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Randy Shannon to replace Muschamp at Texas?

Posted on: December 13, 2010 10:22 am
Edited on: December 13, 2010 10:28 am
Posted by Chip Patterson

The weekend full of college football awards had very little surprises this year.  Cam Newton's runaway Heisman nod, Oregon's LaMichael James picking up the rest of the awards Newton could not technically win, and LSU's Patrick Peterson raking in most of the major defensive awards.  The biggest surprise of the weekend came out of Gainesville, with Florida announcing the hiring of former Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp as the new head coach of the Gators.

Muschamp's ascension to the head coaching ranks is certainly no surprise, but the departure of Mack Brown's appointed successor is giving Longhorn fans reason to worry in Austin.  Even before Texas' disappointing 5-7 season, many had suggested that Muschamp's time to take over for Brown was rapidly approaching.  Now, after the worst season in the Mack Brown era at Texas, the Longhorns have to start over building for the future.

Replacing Muschamp is an immediate concern for Brown, writes Lake Litman from the Dallas Morning News.  Muschamp was a crucial piece of the recruiting at Texas, and any passing time without a new defensive coordinator could cause recruits (or even current players) to panic.  It is being suggested that Brown may look to former Miami head coach Randy Shannon to come fill the open position.

Brown reportedly had Shannon high on his wish-list before the defensive coordinator was promoted to head coach at Miami in 2007.  He is a proven recruiter, but had difficulty translating high-ranking classes into the conference title contention that was expected in Coral Gables.  It would be a big move geographically for Shannon, who spent his entire playing and coaching career in Miami.  

It would also be a big move for Texas, who could use the help of a recognizable name to replace Muschamp.  It is true that hiring Shannon would not provide the immediate answer for the future of Texas football.  But with the current state of the program, Brown cannot afford to spend his final years on the sideline rebuilding from the disastrous 2010 season.

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Randy Shannon to replace Muschamp at Texas?

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Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2010 7:00 pm

Randy Shannon to replace Muschamp at Texas?

If Mack Brown wants a big name to succeed him...then look nor further than Bobby Bowden or Steve Spurrier.

Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2010 11:23 am

Randy Shannon to replace Muschamp at Texas?

This would be a win-win for Texas and Randy Shannon in the immediate future. If Shannon could prove himself like Muschamp, I would imagine he could wind up in the same situation as coach in waiting. Though as a Texas fan, I would be concerned about his long term commitment as a career Miami guy. Any coach for that matter, would have to look at this opportunity with a unique prospective.

IMHO though, I believe Texas needs to appoint the next "coach in waiting" to someone with Texas ties, or ties to a no-name program (like North Carolina Wink ). Muschamp is an SEC guy, and at any time, even as head coach, would have been a threat to leave the Texas job for a school like Florida or his alma mater Georgia. As a Longhorn fan, I'm appreciative for what Muschamp did for the program and wish him the best of luck. Glad this happened now and not down the road.

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