A little over five months after being hired by TCU, Randy Shannon is moving along the coaching trail yet again.
In a press release, Arkansas announced Sunday night that Shannon has been hired as Bret Bielema‘s linebackers coach. Shannon spent the 2012 season in the same position at TCU.
“Randy Shannon is a great coach and a great person,” said Bielema in a statement. “He has been a part of multiple national championship teams and, more importantly, he changed the lives of numerous young men. He has spent nearly his entire coaching career at Miami, and his defenses consistently ranked inside the top 10 nationally. I think a lot of people know Randy got a lot of great things done at Miami and most recently with TCU.
“He is a disciplinarian who has high standards, and he is skillful at relating to his players. He is a coach players turn to for guidance, and his players have always been prepared and played with intensity and desire.”
One of the most respected coaches on and off the field at any level, Shannon was fired as the head coach of his alma mater Miami in November of 2010. Of the past 22 years of Shannon’s coaching life, 20 have been spent in Miami — 17 with the Hurricanes, three with the Dolphins.
Suffice to say, Shannon’s extensive ties in the recruiting-rich fields of Florida will greatly aid Bielema, who has no previous coaching connections to that part of the country specifically and SEC territory in general.
Oh, and it should be noted that Bielema and Shannon share the same agent. Just sayin’, is all.