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DC hire "a home run" for Canes

Despite reports to the contrary Wednesday, University of Miami coach Randy Shannon has apparently hired 61-year old Bill Young away from the University of Kansas Thursday afternoon in a move I can only deem eye-opening.

Young, a 38-year coaching veteran who turned the Jayhawks into one of the Bill_youngnation's best defensive units last season, told the Lawrence Journal World he wanted a new challenge. Well, Mr. Young, you got one. Miami was pretty bad near the end of last season. But if Young can do what he did in his six years at Kansas (with guys a little more less athletic than at UM to say the least) with some of the defensive talent the Hurricanes are hording in recruiting now, Randy Shannon may have hit himself a home run today.

"This is a huge move for Miami," national recruiting analyst Larry Blustein told me moments ago. "This goes with everything Miami has done in recruiting this year. He's a guy who has proven himself. What probably got him the job was what he did at the Orange Bowl against a Virginia Tech team Miami couldn't stop. I don't think Kansas athletes can compare to what Miami has and is getting in recruiting. Miami could have a very, very special defense in a couple of years."

It wasn't that long ago when Shannon's defense was special here at Miami. It was obvious last season the Hurricanes not only had a drop in talent, but likely coaching too. Tim Walton, whom Shannon promoted to defensive coordinator before firing him last month, simply couldn't maintain what Shannon had achieved -- even with two potential first round picks on the defense in Calais Campbell and Kenny Phillips.

What the Hurricanes are getting in Young is someone who won't have to look over his shoulder. While I believed the Hurricanes would actually go after a Patrick Nix-type like it did with the offensive coordinator job -- someone young, hungry and relatively cheap -- it appears Shannon tried swinging for the fences on this one and connected.

The Jayhawks finished as the 12th ranked defense in the nation and the No. 4 scoring defense, allowing just 16 points per game last season. But what I liked most about them last season was the fact they produced so many turnovers, and took chances and they were good at stopping the run. Young's teams have always been good at that. In 1999 at Southern Cal, the Trojans led the nation in takeaways and led the Pac-10 in rushing defense.

Perhaps the best part of this hiring too is that Young is a veteran coach. If you look at what Miami has, the majority of its staff is filled with guys relatively young in coaching experience -- guys like Clint Hurtt, Michael Barrow. Young will provide leadership and coaching experience to those guys.

"I thought Randy would take his time, wait until after signing day -- at least that's what I heard," Blustein said. "But what probably happened was that he took a shot at a high-caliber guy and it just so happened Young was interested too. This is a perfect place for a guy like Young who probably isn't looking to be a head coach. He's an older guy who has been there, done that. And Miami is certainly a nicer place than Lawrence, Kansas -- especially this time of year and for retirement."

With the current early enrollees unavailable for comment, I made a few phone calls to current Hurricane commitments coming in the fall. I spoke to Rivals 2-star linebacker Zach Kane, a 6-3, 220-pounder from New Jersey, who is supposed to be visiting UM this weekend. Kane was excited.

"I actually watched Kansas a lot this year and I didn't know who their coordinator was, but I was very impressed by what they did," Kane said. "He definitely knows his stuff.

"The best part about it is he's coming in fresh and we're coming fresh. He doesn't know any of the juniors or seniors more than he does us. It gives us all equal footing."

*PROGRAMMING NOTE: The podcast I planned to record with Larry Blustein isn't going to happen until tomorrow morning, which means the podcast likely won't make it online until late afternoon. I'm hoping to do a few recordings later tonight at the Dade-Broward All-Star practices to include with it.

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Manny, someone at the MH needs to teach Susan the basics on how to check out a story before she looks like a blithering idiot again. She did a TERRIBLE job on this story. A freshman a the Hurricane could have done the same job as her (copy and paste from two other news feeds).

That said you have done alot of excellent work/digging on various stories, she can learn alot from your hard work.

Canes got themselves a 2 for 1 in Young, proven DC with turnaround experience and in essence another HC to help Randy and take a load off his back.

HE BETTER BE ABLE TO COACH B/C HE CANT RECRUIT. HE HAS RECRUITED A TOTAL OF 6 PLAYERS IN THE PAST 4 YEARS AT KANSAS.

Just an FYI... I've come to learn coordinators are rarely involved in the early recruiting stages. If you look at who is doing all the recruiting for the Canes this year it wasn't Nix or Walton. It was the assistants, Michael Barrow, Clint Hurtt, McGriff, Pannunzio, others.

hey NY, lay off susan miller degnan

Good stuff as usually Manny, and can't wait for the podcast.

Green, I am not going to lay off Susan, she did a poor job on this story and needs to stop "mailing" it in. She is a better reporter than that.

Hey C, what the hell do you know? Have you looked at his record as a DC??? This guy is EXACTLY what we need at the U. Sounds like you are a pissed of gaturd fan to me.

http://blogs.sun-sentinel.com/sports_college_hurricanes/2008/01/canes-have-thei.html
compare blogs ... who leaves you wanting?

According to the Lawrence Journal World, Kansas defensive coordinator Bill Young has accepted the job. The paper said Young is simply awaiting the paperwork to be finalized. He replaces Tim Walton, who was fired last month.
I'll check back in later -- shun(del)

NY: pray tell, how did she do a "poor job"?

until you can write an opening paragraph like susan, go hide under a rock. she's a top reporter and writer and broke the story before si.com.

Susan did the basic informative article. I thought it was good. I love that the maximum insult on this board is 'you're a Gator fan'!

I'm pumped about the new DC. He's supposed to be great at player development...we are going to love this defense!!!!

That shandel Richardson guy from the Sun-sentinel sucks. He's from up north and doesnt seem to understand that we eat, sleep and shit football in the south and especially in Florida. Great job Manny, I hope you never leave this Cane blog bcs out of all the south florida newspapers (Palm Beach Post, Sentinel, Herald) you're the best and you seem to understand that we eat, sleep and shit football down here. Don't get me wrong, we luv basketball but its a distant 3rd to football on my list...and I meant to say 3rd bcs football is 1st and 2nd on my list...GO CANES!!!

Susan Degnan went with the best information at the time. You should know Mr Young released a "masking" denial that fooled a lot of news services before Susan broke her story. What are you going to do against coach speak.

Just glad we got him now.

Just heard Larentee McCray interview on ESPN. He said he didn't come to the U because we kept recruiting LBs. As if he could play every LB position on the field, never have to come out for a play, or guarantee he never gets injured. He seemed afraid of competition.

My point....we don't need kids who are afraid of competition or really don't want to be here.

U dropped larentee mccray for Arthur Brown ...
TRADE-UP

http://wqam.com/
Hurricane Hotline 7p-9p ...
followed by the high school gridiron report

http://www.theacc.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/011608aab.html
local affiliates for U v. nc state 8p 1/19: MY33 & CW34 (PB)

Randy is off the charts and this nails it to the wall!

http://www.forbes.com/realestate/2008/01/17/homes-profit-lucrative-forbeslife-cx_mw_0117realestate.html
the median property on Miami Beach fetches $1.64M ... APPRECIATION

http://www.business24-7.ae/cs/article_show_mainh1_story.aspx?HeadlineID=1039
"The South Beach section of Miami Beach is a compact, walkable adult playground, filled with gorgeous art deco hotels, fashionable restaurants, hip bars and cool nightclubs. In short, it is party central."
PARTAY

http://allhiphop.com/stories/features/archive/2008/01/14/19133211.aspx
Fat Joe: "I love Miami"

86... your the host...
How do we contact Mr. Young to our party and say hellow?

?????

If you can't tell, I've been hitting the scotchhhh for about 3 hours... go canes!

Manny, What do you think about Shannon's boy Xavier playing for his dad at the U? I bet he can play or else the dad won't let him transfer.

http://www.miamiherald.com/598/story/383881.html

Green, let me spell it out.
She cut and pasted the denial story from a Kansas newspaper and CSTV.com then did the same when the announcement was made, she went to the same newspaper source and cut and pasted again. Meanwhile, the story was out on Canesport well before it was here with far more content than SMD had. It was nothing more than a quick copy job on her part and big whoop she beat SI.com she didn't call Young for a quote, didn't check any other sources other than the obligatory call to the KU SID (who read the party line) and frankly looked like a fool for saying Young is not coming to UM in her headline. That pray tell is why she did a TERRIBLE job reporting this story.

Don't know about others, but I'm connected to Condo's, as i see many opportunities. Selling Hurricane Shutters from Miami to Palm Beach, specializing in High-rise development... opportunities are everywhere.

Condo's selling for 800k are now selling for 550K. Wonderfull views, ocean front or intercoastal, take your pic... suggest to purchase in about 6 months, when market is going to bottom out. Subtract about another 50 k

Getting a new Def. Coordinator makes this whole process much more fun. It has made my day and now if we can pull in a few more good recruits I would be very much pleased, and when Michael Irvin is announced as our new WR coach that will make this even better. Okay okay maybe I am dreaming.

what about robert sands, terrell killings, quavon taylor, martavious odoms, bo reliford and jatavious miller

what a day what a day 4 the U! I stopped through the local kansas paper's web site to soak up all the hate that was being thrown miami's way. all I can say is it's amazing how far the program has fallen in the eyes of the main stream.

Terrell Pryor to set to vizit Miami!!!

MIAMI WILL HAVE #1 D NEXT YR
WE GONNA SHUT DOWN TEABAG AND THE GAYTURDS THEY WONT BE ABLE TO DO SHIT AGAINST US
TEABAG AND HARVIN WILL LEAVE THE FIELD ON A STRETCHER WE WILL KNOCK THEM AROUND SO MUCH
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE U BABY
CANES TAKING IT ALL THE WAY IN 08
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
I'M SO FUCKING STOCKED I CAN'T W8 FOR THE SEASON TO START
GO CANES!!!!!!!!

Now X. Shannon is coming to play for us! He has played center on the D1 level and he doesn't even cost us a scholly! Brilliant!

He'll be a valuable backup

If Bulls Players cant start during spring semester, does that mean we loose those scholays???

CaneOz

Good hire. Kansas is a nobody program with a top rated defense, Young obviously knows his stuff. I'm glad he got picked over some of the other rumored DC's too. Like Charlie Strong who's defense needs a load of seniors to ever be good.

Wow, long day of work and to come home and read this news is incredible! This coaching staff lacked elder leadership, someone who has been through the wars on both the college and pro level and who can tell the players what they need to do in college to make it on the next level. While Randy could tell them some of that, he had no reinforcement on the rest of the staff. This was a brilliant, brilliant hire!!!

Last season, we all took some shots at Randy. Some were deserved, and some not. But no one should doubt his commitment. This recruiting class is already awesome, and this shake up of the coaching staff addressed the weaknesses on the team, defensive philosophy and receiving.

I still think we are two years away from challenging for the ACC and three years away from competing for the national title. But I definitely think Randy has earned every dollar the Canes have paid him in the off season. Congrats Coach!

GREAT HIRE... A 70 YEAR OLD COACHING 18 YEAR OLD FRESHMAN... WHO DID KANSAS BEAT THIS YEAR. OH WAIT BEAT AN AVERAGE VA-TECH TEAM WHO BEAT MIAMI. GREAT HIRE RANDY.. NOW BRING YOUR AVERAGE KID ABOARD... I LOVE IT... 06' RECORD: 7-6 07' RECORD:5-7 (BEAT POWERS MARSHALL, FIU & DUKE) 08' RECORD 4-8

the high school hurricanes lose by 21 to the gators you looooser... but if you live in miami with the canes, fiu, the dolphins & the heat you're use to losing....

I guess the old timers still retire in Miami, good for you Bill Young...

Suck White,
Yeah bring the 70 yr. old coach who only makes defenses into great top five units, gosh suge- sounds like a bad idea huh. I guess you are still pissy from your GAYTURDS getting crapped on by Michigan. I would rather have not gone to a bowl than to be beat by a team who lost to a div 1-AA. I know suck, you arent a GAYTURD fan..you probably a Fla. State fan just praying one of your brilliant scholar athletes don't make the Tallahassee most wanted list this week like they have for the past 52 weeks. Out shug night, suck white, whatever your f%#^% name is.

"the high school hurricanes lose by 21 to the gators you looooser... but if you live in miami with the canes, fiu, the dolphins & the heat you're use to losing...."

Here we have another nervous post by a jealous, resentful, 12 year old gator who is upset by UM's success in recruiting, as well as their capacity to bring in an elite coaching talent.

Put the pacifier back in kid, and learn how to write, and spell, or else you will never see the inside of an uf classroom.

Why is everybody so concerned about Bill Young's age? If I'm not mistaken he's a little younger than Steve Spurrier, a lot younger than Bowden and Joe Pa, and just a little older than Nick Saban! Hell, everbody on Fsu's staff except for Jimbo Fisher is in their 60's or 70's!

i'm glad all you little turds are so happy with the hire of a good defensive coordinator, however unless the guy can play quarterback it really doesn't make much of a difference.

we want anthony grant for basketball coach

Green, let me spell it out ... she didn't call Young for a quote

Posted by: NY Miamialum | January 17, 2008 at 08:37 PM
how do you know ...

http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/story/384253.html
herald's susan miller degnan: "Young, 61, did not return a phone message left at his home by The Miami Herald."
... because you don't

i'm glad all you little turds are so happy with the hire of a good defensive coordinator, however unless the guy can play quarterback it really doesn't make much of a difference.

Posted by: thug life | January 18, 2008 at 08:21 AM

You're an idiot.

looked like a fool for saying Young is not coming to UM in her headline.

Posted by: NY Miamialum | January 17, 2008 at 08:37 PM
headline writers write headlines ... who looks foolish? APOLOGIZE

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/southflorida/sfl-flspmarlstad18sbjan18,0,3341657.story
Miami-dade commission chairman bruno barreiro: "From what I've been told, we are so close (to a Miami marlins ballpark deal) it's incredible; it's very minor differences. Our attorneys have said we've never been closer."
OF COURSE

Hey Thug Life,

QB will not be an issue at the U for another 4-5 years at the earliest. By the way I love your name. It lets all of us know exactly how much intellect you bring to the conversation.

Hope you are a bad ass and you get "THUG LIFE" tattooed on your abs like a real thug. After you do that you should hang a clock from your neck and f@#k Bridget Neilson.

Freakin looser

Green,

After reading that article I still cant believe that the City of Miami is still thinking it will be a good idea to put the Marlins at the OB site. The team will flat out be doomed if they build a park there. Never have so many sports fans told a city that their location is horrible and been completly ignored.

Canes be happy if the Marlins park is built on top of the OB the Marlins will move in 10 years and at the end of the Canes contract with Dolphin Stadium they will move back to the new and improved OB. (after it is converted by the city of Miami for another 50 mill to be a football stadium.)

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/umiami/2007/12/courtside-blo-4.html#comment-95282292
RUMOR: Xavier Shannon to transfer to U ... like father, like son?

Posted by: green | December 30, 2007 at 09:33 AM
A DAY LATE AND A DOLLAR SHORT

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