Ever since Miami had decided to part ways with former UM head football coach Randy Shannon, his name has come up time and time again for various coaching voids. The latest rumor is that Shannon may join forces with Miami’s notorious rival, Florida State.
When Noles’ defensive coordinator Mark Stoops opted for the head coaching position at Kentucky, the search for a new coordinator has begun for Jimbo Fisher - and so have the rumors.
According to the Palm Beach Post, Mr. Shannon is among the latest to be considered as Stoops’ replacement.
In an excerpt from the Post, “Shannon has always had a good relationship with the coaches in Tallahassee, even while running the Hurricanes program.” Shannon may have held great relationships with the foes up in the panhandle, but how would his hiring affect Miami?
For those of you who may not be familiar with Randy Shannon, the UM alum coached on the ‘Canes staff from 1991-1997 as a graduate assistant, defensive line coach and linebackers’ coach. He took over the lead role when Miami axed Larry Coker which left many ‘Canes fans scratching their heads. I, for one, was anxious to see what Shannon could do. He could recruit with the best of them and he served as a father figure to many of the inner city athletes that he was recruiting. During Shannon’s tenure, his classes were often ranked within the top twenty and he even managed to pull off the number one recruiting class in 2008, according to ESPN.
However, it has been said that Shannon burnt a lot of bridges with local Miami high school coaches. He was known for offering players based on their star-rating rather than physically watching players perform during games. If Shannon somehow gets the job with Florida State, would he be able to recruit South Florida despite those broken relationships? It would be interesting to watch nonetheless.
Shannon has spent that last year at TCU where he serves as the linebackers’ coach.