Rich Barnes-US PRESSWIRE
After serving as defensive coordinator for four seasons, Scott Shafer was officially promoted and named the head coach of the Syracuse football program on Wednesday.
Syracuse University officially named Scott Shafer the new head coach of the football program on Wednesday. The announcement was made via press release by the athletic department. Shafer is the 29th head coach in program history.
"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."
Athletic Director Daryl Gross said this about his third, and hopefully last for awhile, hire of a head football coach:
"Scott Shafer is an experienced, intelligent, motivating coach who has dedicated his life to coaching and developing college student-athletes," said Syracuse Director of Athletics Dr. Daryl Gross. "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 Coach Shafer will successfully carry the torch of the Syracuse football legacy."
If you'd like a refresher on what Shafer brings to the table, click here.
With that out of the way, it's time for Shafer, DOC Gross and the rest of the SU athletic department to get to work to put together the rest of the coaching staff (or just hold together what they have).
How that all plays out is still up in the air.