Well apparently losing to USF was the last draw for the Miami Fans. Randy Shannon just had to go. On saturday night there was an emergency meeting called by University President Donna Shalala, Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt, and the board of trustees to determine the fate of head football coach, Randy Shannon.
It was decided that after a 28-22 record over his four seasons, Randy Shannon just wasn’t winning enough games, and was fired that night. Some people argue that this was a bad choice because they need to close the recruiting year with a solid head coach. No kid wants to come to a school and not know who their head coach is going to be that season. It looks like Miami will be starting over, again.
There is one thing to remember in all of this, Shannon was brought in to clean up the Miami program and put it back on the road to a championship and he did just that. He came in and cleaned up the program, played the role of tough disciplinarian and graduated more players than any other coach before him. That is something to be very proud of and Miami fans should be grateful that Shannon was there to lay a new foundation. In a press conference yesterday Coach Shannon had this to say,”"I am proud of the last four years at the University of Miami. I have a deep respect and appreciation for the young men who have played here during my tenure.” I think it is safe to say that “The State of Miami” also has respect for the effort and work Randy Shannon put into the school and football program.
Players were emotional on sunday morning and vowed to win a bowl game in honor of Shannon. Quarterback, Jacory Harris had this to say about his coach, “It was very emotional, Coach Shannon is somebody, like I said, that’s a father figure. When you lose your father, of course you’re going to be emotional.”