As expected, Doug Marrone is borrowing heavily from his Syracuse coaching staff to fill his new one in Buffalo.
The Bills announced Tuesday that Orange assistants Greg Adkins, Tyrone Wheatley and Donnie Henderson have joined Marrone on his new NFL staff. Adkins will serve as tight ends coach — he had been Marrone’s offensive line coach as well as recruiting coordinator — while Wheatley and Henderson will coach the same groups they did at this past season — running backs for the former, defensive backs for the latter.
That trio will join Nathaniel Hackett, who was SU’s offensive coordinator and had been previously announced as taking the same position with the Bills.
Scott Shafer, who served as the Orange’s defensive coordinator last season, was named a week ago as Marrone’s replacement. He subsequently hired Chuck Bullough late last week to fill the coordinator position he vacated. According to the Syracuse Post-Standard, just three members of Marrone’s staff remain at Syracuse — Rob Moore, defensive line coach Tim Daoust and linebackers coach Steve Morrison.
Arkansas sent out a press release Tuesday confirming that wide receivers coach George McDonald had left the Razorbacks “to pursue other career opportunities.” That opportunity is expected to be as Syracuse’s offensive coordinator, although the school has yet to officially announce the addition.