Syracuse Athletics has already found a replacement for Doug Marrone according to CBSSports.com, citing a source that says SU defensive coordinator Scott Shafer will get the promotion. Marrone was announced as the new head coach of the Buffalo Bills on Monday.
Meanwhile, Darius Kelly, a recruit from Arizona who has signed to play for the Orange, told the Post Standard that he was told by Syracuse assistant coach Donnie Henderson that Shafer will be announced as SU's next head coach.
"He basically told me Shafer is going to be the coach for now," Kelly told the Post Standard. "They plan on announcing that Sunday.
There is no confirmation from SU Athletics, but Gross is quoted as saying "We are not doing a search for that new guy to give us hope for the future. This team we have has already shown hope for future."
Though the university had not made an announcement, on Monday night Shafer's Wikipedia page already was updated to say he was the head coach, and his son and former players Rob Long and Antwon Bailey congratulated Shafer on Twitter.
Shafer succeeds Doug Marrone, who was named head coach of the Buffalo Bills on Monday after four seasons at Syracuse. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because there has not been an official announcement from the university.
The 46- year- old Shafer was hand picked by Marrone as Syracuse's defensive coordinator in back in 2009, and his defense ranked among the best in the Big East in 2010.
(Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.)