program in a new direction."
The Orange have road games remaining against Notre Dame and No. 19 Cincinnati.
Robinson's dismissal could best be described as anti-climactic. In September, Gross said the program had yet to show the "obvious progress" necessary for Robinson to keep his job beyond this season.
Last month, The New York Times reported that Gross had hired search consultant Chuck Neinas and had already reached out to Connecticut coach Randy Edsall to gauge his interest about succeeding Robinson. Edsall is a Syracuse graduate.
Robinson, whose sunny personality seems blindingly bright amid his gloomy fan base, said then he believed the Orange would win soon.
"When it happens, it doesn't gradually happen," Robinson said of success. "It explodes. We're all battling our ass off. I'm really excited about it."
Gross has waved off speculation that he will hire Lane Kiffin, the former Oakland Raiders coach who was fired in September. The two of them worked together at USC.