Coaches React to Shafer Hiring

Thanks to the hard work of SU Athletics, we bring to you how coaches familiar with the Shafer promotion responded to the news inside.

Courtesy of Syracuse Athletics, we would like to share with you what football coaches from around the country had to say about Syracuse defensive coordinator Scott Shafer being elevated to the position of head coach for the Orange football program.

"As a Syracuse letterwinner, I am proud to have Scott Shafer leading the football program," said Doug Marrone, who recently vacated the position o head coach at Syracuse to join the NFL's Buffalo Bills in the same position. "He is a person of high integrity who cares about the student-athletes and their development on and off the field. Scott has proven his expertise as a defensive coordinator and is ready to lead the program. I wish him all the best as the head coach of the Orange."

Jim Harbaugh, who coached in the college ranks at Stanford University as their head coach from 2007-10 and is now currently coaching the NFL's an Francisco 49ers in the playoffs shared, "I am excited about the tremendous opportunity for Coach Shafer and Syracuse University. Scott is hard working, enthusiastic and of high character. Great things will happen with Shafe. He and his family will continue the rich and great Syracuse tradition."

The man who took over for Harbaugh at Stanford, David Shaw, who was also Stanford's offensive coordinator from 2007-10, expressed the following: "Scott Shafer brings enthusiasm to teaching young men to be excited about the game of football and play it the right way. He is going to make it an environment that's fun to be in – the coaches are going to love to come to work every day and the players are going to love to come to practice every day. I think the results of that will show when people are watching the games, the team and their unity. They will know that it starts from the top. It will be an exciting, fun environment for everyone."

"Coach Shafer believes in keeping it simple, having guys play fast and with a lot of emotion," added Shaw. "I think that's what you're going to see even more of as Syracuse continues to grow and take those next steps. Everything is about passion and enjoying the game, the camaraderie and guys playing together. That is what Scott's about and I think it's going to transfer onto the field."

See the rest of the responses from coaches around the United States HERE

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