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Friday, January 2, 2009
Shafer finds new home at Syracuse

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

As expected, it didn't take long for Scott Shafer to find a new job after resigning from Michigan last month after one season as defensive coordinator. 

Shafer has officially been named defensive coordinator at Syracuse, joining the staff of new head coach Doug Marrone. Syracuse becomes Shafer's fourth stop in the last three seasons, as he moved from Western Michigan to Stanford to Michigan.

Marrone in a statement called Shafer "a veteran defensive play-caller who has an attacking defensive style."

Despite the very poor results on the field this fall, Shafer remains a pretty good coach, and if he gets the freedom to operate, he should help Syracuse. 

Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez isn't in a major rush to name Shafer's replacement. If Rodriguez doesn't look in-house and promote linebackers coach Jay Hopson, he'll likely find someone at the American Football Coaches Association convention, held Jan. 11-14 in Nashville.