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McDonald expected to become new Cuse OC

Former Miami WR coach George McDonald, who just left UM last month to take a job on Bret Bielema's new Arkansas staff, is expected to become the new Syracuse's offensive coordinator, a source told CBS Tuesday afternoon.

On Tuesday night, Bielema issued a statement about McDonald's departure: “I have accepted George McDonald's resignation from the Arkansas football team as he has decided to pursue other career opportunities. When you set out to assemble one of the top coaching staffs in the country, the group will consist of individuals who are highly respected and highly sought after. I have always tried to hire coaches who possess the qualities and ambition to move up in our profession. I wish George the best of luck in the future as an offensive coordinator at a major university.”

The 36-year-old McDonald will join Scott Shafer who was promoted to head coach at Syracuse earlier this month, replacing Doug Marrone who left to become the head coach of the Buffalo Bills. McDonald has experience as an offensive coordinator from his time at Western Michigan in 2005-06. Shafer was also on the WMU staff at that time.

For years, McDonald has been lauded by insiders for his work developing receivers. Many at Miami praised him for getting players to have breakout seasons after having struggled previous. Perhaps the best example of that was Tommie Streeter in 2011, McDonald's first season at UM.

In 2008, McDonald played a key role in helping wideout Eric Decker to his most productive season as a Gopher, as he set a school record with 84 receptions and earning a first-team All-Big Ten honors.

In McDonald's first season with the WMU Broncos, Greg Jennings was named 2005 MAC Offensive Player of the Year and was a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist after setting program records for career receptions, receiving touchdowns and all-purpose yards.

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