When former Syracuse coach Doug Marrone shuffled off to Buffalo to take over the Bills, he ended up leaving the cupboard almost bare for new coach Scott Shafer.
Since Marrone was officially announced as coach of the Bills Jan. 7, he's brought along seven members of his staff from Syracuse, including offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett.
Though Marrone brought Syracuse football back to a respectable place and laid a solid foundation - he was 25-25 in four seasons at his alma mater with bowl victories over Kansas State and West Virginia - Shafer has his work cut out as the school prepares to leave the Big East Conference for the Atlantic Coast Conference July 1.
At least the new staff is in place to hit the recruiting trail as signing day looms:
- Chuck Bullough, a two-time All-Big Ten linebacker at Michigan State, takes Shafer's place as defensive coordinator after two seasons as a defensive assistant with the Cleveland Browns. He was linebackers coach at Western Michigan in 2...