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Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Shafer could be headed to Syracuse

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

When Scott Shafer resigned as Michigan's defensive coordinator last week, he said he had already sent out a few feelers for new jobs. 

Shafer could land on his feet soon after possibly interviewing with new Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone on Monday. Marrone had better be willing to run a base 4-3 defense, which Shafer prefers and what likely led to his departure from Michigan after switching the scheme during this season. 

Despite a disappointing second half of the year in Ann Arbor, Shafer still has the personality and track record to end up as a head coach in the near future. He had been successful at every stop but Michigan and got next to no help from Rodriguez's offense this season.

Though he might need to tone down the self-criticism -- he took "full responsibility for the demise of the Michigan program" -- he should be OK in the long run. Syracuse is starting over as a program after the Greg Robinson mess, and Marrone might give Shafer the freedom he needs. 

As for Michigan, Rodriguez likely will look to linebackers coach Jay Hopson as a potential replacement for Shafer. Hopson served as Southern Miss' defensive coordinator from 2005-07.