With college football legend Howard Schnellenberger set to end his storied career at the end of the season, Florida Atlantic University is officially on the hunt for a successor. Could they be replacing one former University of Miami head coach with another? Randy Shannon is apparently near the top of the school's list.
According to Barry Jackson at The Miami Herald, FAU plans to reach out to both Shannon and former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach. Neither coach is without controversy.
Shannon was fired from Miami last season after failing to produce results for the Hurricanes. While he's not directly implicated in the scandal, the Nevin Shapiro scandal that allegedly was in full swing under Larry Coker also seeped into his time atop the Canes. Booster scandals however aren't probably much of a worry at FAU. Do they even have boosters? We kid, we kid.
Meanwhile, Leach was fired after a successful run at Texas Tech for an incident in which he allegedly locked a player with a concussion in a supply closet.
It seems though FAU's athletic director Craig Angelos doesn't seem too concerned.
"Randy is a man of integrity, a first-class guy and first-class coach," Angelos told Jackson. "I want to see if he's interested."
Angelos said he'd cast a "wide net" that may also include former USF coach Jim Leavitt, another coach fired after a bit of controversy.
However, apparently sources close to Shannon say he's holding out for a higher profile position out west, and may or may not have his eyes on the recently opened Arizona position. Conveniently that would put him out of most direct competition with the Canes both on the field and in recruiting.
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We have to wonder if Shannon could actually snag one of those jobs. The guy's a Miami native and a former Hurricanes player. He was an excellent recruiter and leader, but he couldn't get it done on the field. Other ADs at bigger schools will have to wonder why they should give Shannon a shot if he didn't succeed at Miami.
If he doesn't want to spend time back at the defensive coordinator position, perhaps a few years at a smaller school like FAU with a recruiting area he's more than familiar with, could help him reestablish his resume.