The 46-year-old Shafer was named Syracuse's defensive coordinator in 2009, and his 2010 unit ranked among the best in the Big East, allowing just 19.3 points and 300.3 yards per game.
Earlier in the evening we had heard that SU DB coach Donnie Henderson and Floyd Little both told SU recruit Darius Kelly that the internal staff was going to stay on and that Shafer would be promoted to HC. Always trust the 18-year-old who's just repeating what recruiters tell him...
Personally, I think its the right move. Shafer brings continuity, the best chance to keep recruits interested, a proven ability as a coach and experience working at SU. Not to mention that it's a great opportunity for him. (Considering he turned down the WMU head coaching job a couple weeks ago, makes you wonder if he knew this might be coming).
We also know that current SU players like Keon Lyn are going to be very happy to see Shafer assume the throne.
No word yet on what that means for the other SU coaches, though I'm 95% sure that means Tim Daost and Steve Morrison are staying on. The $1,000,000 question is...will Nate Hackett remain the OC? We'll see and we'll see how that affects Zach Allen.
We'll wait for official word from Syracuse on this but there's no reason to think it's not happening. In a way, an era isn't ending, it's just evolving. And considering what the last four years have been like, that's a good thing.