Shafer out as Syracuse football coach

Syracuse football coach Scott Shafer will be relieved of his duties at the end of this season, the school announced Monday. According to the release, Shafer will coach the Orange in their season finale against Boston College this Saturday.

After serving as the team’s defensive coordinator from 2009-12, Shafer was hired as Syracuse’s head coach after his predecessor, Doug Marrone, left to coach the Buffalo Bills following the 2012 season. Shafer led the Orange to a 7-6 record in 2013, but overall in the last three years, he accumulated a 13-23 record. On Saturday, the team was handed a 13-point loss at NC State.

“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,” athletic director Mark Coyle said. “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.”