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Report: Shannon interviewing for Maryland DC

Posted on: February 8, 2011 10:06 am
Edited on: February 8, 2011 10:11 am
Posted by Chip Patterson

The coaching carousel has slowed since the regular season ended in December, but there are still several pieces shuffling back and forth, particularly in the ACC and Big East.  After moving Connecticut into the FBS and all the way to the Fiesta Bowl in 2010, Huskies head coach Randy Edsall departed to take Ralph Friedgen's vacant seat at Maryland.  Maryland's offensive coordinator, James Franklin, accepted a head coaching position at Vanderbilt while defensive coordinator Don Brown was retained.  Just before Edsall was ready to round out his staff by hiring Andre Powell, former running backs coach at Clemson, to the same position in College Park, Brown shocked the Terps fan base by bolting to Connecticut, Edsall's former employer.  

Confusing, I know.

Now former Miami head coach Randy Shannon has emerged as a candidate to replace Brown at Maryland.'s Bruce Feldman is reporting that Shannon will be in town on Tuesday and Wednesday to interview for the defensive coordinator position.  Shannon served as defensive coordinator for the Hurricanes for six years under Larry Coker before being promoted to head coach.  Shannon also is a highly-touted recruiter, with deep ties to the schools in the Miami-Dade County area.

Also in the running for Don Brown's job in College Park is former Maryland assistant Kevin Lampa.  Lampa spent four seasons as a secondary coach under Ralph Friedgen, and interviewed for the position on Friday.  Shannon's services are not being tied exclusively to Maryland, either.  With UCLA awkwardly ridding itself of Rocky Seto thanks to a Facebook flub, Shannon has also become a target for the Bruins.

While the biggest moves are made in December and January, these shifts of assistant coaches could be some of the details that can make or break the 2011 season for these teams.  Shannon is a well-respected coach and recruiter, and seasoned enough to jump right in with little transition.  He will likely be coaching in 2011, and he will be a great addition to whatever staff he joins.

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2011 9:29 am

Report: Shannon interviewing for Maryland DC

I'm really kind of over the Randy Shannon bashing, but there are a lot of things coming to light that make it pretty clear why he's no longer at Miami.  I could go on and on about my observations over the past couple of years, but those points have been beaten to death.

One of the big stories that came out around signing day was that several local high school coaches in South Florida felt ignored by Shannon and didn't like the way he recruited.  Now some players are even mentioning some of his flaws (particulalry the way he "played favorites") and touting the way Golden is going about his business.  They are saying there is more energy and attitude already.  The fact that there haven't been any transfers really says something.  Shannon lost three QBs to transfer in two seasons.

As a DC and a person/mentor, I have always liked Shannon and I think he'll continue to have a successful career in that position.  I just wouldn't count on him to magically come in and bring a bunch of South Florida kids with him.

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2011 6:30 am

Report: Shannon interviewing for Maryland DC

I dont think Shannon was a horrible head coach, but at Miami, 8 wins a year isnt going to keep you around forever. As a Maryland grad, I liked the Edsall hire, and IF they get Randy Shannon as the D Coordinator, I would be VERY pleased with the offseason. Maryland usually recruits very well on the Defensive side of the ball (Henderson, Starks, Jenkins, Merriman, Madieu Williams, Barnes etc) and adding Shannon's South Florida recruiting ties could be huge.

LonghornsUnite- Dont get too excited, we might actually be good by 2017 when our home and home with Texas starts. HA!

Since: Nov 5, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2011 11:10 pm

Report: Shannon interviewing for Maryland DC

Edsall / Shannon - New Maryland fan right here.

Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2011 7:06 pm

Report: Shannon interviewing for Maryland DC

You all are crazy if you think that Randy Shannon was fired too quickly.  He was in way to far over his head.  Miami is no ordinary job, it is one of the best jobs given its recent history, great football alumni basis and one of the greatest talent base in the entire country.  I doubt the new hire will due much better, but Shannon was showing absolutely no improvement over his 4 years.  If this was Indiana, than he would still have a job but this is Miami.  Look at Ron Zook at Florida, he did better than Shannon and got the hook after 3 years.  This is BIG BOY football and middle of the pack is not going to cut it.  I wish him a great new position, but to say he was fired to fast is way off basis. 

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2011 5:07 pm

Report: Shannon interviewing for Maryland DC

Shannon was fired waaaay too early in Miami.  If it was Rick Neuheisel(sp), Charlie Weis, Bobby Petrino, Dennis Erickson, or Tommy Tubberville with the same record at the same school, they would still be working there today.  That being said, Miami's loss should be UCLA's gain.  Shannon should be in line to replace "Mr. Facebook" as the new DC in Bruin land.  Lord knows when Rick is fired in LA next year, Shannon could only make the team better and more relevant than it is right now. 

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2011 3:07 pm

Report: Shannon interviewing for Maryland DC

Let me just respectfully say, you are wrong about Shannon. It wasn't too early. He wasn't ready for a job like that.

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2011 10:28 am

Report: Shannon interviewing for Maryland DC

I think that Randy Shannon was let go too soon and the Hurricanes might regret the firing of this coach. It take awhile for a coach to put his players in place to run his program and his type of offensive and defensive schemes. I also feel the same way about the Michigan coach.

It would take awhile before you get the right players to mentally play for you as well as academically be qualified. Also he had to get rid of the thug mentality at the school as some thought his hire was things would go on as usual.

He had to change the mental attitude of these players, keep them out of criminal trouble as well as insure they were qualified by the academic of the school an keep the NCAA rules in tact.

This you have to win instantly mentality has caused many coaches to lose their jobs all too soon as they were laying the foundation to have a successful team in the future.

Now they have hired new coaches. These coaches will have to do the same thing, recruit players to play within the new system thus nullifying most of the current players as they were recruited to play a different system. Let’s say another 3-4 years for this new coach to get his type players to play his type system.
I hope Randy and Rich would land a good position with other college teams or a position in the pros as I think both are excellent coaches.


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