Since taking over for Doug Marrone earlier this month, new Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer has watched four assistants follow their boss to the NFL.
Shafer over the weekend lost yet another assistant, albeit for an entirely different reason.
The Orange announced Sunday that linebackers coach Steve Morrison has decided to leave the football program for what was described as personal reasons. In the same release, however, the team announced that Clark Lea has been hired to replace Morrison.
“Clark Lea has comes highly recommended by many well-respected college coaches,” Shafer said. “Coach Lea has worked closely with Coach Bullough in the past, which will help make a smooth transition on the defensive side of the ball. I am looking forward to having one of the best and brightest defensive coaches in the country join the Syracuse football staff.”
Lea spent last season coaching LBs at Bowling Green and has also coached at UCLA. Lea’s defensive boss with the Bruins was Chuck Bullough, who was hired last week as the Orange’s defensive coordinator.
In addition to Bullough and Lea, Shafer has hired George McDonald as his offensive coordinator and Tim Lester as quarterbacks coach. Two members of Marrone’s former staff — wide receivers coach Rob Moore and defensive line coach Tim Daoust – were retained by Shafer as well.