ORLANDO -- The last time Randy Shannon and Urban Meyer were on the same field there wasn't a whole lot of pleasantry.
Although Shannon has never talked about it publicly, he was obviously ticked off last season when Florida kicked a 29-yard field goal with 25 seconds left in the Gators' 26-3 win in Gainesville. Shannon capped the night by barely stopping to exchange a handshake with Meyer after the game.
We all know how the Hurricanes have always felt about the Gators. But Sunday when asked about Meyer and his health situation, Shannon took time to publicly support Meyer.
"Anytime something happens to a coach, what I call a family member, a coach, you never want to see it happen," Shannon said after his team's afternoon practice at Thunder Field across the street from the Citrus Bowl. "Health conditions are serious these days. These jobs we do are serious business. I wish him well and everything, recovery from his medical condition. It's tough to see a family member go through that."
Shannon, who has always been slim, trim and in shape, said there is no way for a college coach to avoid health issues these days with the stress of the job. "I was an assistant when one of my friends Chuck Pagano had a semi-heart attack," Shannon said. "He was 29, 31 years old. He used to do the treadmill four and five times a day, three or four miles in 40 minutes... You just don't know. Everybody is different."
Shannon said the one thing that won't be affected by the coaching changes at Florida and Florida State is recruiting. "It don't make a difference [who is coaching]," Shannon said. "Florida is Florida. Florida State is Florida State. Miami is Miami. Central Florida, South Florida, we're all the same.
"It doesn't change anything in recruiting. Coaches have gone different places and those schools have always recruited the same type of players. Players like who they like. Sometimes they like the colors. Sometimes they like the school. It just depends on what they like. It won't affect anybody at all."
> Shannon said defensive end Eric Moncur, who has battled a groin injury all season, has been practicing this week in Orlando. "We'll probably get some plays out of him," Shannon said. "But you don't know. Something may happen before game time."
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