University of Minnesota Interested in Hiring Randy Shannon
Yep, Shannon apparently has interest from a very different UM. Pioneer Press sports columnist Charley Walters drops the rumor in his column today:
A little birdie says Randy Shannon, fired by Miami (Fla.) on Saturday, has drawn interest from Minnesota for its football head coaching job.We're not sure how much credence to give to a report sourced to "a little birdie" (perhaps it was Sebastian the Ibis?), but this is the first major bit of gossip surrounding Shannon's future.
Shannon, whose Miami teams were 28-22 during his four years in charge of the Hurricanes, finished 7-5 this season. Obviously, there would be no contract buyout.
Shannon, by the way, coached Cretin-Derham Hall grad Seantrel Henderson, who became a freshman offensive line starter this season.
One theory behind the firing of Tim Brewster after seven games this year was that it would allow the Gophers to get a head start on recruiting.
We all know he works well with college kids. He's a strong recruiter and keeps his players out of trouble and in the classroom, and that's something that will be attractive to a lot of schools. Especially those who don't realistically expect to compete on a national level. Though, a chance to hire a guy with major connections in the fertile recruiting grounds of South Florida is a tempting opportunity.
On the flip side he was a hell of a lot better as a defensive coordinator than a head coach. In fact, he was one of the best. Which made us think he could wind up with a DC job at a big program or perhaps even in the NFL.
Update: According to ESPN, Shannon is interested in the job:
The Minnesota job hunt has been going on for a while. Add former Miami coach Randy Shannon's name to the mix. I spoke with Shannon on Tuesday. He's interested. He said he would love to stay in college coaching because "you can make a difference in young people's lives."