Syracuse has relieved Scott Shafer of his head coaching duties

Per a report, Syracuse Athletics has relieved Scott Shafer of his duties as head coach of the football program.

After their eighth loss in a row, Syracuse has decided a head coaching change is necessary. On Monday, CuseNation.com has confirmed that Scott Shafer has been relieved of his duties as head coach of the football program.Thayer Evans of Sports Illustrated was the first to report the news.

The news comes as fans frustration with the lack of wins only intensified and his hot seat continued to get warmer. After leading the team to a 7-6 record in year one, capped by a Texas Bowl victory, the Orange has struggled in the last two seasons. They were just 6-17 during that time, leaving Shafer with a record of 13-23. 

Shafer will coach the team's final game against Boston College.

"I want to thank Scott, his wife Missy and their family for their seven years of dedication and service to SU Athletics and Syracuse University," Athletics Director Mark Coyle said in a statement. "Scott has worked tirelessly to educate our students on and off the field and to build our program. However, I feel a change in leadership is needed at this time. A national search will begin immediately."

Inquiries behind the scenes have no doubt already taken place and will continue to take place. 

For a list of candidates the Orange could target, check out our Head Coach Hot Board.

More Coverage from CuseNation.com:

Shafer Out: Attrition/Recruiting Fallout
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