The community has been buzzing about SU football all week. Monday, Doug Marrone announced he was leaving Syracuse to become the new head coach of the Buffalo Bills. Within hours, rumors were swirling about who would take over at SU and now those reports have been confirmed. Our Iris St. Meran has more on the promotion of Defensive Coordinator Scott Shafer and what former SU football players think about the choice.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- He's not a household name just yet, but the new head coach of the SU football team is very well known to the players and the Syracuse program.
Former Syracuse University football player Tim Green said, "He's a great guy, he's a great coach. He's done a really good job with whatever defense he's had throughout college football. I know he's going to do a great job as head coach."
Scott Shafer spent the past four years on the Syracuse sidelines, serving as coordinator for one of the better defenses in the country. Now he takes over as head coach of a team entering the ACC, a logical choice according to former SU running back Robert Drummond.
"They're familiar with the coaches now. So it's something they don't have to get used to. They don't have to adjust to a new coach, a new system, a new style. Syracuse University and Coach Shafer understand that. So these guys can now make the transition, running instead of walking," said Drummond.
Both acknowledge there will be challenges that come with any new position. But they know he's up for it and is qualified to work past them.
"There's a public relations aspect, there's a fundraising aspect and I think for a lot of people that could pose a challenge,” Green added. “I don't think that's going to be a problem for Scott Shafer because I know the kind of personality he has. He's honest, he's pleasant, he's charming."
Winning qualities that will surely help him on and off the field.
Shafer will be formally introduced as head coach on Friday at 12:30. We will carry that news conference live.