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Reaction to Randy Shannon firing (updated)

Going to make this a blog where I update and place running news from today. Check for updates throughout the day.

COMPLETE AUDIO OF ATHLETIC DIRECTOR KIRBY HOCUTT'S PRESS CONFERENCE

STATEMENT FROM RANDY SHANNON

"I am proud of the last four years at the University of Miami and what we have been able to accomplish. I have a deep respect and appreciation for the young men who have played here during my tenure.

"We established three winning seasons; continually improved in the Atlantic Coast Conference over the last four years; brought in strong recruiting classes; and just as importantly, made tremendous strides off the field with our academic progress rate and graduation success rate among the best nationally.

"I believe that I leave the Hurricanes football program with a stronger foundation upon which they can continue to build. I thank President Shalala for the opportunity. Those that know my history know of my passion and dedication to the 'U', and only want success for this University moving forward."

> Interim coach Jeff Stoutland: "The reason that I became a coach is to serve student-athletes. We are in a tough situation -- there is no doubt, but that does not change our commitment to the young men on this team. Everyone on this coaching staff remains fully committed to this program and finishing this season the right way. We are going to do everything in our power to prepare for a winning bowl experience, and continue the highest standard of excellence off the field."

RECRUITS REACT

When UM recruit and Tampa Alonso star defensive end Anthony Chickillo woke up Sunday morning he said he had more than 50 missed calls and text messages on his cell phone. The majority of calls? From other coaches trying to convince him to drop UM because the school fired Randy Shannon.

"Even when I committed to Miami, they still kept calling me," Chickillo said. "Coach Shannon had a real special relationship with me. Coach Urban Meyer called me this morning. Florida State called me and left a message. Every school you can think of called me. I haven't had a chance to speak to many of them."

"It really comes down to who is going to be a head coach. My love for Miami doesn't change. I have such a strong relationship with the school itself. It's my dream to go to the University of Miami since i was a little boy. This happening -- it shocked me. And I still can't believe it."

Chickillo said he went to Saturday's game at Sun Life Stadium and was disappointed by the 23-20 overtime loss to USF. But he was also disappointed by what else he saw.

"I went to the game Saturday and saw the plane flying around with the stuff saying fire coach Shannon," Chickillo said. "There weren't a lot of people in the stands. I've been a Miami fan, a Hurricane my whole life. I love the University of Miami. And, it was sad to see. I remember Miami in the hey day in the 2000s, one of the most dominant programs in college football. I don't know what to say or why they lost. They shouldn't have lost to that USF team. I'm trying to be positive about the whole thing and see what happens."

The Hurricanes currently have seven commitments as part of the 2011 signing class. Chickillo has been a vocal leader in trying to recruit other players to UM. But with UM in the midst of a 7-5 season, it has been tough to lure others.

"I need to talk to my family about it," Chickillo said. "I think I'm going to take all my official trips. I just have to see who is going to be head coach. I think that's what everybody is waiting to see. I've heard some names out there. I want to see who comes in as coach and what type of people he brings in. I've established a good relationship with the coaches there for the past three years and now I'm going to have to establish a good relationship with a new staff in a matter of months before signing day. I want to see who the defensive line coach is. That's a real important thing for me and the process."

One coach Chickillo doesn't want to see -- former USF coach Jim Leavitt. "Jim Leavitt wouldn't be a good one I don't think. What happened with the whole USF deal, he's not well liked. I don't think that would be a good situation."

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Just like Coker before him, Shannon's a class act... Wish him nothing but the best. Can't wait to see who we hire to keep this program moving forward!

We are going to get Dungy, Gruden, and from what I just read Belichek is considering it.

this just goes to show you what bad taste it is to do something like having that plane fly over with that banner. what a disgrace, those who paid for that or supported it in the slightest should be ashamed of themselves, not only as fans but as people.

Now that this chapter is over lets move forward. I looked at the potential new coahes on "Cane Sport." We need to add "Jim Harbaugh" to the list.

PS. It's time we put the NCAAF nation on notice. The Canes are going to take their rightful place in college football...at the #1 spot.

Being that there will be no NFL next year, I would not doubt any NFL coach taking the job. I also doubt we lose anyone to the NFL because of this as well. I'm just saying.

Oh shut up Bull, Dungy only won a superbowl because of Peyton Manning. I told U that Shannon wasn't going to be here. How's your Gators doing after that beat down that FSU dealt out. Now go and follow your boy Shannon to wherever he goes. Try and predict where he is going to go since U sucked at your prediction of SHannon winning out, winning the ACC by destroying everyone and going to the Orange Bowl and Shannon being named coach of the year.

Good points, 360cane and Shep. Harbaugh would be the best coach we could ask for.

You tards that keep throwing out names, makes me laugh knowing that people are really that stupid....Why would Richt come to the U? Gruden?
Any idea where RS stood in terms of paid coaches in the NCAA? We get what we pay for. Maybe if you "fans" would put your money where your mouth is we could get one of these coaches, Maybe. But if you think Gruden would come to the U when he making more money in television and not having to put up with the BS that you people throw out....get %^&*ing REAL.

Idiots........

Hey Carter, you have a right to your opinion and so did those who paid for that sign flying over the stadium. I know who paid for it. The individual(s) who paid for it are boosters - you know those people who donate a lot of $$ to the U and help pay for Shannon's salary? They also pay a lot of money for season tickets in supporting the team.
They, have a right to NOT see their team get blown out at home by FSU, Virgina Tech, and ridiculous losses to USF and Virginia. Especially when this team was preseason #13 and picked to win the ACC.

harbaugh wont leave stanford unless it's for michigan or the nfl

Gruden and Cowher already said they would take less because it's a U thing and no else would understand. Coaches want to coach at THE U because they know the will already start off with more Swagga

Coach Shannon:

Thank you for making our program THE BEST in the state of Florida in terms of academics and cleaning up the off field antics by our players. I cannot be any more proud that UM is at the top of the class regarding these MOST important aspects of our program.

While I will never be able to figure out why our players continue to fumble and throw interceptions this year at the worst of possible times, it is clear that you paid the price. That is very unfortunate for our program. You have always been the most amazing leader, even by taking the blame for calling a pass instead of a run, knowing all well that you DO NOT call offensive plays at the end of the game where Jloser gave the ball away yet again. You sir are a class act taking all the fire for your players and assistants, when it is clear that they are not holding up thier end of the bargin.

While you will never go down in the history books like Johnson, Erickson, Davis and Coker, as a mentor and a coach, you have been the best we have had here!!! Thanks for all you've done!!

A natural choice for the new head coach would be Mario Cristobal. He turned around a dismal program at FIU. He has had great success in recruitin and has a wonderful relationship with local coaches. He is a former UM standout and is well respected by all in South Florida. He probably wouldn't demand the Million Dollar salary that some former NFL coaches would want and he'd be better at the job.

What were they thinking? The worst thing they did was to leave the Orange bowl. I believe that was the worse decision they have ever made. Th O.B was a historic piece of land, The Dolphins had there perfect season [1972] there, the Canes had there NCAA record of the longest home game winning streak, the hurricanes first national championship happend there, some of the greatest games were played there and now its all gone. You just don't leave history like tat and I think miami will never be the same again. It's like taring down the White House and building a new one in Fargo north dakota. What a shame in leaving all that history go, I don't care how bad the plumbing was and all that other stuff, If they had to they should of tore down the stadium and built a new one around that field. Sacred ground. I've been to both fields [O.B and Sun life] and you can feel the difference. It's like a huge hole has been punched in the spirit of Miami football since leaving the O.B I dn't think it will ever be the same. Shalala and Co. should hold yor head down in same.


Here is my wish list for a new head coach similar to some of the names you experts are calling for and having as much a chance of occurring:

Bill Belichick

Phil Jackson

Rex Ryan

Joe Paterno

Don Shula

Nancy Pelosi

Mike Ditka

Nick Saban

Lady Gaga

Jim Tressel

Sean Payton

Nick Kotys

Gene Chizik

Howard Schnellenberger

Yogi Berra

Kim Jong-il


dungy didnt win a superbowl because peyton , he didnt sqwash in that game , the defense and rex grosman wob that game, dungy is a border-line hall of fame coach, dont belive me look st his coaching tree my friend, tomlin super bowl, L-smith super bowl apperance, the coach with coalts now, superbowl apperance

"The worst thing they did was to leave the Orange bowl. I believe that was the worse decision they have ever made."


What? You act like we had a choice about leaving! That was the great illusion during that time. There was no Orange Bowl when we left. There was a shell of a stadium and the city was going to put less money into renovating it than went into renovating Sun Life just a few years before! We didn't decide to leave the Orange Bowl...we had to. We weren't given a choice...it was literally going to fall down and we would have left millions of dollars on the table, which we all realize now would have been stupid.

And people have to stop pretending we're poor! Gruden may be a stretch, but we can pay a coach what it takes. We made millions joining the ACC, millions more moving to Sun Life, we don't owe Coker much of anything anymore and Shannon's buyout is only 1.5 mil.

We may not be able to shell out $5 million a year, but we can double what Shannon makes and that will get some highly accomplished people here.

And stop this dung about us never returning to prominence! We have the talent to do it now. Our facilities are fine...why does everyone think you need sparkling city-sized indoor complexes to win. They help, but they're not necessary. We need a coach, and any real coach knows that the talent you can get here trumps the facilities you can get elsewhere.

I think, for the first time, we realize what an incredible run of coaches we had in the 80's - 00's. We thought anyone can come in here, recruit S. Fla. and win. Not so, but a great coach will have no problems winning at Miami, and they know it.

Congrats Jacory! Your bonehead plays for the last 2 years got ur boy fired!!!

Exactly, we had no choice but to leave the OB.

Noone will complain about the stadium once we start winning.

I still think Miami should of gave Shannon and Whipple 1 more year but, it is what it is! I think Miami should go after Boise State offensive coordinator, Oregon's offensive coordinator, or a highly talented offensive coordinator from the NFL. I think Miami should look offensively as a head coach not defensively. Just hope we don't loose recruits because of this!


Oh shut up Bull, Dungy only won a superbowl because of Peyton Manning. I told U that Shannon wasn't going to be here. How's your Gators doing after that beat down that FSU dealt out. Now go and follow your boy Shannon to wherever he goes. Try and predict where he is going to go since U sucked at your prediction of SHannon winning out, winning the ACC by destroying everyone and going to the Orange Bowl and Shannon being named coach of the year.

Posted by: championships is all that matters | November 28, 2010 at 01:46 PM

Championships, that wasn't the real Bull Gator that posted that, note the www.virginia.edu link on the name, that is our former shands employee Sean Wilson with some of his weak humor. He also did the fake Canes over Gators, AP Agrees post as well.

Hey Sean, nice game by the Gators versus the ACC team yesterday, you were dominated. We can see why you are trying to duck playing the Canes in 2013, fool.

Also, remember that you said you would stop posting here once Shannon was no longer the coach, stand by your word, you disgusting ID stealing sicko, and get lost.

Here is a link from SI.com that stewart mandel wrote its about coaching carousel. and possible canidates must read for us UM football fans!

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/stewart_mandel/11/18/coaching-candidates/index.html

Bring on Bill Cowher or convince Butch Davis to come back and do it all over again

No one should ever question Randy Shannon's love for The U, but it became painfully obvious towards the end that he wasn't the right man for the job. He was in way over his head and ultimately, his inability to get the most out of his players on the field is what did him in. The Canes need a coach who can make the most out of the talent they already have. A man like Jon Gruden would be the perfect candidate for the job... but the question is, does The U have enough money to lure him down here?

Posted by: Feral Cat

We got beat by USF/Virginia in what was supposed to be our NC year and return to glory - I wish you would go away. You give all cane fans a bad name.

I just read we are going to get Uncle Luke however.

UNCLE LUKE BABY!!!

How many schools were beating down Shannon's door to be their HC back when he was the U's D-coordinator? How many schools are lining up now to grab Shannon as their HC? Face it the guy is not HC material at this level of college ball, and I believe the industry will confirm this by him receiving zero offers for a HC position at this level. Everyone is not cut out to be a HC, simple as that.

Don't cry for Randy, the U handed the guy a HC job when no one else in the entire country would and bottom line they made him a very rich man over the past 4 years. Do you hear me!? The U hooked this guy up for life with the $$$$ they paid him that he could never have made anywhere else.

The U should throw down big dough if necessary to get a quality HC in here now. Please don't tell me the money is not there. If the U was killing it this year as they should have been there would have been at least another 30 thousand fans at that USF game, maybe even 40 thousand more seats filled. Tickets, parking, concessions - that event alone could have grossed another 3-4 million if they were having a good year. The U gets a nice slice of that, and that's just one game. There is money to be made when the team is playing well.

Good luck to Randy, he's a decent guy and is now very rich thanks to the U. He will end up somewhere as a coordinator making much less money but that's okay because he already hit the mother lode with the Miami HC gig.

^ Not true-- Texas wanted him as a D/C.. Their asst coaches make more than Randy made as a head coach.

mario cristobal will not be the coach at miami, forget it. Do we really expect him to host ohio state next year and win? travel to tallahassee, blacksburg, chapel hill, and win???? seriously! He should stay at FIU where expectations to win a national championship don't exist, he will not be under any type of pressure there and he will therefore have alot of success at FIU.

Thanks Feral Cat, Sorry Bull, my bad. Sean Go blow yourself.

LOL...that post by 'are you people insane' still has me laughing. Thank God we don't have Paul Dee in the decision-making process here...we would never have a shot at a Gruden caliber coach.

C.A.N.E.S!

I like Mario, but he is not ready for the U of M job either.

No way that the Canes go with someone without head coaching experience at the NCAA level.

You can forget Harbaugh and Richt. Both Stanford and Georgia are better jobs right now, and U of M won't pay them the amount of money it would take to come here.

No way Butch comes back either.

I think that Tom Tuberville or Dan Mullen fit the profile better than any name that I have heard.

You can forget the big names too, like Cowher, Gruden, etc. I bleed orange and green, but none of those guys is going to come to U of M for $2 million a year.

Nobody is putting the TRUE blame on where it's supposed to be...the cheap bastards in the UM athletic department. The reason why the Canes underachieved is because they haven't developed their talent. The reason why they haven't developed their talent is because they don't have 50 assistants like these top programs. The reason why they don't have quality assistants is because the U refuses to properly fund this program. At Texas and Alabama, it's like each player has their own personal coach. At Miami, they expected Shannon to wear 10 different hats, which is too much for any one man. A new coach isn't the answer, spending the PROPER amount of money on the program is the answer.

Randy Shannon is highly thought of in the coaching community and will have a job with a top flight program whenever he decides to take his next step.

The University of Miami and all real Canes fans owe Coach Shannon a great debt of gratitude. And the next Canes head coach is going to look like a super star thanks to Coach Shannon's recruiting as the roster is stacked with great players.

In every large group there are always a couple of jerks as demonstrated by "championships is all that matters". But, all of us grownups know what Coach Shannon has meant to Canes football and salute and thank him from the bottom of our hearts for being the man he is...Good luck Coach, you will always be a Cane!!!

Nobody is putting the TRUE blame on where it's supposed to be...the cheap bastards in the UM athletic department. The reason why the Canes underachieved is because they haven't developed their talent. The reason why they haven't developed their talent is because they don't have 50 assistants like these top programs. The reason why they don't have quality assistants is because the U refuses to properly fund this program. At Texas and Alabama, it's like each player has their own personal coach. At Miami, they expected Shannon to wear 10 different hats, which is too much for any one man. A new coach isn't the answer, spending the PROPER amount of money on the program is the answer.

Another Hocutt Power Trip! Shame on our Administration! Only Good things have happened to this program since the day Coach Shannon took over. Most especially the spectacular academic record of the team. Shows you where Shalala's priorities have shifted...all about the boosters and the $$$...screw our kids academic record...so much for the in the classroom, and on the field....now it's all about on the field. Sad Day in UM history. Disgrace to the Alumni that care about the academic and athletic success in tandem. Shame on you Donna Shalala!!! Coach Shannon, all the best to you in getting the knife out of your back!

Nick Kotys

Is there not one football fan on this site whose knowledge of football goes past...I hate Randy Shannon and Larry Coker? Most of you don't know what you don't know!

http://twitter.com/LakeLewis/status/8966510219366400

"Just got word from a credible source that the next coach at University of Miami is John Gruden. About 3 Million a year!"

While I'm skeptical about this, there is a desperate side of me that wishes it to be true. It makes a splash. Hopefully not only keeps the recruits, but adds to them on a national level.

Thank you coach. You will be missed!

Posted by: Skip Doolittle

It's not like they are going to stop going to class.

One other point: I had the opportunity to meet Coach Shannon during the last 3-4 years when he made recruiting trips to the area. He is a gentleman and cared for the U as much anyone has. As alumni, I want to thank him for the effort he put it. I wish it would have worked out better.


Some points:

1) Shannon lost his job yesterday, they got worst this season as opposed to getting better, an indication of the coach losing his team. It was bad enough being the 3rd best team in the state, now you are the fourth.

2) Ja Harris, has gotten worst and so has Morris, again coaching

3) U has no home field advantage, the U fans are realizing what a huge loss the OB was to their program

4) Who would take this job, unrealistic fans, a stadium you can't fill, and no money. Like May said on ESPN, this is a situation where the fans and alumni think they are better then what they actually are!!!

NYCFIUFan...No argument on points 1-3...but on point 4, the money is there...it was the willingness to spend it. When they hired RS, they wanted to go on the cheap. They now realize this isn't going to work. The $1.5M buyout is nothing compared to what they know they have to pony up for a Tier 1 coach (approx $3-3.5M/yr).

(Unless they decide to go with Sumlin/Malzhan/Strong then the price is more along the $1.5-2M/yr)

Hey Reader, the so called BOOSTERS don't show up for the game either.

If the Canes find the right coach who is a motivator and brings passion and intensity, they will fill Sun Life Stadium. Donations will increase and players will come. The new coach needs to get off the recent paranoid style, welcome former players to inspire current ones and relate openly to the media. Bring in a guy who grew up in Northeastern Ohio, THE cradle of coaches, and whose dad was a coach and who has had success as a head coach. Mmm...could it be Mr. Intensity -Hate to Lose, Jon Gruden? It works for this alum...

I'd be shocked if we got Gruden. Even if we did, it would only be for 2-3 years. He'd be in the NFL after UM.

Where the hell is the video of Hocutt's press conference? I want to hear every word out of his mouth regarding the future of this program.

canesjunkie, i get where you are coming from. It would be great if we found the next Joe Pa in terms of longevity. The program needs a major impact coach to give it a big, loud boost. We shall see...

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