CBA grad Greg Paulus hired by Louisville Basketball

Greg Paulus was all smiles as he met the media in Louisville Thursday (Courtesy: WDRB)

Greg Paulus will forever go down not only as one of the most versatile athletes in Central New York history but in the country.

Remember, Paulus was a two-sport star at CBA before playing basketball four years at Duke. When he graduated from Mike Krzyzewski's team, he transferred to graduate school at Syracuse where he was the starting quarterback in Doug Marrone's first season at SU.

Since then, Paulus was coaching college basketball. He spent several seasons on the sidelines at Ohio State under Thad Matta.

Matta stepped down earlier this year and that temporarily left Paulus' career in limbo.

Until now.

At a press conference Thursday, Paulus was named a new assistant coach at Louisville. And yes, that means he'll coach against Syracuse.

Paulus is just the type of high character coach Louisville needs in the wake of its scandal that cost former head coach Rick Pitino his job.

For Paulus, he maintains his Central New York upbringing and education was crucial in making him the coach he is today.

“I actually went to the Syracuse-Pittsburgh game a couple weekends ago. They ended up winning that one but I guess I missed the big one over Clemson the next weekend....You know Syracuse is a special place. The people have made me who I am. The experiences are going to stay with me all the time with the football program. Playing for Coach Marrone that one year. We talk all the time, you know we played here. We lost 10-9 in 2009 and I still remember that one but its I’ll always grateful for the opportunity the university gave me and the football program gave me" Paulus said.

Louisville plays Syracuse just once this season and that game is at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, so Syracuse fans will have to wait until next season potentially for Paulus to coach in the Carrier Dome.

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