Report: Syracuse to tap Scott Shafer

Updated: January 10, 2013, 5:00 PM ET
Associated Press

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Four years ago, Scott Shafer's football sojourn almost seemed at a dead end.

Fired after only one year as defensive coordinator at Michigan under Rich Rodriguez, a victim of one of the worst seasons in Wolverines history, Shafer was down and out after stops at five colleges in a five-year span.

Then came a phone call at Christmas time in 2008 from Doug Marrone, who had just been hired as coach at Syracuse. The two clicked and Shafer was hired as defensive coordinator. ...

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