The U is now led by, who? For the third time this decade, the University of Miami is looking for a head man to wander their programs college football sidelines. Randy Shannon was fired Saturday, Nov. 27, hours after the Hurricanes lost to the South Florida Bulls at an abandoned Sun Life Stadium in Miami. The firing also comes months after the Hurricanes gave Shannon a four year extension on his contract.
Like those who came before him at Miami, Shannon couldn’t live up to the programs gauntly expectations. With a record of 28-22, however, Shannon couldn’t live up to Miami of Ohio expectations.
Off the field, Shannon cleaned up the Miami program, turning The U into one of the more respected athletic/academic programs in the country. The Hurricanes repeatedly found themselves at the top of the conference, and country in graduation rates and APR rankings. He led a team that had just one arrest in his four years, comparred to the Gators 30 under Urban Meyer.
On the field, Shannon struggled to compete in one of college football’s proclaimed “easiest” BCS conferences. Shannon was 16-16 in ACC games. The biggest problem the coach brought was the inability to coach his team to a winning performance in big games. The Hurricanes were just 4-10 against AP ranked teams under Shannon, and had an 0-2 bowl record.
So, on the same day that a plane circled Sun Life Stadium dragging a banner that read – 4 YEARS 0 ACC TITLES LOTS OF EXCUSES FIRE SHANNON – Shannon was fired. Remarkably, it may have had a bigger effect than most think. The Hurricanes previous coach, Larry Coker, was fired the same day banners flew over the Orange Bowl, calling for the firing of Coker.
Shannon was respected by his players and his colleagues that surrounded him, many of which were shocked to hear of the news Saturday night. In the end, however, it came down to wins.
For now, offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland will take over as the team’s interim head coach, coaching the team in whatever bowl the Hurricanes receive an invite from.
As for Shannon, I wouldn’t expect a long wait in finding another job. The South Florida native has an excellent recruiting reputation and has been liked by everyone whose surrounded him.
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