Syracuse fired football coach Paul Pasqualoni yesterday, eight days after a 37-point loss in a bowl game — and less than a month after giving him a vote of confidence. "Sometimes you just know...

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse fired football coach Paul Pasqualoni yesterday, eight days after a 37-point loss in a bowl game — and less than a month after giving him a vote of confidence.



“Sometimes you just know you need to make a change,” athletic director Daryl Gross said. “He’s had a long tenure here. He served the student-athletes well. He is a tremendous man. The things he’s done here, you can marvel at.



“I just think it’s time to go in a different direction. We’re going into the heart of the recruiting season right now. We needed to act one way or another.”



Pasqualoni, who was unavailable for comment, departs after 14 years with a 107-59-1 record and a 6-3 mark in bowl games. He is the second-winningest coach in school history, behind Ben Schwartzwalder, who had 153 victories.



But the Orange struggled to break even after going 10-3 and finishing ranked No. 14 in 2001. They were 4-8 in 2002, Pasqualoni’s only losing season, and 6-6 the last two years.



Gross, a former assistant at USC who was hired two weeks ago to replace the retiring Jake Crouthamel, said a search for Pasqualoni’s replacement will begin immediately.



Pasqualoni, who had one year left on his contract, becomes the 11th Division I coach to be fired this year. His firing came after chancellor Nancy Cantor announced Dec. 6 that he would return for his 15th season. But Gross was hired 11 days later, and the Orange’s 51-14 loss to Georgia Tech in the Champs Sports Bowl helped seal Pasqualoni’s fate.



Texas, Brown agree to new 10-year deal


Coach Mack Brown and Texas agreed to a 10-year contract worth more than $25 million that would keep him at the university through 2014.




The new deal needs approval from the school’s board of regents, but athletic director DeLoss Dodds said he thinks that won’t be a problem.



Brown’s old pact runs through 2011. The new contract would boost Brown’s $2.06 million annual salary by $100,000 in the first year, with additional $100,000 raises each year. He’d earn a little more than $3 million in 2014.



“We’ve had a great seven years, and I’m really excited about the future,” Brown said. “There is no greater place to coach than the University of Texas.”



Brown has led Texas to four consecutive seasons with at least 10 victories and is 69-19 in Austin.



He has never won a conference title in 21 seasons as a head coach.





Notes



* Dick Tomey became San Jose State’s new coach, returning to the sideline at 66 to rebuild the Spartans’ ailing program.



Tomey, the former Arizona and Hawaii coach who’s finishing his first season as assistant head coach at Texas, agreed to a four-year deal. The Spartans went 14-33 in the past four seasons under Fitz Hill before his resignation last month.



* Arkansas coach Houston Nutt withdrew from consideration for Louisiana State’s coaching vacancy.



* USC will be without receiver Fred Davis in the Orange Bowl on Tuesday after the freshman didn’t make it back from Christmas break in time for the team’s trip to Florida.



Starting tailback LenDale White is recovering from a sprained ankle and is questionable for the game.



* UCLA quarterback Drew Olson will undergo surgery to repair torn ligaments in his left knee and may not be ready for the opening of camp next fall.