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Randy Shannon: From The U to The Horns?

Randy Shannon

Rumored to be a candidate for the head coaching openings at both Minnesota and Vanderbilt, Randy Shannon has nonetheless flown under the radar, pretty much,  since his dismissal as Miami’s head coach.

There were also rumors that had Shannon being a candidate for the defensive coordinator position at Kentucky.   That speculation, however, fell by the wayside.

A new round of speculation, though, has Shannon front and center for one of the most prestigious coordinator positions in the country.

According to the Dallas Morning News, reports are surfacing that Shannon is the favorite candidate to replace Will Muschamp as Texas’ defensive coordinator.

Dating back to the beginning of Shannon’s coaching career in 1991, he’s never coached outside of the general vicinity of the city of Miami, let alone the state of Florida.  However, the Morning News writes that Shannon was reportedly high on Mack Brown‘s list of defensive coordinator candidates in 2007 before he took the job at Miami.

Mack Brown hiring Shannon to replace the new head coach at Florida would certainly be going outside the box, but it might be a box that Brown needs to explore.

Or a desperation move.  One of the two.

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13 Responses to “Randy Shannon: From The U to The Horns?”
  1. gatorfan1 says: Dec 13, 2010 9:51 AM

    He’ll help them more than they’ll ever Know!! LMAO

  2. kupski says: Dec 13, 2010 10:38 AM

    I am confused, why is College Football and the N.F.L. interviewing and or hiring Loser Coaches ?

    Texas wants this guy? Seriously ? A coach with a losing record is going to be your new coach as the D ?

    How about this one, Hire John (piss poor P.R.) Gruden as the coach while your at it to REALLY flush your program down the toidy !

  3. Joel says: Dec 13, 2010 11:29 AM


    You mean 28-22 is a losing record? Oh, and his time as DC at Miami before he became head coach:

    2001 – 6th
    2002 – 7th
    2003 – 2nd
    2004 – 28th
    2005 – 4th
    2006 – 7th

    I guess the 2004 season when they finished 28th makes him a loser then…

  4. atxcane says: Dec 13, 2010 11:38 AM

    Shannon has good defenses and can evaluate talent pretty well. Texas would have a good pickup here. My only worry would be if he heads to the NFL. He most likely won’t get another HC gig based on his stint in Miami, but he’s a damn fine DC.

  5. edgy says: Dec 13, 2010 11:45 AM

    Wow, it’s amazing how some guys come out of the woodwork to trash a guy and they don’t even have a clue to his record or his credentials. Shannon wouldn’t be any worse than some of the guys that Texas has had since Brown took over and he’s got a good reputation as a DC. Now, it could be that despite his record, he’s not HC material but that doesn’t mean that he isn’t one of the best at his job as an assistant (Dick LeBeau, for example, was a terrible HC but no one has been better as a DC).

  6. sportsdrenched says: Dec 13, 2010 12:48 PM

    Some commenters need to get out in the real world.

    Just because a guy isn’t a good HC, and Shannon wasn’t terrible, doesn’t mean they won’t be good as coordinators.

    You have to look no further than Charlie Weiss and Romeo Crennel. Bad HC’s, Awesome C’s

    Some people have different skills sets, if you find a job that matches yours, more than likely you’ll be successful.

  7. tonesky says: Dec 13, 2010 1:01 PM

    Randy Shannon may or may not be the right guy for UT, but his record as a head coach to date is not particularly relevant – even for a different head coaching job.

    Gene Chizik
    Iowa State
    2007 – 2008
    5 – 19

  8. williered says: Dec 13, 2010 2:09 PM

    Given Shannon’s record as a DC and UT’s recruiting success over the years, it could be a very successful combination. Further, a winning record, by less than an overwhelming margin, does eliminate him from being a HC again.

  9. lucky5927 says: Dec 13, 2010 3:00 PM

    Many posters have already defended Shannon, as well they should have. He will definitely improve the defense for next year.

    Gene Chizik was not good at Iowa State, but he has been rocking at at Auburn with a 21-5 record in two seasons. Having a quality coaching staff helps. He didn’t have that at Iowa State. He has that now. Gus Malzhan in particular, but the whole staff is solid. Even if they are not household names.

  10. burntorangehorn says: Dec 13, 2010 4:28 PM

    Shannon’s a terrific possibility for Texas. He’s big on keeping a program clean, and doesn’t tolerate even the appearance of impropriety, which is important to Mack Brown and the Bellmont powers. He’s also a very credible defensive coordinator with an established track record. Yet another enormous benefit is that like Will Muschamp, Shannon specializes in linebackers, which is a hole on the Texas staff right now.

    Shannon would be every bit the amazing hire that Muschamp was. He just wouldn’t have the HCIW label.

  11. 99dafool says: Dec 13, 2010 8:02 PM

    Florida’s Teryl Austin is the new hot assistant UT is looking at now.

  12. burntorangehorn says: Dec 13, 2010 8:40 PM

    Why would Texas have any interest in Austin? The name fits, but the resume doesn’t. I’m not disputing that they do have interest, because there’s a lot of smoke there right now, but it just doesn’t make sense. I would be extremely miffed if UT hired Austin.

  13. 99dafool says: Dec 13, 2010 11:16 PM

    Im with you. I think Shannon would be the better hire, but this is the latest buzz going out.

    Their is also talk of major as OC with the OL coach from wisconsin coming in.

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