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Monday, January 5, 2009
Big East lunchtime links: Shafer introduced at Syracuse


Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

Syracuse formally introduced new defensive coordinator Scott Shafer this morning. Shafer, who spent last season at Michigan before losing his job, will implement a 4-3 scheme with an attacking mindset, Donnie Webb writes in the Syracuse Post-Standard.

"An attacking defense doesn't mean you're blitzing seven guys every down. It means up front, you're going after them. You're trying to create a new line of scrimmage and force the ball. When they want to run a zone play, we want that ball to bounce sideway, make the ball go East and West, if you will.

"Same thing with the quarterback. The quarterback is the marquee player in every program. We need to hit the hell out of that quarterback. We need to see what he's made of. We need to see what their No. 2 is made up. That's what I mean by attacking."

• West Virginia had a good weekend when highly-rated Florida high school cornerback Michael Carter committed. Carter could play right away, Mike Casazza says in the Charleston Daily Mail.

• After the FedEx Orange Bowl loss, Cincinnati coach Brian Kelly is focused on the big picture and the future, Dustin Dow writes in the Cincinnati Enquirer.

• UConn rediscovered its pride in time for the International Bowl, Desmond Conner writes in the Hartford Courant.