Syracuse.com - Three questions into the postgame press conference, he was asked to describe the series of emotions that he experienced as he watched his team fumble away offensive chances to a near-comedic level for a third straight game.
After their lopsided 28-6 loss to Louisville in the Carrier Dome on Friday October 3, 2014, Syracuse University football coach Scott Shafer talked about the controversial end to the first half and his team as they prepare to face defending national champion Florida State next Saturday.
"I'm the luckiest guy alive," Shafer said. "I see ISIS is out there cutting people's heads off. The real world has got some major problems, some major problems, and we're just so doggone lucky to be coaching and playing a sport, and being criticized for not getting a call made with a couple seconds left in the game or being criticized for not catching a dead pig with air in it.
Well then, that escalated quickly. Hey bro, people watch football to get away from real world problems. Scarily enough, everyone has all but forgotten the ISIS beheadings. We don't need you to bring it back to the forefront because your football team is terrible. What if this becomes a thing? Coaches just start yammering off fucked up current events when they get pressed for answers. This would be like if Rutgers had blown the lead the other night and Coach Kyle Flood led the press conference off by talking about Ray Rice.
If were being honest though, it kind of worked, right? If you're a college head coach you would rather have the public talk about how you are an idiot that can't hold his tongue, and not your awful football team. Your job is to win football games, not be politically correct. Granted, you have accomplished neither, but one supersedes the other. The players are probably happy. They don't have to talk about their dropped touchdown passes. The quarterback doesn't have to explain how he didn't know the rule about spiking the ball with the clock running down.
Luckiest guy alive, huh? Has he forgotten about literally every other college football coach in the nation? And that's just for starters. Plus, if you want to keep your job, maybe don't downplay it's significance? You make being a football coach sound pretty easy when you refer to the sport as 'catching a dead pig with air in it'. This guy is just sitting there bragging about how easy his life is in the face of a bunch of pissed off Syracuse fans. Bold strategy dude, let's see how that works out.
Upon hearing him say this, I can't help but wonder what the answer would be if you asked the players in the heat of the moment. Like what if you gave the guy that dropped this wide open TD , while the touchdown horn was simultaneously blasting in his ear, a choice? What if you asked him 'would you rather have caught that ball or have another person beheaded by ISIS'? I'm not saying he would choose ISIS, but I am saying he would think about it. Shit, if you asked the 500 fans that actually showed up for the game if they would rather be at an ISIS viewing they would probably give it a second thought. Especially after a couple beers. That game was BRUTAL.
Really kind of a revelation how bad Syracuse is. As a fan of a former Big East rival, Rutgers, It was quite fun to watch them suck for the better part of 3 quarters. Ya know, before my brain started hurting from the unbearable amounts of suck. I just want to thank everyone involved in the Syracuse football program for all the northeast recruits Rutgers will be gaining. Must have been fun watching your former rival defeat Michigan in front of a sold-out crowd. Especially while you had about 1/10 of the Carrier Dome filled for a nationally televised game. Keep doing our recruiting for us Orangemen.
P.S. This coach doesn't exactly have the look of a politically correct man. No question he spent a part of his life sleeping under a confederate flag blanket. Kind of looks like the nazi homophobe in 'American Beauty', no? I definitely get the same kind of vibe.