- Andrea Adelson, ESPN Staff Writer
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Syracuse defensive coordinator Scott Shafer is expected to replace Doug Marrone as head coach, a source told Brett McMurphy of ESPN.
Shafer has been the Orange defensive coordinator since 2009. He also was defensive coordinator at Northern Illinois, Western Michigan, Stanford and Michigan. CBSSports.com first reported the expected hire.
Marrone left Monday to take the Buffalo Bills job. During an interview Monday with ESPN Radio CNY, Syracuse athletic director Daryl Gross said he would move quickly to replace Marrone, and said he would be "foolish" if he did not consider in-house candidates. He also said he wants to maintain as much of the status quo as possible.
"We’ve developed some unique things and we need to keep a lot of those concepts moving forward," Gross told the radio station. "We’re looking to compete for conference championships right away. We don’t want to destabilize too much. We want to make sure we keep our philosophies and direction going the way it’s going right now."