Darius Kelly, a Syracuse recruit from Arizona, has said that assistant coaches have told him that defensive coordinator Scott Shafer will take over for Doug Marrone, and an announcement will come as early as this weekend. From the Syracuse Media Group:
“He basically told me Shafer is going to be the coach for now,” Kelly said. “They plan on announcing that Sunday.”
Shafer declined comment. The university has not commented on Marrone’s successor.
Syracuse athletics director Daryl Gross would not confirm that Shafer’s the pick, but hinted that the coach is already on staff.
“We are not doing a search for that new guy to give us hope for the future,” Gross said this afternoon. “This team we have has already shown hope for future.”
Gross said in an ideal world he would keep the entire staff intact, including the engineer of the team’s prolific offense, coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, a Marrone protégé.
He said he has been working the phones since early this morning trying to tie up loose ends so an announcement can be made quickly. He seemed surprised by the report of a Sunday announcement and indicated an it could come much sooner.
If this is true, and I don’t see why it wouldn’t be, I think this is the right move for Syracuse. They have to make a move to get a coach quickly this late in the game, and Shafer was a favorite for a lot of people. For a good number of recruits, their commitment to Syracuse was a commitment to Shafer ahead of both the school and even Doug Marrone. If the remainder of the staff can be salvaged, Syracuse can still be in relatively good shape heading in to next season, and minimize a setback. More details to come as more information is released…