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Randy Shannon out at Miami

Posted on: November 27, 2010 8:43 pm
Edited on: November 27, 2010 11:07 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

UPDATE: It's official, Shannon is done at Miami.  Official word came from the school late Saturday night.

“We have made a decision to seek new leadership for our football program,” said athletic director Kirby Hocutt. “Our expectations are to compete for championships and return to the top of the college football world. We will immediately begin a national search.”
UPDATE: Associated Press sports writer Tim Reynolds is reporting that while Shannon is fired, it had nothing to do with any "summit meeting."  Reynolds says that athletic director Kirby Hocutt acted alone in the decision, and he was not available by phone, text, or E-mail on Saturday to comment. 
UPDATE: The same website is now reporting that Shannon has met with President Donna Shalala and has been informed that he and his staff will be fired.  Players are reported to be very upset about the decision, feeling as though they have let Shannon down.  Stay tuned to for more as this story develops. 
Earlier this week, we put Randy Shannon's job concerns to rest with a reported vote of confidence from Miami president Donna Shalala.  Thankfully for Shalala, Miami's 23-20 overtime loss to South Florida occurred within the 10 day exchange period.  If the circling reports are true, Shalala has taken back her vote of confidence, and Shannon could be unemployed sooner than we thought., the Miami Rivals site, is reporting that Shalala called an emergency meeting of close advisors to discuss the state of the football program and the status of coach Randy Shannon.  The report supposedly indicates that Shannon will either be given a vote of confidence on Sunday or Monday, or his dismissal will be presented to the Board of Trustees.

Not surprisingly, the circulated report is already being denied by Miami sources.  Regardless of whether or not this "summit meeting" occurred, the fact remains that Randy Shannon's seat in South Beach got a lot hotter with the overtime loss to the Bulls.  During the game, a banner flew over the ghost-town that was Sun Life Stadium: 4 YEARS 0 ACC TITLES LOTS OF EXCUSES FIRE SHANNON.  If people are willing to pay money to encourage firing Shannon, they likely won't be as willing to help pay his salary much longer.  That fact, I believe, would inspire Shalala to act faster than she had planned.

Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 12:59 pm

Randy Shannon out at Miami

Instructive weblog, bookmarked your website online with hopes to scan more!

Since: Oct 29, 2008
Posted on: November 28, 2010 12:35 pm

Randy Shannon out at Miami

No surprise... very poor play choice in the 4th quarter. Mediocre.  Nice to see the arrogant, inhuman Miami program in the dumper... Couldn't happen to a better school

Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: November 28, 2010 12:18 pm

Randy Shannon out at Miami

Being an alum and a fervent supporter of UM sports, I feared this would happen. It should be done because, in this day and age, graduating students and keeping them out of trouble only goes so far. Coach Shannon recruited well, but his blue chippers never improved. There's a strong argument that most of his top rated 2008 recruiting class have regressed. I tend to agree. Jacory Harris had a promising advent to his UM career and then, after a couple of seasons, is not playing any better. Neither is Aldarius Johnson, Travis Benjamin, Ray Ray Armstrong, and even Allen Bailey, the heralded All-American slated for an NFL 1st round pick, has been absent from the stat sheets in big games. There is no excuse losing to USF and Virginia in the same year or getting blown out at home by your fiercest rival Seminoles.

The talent on paper is comparable to Virginia Tech and Florida State's. What is not is the coaching. Stupid mistakes and penalties plagued the UM squad this year. The defense gave up big plays all season long and Jacory Harris and the offensive line had consistency problems from game to game. The offense was anemic an the defense was not ready to play from a strategic viewpoint in big games. That falls on the head coach. His staff did not mentor the young players to become better players, just better people. That is unacceptable if you are a UM fan or wear the green and orange uniform. Some of the blame can to the players (Shannon didn't throw into double coverage over and over again, did he Jacory?), but the nuances and details that polished well-coached teams exude in their play on the field eas missing in this 2010 season. The offense needs to be opened up with some spread formations and a greater emphasis has to be put on developing the recruits, so by the time they are are graduating or going to the NFL, they are nationally recognized for winning ACC and BCS Championships.

Good riddance Coach Shannon. You did not have what it takes to be a UM coach. Enjoy your millions somewhere else. And maybe, in next job, start showing some emotion on the sideline when your prized recruits make repeated moronic mistakes and you don't even wince. That's not coaching is about. Your team takes on your personality. You look at successful coaches and they all are excitable and motivating forces. That's what the UM program needs.

Since: Nov 28, 2010
Posted on: November 28, 2010 11:13 am

Randy Shannon out at Miami

Go get Terry Bowden from North Alabama!

Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: November 28, 2010 10:28 am

Randy Shannon out at Miami

He ran a clean program.  That is what they thought they wanted.  Now they need to get a coach in there that will bring the criminal element (and victories) back to Miami! 

Since: Oct 17, 2010
Posted on: November 28, 2010 10:05 am

Randy Shannon out at Miami

WOW really Mike Leach, Rich Rod. What are you people talking about. Shannon was a good linebackers coach just not a good head coach. He took the job at a top program too soon. But shouldnt we be looking for an upgrade not the trash being swept out of another program. And even in the tattered state the program is in now it is still a national program with big spot light opportunities.  I do not know who is available but I think taking someone because they are a recognized name only will be a mistake. Maybe Chris Pterson will be willing to leave BSU I kind of doubt it but it may be worth a shot. Yes before you say it there is no guarantee he would come here and win but if I remember correctly they said the same thing about Urban at Florida and I think that worked out OK for Florida. Not that I think Coach Peterson will even entertain an offer but that seem to be the way for coaches from the non aq schools is to leave for jobs with AQ schools. Like Urban or June Jones. Not all are money hungry and are loyal to the program that got them where they are but I would like to see UM take a shot and at least ask Coach Peterson the question. After all he really would not be leaving the program in shambles. Coach Peterson let me be the first to welcome you to South Florida and a shot at the National title every year no matter how the other teams in the conference play. PS Randy good luck where ever you land because you are an upstanding person and a good coach I wish you and your famoly well. Thank You

Since: Jan 16, 2010
Posted on: November 28, 2010 9:37 am

Randy Shannon out at Miami

If you are to believe the sites Shannon was a good recruiter however those very same players never did a good job executing in games. Since you cant fire the players they fired the coach. If I were a fan of the Canes I would be concerned with the fact that nobody shows up for your games and if this keeps up you will be passed by USF as well as UCF. I remember before Shannon took the job the national media was all over the Canes for the poor facilities and lack of funding for the program.

I am no fan of the Big 10 but it is clear they are all about the money, those that have it will at some point be successful because they can provide the best of everything. I dont know where the funding will come from but I would bet that the facilities and funding are at the bottom of the ACC. Coaches are smart they will not take a job unless the school will open the wallet and upgrade everything.

Since: Nov 2, 2010
Posted on: November 28, 2010 9:21 am

Randy Shannon out at Miami

What BIG name?  Everybody knows Miami is cheap when it comes to paying a coach, and
no Big name is going to take less money

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: November 28, 2010 8:38 am

Randy Shannon out at Miami

Wow.  Some moron always has to bring an irrelevant race comment into the thread.  "Uncle Tom,?" get real.

Shannon was given the opportunity to lead this program because he earned it.  He is a class act who played at the U, instilled discipline and most of all proved that he is a hell of a defensive coordinator.  I only wish his successor could put him back in that position, but we all know that is not going to happen.

With the above said, the program has reached a plateau; with the level of talent just in the back yard and the name brand, it is just unacceptable.   They have not had a consistent proven QB since Dorsey, with the exception of Sinorice Moss and Leaonard Hankerson, the receiving corps has underwhelmed, and the O-line has been porous at best.  This clearly falls on Shannon.

It was a pretty good experiment up until this season, but a big-name needs to be brought in for the program to ngo any further.

Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: November 28, 2010 8:35 am

Randy Shannon out at Miami

Too nice a guy to coach Miami.  The one thing is did right was have his players toe the line and stay out of trouble.  Not a Miami fan, but he was a stand-up guy and I wish him well.  Leach wouyld be a good fit and he would put points on the board and fans in the stands.

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