Shafer has hired former Cleveland Browns and UCLA Bruins assistant Chuck Bullough to be his new defensive coordinator.
Scott Shafer's Friday press conference wasn't just a place for Shafer to introduce himself, it was also a place to drop a little piece of news.
Shafer has hired Chuck Bullough to be his new defensive coordinator. And before you ask who in the hell Chuck Bullough is, let's go through it.
Bullough spend the last two seasons as a defensive assistant for the Cleveland Browns. Before that, he served as the DC and LB coach for the UCLA Bruins between 2006 and 2010. In 2005, he was Western Michigan's LB coach. And you know you else was on Western Michigan's staff in 2005 as the DC? Scott Shafer.
Bullough means it four former WMU coaches now on the Syracuse defense, assuming Tim Daoust and Steve Morrison remain.
Bullough also spent time with the Chicago Bears and Michigan St. Spartans as an assistant. Bullough also played for the Spartans as a LB. He spent four seasons in the NFL playing for the Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins.
Interestingly enough, Bullough's Dad, Henry, was head coach of the Buffalo Bills in 1985-86. We seem to have a connection to them these days.
Bullough's time at UCLA did not end well as he was fired following a season in which his defense was 108th in the nation. However, it's UCLA under Rick Neuheisel so I'm guessing it wasn't exactly a blue chip line-up. I wonder if he got Shafer's attention by leaving his resume on his windshield.
As far as we're concerned, he's a bit of an unknown. But at this moment, if Scott Shafer is vouching for him, that's good enough for me.