Lester Replacing McDonald As OC

Syracuse has made a coaching change as Tim Lester will take over offensive coordinator and play calling duties from George McDonald.

More change is coming for a Syracuse offense who has lost starting quarterback Terrel Hunt for 4-6 weeks with a fractured fibula. George McDonald, who has been the subject of fan ire over the last three weeks, has been relieved of his offensive coordinator duties. He will be replaced by Tim Lester, who will also continue his duties as quarterbacks coach. McDonald will remain as the wide receivers coach for the Orange.

CuseNation.com sources indicated this was the case, and subscribers were alerted to both pieces of news hours before the information was announced by Syracuse Athletics.

"I've had to make a tough decision that has been less difficult to make because of the unselfishness of our teammate and coach George McDonald,” head coach Scott Shafer said in a statement. “Let me start by saying I've never worked with a harder working and more devoted individual than George McDonald. I truly appreciate his devotion to the team.

"I've made the decision to change roles to use our staff's talents together more effectively. Coach Tim Lester will call the plays and coordinate the offense moving forward. He, George and the offensive staff will continue to work alongside one another striving to improve our offense together. George will continue to coach our receiver unit. Tim will take charge of the play calling and the development of our young quarterbacks as we move forward without Terrel Hunt as he works to rehab his injury. Terrel sustained a fracture to his fibula on in the game against Louisville. He is expected to be out of activity for 4-6 weeks.

"We are committed and unified to take the actions necessary to maximize the talent and drive of this football team."

The changes come as Syracuse welcomes in defending national champion and current top-ranked Florida State into the Carrier Dome for a noon kickoff on Saturday. The Orange have lost three straight after starting the season with two consecutive wins.

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