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It's official: Scott Shafer named SU football head coach

Syracuse University has officially announced that Scott Shafer will be the new head football coach for the Orange.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Syracuse University has officially announced that Scott Shafer will be the new head football coach for the Orange.

For the past four seasons, Shafer has been the defensive coordinator for SU.

In an announcement on the Syracuse's athletics website, the university called Shafer "one of the top defensive minds in college football."

In a release sent out by the school, Shafer indicated that he is looking forward to the chance to lead the SU program.

“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. “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.”

On Monday, Athletic Director Daryl Gross said he wanted to keep continuity in place for the football program.

The school will host a press conference to introduce Shafer as head coach on Friday at 12:30 p.m.

Shafer was hired by Doug Marrone, who has signed on as head coach for the Buffalo Bills.

Reports that Shafer would be selected from within the SU program have circulated ever since Marrone was announced as the Bills' coach.

Shafer has been coaching in the college ranks for 22 years.

Four SU players are now in the NFL after playing for Shafer, including first-round selection Chandler Jones.

In addition to SU, Shafer was defensive coordinator at the University of Michigan, Stanford, Western Michigan, and Northern Illinois University. He has also been a position coach at Illinois and Rhode Island.

An Ohio native, Shafer played quarterback and was a team captain at Baldwin-Wallace College from 1986 to 1989. He directed the Yellow Jackets offense that ranked 17th nationally in pass efficiency. He began his collegiate playing career at Ohio University in 1985.

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