Bruce Feldman is no stranger to Canes Football. He literally wrote the book, Canes Mutiny, on the team. His recent blog post over at ESPN doesn't directly address the Canes, but it does bring up an interesting point to ponder: in eight of the ten past seasons the National Championship has been won by a coach within his first four years with the team.
Randy Shannon is heading into year three next season, and things don't seem to be going that way down in Coral Gables. Odds makers give the Canes a 60-to-1 shot of winning the BCS, a drop from 50-to-1 since early February.
Feldman theorizes that a change in coaches brings a new energy and buzz to the team, especially to squads that keep up a decent talent base.
Shannon's proven to be a pretty decent recruiter, but if we want to get hippy-dippy about it, his Catholic nun-like coaching aura is harshing our vibes, man. Maybe his new assistants will bring in a new energy, to energize the team. Finger crossed.
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Coincidentally (or probably not), Shannon's contract expires at the end of four years. Most likely solution, keep him around as long as he does a decent job of recruiting. Then, if at the end of his contract he hasn't won so much as an ACC championship and a decent bowl game, kick him to the curb. Bring in some young, hot-shot coach with good vibes and a hunger for a National Championship. Shannon can land on his feet with a DC job at UTSA, if he's lucky. Meanwhile we can pencil in BCS glory sometime between 2012 to 2015.