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Randy Shannon reportedly a Vandy target too

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For someone so readily tossed overboard by The Good Ship Miami, Randy Shannon is seemingly having no problem getting schools to toss coaching life preservers in his general direction.

A couple of days after it was reported that Shannon would have an interest in the Minnesota vacancy — we’ve since confirmed that the interest is coming from the other side of the table, too — there’s word leaking out that the former Hurricanes head coach might be a target for yet another opening.

According to The Tennessean, and citing an unnamed source, Vanderbilt has added Shannon’s name to its list of desirable candidates. ┬áThere was no indication in the report that Shannon was/will reciprocate Vandy’s reported interest, although it appears Shannon is willing to get right back into the coaching game sooner rather than later.

Given the way he raised the academic bar at Miami as well as running a clean program, Shannon would appear to be an ideal fit for a school such as Vanderbilt. ┬áPlus, it’s believed Shannon was “only” making $1.5 million annually at Miami, so money should not be an issue if Vanderbilt chose to pursue him.

In addition to Shannon, the paper mentions that both Stanford assistant Greg Roman and long-time Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster would be open to listening to overtures from the school should they call.

Temple’s Al Golden is also listed a sa potential candidate, although his reported $2 million buyout could force a school such as Vandy to shy away.

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4 Responses to “Randy Shannon reportedly a Vandy target too”
  1. contract says: Dec 2, 2010 6:10 PM

    Vandy is NOT hiring a guy that comes off as semi-literate. Randy will suffer the same fate as Larry Coker. No major college program will offer him a head coaching position.

  2. geetee52 says: Dec 3, 2010 1:09 AM

    Randy will be coaching a major college team next season. He is a terrific recruiter and kids want to play for him. The fact that progress just wasn’t fast enough for spoiled Miami fans should not be confused with an inability to lead a program.

    He is a young coach with only 4 years of head coaching experience and is compared to the coaches in a fraternity who routinely have more than a decade’s worth.

    With a decent QB and a different OC at Miami, he could have looked like a genius. Sometimes things just don’t work out, but he put a lot of good things in place for the next coach at Miami, and I suspect he will have a long career filled with much success and will find a home that loves him.

    Comparisons to Coker are laughable. LC took a loaded program and beat it down, while Shannon took a broken program and loaded it up. Insiders knew the book on Coker…which is why he never could land another job where football is relevant on the national scale. Shannon on the other hand has been out of a job for less than a week, and is about to get a pay raise and a red carpet rolled out for him at a major school that wants an upgrade to their program.

    Watch and see.

  3. frank booth says: Dec 3, 2010 1:11 AM

    Will Hurricane Randy blow in to Vandy or will it be Golden showers in Nashville?

    John, feel free to use that as a headline.

  4. frank booth says: Dec 3, 2010 1:19 AM

    Oh, John, here’s some more:

    Vanderbilt Foster’s grant to get Bud.

    Commodores to build new Roman Empire.

    Just shine the bat-signal if you need more.

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