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Randy Shannon leaves TCU for Arkansas

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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.

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19 Responses to “Randy Shannon leaves TCU for Arkansas”
  1. jimmy53 says: Dec 30, 2012 9:44 PM

    Too bad Shannon burned A LOT of bridges in S. Florida when it comes to recruiting. There was a reason he was fired from `Da Ewe.

  2. prince5000 says: Dec 30, 2012 10:10 PM

    Enough of the Bielema hate NBC. The reason he left UW is because he couldn’t afford to pay his assistants – now he can. Guy is putting together a great staff.

  3. dalucks says: Dec 30, 2012 10:17 PM

    That was a great hire for Arkansas.

  4. John Taylor says: Dec 30, 2012 10:23 PM

    “Enough of the Bielema hate NBC”

    You’re a sad individual looking to whine if you got “hate” out of that post.

  5. 35longmiles says: Dec 30, 2012 10:30 PM

    From HC to LB coach. I laughed loudly when he was announced as LB coach at TCU and TCU fan got testy with me. “Axe” them now how they feel about that mush mouth moron. He was HANDED an overrated recruiting class (’08) and still screwed up every imaginable aspect of that program. When he was finally fired after COUNTLESS embarrassments, the South Florida media crushed him. He was paranoid and destroyed relationships like few can do. By the end, even the “he’s a great recruiter” crowd, his Only fans, were roasting him.

    UM operates that eroded athletic department on a shoestring budget. That is why they only pay for unqualified stiffs like Shannon. ( but Golden…blah blah blah, shut it cane tool)

    But yeah, he took a lateral move as a LINEBACKER COACH. Don’t get ally huffy Razorback fan, but you are getting nothing more than a warm body with this guy. Just ask bloodied cane fan. Who really f’ing cares about this tool.

    And of course cane fan will stop by to get the update.

    (Click dislike NOW cane fan. Just like I did.)

  6. ningenito78 says: Dec 30, 2012 10:36 PM

    If the way he coached up Devonte Fields is any marker than Arkansas got a good one. That kid is a friggin MONSTER.

  7. drmillhouse says: Dec 30, 2012 11:34 PM

    Arkansas has quietly assembled potentially one of the best coaching staffs in the country. we tried to get randy shannon as our DC last year but instead got the ‘supposed awesome’ defensive coach from ohio st who quickly realized how much he was over his head in the SEC. Arkansas will be in national title discussion again in less than 3 years!

  8. kozbee says: Dec 31, 2012 11:14 AM

    Randy is a good coach and will be a great help in the staff Bielema is getting together.Get it together Razorbacks,tired of rooting for a loss cause each season.Goodluck Arky fans.

  9. bigdinla says: Dec 31, 2012 11:51 AM

    I would be pumped to hire the guy that almost singlehandedly ended one of the best runs in college football. Arkansas fans are some of the most delusional in college football. Bielema left to escape the Immense shadow of Barry Alvarez because he could not match it. He is a terrible big game coach and was scared by Urban Meyer.

  10. 35longmiles says: Dec 31, 2012 12:05 PM

    bigdinla, While Shannon is definitely a program killer, there is more to their demise than just that idiot. He is just a symptom of their problem. It starts at the top where they don’t spend squat on coaching staffs or recruiting. The financial landscape of college football has changed immensely. UM has not kept pace with that at all and now is relegated to coaching staffs that aren’t on anyone’s radar and subpar recruiting. Not to mention their laughable facilities. Their model simply doesn’t work now. It may put together a little run with the oodles of talent that surround them but it will never build an elite program that can compete year in and year out. Cane fan can’t wrap their brain around this. They think they are a couple of DT’s away from being “back.” And none of this considers that there is a glistening guillotine hanging over their neck. Do you need anymore proof than the fact that they haven’t/can’t win the terrible ACC? It’s called a dumpster fire.

    Cane fan, thank you so much for the record number of dislikes. 68 is pretty impressive. Hunker down skinny birds, I think we can see 100 dislikes before the weekend concludes. []_[] can do it.

  11. boomerdt says: Dec 31, 2012 1:11 PM

    so leave the Dallas/ Ft. Worth area for a lateral move in BFE Arkansas? Not sure I understand that unless he wasn’t a fit with the TCU coaching staff or is getting paid more. Best of luck to him.

  12. madtownthrowdown says: Dec 31, 2012 1:17 PM

    Drmillhouse- come on man! Your gonna get me fired from my job with comments like these “Arkansas will be in national title discussion again in less than 3 years!” I mean when I spit coffee all over this computer and start laughing loudly people tend to look.

  13. madtownthrowdown says: Dec 31, 2012 1:21 PM


    Apparently you and I were left out of the loop. I guess Arkansas is going to be in contention for the Natl Champ. Within 3 years. Bahahahaha.

  14. madtownthrowdown says: Dec 31, 2012 1:25 PM

    Last comment. Prince5000-

    You really believe he left Wisconsin because he couldn’t pay his assistants? Pretty sure it’s because he didnt like being told how he was going to coach. Bielema looked lost at all times when Alvarez was telling him how to coach. Imagine what’s going to happen when he has to make big boy decisions himself. Probably something to the tune of a lot of close losses.

  15. markdamack says: Dec 31, 2012 3:33 PM

    bigdinla says:
    Dec 31, 2012 11:51 AM
    I would be pumped to hire the guy that almost singlehandedly ended one of the best runs in college football. Arkansas fans are some of the most delusional in college football. Bielema left to escape the Immense shadow of Barry Alvarez because he could not match it. He is a terrible big game coach and was scared by Urban Meyer.

    Bielema won as many conference titles in 6 years as BA did in 15 and had a better overall and conference winning percentage.

    Also, Nick Saban and Les Miles are way more “scary” than Urban Meyer.

    You have to dig up some hate on the guy we hired as our LB coach. A position coach?!

  16. 35longmiles says: Dec 31, 2012 5:57 PM

    slammincamnewton says:
    Dec 31, 2012 12:30 PM
    Well Mark, one question, who’s “we” and where’s “here”?

    711 like 7 dislike
    Awesome! Over 700 likes on the PFT Mark Sanchez thread. I can only dream of having that many clicks, like OR dislike. That said, it warms my heart that cane fan will take my above comment to over 100 dislikes. Keep it coming you delusional has-beens. And remember, you’re just a couple of DT’s away from being “baaaaack.”

  17. mrslay1 says: Dec 31, 2012 7:46 PM

    WOW what a hire. I was hoping under Petrino we could have got SShannon for the DC. Hard to believe this staff and I hope they win quick as there are at least 3 Head Coaches on this team now. Look out Saban and Miles, this is going to get interesting!

  18. mrslay1 says: Dec 31, 2012 10:43 PM

    By the way John Taylor…Great read!

  19. barackfan says: Jan 1, 2013 3:52 PM

    No one I know was upset that Bret left. If Arkansas wins six games Razorback fans will be lucky. Total drama dude Bret is.

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