Instant Juice: Scott Shafer introduced as Syracuse head coach

Shafer was introduced as the new head coach

A quick take on Scott Shafer’s first press conference as head coach of Syracuse:

WHAT HAPPENED: Scott Shafer was formally introduced as Syracuse’s head coach at a press conference on Friday afternoon. He stated his vision for the program while naming Chuck Bullough as the new defensive coordinator.

Shafer was introduced as the new head coach


* Wow. You could just hear the enthusiasm and pride coming out of Shafer. That was about as intense a press conference as there was to introduce a coach and Shafer just came out firing. On a scale of 1-10, I’d rate that a 15. Some of the highlights included:

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  • A Carrier Dome that “shakes and intimidates” opponents.
  • A defense that would hit opponents so hard that opponent’s famlies wouldn’t “want to see their kids get hit.”
  • An offense that has a lot of juice. “Orange juice.”
  • A program that is all about “attitude, effort and enthusiasm.”
  • A team that is “hard-nosed” that represented a “hard-nosed” town.
  • On recruits that decommit: “They better not decide to play for someone that plays against us.”
  • On the ACC: Syracuse is going to “storm that conference” and “do better than anyone thinks we can in year one.”

* Shafer also took time to thank Doug Marrone and Daryl Gross, and especially Nancy Cantor for the opportunity. This was obviously a statement that whatever foundation was in place would continue under his leadership.

* A little bit about Bullough: He started his career at Michigan State as a linebacker and played for five years in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins (1993–95) and attended camps with the Eagles (1992) and Indianapolis Colts (1996). He has also been a defensive coordinator for UCLA and spent time with the Chicago Bears, Western Michigan and the Cleveland Browns. Shafer said he trusted him “like a brother.”

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* The offensive coordinator search continues. Shafer said that a lot of people were interested in the position and that he would take his time to “find the best fit” for the team, and that he “wasn’t in a hurry” to name someone.

* Shafer also took time to say how much he’s fallen in love with Syracuse. He’s been here for four years now, the same amount of time as a normal student going to college. He also spoke about walking by Jim Brown each morning and the sense of responsbility he felt.

* The room erupted with applause after he finished and Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim walked over and offered a handshake. The ultimate stamp of approval.

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Wes has worked for covering the New York Knicks, as well as for covering Syracuse athletics. Wes has also worked for the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) and reported on the NBA and MLB for the New York Sportscene. A native of Long Island, New York, Wes graduated from Syracuse University in 2005. Follow him on Twitter @ChengWes.