Scott Shafer has been dismissed as the head coach at Syracuse, the school announced Monday morning.
Saturday night, sources told us that Syracuse staff members did not believe they would return next season, and we reported it Sunday morning.
Shafer was 13-23 in three seasons leading the Orange, following a 7-6 season and a Texas Bowl victory in his first year taking over for Doug Marrone with back-to-back three-win campaigns in 2014-15. After beating Rhode Island, Wake Forest and Central Michigan to open this fall, the Orange lost eight straight games, concluding with a 42-29 loss to N.C. State Saturday.
Shafer will coach Syracuse’s 2015 finale against Boston College Saturday.
He was promoted from within after Marrone left to take over the Buffalo Bills. His defense played strong initially, ranking 48th and 26th in yards per play allowed in 2013-14 before falling to 111th in 2015. His offenses, though, continually struggled, placing 102nd, 111th and 97th nationally.
With the move, Syracuse becomes the 14th FBS program to make a coaching change during the 2015-16 cycle. The Orange is the third ACC school to announce a change, trailing Miami and Virginia Tech.
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UPDATE: Shafer sent a nice text to his guys after learning the news
Scott Shafer's text to his players post-firing: "Fight the Good Fight! I love you guys. Let's beat BC and finish this thing with integrity."
— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) November 23, 2015