Syracuse University football fans had four days to soak in the fact that Scott Shafer will be taking over for a departed Doug Marrone. On Friday, those fans and the media got to see just how intense and emotional Shafer can be when he was formally introduced as SU football's new head coach.
"T he thing I like about Syracuse , the city is that the people who live here and embrace it are tough people ," said Shafer in front of a packed media conference, "t hey are hard nosed people that work their ass off , and they expect a hard nosed football team. "
Shafer, of course, has already spent four seasons helping to instill those values into th e SU football team, having served as defensive coordinator for the entire time Marrone was head coach. He established an aggressive Orange defense that was ranked 7th in the nation in 2010.
"I envision an offense with a lot of juice," said Shafer, "a lot of Orange juice. I want an offense that's fast that's fun and that's inventive. I envision an Orange crunch defense that makes the opponents cringe when their child is about to get hit. We want to put the fear of God in the opposing football player that happens to have the ball under his arm."
Shafer says he wants to make the SU football team one of the best teams in the nation. He says that the approach of the program is to carry on the values of teamwork, integrity, attitude, effort, and enthusiasm.
Athletic Director Daryl Gross says he is excited to hand the torch to someone who is dedicated to SU. Gross says the network that Shafer has created over the years is impressive.
"You want to know that you have someone who can lead your men into battle and represent your institution in its highest way," says Gross.
"At the end of the day, I want guys who want to play for us," says Shafer.
Shafer spoke with emotion saying that being head coach has been a dream of his since he was ten years old when his dad was coach.
"Being here four years, and going into my fifth year, it does give me a sense of ownership," says Shafer. "I do feel like this is my school."
"I like this town. I like what this town's texture is. That's how I was brought up. I had the same feel when I first got here," says Shafer.
When asked about the ACC, Shafer said, " W e're gonna go to the damn ACC , and we're gonna storm that conference , and we're gonna do better than people think we can in year one, with a hard nosed football team that represents this community."SU Atheltics described Shafer in their written announcement Wednesday as one of the top defensive minds in college football. Shafer has been coaching college football for 22 years, including the last 4 years in charge of the Syracuse defenese.Shafer thanked Doug Marrone and said he should be commended. Marrone was hired as the head coach of the Buffalo Bills. Chuck Bullough will replace Shafer as defensive coordinator.Shafer??s coaching career began as a graduate assistant (1991-92) at Indiana University, then at the University of Rhode Island (1993-95), to Northern Illinois University as defensive coordinator/defensive backs (1996-2003), and to The University of Illinois (2004) and Western Michigan (2005-06). Shafer was an assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Stanford (2007) and defensive coordinator at the University of Michigan (2008).