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Walton out as defensive coordinator

I haven't been around for tonight's basketball game because I've been working the latest breaking story coming out of UM -- the firing of defensive coordinator Tim Walton.

The Herald has spoken to two UM sources confirming the news, which began to spread on message boards late this afternoon. My source told me coach Randy Shannon simply wasn't happy with the way the defense finished the season.

Walton was in charge of the defense for one season. He obviously didn't fare as well as when Shannon was running the show. My source said he did not know how much more involved Shannon wants to be involved in the defense, but he likely will be more involved next season.

I spoke to Northwestern defensive tackle Marcus Forston moments ago who was shocked to hear the news.

"That's the guy I built a relationship with," Forston told me. "He's into the lord. He's a holy man. I really like him a lot."

Walton recruited the six current commitments at Northwestern as well as the two receivers from Miami Booker T. Washington.

"It won't change how I feel about UM. But I really coach Walton a lot. He was somebody you could always go to."

My source said there are currently no candidates for the job. When asked if that person might be someone already on staff, they said "I have no idea. But I don't think so."

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Any word on new candidates?

WOULD LOVE TENUTA THE DC FROM GA TECH. HE SAID HE WOULD LEAVE GT IF HE DIDNT GET THE HC JOB THERE.

I would love the GT DC to be a candidate....

Don't like it cause it upsets the cart a little bit. RS showed a lot of mojo in doing what he thinks should be done.

To Walton, sorry it didn't work out. Good luck.

The only way I see something good coming from this is if he hires the head coach from Northwestern...

manny how will walton's firing effect recruiting? do we lose some recruits over this?

Orgeron is the big rumor on the 'net as Miami's new DC.

chris,

Of course not. He recruited them but that doesn;t mean that he is gone they are. Walton knows business was business and he probably knew he was going to be let go. He should stick around and become MIami asst recruiting coordinator, Moami is on a mission to get an experience DC next year. Walton just couldn't provide that Experience we need.

My 2 cents worth:

I just posted on the actual article maybe we go and get Ed Orgeron to be the DC and no better a guy to recruit! Still it just goes to show more wavering on Shannon's part (We need continuity at the program) and Walton is his first scapegoat.

There's no way Brown's commitment had anything pending on Walton's status is there? Its hard to believe a University would rather have a player than a coach. Brown recruited by Barrow? Barrow new DC? a little young for the spot I believe.

Wonder if BTW's Tim Harris or MNW's Rolle or their fired coach from a year ago are up for the candidacy?

All in all this is really horrible timing unless the recruits were given the heads up before hand.

Thanks for all the info Manny.

I heard through the grapevine that Roland Smith former Northwestern coach was looking for a spot on the Canes coaching Staff. So he takes over the LB's and Barrow moves up to DC. Lets see what happens....

ATTENTION CANES FANS HERES MY PIC

Will Mauschamp DC Auborn
coach Lsu last 5 yrs, hes firery and hardnose, contained tebow at the swamp.
http://auburntigers.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/muschamp_will00.html Will Muschamp


WallY barnhum DC South Fla
known for knocking elite teams off the polls
http://www.gousfbulls.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=37329&SPID=2981&DB_OEM_ID=7700&ATCLID=220481&Q_SEASON=2007 Wally Barnum


Mark StoopsDC Arizona
at the U 2001-03coach the likes of ed reed, sean taylor r.i.p, antrolle rolle,Dj, Vilma etc..
http://www.arizonaathletics.com/football/coachbio.aspx?id=1572Mark stoops
.

CHECK FOR YOURSELF FOR BIO ANd STATS
http://web1.ncaa.org/d1mfb/natlRank.jsp?year=2007&div=4&site=org

Shanon really needs to be more consistant, he seems to reacted way too much and makes questionable personel decisions...

i guess this had to be done, i trust in randy shannon 100 percent, but wow, bad timing and i think UM loses a couple of the guys hat are on the ropes and soft verbals from northwestern and booker t...timing on this is just unbelievable...GO CANES.

In Randy I trust!

ahaha
they fired the wrong coordinator

Randy,

Walton's firing won't have affect on any of the NW or BTW boys. They are going to the "U" because of Randy Shannon. They have called themselves "Shannon's Boys", not "walton's Boys". RS is not going to do something that drastically changes our recruiting class. The U will be fine...of course we will lose some recruits, like it happens every year to every school but it won't be because of Walton.

Shannon is the closer for 95% of the commits coming here. We all know that closing (a deal) is everything. Shannon and the "U" will be fine.

Watching the games last season it was obvious we need a change on D coordinator, way too much confusion and lack of aggression. Shannon rewatched the film and what else could he do? Should be a big plus , yet we need a top guy.

Walton may have been a good recruiter, but he was terrible at running the defense. The defense should have been much better then they performed. Granted, injuries did play a role, but there was still a lot of talent there. I don't think Walton's firing will be a big deal. Barrow is the big reason while all these LB's are going to the U. And all the recruits know that RS can run the show just fine on the defensive side.

not worried at all.. RS knows he cant have that much talent coming in and having them under perform...great call....IN RS I TRUST...

IT'S A CANES THING HATERS WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND...

HOW NERVOUS IS THE REST OF THE COUNTRY NOW??? STORM IS COMING.....

I THINK THIS DECISION WAS MADE THE SECOND ORGERON BECAME AVAILABLE... I KNOW I WAS THINKING ABOUT IT WHEN HE GOT FIRED

I sure as hell hope this doesnt negatively affect recruiting. While I understand we're on the outside and these coaches are on the inside, I hope some of these committed LB's didn't chose UM BECAUSE of him. If they chose it over Shannon, that's awesome since he's a defensive guru. However, we need to announce a candidate list of fill the position for "stability" purposes with everything winding down in the recruitng season. I hope the recruits can see it's for the best, and if they are truly committed, they'll end up at Miami anyways. We'll see. Keep us posted Manny!!

time will tell, but we need to have faith in RS.
Look at the recruits we are getting, they know what RS can do with a Defense!

Go Canes!

WHACKED

I just posted on the actual article maybe we go and get Ed Orgeron to be the DC

Posted by: Russell | December 17, 2007 at 11:42 PM
Ed Orgeron never coordinated a defense ... plus, barroom arrest & domestic violence disqualify him ... NO CHANCE

michigan's Ron English?

Don't slam Walton, its wasn't his fault. He was given a job he was not nearly qualified for. Hopefully they will not make the same mistake again by promoting from within. We need some experience on this staff.

RCF-I like your list, especially Stoops, but I would add Jon Tenuta. Can you imagine that attacking system with the athletes that we have and are getting? WOW. He's first on my wish list.

UM's Randy Shannon? DOUBLE DUTY

I don't post often (But, I do read the blogs often). I was thinking the same thing that GREEN posted. How about having the man who has been running the show for the past several years running it again. I think it would be great to have Randy Shannon handling the defensive coordinator job. There are a plethora of college football coaches (some NFL coaches as well) who are HC and handle something else.

One thing though, I wish I could be a fly on the wall and find out what led to the dismissal of coach Walton especially after Shannon's rant about keeping coaches around for consistency.

If Shannon takes over as DC, I am convinced it'll have a positive impact on recruiting... that's just my 10 kòb worth.

Stoops I would love it but I don't think it happens.. Tenuta seems a likely fit, depending on whether Nix can pursuade him to join the team. I wonder if Shannon wanted to limit Walton's role and he wouldn't accept that? We need some information from RS soon. Get the scoop.

I don't post often (But, I do read the blogs often). I was thinking the same thing that GREEN posted.

Posted by: Canatic | December 18, 2007 at 10:25 AM
great minds think alike ...

what led to the dismissal of coach Walton

Posted by: Canatic | December 18, 2007 at 10:25 AM
peter principle

Manny no idea what happened?

On the Walton issue, I am guessing that RS was trying to demote him and he wouldn't go for it, therefore RS had no choice but to let him go.

I imagine it would be hard to get any info from RS about what happened because he always has this crap about not sharing (with the public) what happened "in-house". Hopefully, he'll shed some light on the situation.

ATTENTION CANES FANS HERES MY PIC

Will Mauschamp DC Auborn
coach Lsu last 5 yrs, hes firery and hardnose, contained tebow at the swamp.
http://auburntigers.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/muschamp_will00.html Will Muschamp


WallY barnhum DC South Fla
known for knocking elite teams off the polls
http://www.gousfbulls.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=37329&SPID=2981&DB_OEM_ID=7700&ATCLID=220481&Q_SEASON=2007 Wally Barnum


Mark StoopsDC Arizona
at the U 2001-03coach the likes of ed reed, sean taylor r.i.p, antrolle rolle,Dj, Vilma etc..
http://www.arizonaathletics.com/football/coachbio.aspx?id=1572Mark stoops
.

CHECK FOR YOURSELF FOR BIO ANd STATS
http://web1.ncaa.org/d1mfb/natlRank.jsp?year=2007&div=4&site=org

By the way GREEN, you're right. Great Minds Do Think Alike.... GMTA.

(kusports.com) Kansas University sold its Orange Bowl ticket allotment (17,500)

FSU players caught in a cheating scandal. 20 of them might be suspended for 4 games including the bowl game.

http://somiami.blogspot.com/2007/12/noles-suspended-coach-news.html

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=3159534
20 criminoles suspended for alleged academic fraud ... CHEATERS

Mike Barrow #56 for Def.Coord.A TRUE CANE !!

here is the list of currently hurricanes commitments and whom were they recruited by im pretty sure we dont need to panic that randy shannon or michael barrow will take over whom tim walton recruited besides this baby canes in my mind are not closed minded and understand that a change sometimes is good for a program. i just feel michael barrow will move up and bring somebody else in for barrows ex coordinating position.

Arthur Brown: Michael Barrow
Marcus Forston: Clint Hurtt
Patrick Jonhson: Wesley McGriff
Aldarius Johnson: Tim Walton
Jacory Harris: Tim Walton
Ramon Buchanan: Michael Barrow
Jordan Futch: Jorday Futch
Marcus Robinson: MIchael Barrow, Clint Hurtt
Davon Johnson: Marques Mosely, Tim Walton
Brandon washington:Tim Walton
Kendal Thompkins: tim walton and clint hurtt
Sean Spence: Tim walton
John Calhoun: Tim Walton
Thearon Collier: Marques mosely, Tim Walton
Taylor Cook: Patrick Nix
Antonio Harper: Tomie Robinson, Tim Walton
Patrick Hill: Tomie Robinson
Zach Kane: Jeff Stoutland
Jeremy Lewis: Clint Hurtt
C.J. Odom: Tomie Robinson
Micanor Regis: Clint Hurtt
Andrew Smith: Wesley McGriff, Clint Hurtt
Cannon Smith: Joe Pannunzio
Jake Wieclaw: Jeff Stoutland

now the only question on my mind who is the coordinator who is recruiting and manny maybe you can help me if one of this player was been recruited by Tim walton: travis benjamin, ben jones, streeter, harris, cj odom, tj bryant, toby jackson, courie luiget.

FSU SCANDAL: 20 players suspended:

As many as 20 Florida State football players will be suspended from playing against Kentucky in the Dec. 31 Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl, as well as the first three games of the 2008 season, for their roles in an alleged cheating scandal involving an Internet-based course, a source with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday morning.

Florida State officials are expected to announce the results of the investigation this week. The source said university officials determined Monday night the exact number of football players who will be suspended. The university isn't expected to immediately reveal the identities of the student-athletes involved in the alleged cheating.

"If the players fight the suspensions, they'll risk losing all of their eligibility," a source with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday morning.

The source said student-athletes in several other sports also were implicated in the cheating scandal.

The investigation already has led to the resignations of two academic assistance employees who worked with FSU student-athletes. The school revealed in September that as many as 23 student-athletes were given answers before taking tests over the Internet.

Further investigations revealed additional student-athletes were involved in the cheating, according to the source.

The school's investigation found that a tutor gave students answers while they were taking tests and filled in answers on quizzes and typed papers for students.

Florida State president T.K. Wetherell, a former Seminoles football player, reported the initial findings in a letter to the NCAA in September.

Wetherell ordered an investigation by the university's Office of Audit Services in May after receiving information an athletics department tutor had directed one athlete to take an online quiz for another athlete and then provided the answers.

The tutor implicated in the audit told investigators he had been providing students with answers for the test since the fall of 2006, according to a university report.

The school announced in October that athletics director Dave Hart Jr. will resign Dec. 31. Wetherell appointed State Rep. William "Bill" Proctor interim athletics director. Proctor also is a former FSU football player.

Someone mentioned MIchigan's Ron English....I think that would be a great fit!

U thing part 1:

No one can't predict how vast a college football player Arthur Brown will turn out to be.

The last Miami Hurricane signee to create this much of a buzz was Willie Williams.

Everyone knows how that story ended.

But I do feel very certain about one thing.

Watch out college football.

Randy Shannon and his staff have arrived on the national scene.

It has been one thing to earn commitments from the wave of top prospects who call South Florida home this year. Let's be honest. If any of these guys had not picked Miami, or if the few remaining local prospects don't pick Miami, it would be considered a major upset and disappointment.

Miami is supposed to dominate South Florida.
Shannon is supposed to land Marcus Forston and Aldarius Johnson and Jacory Harris.

But it's a whole other situation to venture into the heart of America and recruit a beast of a prospect like Arthur Brown.

Just look at the schools Shannon and lead recruiter Micheal Barrow had to conquer in this race. Oklahoma, USC, Florida, LSU, Alabama. Only the majority of the schools that are presently dominating college football.

This was a true national battle royal.

And look who won.

The school that seems poised to make a return to the elite level quicker than you can blink an eye.

The U.

You can debate whether Miami ever left the map the past few seasons as a few underachieving recruiting classes led to a decline on the field, Larry Coker's firing, and now the beginning of a Shannon reclamation project.

But after Monday's events, you can not debate whether a star is right back on there where you see South Florida.

Brown's commitment is huge for reasons way beyond the immense ability he will bring to the football field.

This is validation for Shannon on the national stage.

It's the type of validation that should help him close on a recruiting class that seems to be ascending toward top status in America, regardless of the final destination of a 5-star defensive back from Pompano Ely who unfortunately has chosen a path a lot less polished than the one laid down by Brown. Patrick Johnson still has time to get it right, but that time is running short.

Shannon took on Pete Carroll, Les Miles, Urban Meyer, Nick Saban and Butch Davis and won big-time.

We can be honest about something else once the euphoria over Brown's announcement begins to subside.

good job, mitocallejas

I trust Randy..I dont recall the D getting off the field in many 3rd down situations last year.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/writers/stewart_mandel/12/17/bcs/index.html
b(c)s scuttles vatech - oklahoma Orange Bowl ... OVERTHROW

thanx green

Give Shannon credit on this one, too.

Walton was a coach whom he had groomed to replace him while he was defensive coordinator. When Shannon promoted Walton to the defensive coordinator spot after he was hired, he essentially was promoting himself.

But it became apparent very early in the season that something was very wrong.

Walton was running the Shannon defense, but the Shannon defense that had been among the nation's best even in tough times was looking nothing like the Shannon defense.

There always seemed to be confusion on the field. Simple plays kept going for big gains. Adjustments seemed to be part of the problem. Good coordinators have an eye for seeing things quickly and adjusting on the fly. Last season, Miami didn't do a very good job of that.

Shannon, who has said he believes in letting his coordinators do their job, reportedly struggled with the formula of how much to interfere with Walton. When he found himself disagreeing too much early in the year, he removed himself from the equation by taking his headset off. Then, two weeks later, it was back on. Nothing ever seemed right on the defensive side of the ball the entire season.

Just like some assistants are not cut out to be head coaches, some position coaches are not cut out to be coordinators.

Walton was a very, very good position coach. He was not a very good coordinator.

Jimmy Johnson went through this at the beginning of his Miami career, replacing Bill Trout with Dave Wannstedt. Butch Davis went though it, replacing Bill Miller with Greg Schiano. Wannstedt and Schiano went on to head coaching careers. Schiano, as annoying as his flirtations with other head coaching jobs as a pro ploy have come to be, is one of the hottest commodities in coaching for the way he has turned around Rutgers.

Shannon now gets another chance to find a defensive coordinator with that kind of pedigree and potential.

The University of Miami should not be a training ground for coaches who might be good enough.

Shannon must remember that when he bring together his hit list.

He has to get this one right.

The way he got Arthur Brown's recruitment right.

As Miami football catches it’s air for the holidays, even as some joyous and tough decisions are being made, there is an complete inspiring mood for the program.

It looks like 30 top-level recruits are on the way.

The culture of the program is changing.

And the head coach and his staff, even with some tweaking taking place, have been validated on the national stage by landing a great prospect that could have gone anywhere he wanted.

It's D.J. Williams and Jesse Armstead all over again.

Both those highly-recruited national players won national titles at Miami.

Don't be surprised if Brown contributes to one or more.

The Hurricanes without a doubt seem to be blowing in that course of action, an thats a Championship

Shannon has recruited big at every position needed, hopefully we get Patchan to solidfy are OL class.

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