Scott Shafer knows how to captivate a crowd. Whether he’s standing behind the podium, or standing in front of 20,000… er, 4,000 fans inside the Dome, the man knows how to get Orange juices pumping. On Monday the hard-nosed coach spoke to guests at the Links of Erie Village Golf Course in East Syracuse.
Bud Poliquin over at the Post-Standard picked out some of the more interesting quotes. The Fizz breaks down Shafer’s takes on recruiting, expectations, and the ACC.
On attracting top HS talent:
“We’re never going to attract the five-star, highly-touted recruit to Syracuse consistently. We won’t… until we get Phil Knight, like Oregon did. We don’t have that formula. So let’s find out what our formula is. Let’s find that ugly kid who’s not quite big enough, not quite as sexy as some of these other big-time recruits. Let’s bring them in here as 18-year-olds and get them to play with a purpose.”
Although he’s right, it’s something you never truly want to admit. The big fish ev