Bret Bielema, the new coach at Arkansas, has hired former UM head coach Randy Shannon as his linebackers coach.
Bielema recently hired George McDonald -- UM's wide receivers coach -- as his receivers coach.
We're still waiting on McDonald's replacement, but I suspect Al Golden will make it a good hire.
As for Shannon, he moves to the premier conference in college football following his most recent job as linebackers coach at TCU.
The press release that Arkansas sent out about Shannon being hired is extremely long. It gushes about the former UM head coach and defensive coordinator -- as well as former UM linebacker.
"Randy Shannon is a great coach and a great person,'' said Bielema. "He has been a part of multiple national championship teams, and more importantly, he changed the lives of numerous young men. He has spent nearly his entire coaching career at Miami, and his defenses consistently ranked inside the top 10 nationally. I think a lot of people know Randy got a lot of great things done at Miami and most recently at TCU. He is a disciplinarian who has high standards, and he is skillful at relating to his players. He is a coach players turn to for guidance, and his players have always been prepared and played with intensity and desire.''
Hard to believe another year is upon us. Hope you all close this one out safely.
I think we all can say that this will be the year the Hurricanes meet their NCAA fate. The sooner they get it over with, the better for everyone.
Have a happy and healthy New Year.
SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN