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Randy Shannon has eyes on job in the desert?

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More than a few people were, to say the least, mildly surprised that Randy Shannon “failed” to land another job after being fired by Miami late last year.  Sure, he was linked to several openings — including head-coaching vacancies at Minnesota and Vanderbilt; interviewing for the defensive coordinator openings at UCLA and Texas; and was reportedly offered, but turned down, the same job at Maryland — but nothing on the 2011 job front ever actually came to fruition.

While part of the reason could very well be monetary — he’s receiving a healthy sum to not coach the ‘Canes in 2011 — there could be another, currently occupied job he has his sights set on.

In a little blurb that appears at the end of a Sunday notes-style piece, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald writes that “[f]riends said [Shannon] would love the Arizona head job if it comes open.”  Well, that’s certainly an interesting little tidbit to toss out there.

Of course, and despite the unfortunate choice of words by Jackson that would’ve had Beavis and/or Butthead doubled-over in cackling laughter back in their heyday, Mike Stoops has held the Wildcats’ “head job” since 2004.  He’s come under increasing fire of late, however, for his record during those seven seasons.  Stoops is just 40-45 overall — 27-35 in Pac-10 play — during his time with the Wildcats, and has just one bowl win — the Las Vegas Bowl in 2008 — in three attempts.  The only time a Stoops-led team has finished above fifth place in the conference was a 6-3 mark that was good for a three-way tie for second in 2009.

It would certainly make sense that Shannon would be interested in just about any job at a BcS-level school that comes open later this year or early next as he’s made it perfectly clear that he wants to return to coaching.  Shannon, though, doesn’t seem to be the type of person who would — anonymously or otherwise — toss his name into the mix for a job that’s not yet vacant.  Especially when you consider the fact that he and Stoops share the same agent.

Be that as it may, and considering we are in a major lull in college football news, the rumor tossed out there by the Herald is definitely something to chew on for a little while and then filed away for future reference if/when talk of Stoops and his future at Arizona heats up.

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6 Responses to “Randy Shannon has eyes on job in the desert?”
  1. irishjackmp says: Mar 20, 2011 10:25 AM

    I am sorry but this is a rediculous story. Randy Shannon seems like a genuinely good guy and was a terrific defensive coordinator but was awful as a head coach.

    Larry Coker went 60-15 @ Miami (including 34-11 in conference). Won a National Championship and 3 conference titles and the man could not get another head coaching job in college after having one mediocre 7-6 season @ Miami. And yet we are subjected to a story about a guy (Shannon) who coached in the most talent laden city in the country in a mediocre “basketball first” conference and he could only manage to go 28-22 (and only 16-16 in conference)

    And yet we are subjected to “what BCS school will Shannon coach @ next” stories.


    If he wasn’t able to win @ Miami with all of that South Florida talnt right outside his front door, why on earth would Arizona (which has to go out of state for the majority of it’s talent) want to hire him?

    Look, I get it, there was an embarrisingly low number of black head coaches in college football up until a few years ago but does that mean we have to keep floating the names of retread back coaches for open jobs simply in the name of diversity in the coaching ranks?

    After the job he did @ the U, had he been white, there would be no talk of “what BCS school will Shannon wind up being a head coach @ next” stories.

  2. thefiesty1 says: Mar 20, 2011 12:31 PM

    There you go, make it a race issue. After his record at the U, many schools would pass on mediocre regardless of whether he is black or white.

  3. grudenthediva says: Mar 20, 2011 2:06 PM

    There they go, commenting on race and yet had Shannon or his supporters come out to claim race had a role in his firing, this jackwagon would be crying about how it should be about the performance and not color.

    I seem to recall similar articles being written when Coker had just been fired and was looking for work. Yes, Shannon’s record paled in comparison to Uncle Fester’s but unlike the latter, he had a completely bare cupboard from which to draw. Larry won a title on the back of Butch Davis recruiting/purchasing. Once that talent dried up, people saw what a fraud he truly was. Randy didn’t break any ground as a coach but he cleaned up the program pretty well, compared to the previous years. He brought in a lot of talented recruits but for many reasons, coaching and otherwise, they haven’t panned out.

    So maybe a school like Arizona wants to bank on bringing in a defensive minded guy who can keep the program on a solid character ground and maybe, just maybe, with the right help on offense start to improve a team that doesn’t suffer from unrealistic expectations and pressure every season. Has nothing to do with race, just common sense.

    Maybe keep objective, colorblind facts in mind next time you toss out an “embarrisingly” silly post.

  4. lbijake says: Mar 20, 2011 8:46 PM

    Yeah, let’s bring out the old record card. Why can’t people just focus on someone’s race, gender or height instead of stooping to throw in the ever present “record”.

  5. irishjackmp says: Mar 21, 2011 10:19 PM


    You have no idee what you are talking about. Instead, you simply make disparaging remarks about Larry Coker’a appearance and ever so vauge references about “the cupboard being bare” (the same weak allegations Shannon supporters keep making).

    Uh, no, the cupboard wasn’t bare, no matter how many times Shannon’s supporters keep saying it. Here the rankings for the last five classes Koker brought to Miami (with their ranking in parenthase)s. Theses are the five “bare” classes Shannon had to make do with when battling the likes of mighty ACC schools…

    2002 (4th best class in the nation)

    2003 (6th best class in the nation)

    2004 (3rd best class in the nation)

    2005 (12th best class in the nation)

    2006 (14th best class in the nation)

    Yeah… the cupboard was “bare” when he took over in 2007.

    Keep dreaming.

  6. mccchiefs55 says: Mar 26, 2011 12:43 PM

    Wish I would have read this earlier, everyone knows that Larry Coker had a NFL team while he was at Miami. He had no choice but to win at Miami, Shannon and any other coach will have problems due to poor facilities, low pay for assistants and expectations that are hefty to say the least. Al Golden will do an excellent job, he has experience Coach Shannon did not, that may have been his downfall not his color. It is hard to learn on the fly at a school like Miami as the head coach; he will do better if he gets another shot ask Auburn’s head coach

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