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Heather Dinich- Miami’s loss to South Florida on Saturday didn’t get Randy Shannon fired -- four years of mediocrity did. The embarrassing 23-20 loss to the Bulls of the Big East was just one more glaring blemish the UM administration couldn’t ignore -- especially on a day when rival Florida State was basking in the glory of beating up on Florida and celebrating a trip to the ACC championship game in Jimbo Fisher’s first season. [+] EnlargeRandy Shannon Steve Mitchell/US PresswireRandy Shannon finished with a mediocre 28-22 record in four seasons as Miami's head coach. Miami’s speed gets a lot of attention, the problem is how they've used it -- the Canes have gone nowhere fast. In four seasons under Shannon, Miami failed to win the Coastal Division, has yet to win a bowl game, and is 3-4 against BCS opponents from the state of Florida. Meanwhile, it took one season under Fisher for the Seminoles to earn the title of state champs. It was only a matter of time before Shannon was held accountable at a program whose standard is five national titles. None of Shannon’s 28 wins were all that memorable. Some of his 22 losses, though, were hard to forget. Once again, Virginia handed the Canes one of their most embarrassing losses of the season. In 2007, it was the 48-0 loss in the final game at the Orange Bowl. This year, it was a 24-19 loss in Charlottesville to a team that had yet to win a conference game. There was also the 31-7 collapse last year at Virginia Tech. The highlight of Shannon’s coaching career at Miami just might have been this year’s win over Butch Davis -- the first time he was able to beat Miami’s former coach since both took over their respective programs. Maybe it was the win over then-ranked No. 8 Oklahoma last year, but it wasn’t the same Oklahoma team without Sam Bradford. The bottom line is that none of those 28 wins amounted to anything in the postseason. And Miami fans have grown tired of it. Week after week this season, somebody takes a snapshot of an empty Sun Life Stadium and it makes its way around Twitter. It’s been embarrassing to the program and the ACC, but it’s not like Shannon has given the fan base much to cheer about. This failure, though, doesn’t fall squarely on Shannon’s shoulders. It also falls on the administration who hired him, and it’s up to athletic director Kirby Hocutt and university president Donna Shalala to get it right this time. It wasn’t a complete disaster. Shannon changed the perception of the program. He instilled discipline, and leads all active BCS coaches with a 977 lifetime APR average. Those things count, but fans want to see Miami leading the BCS standings more. Shannon was given a contract extension prior to this season with the expectation that a championship of some form would be won either this year or next. The expectation was that he had the talent to do it and had finally found some stability at the coordinator position. Instead, nothing changed. The loss to South Florida only magnified that. Everything from Shannon's ability to lead to his ability to coach has been questioned during his tenure. Miami's administration just decided to answer sooner than later.
Toggle Commented Nov 28, 2010 on This Is The End Of The Innocence at Canespace
• Associates say ESPN's Jon Gruden would listen to UM about its coaching job if approached. UM prefers someone with several years of head coaching experience. Mark Richt is among numerous other options if he parts ways with Georgia. UM must pay Randy Shannon between $1.5 million and $2 million in buyout money. Read more:
Toggle Commented Nov 28, 2010 on This Is The End Of The Innocence at Canespace
Sunsentinel has a list.. Jon Gruden Mario Christobal-FIU Will Muschamp-Texas Tommy Tuberville-Texas Tech Kevin Sumlin-Houston Mark Richt-UGA Greg Shiano-Rutgers Mike Leach Al Golden-Temple Former Boston College coach Jeff Jagodzinski
Toggle Commented Nov 28, 2010 on This Is The End Of The Innocence at Canespace
Tim Reynolds: As of 9:30 p.m., RS and staff had been told nothing. Many planning to go recruiting tom RS 11am w/media still on. Courtesy-AP
Toggle Commented Nov 28, 2010 on A Must Win, And That's No Bulls at Canespace Mike James out--Someone get the Powerade ready for Lamar!!
Toggle Commented Nov 25, 2010 on Happy Thanksgiving Hurricane Fans! at Canespace Jacory's dad isnt very happy!!
Toggle Commented Nov 25, 2010 on A Few Good Men Too at Canespace,0,4187768. Here's the story on the OL-courtesy SS
Toggle Commented Nov 24, 2010 on A Few Good Men Too at Canespace
Adam Kuperstein of NBC6 Miami is reporting via Twitter: Jacory Harris is 100% healthy, but Stephen Morris will start at QB for the Miami Hurricanes vs USF Just saw this on Facebook. Dont know how true it is....
Toggle Commented Nov 23, 2010 on The Man In The Mirror at Canespace
At this point i’d even look at Mario Christobal, even tho the competition isnt as good, he took a 0-12 team and now they are 1 win from a bowl game. Shannon is a great father figure, but as a head coach he appears he needs to go refine his skills. Miami isnt the place to learn on the fly. I feel for him, but their are too many weapons on this team to be 7-4. The ACC is just a step above the Big East, weak!!! No way should this team have 3 ACC losses, 1 maybe , but not 3!.
Toggle Commented Nov 22, 2010 on Just Another Day In Paradise at Canespace
LOL@Old Skool...No prob man..
Toggle Commented Nov 17, 2010 on This Week In Space at Canespace
Also from the SunSentinel: CORAL GABLES — Hurricanes coach Randy Shannon said Wednesday that Jacory Harris has not been cleared by the team’s medical staff to play, but reiterated that Harris will be the starting QB whenever he returns from his concussion. Asked on the weekly ACC conference call if the junior Harris would still be the guy over true freshman Stephen Morris, Shannon said, “Yeah, if he was healthy. But Jacory’s not healthy right now. “We don’t worry about those things right now. Stephen Morris is our quarterback and he’ll play in this game against Virginia Tech. That’s the way we see it. Until our medical staff fully clears Jacory, Stephen will always be our quarterback.” Harris was evaluated by a neurologist on Tuesday as he has been once a week. Wearing full pads, a helmet, and most notably, a green, non-contact jersey, he practiced later in the afternoon for the first time since sustaining the concussion — his first ever — on Oct. 30 at Virginia. Harris threw passes in individual drills and then took snaps with the second team during team drills. Harris threw some passes during individual drills last Wednesday, but did not have on pads or a helmet, just his jersey and black mesh shorts. Morris will make his third consecutive start Saturday. He had not taken a snap this season until the opening drive of the second half at Virginia and was listed as fourth-string. Redshirt junior Spencer Whipple, son of offensive coordinator Mark Whipple, will back up Morris. True sophomore A.J. Highsmith was UM’s No. 2 quarterback until Shannon announced days before the Duke game Oct. 16 that Highsmith had a wrist injury. He was dressed in uniform on the sideline at Virginia with a brace on his left wrist. Shannon said he could have been used in an emergency situation. Highsmith’s father, former UM running back Alonzo Highsmith, told WQAM-560 that A.J. has a chipped bone in his wrist. Despite that, UM players said Highsmith ran the option on scout team effectively last week to prepare them for Georgia Tech’s triple option offense
Toggle Commented Nov 17, 2010 on This Week In Space at Canespace
Me too Soup. Wouldn't mind seeing that matchup. i always read in the Orlando Sentinel, that if Norte Dame wins out, that they would be a possible team for the Champs Sports Bowl... I believe they have Army, and USC remaining.
Toggle Commented Nov 14, 2010 on Hurricanes Blow In, Destroy Atlanta at Canespace
A couple of Bowl Projections via ESPN Hyundai Sun (ACC vs. Pac-10) Miami (FL) vs. Oregon State Champs Sports (ACC vs. Big East) Miami (FL) vs. West Virginia.
Toggle Commented Nov 14, 2010 on Hurricanes Blow In, Destroy Atlanta at Canespace
Before we throw J12 to the side, lets see him with one game of the Coach Whipple from last week. If he fails, then I'm full steam ahead with Morris. Remember everyone thought J12 was the truth over Marve, and look how thats panned out. Again, I dont believe in J12, but I think he should get one last chance to prove himself, maybe we see a different J12 now, since he knows there is a QB who will take his job.
Toggle Commented Nov 8, 2010 on Take Me To Your Leader at Canespace
33-17 A&M over Okla in the 4th
Toggle Commented Nov 7, 2010 on Game Day Blog: The Pattern at Canespace
Dont forget to fall back tonight!!
Toggle Commented Nov 7, 2010 on Game Day Blog: The Pattern at Canespace
I waited a couple days to see if I would feel better, but I dont, its time to look for a new coach..Why does this team just coast on auto-pilot so many times?? The ACC has been one of the worst conferences over the past few years, and with the talent Miami has, they should have won at least 1 ACC title. Its a joke, to be struggling in the ACC, losing to teams like UVA, who hadn't beat a D-1 school all season, and hadn't beat a ACC team in over a year. All that fake and choreographed dancing and swag, and yelling on the sidelines by #7. It's all a show, they dont have it in them. I'm officially sick of this group of guys... And ill say this in closing, if #44 ends up making someones NFL roster and contributes, then Shannon needs to give back a years worth of his own
Toggle Commented Nov 1, 2010 on The Morning After at Canespace
Time to look in a new direction...Not sure whos out there, but I cant watch this team fail to show up for another game (Wake Forest 09, Wisconsin 09, FSU '10, UVA '10) just to name a few. Sorry Randy, you tried your best, but it wasn't good enough.
Toggle Commented Oct 30, 2010 on Game Day Blog: Miami vs Virginia at Canespace
Zakkee-I was going crazy...The refs never signaled a TD, yet the entire team rushes the field?? Vern Lundquist and Gary Dainelson are the worst announcers ever. Danielson still has it for Tebow. He mentions him every week.
Toggle Commented Oct 30, 2010 on Game Day Blog: Miami vs Virginia at Canespace
Wheres the excessive celebration call on UF?!?!?!?!
Toggle Commented Oct 30, 2010 on Game Day Blog: Miami vs Virginia at Canespace
Charles the TE from UGA. Would have looked nice in a Canes uni.. sigh
Toggle Commented Oct 30, 2010 on Game Day Blog: Miami vs Virginia at Canespace
Canes 34 Cavs 17
Toggle Commented Oct 30, 2010 on The Short List: Week 9 at Canespace
First i gotta say, I was wayyyyyyy wrong..No way did I think the Canes would win this game, let alone by 3 scores..Congrats boys, now keep up the momentum and do this week in, and week out!! Go Canes!!
Toggle Commented Oct 24, 2010 on Take That U Little Butch at Canespace
Im expecting J12 to throw 2 picks, but hopefully they are the deep ball, aka punt type INT..UNC is very physical, built more like an SEC team.. Im very interested to see how Miami responds to physical type play.
Toggle Commented Oct 23, 2010 on Game Day Blog: UM vs UNC at Canespace
Very true Macjones.. Miami has been so inconsistent on offense this year, thats why I have to agree with Manny.
Toggle Commented Oct 23, 2010 on Game Day Blog: UM vs UNC at Canespace