Scott Shafer still sees plenty of reasons for hope despite losing to Pittsburgh

Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer believes the future is bright for the Orange.

Yes Syracuse lost their fourth in a row on Saturday, falling to Pittsburgh 23-20 inside the Carrier Dome. But that has not changed the positive attitude amongst the Orange coaches regarding the direction of the program.

"Yes I do," head coach Scott Shafer said after the game. "I really do. It's just one more play here or there. Very exciting games but we'd like to finish them with exciting wins rather than exciting losses. But I do. They're (Syracuse players) learning so much. So many of them that are playing substantial time in college football for the first time.

"There are so many great learning opportunities. You have to try to accentuate the positives and work on the things that weren't good enough and keep a level head about you as you move forward."

The Syracuse players that spoke to the media after Saturday's loss, Eric DungeySteve Ishmael and Zaire Franklin echoed similar sentiments. Disappointed in the loss, but not discouraged about where things are headed.

"I think we're disappointed that games keep ending this way," Franklin said. "But we're not defeated and we're not panicking. We understand the situation. We're not naive. We understand what's going on. But we know that we're close."

More from coach Shafer in the video at the top of the screen.

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