Tag:Randy Shannon Replacement
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 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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