Scott Shafer fired from SU; reports say

Scott Shafer fired from SU, reports say

Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer has been fired, according to sources. Shafer will coach the Orange in their final game of the season against Boston College on Saturday.

The Orange has lost eight straight games since starting the season 3-0.

Syracuse University Director of Athletics Mark Coyle announced that Shafer has been “relieved” as head football coach effective at the end of this season.

Shafer will still coach Saturday’s game against Boston College at the Carrier Dome.

“I want to thank Scott, his wife Missy, and their family for their seven years of dedication and service to SU Athletics and Syracuse University. Scott has worked tirelessly to educate our students on and off the field and to build our program. However, I feel a change in leadership is needed at this time. A national search will begin immediately,” Coyle said.

Shafer was promoted from defensive coordinator to the top job in 2013 when Doug Marrone left SU for the Buffalo Bills.

Syracuse’s record this season is 3-8.

Shafer’s record as head coach is 13-23.

The Orange is 48-85 since Paul Pasqualoni’s departure following the 2004 season.

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