SYRACUSE, N.Y., JAN. 9 -- Paul Pasqualoni, Syracuse's linebackers coach for the last four years, today was named to replace Dick MacPherson as coach of the Orangemen.

Pasqualoni was introduced at a morning news conference at Manley Field House. His appointment comes two days after MacPherson was named coach of the New England Patriots, where he replaced Rod Rust.

Pasqualoni, 41, played at Penn State and was a member of the 1971 Cotton Bowl team. He then was an assistant coach at Cheshire (Conn.) High School in 1972-76. He began his college coaching career as an assistant at Southern Connecticut State in 1976 and six years later was named head coach and athletic director at Western Connecticut State.

He joined MacPherson's staff in 1986 and becomes the 26th head coach in 101 seasons of collegiate football at Syracuse.

Two Syracuse linebackers, Terry Wooden and David Bavaro, earned all-East honors under Pasqualoni's tutelage. Both now play in the NFL, Wooden with the Seattle Seahawks and Bavaro with the Phoenix Cardinals.

Pasqualoni said he was told Tuesday morning by Syracuse Athletic Director Jake Crouthamel that the job was his. The new coach admitted to being "a little nervous and still a bit in shock" as he met reporters.

He said he planned to continue MacPherson's system.