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So who replaces Randy Shannon?

Posted on: November 28, 2010 12:10 am
Edited on: November 28, 2010 12:11 am
Posted by Tom Fornelli

So now that it's official and we know for a fact that Randy Shannon has been fired by Miami, I suppose it's about time we got to speculating about who is going to replace him in Coral Gables.  Though the program hasn't been what it used to be, Miami is still the type of job that plenty of coaches wouldn't mind trying on for size.

After all, Florida is still a hotbed of football talent, and it's not like the ACC isn't there for the taking.  So who are some of the names likely to come up in the coming weeks or months?  Miami has said it will begin a national search, so just about anybody is in play.

Let's look at some of the likely suspects.

Mark Richt -- It sounded like Mark Richt would be in danger of losing his job earlier this season, but things have since calmed down at Georgia.  Still, that doesn't mean he wouldn't consider leaving the grind of the SEC for the sunny beaches of Miami.  After all, he liked the school so much he did decide to go to college there.

Dan Mullen -- Another SEC coach that the 'Canes may want to consider poaching.  Unlike Richt, he's at an SEC school that is considered more of a stepping stone than a destination.  Plus, if Mullen can do the job he's done in Starkville with a perennial bottom-feeder in the SEC, imagine what he could do at Miami.

Mike Leach -- As far as I'm concerned, there won't be a coaching vacancy anywhere that I don't think Mike Leach should be considered for.  College football needs it's Pirate King, and with Miami so close to the beach, Leach will finally have a place to keep his pirate ship.

Gus Malzahn -- There won't be many schools looking for a head coach who won't give Malzahn consideration.  He's been successful everywhere he's been, especially with what he has done with Cam Newton and Auburn this year.  He's an offensive innovator that will get a shot somewhere, so why not Miami?

Mario Cristobal -- A bit of a darkhorse candidate here.  Cristobal is currently the head coach at FIU, who just won the Sun Belt Conference on Saturday.  He also happens to be a former offensive lineman for the Hurricanes.

Tommy Tuberville -- I'm sure Miami could get him if it asked, but really, why would it?

Howard Schnellenberger -- Come on, Donna Shalala.  You know you want to.

Ron Prince -- A big name coach would be nice, but a power towel would be better.

These are just some of the names that are likely to come up, obviously, there will probably be many more floated around before Miami finally does settle on it's new head coach.  That's what happens anytime a big-time program begins a coaching search.

Since: Jan 18, 2007
Posted on: November 28, 2010 7:21 pm

So who replaces Randy Shannon?

Gus Malzahn to Miami would be a lot of fun to watch.  I'm sure there's no shortage of recruits near South Beach that would line up to play for him either.  I could see it turning into a potential factory of NFL talent on offense.

Since: Sep 14, 2010
Posted on: November 28, 2010 8:11 am

I Think Rich Gets Out Of Michigan

;     I think the heat in Michigan is TO hot for Rich. I think its time to head out of there. I think he will head to those sandy beaches. I think the man can coach. I just dont think he can recuit vs the likes of OSU. I think he can turn the program at Miami around and it will be atleast the second best program behind the Noles who are on the rise. If he got in there now he can out recuit the gators which the Noles have already done. He has some talent there and they could be contenders in the ACC from the start.

Since: Nov 21, 2010
Posted on: November 28, 2010 8:08 am

So who replaces Randy Shannon?

PLEASE, PLEASE, say it's so!!    The FIGHTING ILLINI need Zook to "accept" a new position (that sounds SO MUCH better than being FIRED).  Send Leach to Champaign to govern over the new 40+ point/game offense for the Illini.

Since: Sep 15, 2008
Posted on: November 28, 2010 1:34 am

So who replaces Randy Shannon?

Clearly it'll be Ron Zook. Surprised

Since: Nov 27, 2010
Posted on: November 28, 2010 1:20 am

So who replaces Randy Shannon?

I would love to have Peterson as the next Miami head coach, but I don't see that happening because he loves being the head coach of the Broncos and his contract situation. I believe he received an extension from Boise State less than three years ago, but I would have smiles all over my face if he did come. Cool

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: November 28, 2010 12:23 am

So who replaces Randy Shannon?

The perfect choice would be Boise State's Chris Peterson. And he would probably take it. He can get a raise and the "true" national attention of playing in a power conference. It makes sense. He has done all he can with Boise State and the move to the MWC isnt going to make things better. He is never going to get the respect  if he doesnt join a power conference. He would be in one of the best recruiting spots in the country and if he goes undefeated, he will play for a National Championship- not have to worry about defending his schedule every week. I'm a Gator fan in Miami and this hiring would be to Miami what Urban Meyer was to Florida. I know Peterson has his roots in the PAC 10, so when (not if) he jumps ship in Boise State, he would probably go to a PAC-10 school.  

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