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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