Shafer to become SU head coach, report says

According to Bruce Feldman of, SU defensive coordinator Scott Shafer will replace Doug Marrone as head football coach

The Orange football team has found Doug Marrone’s replacement, according to reports.

Scott Shafer, the team’s current defensive coordinator, will be promoted to head coach, according to Bruce Feldman of The promotion comes days after Marrone decided to become the head coach of the Buffalo Bills

Shafer has not commented on the reports and Daryl Gross, SU’s athletic director, has not confirmed Shafer’s hiring, according to an article from

The University has not made an announcement but Gross hinted that Shafer’s promotion would be made official within the next few days, the arctile said.

Marrone hired Shafer in 2009 as the defensive coordinator following a one-year stint at the University of Michigan.

The SU defense has been successful under Shafer’s coaching, ranking sixth in the nation and leading the Big East in tackles for loss last year. SU’s defense has also produced 10 All-Big East selections during Shafer’s tenure. Shafer also led the Western Michigan defense to a nation-leading 24 picks and 46 sacks in 2006. He has also coached at the University of Illinois, Northern Illinois University, the University of Rhode Island and Indiana University 

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