“I look forward to representing the hard-nosed city of Syracuse and the great state of New York as the head coach of Syracuse University,” Shafer said in the news release issued by the school. “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. We are very motivated to start preparing for the 2013 campaign with our current team and incoming student-athletes.” -Syracuse Head Coach Scott Shafer
While it is not surprising news, it is now official. Daryl Gross has officially named Scott Shafer the latest head coach of the Syracuse football team. The news has been circulating around the internet for a few days now, but has now become official with the release of a statement from the University:
“Scott Shafer is an experienced, intelligent, motivating coach who has dedicated his life to coaching and developing college student-athletes,” Gross said in the school’s news release. “I can’t think of a coach in America who is more deserving of having an opportunity to be a head coach. His commitment to developing the total student-athlete is unmatched. We have all seen the attitude of his defense, which consists of unity, toughness and persistence. I know and trust Coach Shafer will enhance the momentum that has been created in the program. He is a brilliant coach, a tireless worker and a relentless recruiter who believes that we can create a sustainable championship culture. I am convinced that Coach Shafer will successfully carry the torch of the Syracuse football legacy.”
However, everyone can’t get in to the same room today, so a news conference is scheduled for tomorrow at 12:30. Shafer will have his work cut out for him, as he will have to hire a new defensive coordinator and now an offensive coordinator as well as Doug Marrone has hired Nate Hackett away. I would imagine this process will have to go rather quickly, as Shafer will need to try to keep this recruiting class together heading in to next year. There are still a lot of question marks surrounding this program, so it should be interesting to see how it plays out in the coming weeks.