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Atlantic Coast Conference

Syracuse fires coach Scott Shafer after 8th straight loss

Syracuse became the latest school to join in the search for a new coach when Scott Shafer was fired on Monday, two days after the team's eighth straight loss.

Shafer will finish out his third season when the Orange host Boston College on Saturday. He had one more year left on his contract, but too many injuries, too much losing, and too many empty seats at the Carrier Dome sealed his fate.

"I feel a change in leadership is needed at this time," athletic director Mark Coyle said in a statement.

The Orange (3-8, 1-5 ACC) started the season with three wins before the losses began piling up. The latest was 42-29 to North Carolina State on Saturday.