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. ESPN.com'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.