Syracuse announces OC, other moves

Syracuse made several coaching announcements Thursday:

  • George McDonald will serve as offensive coordinator.

  • Tim Lester will coach quarterbacks.

  • Receivers coach Rob Moore and defensive-line coach Tim Daoust will remain on staff.

The McDonald news had been widely reported, so it comes as expected. McDonald had just taken a job at Arkansas in December after spending two seasons coaching receivers at Miami. He and new Syracuse coach Scott Shafer worked together at Northern Illinois and Western Michigan.

“When I worked with the Browns in Cleveland I spoke often with Jim Brown," McDonald said in a statement. "He always told me what a special place this is. I am excited to be here to continue the tradition of Syracuse football and to continue to build what Coach (Doug) Marrone, Coach Shafer and Coach (Nathaniel) Hackett have started,” McDonald said. “Our offense will be physical, fundamentally sound, and aggressive. We will strive to be balanced by getting the ball to the best playmakers, make the defense defend the whole field and play with a great tempo."

Lester just completed his fifth season as the head coach at Elmhurst College, where he guided the Bluejays to the most successful season in school history. He had a record-setting career as a quarterback at Western Michigan, throwing for 11,299 yards passing and 89 touchdowns. Quarterback will be a huge story line for the Orange in the spring as they work to replace their own record-setting quarterback, Ryan Nassib.

As for Moore and Daoust, having them remain on staff is huge for the Orange when you consider that Marrone essentially hired away nearly every Syracuse assistant to join him with the Buffalo Bills. Moore and Daoust are two of the stronger coaches on the staff. Moore helped Alec Lemon and Marcus Sales blossom. Daoust worked with first-round pick Chandler Jones in 2011 and helped develop Brandon Sharpe in 2012. The Orange ranked sixth nationally in tackles for loss in 2012.