Shafer Takes Over as Head Coach of Syracuse University Football

Scott Shafer was promoted to head football coach by Syracuse University, which is preparing to join the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Shafer, the team’s defensive coordinator for the past four years, replaces Doug Marrone, who moved into the National Football League as coach of the Buffalo Bills.

“His commitment to developing the total student-athlete is unmatched,” said Syracuse Director of Athletics Daryl Gross on the team’s website. “We have all seen the attitude of his defense, which consists of unity, toughness and persistence.”

The Orange were 8-5 overall and 5-2 in the Big East Conference last season. Syracuse defeated West Virginia 38-14 in the Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 29.

One of the Big East’s founding schools in 1979, Syracuse said in September that it was leaving for the ACC. Syracuse and the Big East agreed on a $7.5 million cash buyout in July that allows the Orange to move to the ACC this year.

“We will go to work every day to put a quality product on the field as we storm our way into the Atlantic Coast Conference,” Shafer said yesterday on the team’s website.

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