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SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse will name defensive coordinator Scott Shafer as the Orange's next coach, a person familiar with the selection process told The Associated Press on Tuesday.


Shafer succeeds Doug Marrone, who was named 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.


With national signing day looming, the school wanted to act quickly to find a replacement.


Dr. Daryl Gross, director of athletics, hinted in a radio interview Monday that the choice would come from within the staff.


CBS Sports first reported Shafer's hiring on Monday.


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