Report: Scott Shafer to Replace Doug Marrone at Syracuse

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Updated: January 8, 2013

The AP reported Tuesday morning that an anonymous Syracuse University source has informed them of the program’s plans to name Scott Shafer as the next head coach of the Orange.

Shafer is the current defensive coordinator.

Several analysts projected Shafer as a likely candidate to fill the top spot on the Orange staff, especially for recruiting purposes.

Doug Marrone’s departure delivered an expected ripple into a solid 2013 class for Syracuse.

Isaiah Johnson (3 stars) out of Maryland told XLJ on Sunday that “Hell yeah” he was staying at Syracuse despite the shakeup. His sentiments are not echoed by the entire incoming freshman group.

Augustus Edwards (3 stars) of Staten Island and Malik Brown (3 stars) out of Florida have already expressed their uncertainty publicly.

Zach Allen, the 3-star Texan who will have a legitimate shot at the starting QB job this summer,is also unhappy with Marrone’s departure.

Scott Shafer, along with Marrone’s former offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett should not only help Syracuse continue it’s climb back to relevancy, but also offer a now jaded recruiting class a promise that Marrone’s system and values will stay in place.

Hackett was also rumored to be considered for the head coaching spot, but unconfirmed rumors have swirled regarding Marrone’s possible intentions of bringing Hackett with him to Buffalo.

Doug Marrone earned his shot on football’s highest platform by rebuilding a program that had been decimated by former head coach, Greg Robinson.

Marrone delivered two Pinstripe Bowl victories, defeats over several highly ranked opponents, and a seemingly repaired recruiting pipeline.

The Orange hope that promoting from within will allow the rejuvenated recruitment relationships to continue to heal while the program continues to improve.

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