Tag:Randy SHannon Fired
Posted on: December 7, 2010 12:30 am
 

Randy Shannon leaves notes for Miami players

Posted by Adam Jacobi

In collegiate athletics these days, it's all too common to see "it's just business" used as an excuse for quickly divorcing one's self from the emotional difficulties that come with major personnel changes. Players never like seeing their coaches leave the team before they do, even though it's increasingly common, and when a coach compounds the stress by stone-facedly blaming the almighty dollar, nobody's better off.

It's refreshing, then, to see the way Randy Shannon dealt with his firing from Miami two weekends ago. Rather than just say "that's that" or make a cursory goodbye through the press, Shannon went through the unusual effort to address dozens of his players on his way out with hand-written notes.

"It was the nicest thing he ever said to me since I’ve been here," tackle Orlando Franklin told the Miami Herald on Monday. “He was just telling me to keep my head up and don’t get sidetracked. I’m going to actually rewrap it and put it under my Christmas tree so I can open it on Christmas Day. I felt real nice when I [saw] it in my locker."

Miami cornerback Ryan Hill said he talked to about 20 teammates who told him they received notes and suspects many more actually did. Other fired coaches, consider the bar raised.

This sort of high commitment to the well-being, character, and progress of the young men even after Shannon was no longer professionally obligated to do so is something that would be nice to see more often. No, we don't want to get into seeing coaches get into the act of self-publicized token goodbyes and other empty gestures, but Shannon's notes are the type of thing that takes effort. Plus, y'know, we didn't hear about this from him, either.

Perhaps Miami's next coach will be better at meeting expectations when it comes to wins and losses, and Shannon's failure to do so is a perfectly acceptable reason for him to get fired. Seriously, it happens at basically every school, and there's no reason for Miami to be different. That next new coach will have absolutely giant shoes to fill where it comes to genuine concern for his players, though, and that's something the current Hurricanes will be acutely aware of going forward. Miami would be wise to hire with great consideration to character accordingly.

Posted on: December 1, 2010 9:27 am
Edited on: December 1, 2010 9:57 am
 

Report: Gruden meeting with Miami AD

Posted by Chip Patterson

In the latest episode of As The Gruden Turns, Wednesday morning brings some clarification to Tuesday night's reports from Canesport.com.  According to a story in the Miami Herald, a "high-level UM source" has indicated that Miami athletic director Kirby Hocutt has traveled to Tampa to meet with Jon Gruden, a meeting expected to take place on Wednesday.  

Two members of Miami's Board of Trustees have indicated to the Herald that Gruden is the top choice in the search to replace Randy Shannon, but they are concerned he might decide to wait for a job in the NFL.  As suggested by Sports Illustrated's Peter King, Gruden was initially uninterested in the position.  But he has since begun to entertain the possibility of returning to the college sideline.  The purpose of Hocutt's trip was to determine whether Gruden would take the position if offered.

The Herald also clarified that while the aforementioned actions are being taken to work on Gruden, several trustees said the process had not reached the stage of "hammering out final details" as the Canesport.com report suggested.  If Gruden says no to Hocutt, Miami has begun assembling their list of next-best options.  That list is reported to include Mississippi State's Dan Mullen, Stanford's Jim Harbaugh, Connecticut's Randy Edsall, Utah's Kyle Whittingham, Arizona's Mike Stoops, and at least two other names.
Posted on: November 28, 2010 9:19 pm
 

PODCAST: Gregg Doyel & Chip Patterson on Shannon

Posted by Chip Patterson

With Randy Shannon getting the boot after Miami's 23-20 overtime loss to South Florida, some questions were raised about the state of the football program in Coral Gables.  Greg Doyel joins me to discuss the firing, and where both Miami and Shannon go from here.  Greg covered an interesting aspect of the Shannon situation in his column Saturday night, and touches on some of those points in the podcast.  

So check it out, remember to follow Greg on Twitter @greggdoyelcbs and follow the College Football Blog @CBSSportsNCAAF






Posted on: November 28, 2010 12:10 am
Edited on: November 28, 2010 12:11 am
 

So who replaces Randy Shannon?

Posted by Tom Fornelli

So now that it's official and we know for a fact that Randy Shannon has been fired by Miami, I suppose it's about time we got to speculating about who is going to replace him in Coral Gables.  Though the program hasn't been what it used to be, Miami is still the type of job that plenty of coaches wouldn't mind trying on for size.

After all, Florida is still a hotbed of football talent, and it's not like the ACC isn't there for the taking.  So who are some of the names likely to come up in the coming weeks or months?  Miami has said it will begin a national search, so just about anybody is in play.

Let's look at some of the likely suspects.

Mark Richt -- It sounded like Mark Richt would be in danger of losing his job earlier this season, but things have since calmed down at Georgia.  Still, that doesn't mean he wouldn't consider leaving the grind of the SEC for the sunny beaches of Miami.  After all, he liked the school so much he did decide to go to college there.

Dan Mullen -- Another SEC coach that the 'Canes may want to consider poaching.  Unlike Richt, he's at an SEC school that is considered more of a stepping stone than a destination.  Plus, if Mullen can do the job he's done in Starkville with a perennial bottom-feeder in the SEC, imagine what he could do at Miami.

Mike Leach -- As far as I'm concerned, there won't be a coaching vacancy anywhere that I don't think Mike Leach should be considered for.  College football needs it's Pirate King, and with Miami so close to the beach, Leach will finally have a place to keep his pirate ship.

Gus Malzahn -- There won't be many schools looking for a head coach who won't give Malzahn consideration.  He's been successful everywhere he's been, especially with what he has done with Cam Newton and Auburn this year.  He's an offensive innovator that will get a shot somewhere, so why not Miami?

Mario Cristobal -- A bit of a darkhorse candidate here.  Cristobal is currently the head coach at FIU, who just won the Sun Belt Conference on Saturday.  He also happens to be a former offensive lineman for the Hurricanes.

Tommy Tuberville -- I'm sure Miami could get him if it asked, but really, why would it?

Howard Schnellenberger -- Come on, Donna Shalala.  You know you want to.

Ron Prince -- A big name coach would be nice, but a power towel would be better.

These are just some of the names that are likely to come up, obviously, there will probably be many more floated around before Miami finally does settle on it's new head coach.  That's what happens anytime a big-time program begins a coaching search.
Posted on: November 27, 2010 8:43 pm
Edited on: November 27, 2010 11:07 pm
 

Randy Shannon out at Miami

Posted by Chip Patterson

UPDATE: It's official, Shannon is done at Miami.  Official word came from the school late Saturday night.

“We have made a decision to seek new leadership for our football program,” said athletic director Kirby Hocutt. “Our expectations are to compete for championships and return to the top of the college football world. We will immediately begin a national search.”
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UPDATE: Associated Press sports writer Tim Reynolds is reporting that while Shannon is fired, it had nothing to do with any "summit meeting."  Reynolds says that athletic director Kirby Hocutt acted alone in the decision, and he was not available by phone, text, or E-mail on Saturday to comment. 
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UPDATE: The same website is now reporting that Shannon has met with President Donna Shalala and has been informed that he and his staff will be fired.  Players are reported to be very upset about the decision, feeling as though they have let Shannon down.  Stay tuned to CBSSports.com for more as this story develops. 
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Earlier this week, we put Randy Shannon's job concerns to rest with a reported vote of confidence from Miami president Donna Shalala.  Thankfully for Shalala, Miami's 23-20 overtime loss to South Florida occurred within the 10 day exchange period.  If the circling reports are true, Shalala has taken back her vote of confidence, and Shannon could be unemployed sooner than we thought.

Canesport.com, the Miami Rivals site, is reporting that Shalala called an emergency meeting of close advisors to discuss the state of the football program and the status of coach Randy Shannon.  The report supposedly indicates that Shannon will either be given a vote of confidence on Sunday or Monday, or his dismissal will be presented to the Board of Trustees.

Not surprisingly, the circulated report is already being denied by Miami sources.  Regardless of whether or not this "summit meeting" occurred, the fact remains that Randy Shannon's seat in South Beach got a lot hotter with the overtime loss to the Bulls.  During the game, a banner flew over the ghost-town that was Sun Life Stadium: 4 YEARS 0 ACC TITLES LOTS OF EXCUSES FIRE SHANNON.  If people are willing to pay money to encourage firing Shannon, they likely won't be as willing to help pay his salary much longer.  That fact, I believe, would inspire Shalala to act faster than she had planned.
 
 
 
 
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