It was only a couple of weeks ago that Miami wide receivers coach George McDonald accepted the same position under Bret Bielema at the University of Arkansas.
The latest Arkansas hire: Randy Shannon has agreed to become the Razorbacks’ new linebackers coach.
After spending one year as linebackers coach at TCU, Arkansas announced that Shannon will in fact be headed to Fayetteville. Shannon, the former Miami (FL.) head coach (2007-2010), has been known for producing stellar defenses. He was a four-year letterman at linebacker for the ‘Canes and was a member of Miami’s 1987 national championship winning team. During his time in Coral Gables, Shannon took part in three Miami national championships (1987, 1991, 2001). Miami won their 2001 national title in Shannon’s first year as defensive coordinator.
Bielema spoke highly of the Miami native. “Randy Shannon is a great coach and a great person, ” said Bielema. “He has been a part of multiple national championship teams and, more importantly, he changed the lives of numerous young men. He has spent nearly his entire coaching career at Miami, and his defenses [are] consistently ranked in the top ten nationally. I think a lot of people know Randy got a lot of great things done at Miami and most recently with TCU. He is a disciplinarian who has high standards, and he is skillful at relating to his players. He is a coach players turn to for guidance, and his players have always been prepared and played with intensity and desire.”
Shannon was the recipient of the 2011 Frank Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach. He was named Rivals.com Defensive Coordinator of the Year in 2005.