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It's official: Shafer named coach at Syracuse

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Scott Shafer is the new coach at Syracuse, the school announced Wednesday.

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Shafer, defensive coordinator the past four years for the Orange, succeeds Doug Marrone, who resigned to become the coach of the Buffalo Bills Monday. Shafer will be formally introduced at a press conference Friday.

Shafer's defenses have ranked among the nation's best in various categories during his four-year tenure.

In 2010, the Orange defense was No. 7 in the nation and he was nominated for the Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant. This past season, Syracuse, which finished 8-5 and beat West Virginia in the Pinstripe Bowl, was ranked sixth nationally in tackles for a loss.

Prior to Syracuse, Shafer was an assistant at Michigan, Stanford, Western Michigan, Illinois, Northern Illinois, and Rhode Island.

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