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Posted on: November 27, 2010 10:41 pm
Edited on: November 27, 2010 10:42 pm
 

Report: Bill Stewart to retire

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Suddenly there are quite a few big name schools with coaching vacancies to fill if you believe the reports circulating on Saturday night.  First we heard that Miami will be firing head coach Randy Shannon -- though this is yet to be confirmed -- and now it seems that West Virginia may have an opening as well.  

Though this one won't be due to a firing.

According to a report, West Virginia head coach Bill Stewart is going to retire at the end of the season.  This is from a report on EerSports.com, which is a pay site and can't be viewed without a subscription.  There has been no official word on this from West Virginia or Bill Stewart.

Still, the same report also says that former WVU assistant Rick Trickett who now serves as Florida State's assistant head coach is a top target to replace Stewart, along with both Terry and Tommy Bowden.

Stay tuned to CBSSports.com for more information on this story as it develops.
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.
Posted on: November 24, 2010 3:04 pm
Edited on: November 24, 2010 3:09 pm
 

Randy Shannon's job is safe, for now

Posted by Chip Patterson

Miami head coach Randy Shannon has spent most of his football career in South Florida.  His roots in Miami are so deep, it is nearly impossible to imagine Shannon anywhere else.  After playing on the Hurricanes' 1987 National Championship team, Shannon returned to Miami after a brieft NFL stint as a graduate assistant and later assistant coach.  Shannon then made the big jump to the NFL, joining (you guessed it!) the Miami Dolphins.  He then returned to the Hurricanes as a defensive assistant and eventually was named head coach.  Despite Shannon's deep roots in the Miami area, he is beginning to catch some criticism from the Miami faithful.

No matter what the critics are saying, Shannon still has the support of the Miami brass.  The Miami Herald reports that despite this year's disappointing 5-3 conference finish, University President Donna Shalala still has confidence that Shannon is the man for the job.  The report goes on to suggest that there are some trustees who would like to see a change, but as long as Shannon is not deterring donors - his job is safe for the moment.   

When Miami joined the ACC, the expectation was for "The U" to quickly establish dominance and take their place among the conference's elite.  But since Randy Shannon took the reigns at Miami, the Hurricanes have not finished better than third in their own division.  Shannon's .500 conference record does not exactly live up to the same standards of the Miami squads he played on and coached for in the late 1980's and early 1990's.  Shannon could start to silence his critics with a berth to the ACC Championship Game, it is awfully difficult to establish conference dominance without ever winning your own division.
Posted on: November 23, 2010 1:48 pm
Edited on: November 23, 2010 1:50 pm
 

Shannon: Harris will start 'if he's ready'

Posted by Chip Patterson

The Stephen Morris experience at Miami got a harsh dose of reality when the first-place Virginia Tech Hokies came into Coral Gables on Saturday.  While Morris had impressed Hurricanes fans by orchestrating wins over Maryland and Georgia Tech, but the fourth quarter unraveling against the Hokies have turned all eyes back on injured starter Jacory Harris.  The Hurricanes entered the fourth quarter tied 17-17 with Virginia Tech, and a win would keep their ACC Championship hopes alive.  But the Virginia Tech defense was not about to surrender the Coastal Division on account of a freshman quarterback.  Morris was picked three times in the final 9 minutes, and Tyrod Taylor put the nail in the coffin at the 6:25 mark with his 18 yard touchdown scramble.  

Harris was cleared by doctors to play, but remained on the sideline throughout the 31-17 loss.  Now, with an in-state showdown against South Florida to close the season, head coach Randy Shannon must decide whether to start the recovering quarterback.  Harris has yet to see the field in a game since suffering a concussion against Virginia on October 30, and has worn the green, non-contact jersey in practice.  When asked about Harris' status for Saturday's game, Shannon was predictably ambiguous.  Shannon said that Harris would start against the Bulls, but only "if he's ready."  The head coach stressed that it would depend on how Harris' timing and rhythm looked in practice this week, and that doctors would be on the sideline to assist in the decision.

Shannon has been very vocal about supporting the health of his quarterback rather than thinking the team's offensive needs.  He may also know that the fate of the Hurricanes is basically sealed at this point.  Officially eliminated of the Coastal Division race, the Hurricanes are likely staring down an invitation to the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas.  They could still be selected by the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando, but the Sun Bowl officials have already expressed interest in seeing the Hurricanes down in the Lone Star State.  With the game against South Florida having little to no meaning for Miami, working out Stephen Morris for one more game might not be a bad idea for Miami.
Posted on: November 21, 2010 1:35 am
 

What I learned from the ACC (Nov. 20)

Posted by Chip Patterson

1. Virginia Tech clinched the Coastal Division title because of playmakers - If there is one thing that has seemed to separate Virginia Tech from the rest of the conference in 2010, it has been the weekly appearance of Hokie playmakers. Frank Beamer's roster is loaded with talent that can simply make plays when needed. Virginia Tech clinched their fourth Coastal Division title since joining the ACC in 2004 with their 31-17 dismantling of Miami in Coral Gables on Saturday. When the Hurricanes stuck VT in a corner, the Hokies always had someone to answer. Whether it was Tyrod Taylor, Ryan Williams, or Danny Coale, someone was always stepping up when needed. The Hokies may have the division clinched, but they'll be playing for history against Virginia next week. No team has run the table in the ACC since Florida State did it in 1999 and 2000. A win over the Cavaliers and Virginia Tech can add that to their already impressive ACC resume.

2. N.C. State on the edge of a historic season - By squeezing out a 29-25 come from behind victory against North Carolina, N.C. State has found themselves a game away from competing in their first ACC Atlantic Division title. The Wolfpack have not won an ACC Championship since 1979, and with a win over Maryland next week in the season finale, will have a chance to do so against the Hokies in Charlotte. They got it done with special teams against the Tar Heels, benefitting from T.J. Graham's 87 yard punt return touchdown to give the Wolfpack the go-ahead score in Chapel Hill. The win gave Tom O'Brien a perfect 4-0 record against North Carolina as the N.C. State head coach, an accomplishment that can keep him in good graces around Raleigh for quite some time.

3. There might not be much of a quarterback controversy in Miami - Miami chose not to play quarterback Jacory Harris against Virginia Tech despite being cleared by the doctors before the game. Stephen Morris had performed well in Harris' absence, even leading some pundits to murmur ideas of a quarterback controversy. After Morris' performance against Virginia Tech, which included three interceptions and a lost fumble, it would not be surprising to see Harris back under center for the Hurricanes' season finale against South Florida. Miami's loss ended their chances of a division tittle, and with the conference season being completed are playing for bowl stock against the Bulls next week. The Hurricanes offense finished the game with six turnovers, and Morris looked very much like a freshman against Bud Foster's defense. Harris has a knack for turning the ball over as well, but judging by how active he was on the sidelines on Saturday it would surprising not to see him take some snaps against the Bulls to warm up for the bowl game.
Posted on: November 20, 2010 5:10 pm
Edited on: November 20, 2010 5:11 pm
 

Harris dressed, but Morris starts for Miami

Posted by Chip Patterson

Jacory Harris was listed as questionable on the Miami injury report coming into Saturday's matchup with Virginia Tech, still recovering from the concussion suffered against Virginia .  At gametime, Harris is in pads on the sideline, but freshman quarterback Stephen Morris has continued to be the man under center.  Harris has been active on the sideline, constantly communicating with Morris and offensive coordinator Mark Whipple.  He has been cleared to play by team doctors, but there has been little indication that he will see the field against the Hokies.

Jorge Milian of the Palm Beach Post is guessing that Morris will also be the starter for the Hurricanes season finale against USF, with Harris returning for the bowl game.  Morris' performance in the first half against the Hokies has been decent, completing 12 passes for 168 yards and a touchdown - though he has fumbled one snap.  With the score knotted at 10, the Hurricanes are keeping their ACC Championship Game chances alive...barely.
Posted on: November 15, 2010 1:19 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2010 1:51 pm
 

Shannon: Harris' injury 'serious and severe'

Posted by Chip Patterson

With Saturday's 35-10 victory over Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Miami was able to keep their ACC Championship dreams alive.  But with Virginia Tech taking care of business in Chapel Hill just hours later, this week's matchup against the Hokies has become a must-win for the Hurricanes.  With the heightened status of the Coastal Division showdown in Coral Gables, the biggest question out of Miami has to do with the starting quarterback situation.  Jacory Harris has not played since suffering a concussion during the first half of Miami's 24-19 loss to Virginia on October 30.  Freshman Stephen Morris has performed admirably in Harris' absence, throwing for 516 yards and two touchdowns in the last two victories.  Some have suggested that head coach Randy Shannon should let Morris keep the job, regardless of Harris' health.  Shannon has stuck by his starter, but it looks like he may not have any other choice for Saturday's game.

In his teleconference on Sunday evening, Shannon called Harris' head injury "something that's severe and serious'' and added that the Miami training staff would not rush the recovery process.  Shannon said that in Harris' best interest, they would be taking "baby steps" bringing him back to the field.  Since the Virginia Tech game is five days away and he has yet to see any time back in pads, all signs seem to point to Morris being under center against the Hokies.  
Posted on: November 11, 2010 11:52 am
Edited on: November 11, 2010 11:56 am
 

Miami getting healthy at RB in time for GT

Posted by Chip Patterson

Earlier this week, it looked as though Miami might be missing the team's top two rushers for Saturday's crucial division matchup with Georgia Tech.  Hurricanes fans got good news on Wednesday, with both Damien Berry and Lamar Miller back fully participating in practice.  Miller sat out Tuesday with a stomach virus, and Berry hasn't practiced since injuring his leg against Virginia on October 30.  

"To me, he looked like he's 100 percent, like he's ready to go this week," Miller said of Berry after practice.

The news of getting more than half of the season rushing production back on the field for Saturday gives the Hurricanes offense a lift heading into Atlanta.  The thought of entering the game without Berry, Miller, or starting quarterback Jacory Harris made Miami's ACC Championship Game chances look bleak.  A Miami loss with a Virginia Tech win would eliminate the Hurricanes from contention for the ACC Coastal Division title.  Miami needs to stay alive in the hunt until November 20, when the Hokies visit Coral Gables.  

Even if the the Hurricanes do defeat Virginia Tech, they will still need some help from North Carolina or Virginia in order to win the division in a tie-breaker, not to mention taking care of business this week against the Yellow Jackets.  With Stephen Morris under center for his second career start, first on the road, getting Berry and Miller back in the lineup will ease the pressure on the true freshman.          


 
 
 
 
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