Bullough named defensive coordinator

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - What began as the introductory press conference for Syracuse Head Coach Scott Shafer, ended up as a venue to announce the addition of Chuck Bullough to the SU staff as the new defensive coordinator.

Scott Shafer, the new head man at Syracuse University, was about as energetic as possible during his introductory press conference in front of local media on Friday.

In between many thank yous and visions for the Orange football team, the new coach announced an addition to the staff.

Shafer's former associate at Western Michigan University, Chuck Bullough, was appointed defensive coordinator.

"The game of football is about enthusiasm, intensity and toughness," Bullough said in a statement. "Coach Shafer and I grew up in the game of football with our fathers as coaches. We were taught from a young age to enjoy and respect the game. From just about the moment we met at Western Michigan, we had an instant connection because of our philosophy and values.

"That does not always happen in coaching. Coach Shafer is one of the most outstanding people and coaches I have been around. He is a great motivator of men. I am extremely excited to join him at Syracuse."

Bullough, 44, is a second-generation NFL player and coach. He spent the 2011 season as an assistant coach on the Cleveland Browns defense, making stops at UCLA, Western Michigan, Lake Forest College, the Chicago Bears and Michigan State University previously.

"Chuck is one of the brightest minds in football I have ever had the pleasure to work with," Shafer said. "We worked next to each other at Western Michigan as we turned the program around. I not only respect and love Chuck as a football coach, but I also believe in his core with respect to his character."

The East Lansing (Mich.) native has experience coaching each level of the defense, as well as the offensive line. Bullough was last a defensive coordinator for UCLA during the 2009 and 2010 seasons.

More on SU's new defensive leader, including a coaching history, can be found externally HERE.

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