Gross received his bachelor's degree and played college football at University of California, Davis. Gross was a New York Jets scout when Pete Carroll was the Jets head coach, a relationship that led to him pushing for Carroll to be hired by USC.
Formerly, Gross coached and worked at the University of Southern California in intercollegiate athletics after being a graduate coaching assistant (while earning his doctorate). While serving as senior associate athletic director, Gross was credited for bringing in head coach Pete Carroll for the Trojans football team. In 2005, Gross became AD at Syracuse. In 2008, ESPN.com named Carroll's hiring #1 in a list of the Pac-10's Top 10 Moments Of BCS Era.
- O'Brien, John. (2015, March 18). "Syracuse chancellor issues statement on Jim Boeheim, Daryl Gross moves," Syracuse.com. Accessed: March 18, 2015.
- Bill Plaschke, Sorry, Pete, We Were Wrong, Los Angeles Times, December 30, 2003, Accessed January 16, 2009
- Michael Sokolove, Happiness Is a Warm Football Coach, The New York Times, November 2, 2008, Accessed February 11, 2009.
- Ted Miller, Trojans had no BCS peer once Carroll arrived, ESPN.com, May 22, 2008, Accessed May 22, 2008.
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