You can count John Anselmo as the seventh former member of the Syracuse Orange football coaching staff who will now wear Buffalo Bills blue. According to Kevin Fitzgerald and confirmed by Zach Braziller of the New York Post, Anselmo is following HCDM to the promised land.
John Anselmo has signed a contract as an assistant coach with the Bills, per a source. Huge loss for Syracuse and NYC football.— Zach Braziller (@NYPost_Brazille) January 17, 2013
Between Adkins, Wheatley and Anselmo, SU loses a lot of recruiting power with the coaching changes (hence the important of George McDonald). In Anselmo, SU loses a critical connection to New York City and a guy responsible for helping get a lot of Long Island and Brooklyn talent up here.
Also joining everyone else in Buffalo is SU Strength & Conditioning assistant Hal Luther (and Ike Hilliard! Ike Hilliard is coaching?!?)
Again, I can't fault anyone for taking a job in the NFL, but, man...
Some good news, albeit suspected news, that WR coach Rob Moore and defensive line coach Tim Daoust are going to stay at SU.
"Rob has done a great job bringing his passion and pride for the Orange to work each day," Shafer said in a statement. "He has done a fantastic job as a technician in teaching the intricacies of wide receiver play.
"I am also extremely excited to have Tim Daoust back, as he has done a great job developing the defensive line these past two seasons," Shafer said. "He has the line playing with intensity and aggressiveness that has proven to be successful on the field. Tim is a tireless worker who continues to make a huge difference in the improvement of our defense."
Noticeably absent from the announcement is LB coach Steve Morrison. With WMU connections to Scott Shafer, it seemed a foregone conclusion that he'd return. We'll have to wait and see.