Shafer responds to McDonald’s comments, apology, says coaching staff is ‘united’ going forward

first_img Published on October 8, 2014 at 12:18 pm Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbb During the Atlantic Coast Conference coaches’ teleconference on Wednesday morning, Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer addressed the comments George McDonald made Tuesday night about his demotion from offensive coordinator to solely wide receivers coach, which was announced Monday.Speaking with reporters Tuesday night, McDonald said he never would have left Arkansas to join Syracuse before the start of the 2013 season if he knew he would be demoted and replaced by Tim Lester after 18 games in charge of the offense. Shafer had previously praised how professionally McDonald was handling the coaching shakeup.“Just like any relationship any of us have with people, you’re going to have emotional times. George was emotional,” Shafer said. “This morning, we sat. We spoke. He apologized to me and we decided that we wanted to move forward together. There’s truly a sense of excitement to do so.”After speaking with McDonald, Shafer said, the coaches sat around the room, discussed the matter “like a family” and concluded that they needed to move forward.When asked if he had any regrets about how he informed McDonald of the demotion, Shafer said it wasn’t over the phone, although McDonald said Tuesday night that it was. McDonald and Shafer have now both told The Post-Standard that the staffing change was made in person.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textShafer also said he had no regrets about the situation or how he informed McDonald.“As you look back, you don’t want to live in the 20-20 hindsight mode because that’s not reality,” Shafer said. “… But at the end of the day, George and I and the whole staff are united. We’re united today and we agree to move forward and work hard together for the betterment of the team.”Shafer said the situation presents an opportunity for the SU coaches to set an example for the players by “making reparations.”“George and I, together with the rest of the staff and this team, are fighting to win the day,” Shafer said. “And understanding that you can’t look too far down the road and you can’t look too near behind yourself to move forward. You’ve got to win every minute.“If I had to go through a difficult time like this, I would do it again with George McDonald.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Jamesville-DeWitt’s late offensive push not enough in 28-19 loss

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ UPDATED: Sept. 2, 2018 at 9:38 a.m.Jamesville-DeWitt drove down the field with less than two minutes to go in the game. Adam Honis, on his final pass of the night, threw a 30-yard touchdown to Patrick Murad. The score showed life in the Red Rams team. But it wasn’t enough.“It’s because they were in a soft coverage, a prevent coverage, and they gave up stuff underneath,” head coach Eric Ormond said. “That’s all that was. No moral victories there.”It was against that “soft” coverage that J-D found its most success passing the ball. Honis finished 17-30 passing with an interception. In the first game under a new offensive coordinator, with Kevin Kalfass’ departure to Central Square, the Red Rams couldn’t put enough together to beat Section IV’s Susquehanna Valley. The Sabers won, 28-19, and the Red Rams offense came on too late.Jamesville-DeWitt’s first drive marched the Red Rams down the field quickly and into field goal range. Though the Red Rams would throw an interception at the one-yard line following a fake field goal, J-D was able to make the first strike on its next drive. J-D quarterback Adam Honis hit Kaleb McCloud a 22-yard score.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Sabers bounced right back, though. Utilizing a triple-option offense to great success, including a few carries where Billy Sheridan bounced off tacklers to get extra yardage, it was a quarterback keeper that knotted it up. Jarred Freije decided to take care of matters himself and powered in, right up the gut, from two yards out to tie the game at 7.In the second half, the Carrier Dome heat got to the Red Rams. Multiple players ended up on the ground at the end of plays with cramps. With only 27 healthy guys, according to Honis, the depth wasn’t there to overcome those cramps.“We’re not very deep,” Honis said. “So when kids cramp it hurts, and we saw that in the game.”J-D had its chances. A touchdown from Honis to Murad in the third quarter would have tied the game, if not for a missed extra point. But then Freije ran for a second touchdown from two-yards out. Honis had a stretch of four incompletions in six passes as the Red Rams tried to get back in the game. And the Sabers got a touchdown to practically ice the ballgame with 1:45 to play and a 15-point lead.As the clock wound down, one loud voice could be heard from the Red Rams’ student section.“Every year, we’re never good enough,” the student said.Honis said that there were “a whole bunch of things” that the Red Rams needed to work on. But there’d be more chances to bounce back when the league schedule got underway for J-D. But Ormond stayed blunt.“Too many on the list to be able to mention individually,” said Ormond of what J-D needs to improve. “Every facet of the game, from an execution standpoint, fundamentals, the whole nine yards.”CORRECTION: In a previous version of this article, Eric Ormond’s name was misspelled. The Daily Orange regrets this error.  Commentscenter_img Published on September 1, 2018 at 8:39 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3last_img read more

Watch Photos: Ghana v USA – 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil

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