Syracuse coach Scott Shafer caught our attention in 2007 when he was the defensive coordinator at Stanford. It was Jim Harbaugh's first season as coach and Shafer's defense contributed mightily in the Cardinal's 24-23 upset of No. 2 USC, ending the Trojans' 35-game home winning streak. Stanford, if you'll recall, was a 41-point underdog to USC. Shafer left in 2008 for Michigan and became defensive coordinator for Syracuse in 2009. He was named head coach last season and guided the Orange to a 7-6 record, which included a 21-17 victory over Minnesota in the Texas Bowl.
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