A Real Class Act

Posted: December 7, 2010 by NattieLiz in coaches, NCAA Football, Notre Dame, University of Miami

As you all may know, the girls and I are proud University of Miami Grads. Our head coach maybe gone, but he left a mark on his players and the UM football program. This week some of the players have been visited by Santa Shannon. Many players have found Miami postcards in their lockers with personal letters from their ex head coach.

“It was the nicest thing he ever said to me since I’ve been here,” senior left tackle Orlando Franklin said Monday. “He was just telling me to keep my head up and don’t get sidetracked”.

Senior cornerback Ryan Hill also got a letter, and was equally touched. He said he has talked to “probably 20” players who got the notes. He is almost positive that other players had also gotten them. Shannon’s message to Hill read something like this:  “Just keep working. Keep going, keep pushing, you’re going to have a great career. [He said] it was fun and that he loves me”.
These letters show a compassionate side of the coach that got them to this upcoming bowl game, but will not be there to coach them to victory. Many of the players expressed the feelings that Shannon may feel like he let them all down, but that is far from the case. Hill wants his coach to know, “‘Hey listen, you didn’t let anybody down. If anything, you put us in a better position to better ourselves.”
The Canes are preparing to take on the Fighting Irish on New years Eve in the Sun Bowl. Tickets to the Hyundai Sun Bowl in El Paso, Tx are officially sold out! The interim coach, Jeff Stoutland, will be coaching the Hurricanes for the remainder of this post season as the search for a new head coach continues. Hopefully they find someone with similar values to keep these boys on the right track, Stay Classy Randy Shannon, Stay classy.
Via Miami Herald


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