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It’s official: ‘Canes can Randy Shannon

Randy Shannon

Following up on rumors that have been burning slowly for the past couple of months and became white-hot in the aftermath of Miami’s fifth loss of the season, the school has made it official.

Randy Shannon is out as the Hurricanes head coach.

Via a press release, UM has announced the dismissal of Shannon, ending his four-year run at his alma mater.

“We have made a decision to seek new leadership for our football program,” athletic director Kirby Hocutt said in a statement. “Our expectations are to compete for championships and return to the top of the college football world. We will immediately begin a national search.”

Hocutt will address the media Sunday at 1 p.m. ET and will have no further comment until the press conference.

Shannon’s career mark at UM stands at 28-22 overall and 16-16 in the ACC. ┬áThe press release made no mention of whether or not Shannon will coach UM’s bowl game, although it would appear unlikely at this point.

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14 Responses to “It’s official: ‘Canes can Randy Shannon”
  1. bender4700 says: Nov 27, 2010 11:23 PM

    National search?

    Call ESPN, ask for Jon Gruden. He’s already said he wants the job.

  2. edgy says: Nov 27, 2010 11:25 PM

    OL coach, Jeff Stoutland, will coach them in the bowl.

  3. edgy says: Nov 27, 2010 11:28 PM

    Is official, the Longhorns are dead. Long live the Longhorns. The bowl lineup has been filled and all that remains is to see if any teams start bumping the bottom of the list.

    Eligible: 70
    Ineligible: 44
    Undetermined: 6

  4. canesrunthenfl says: Nov 27, 2010 11:34 PM

    Bender, I hope you’re right. I refuse to believe it because a hire like that would be too good to be true. I assume the AD and prez are intelligent enough to only fire RS with a strong belief they could make a big splash. Well see…

  5. steelers6pack says: Nov 27, 2010 11:43 PM

    Hire Mike Irvin! This idiot acts and talks like he can coach! He will run this this program into the ground or even the death penalty and it would be great! He would recriut every drug thug and uneducated punk in the country!

  6. possiblecabbage says: Nov 27, 2010 11:50 PM

    That means Minnesota can hire him now, right?

  7. WingT says: Nov 28, 2010 7:48 AM

    Damn I hope they don’t hire Harbausgh – they would win many NC with him as their coach and the quality of players on that team

  8. dmvdmv101560 says: Nov 28, 2010 8:46 AM

    I think if Harbaugh goes anywhere it will be to his alma mater – Michigan. In fact, his phone lines should be burning up on Monday when Michigan finally fires RichRod. And I’m sure that Harbaugh would take Michigan over Miami – at Michigan he wouldn’t have to worry about turning a bunch of felons into good football players.

  9. blitz4848 says: Nov 28, 2010 11:41 AM

    The Miami job isn’t as attractive as it used to be.
    Their facilities are antiquated, they don’t have their own stadium and their games fill about 60%
    of the stands and at least half of them are discounted and “free” tickets. Their recruiting base is South Florida and almost half of that is inner city Miami kids. This is a low income area,
    high juvenile crime rate and very poor performing academically recruit base. It takes the right coach/personality to relate and communicate with these kids and it won’t be easy. Miami also can’t afford to pay big $$$ for a coach and that could be a drawback.

    A coach who could do just about all of the above is Charley Strong, the ex Gator Defensive Coordinator and current Louisville head coach.
    I really don’t see Gruden fitting in their and having long term success but hell anything can work and getting a high profile name might get things rolling on a positive note.

  10. georgeanderson2 says: Nov 28, 2010 12:06 PM

    The Canes need to get out of their lop sided stadium deal with Dolphins and work on a deal with Marlins to put football at their new digs or start a fund to construct their own on-campus stadium. The Dolphins stadium is too far from their campus(if you know Miami traffic it is too far).

    As far as a coach, Schiano or Mike Leach would be a perfect fit for Canes.

  11. superfbfan says: Nov 28, 2010 12:28 PM

    Miami is not the school it once was…no more orange bowl…Florida, FSU, and SFU have all staked claims in their recruiting grounds…Miami needs a system…go find an assistant coach somewhere that runs the spread…Gus Malzahn maybe??

  12. atxcane says: Nov 28, 2010 12:30 PM

    First off, props to Randy Shannon for setting up the next coach for success — we have a locker room full of good, talented student-athletes. To the poster who insinuated Miami is full of felons, you may want to pull your head out of your *ss and take a second look.

    While Miami doesn’t have their own on-campus stadium or palatial facilities, they are far from second-rate. I laugh anytime someone makes this argument, as it’s immediately obvious they have no clue what they’re talking about, and just repeating decade-old arguments.

    As far as home-game attendance, it comes with winning. Unfortunate, but true.

    Mike Leach will never coach the Canes, that much is a given. Kirby Hocutt is looking to make a much bigger hire than Schiano, and has the funds to do so. Expect a big hire. Gruden is the top of the wish list, but he will be expensive and it may not work out that the funds exist. The fact that negotiations are underway though should tell you Miami is willing to pay good money, and is taking this hire VERY seriously.

  13. packers1996 says: Nov 28, 2010 12:44 PM

    Leach would be a good fit offense is wut we need gruden is inspiring but not sure he is ready to come back to college football

  14. borninhuntsv says: Nov 28, 2010 2:29 PM

    atxcane,

    If there is anything that Randy Shannon did for Miami, he’s kept that program clean. Florida has had way more issues with arrests that Miami has had lately.

    It’s a shame that he could not coach them to the big games because he is a class act.

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