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 11-30-2006, 04:01 PM         #281
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We need a coach soon. So he can keep this n*gga in house. Alot of players still want to go Miami but they wanna know the coach. I hope its the WVU or Rutgers coach
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UM has 'strong interest' in promoting Shannon as head coach
UM athletic director Paul Dee said the school has 'strong interest' in promoting defensive coordinator Randy Shannon to head coach.
BY SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN


For the first time since University of Miami football coach Larry Coker was fired last Friday, athletic director Paul Dee mentioned the name of a top candidate to replace Coker.

That man: Randy Shannon -- current Hurricanes defensive coordinator.

'Your question basically is, `Are there any coaches on our staff that we're interviewing?' '' Dee said to one of several reporters gathered at the Hecht Athletic Center. ``And the answer to that is we have strong interest in Randy Shannon.''

Has he interviewed yet? ''No, we haven't interviewed anybody yet,'' Dee said.

Dee said with the aid of consultant Chuck Neinas, he and other university officials ``have begun the process of putting together the list of people we're interested in. We're in the process of culling through that list with people here on campus and determining the direction we want to go based on availability. We hope that as time goes on here in the next week or so we'll be able to come to a conclusion -- probably in a week, maybe two weeks from now.''

Current Rutgers coach Greg Schiano is widely considered the No. 1 choice for the UM head-coaching position. Most believe UM will contact Schiano after Rutgers plays West Virginia on Saturday.

Shannon, 40, was born and raised in Miami and graduated from Norland High and then UM in 1989. He was a UM linebacker and member of the 1987 national championship team, and an 11th-round draft choice of the Dallas Cowboys in 1989. Shannon was a Miami Dolphins defensive a.ssistant in 1998 and 1999 before becoming Miami's linebackers coach in 2000.

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He returned to UM in 2001 as defensive coordinator, and became the first UM coach to win the Frank Broyles Award that year as the top a.ssistant in college football. Shannon's defenses have been outstanding every season, including this one, in which UM (6-6) is ranked fifth in total defense, fourth in rushing defense and 12th in scoring defense.

Shannon met with the University of Mississippi to interview for the head-coaching job in December of 2004, when representatives from Ole Miss flew a private jet into the Opa-locka airport. Former UM a.ssistant Ed Orgeron eventually was hired.

Shannon, out recruiting this week, has not taken calls since Coker was fired and could not be reached Wednesday. If hired, he would be the sixth black head coach in Division I college football.

Two UM players, sophomore defensive end Calais Campbell and senior center Anthony Wollschlager, said Wednesday they would love to see Shannon get the job.

''I definitely think he'd make a good head coach,'' Wollschlager said. ``I know he's a good guy. He's an honest guy and has a lot of integrity -- a straight shooter. He recruited me in high school and has always been someone I could go to and talk to for another point of view, whether it was about life or football. He communicates with his guys.''

Said Campbell: ``Randy is a great coach. I love him as a person. He has a lot of respect of the players on the team.''

Dee said UM has not yet contacted any candidates or athletic directors for permission to speak to their coaches. He said ''a lot of people'' have contacted Neinas, including agents. He said the ''long list'' includes people from the NFL and college.

''Let me put it this way,'' Dee said, ``there are far more people from the college ranks than the pro ranks.''

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The traits UM is seeking in a coach, according to Dee: leadership, knowledge of the game, discipline, recruiting ability, organization and being able to ``pull a good staff together. You're looking for people who are good communicators and can come in front of groups like you and have people stand this close and ask hard questions and be able to answer them.

``You're looking for people who will do well on radio and television and can handle the difficulties with the team to be the person out front and the public image of your team. But when it comes down to it, the basic ingredient is you have to have somebody who is a terrific coach.''

When asked the advantages of hiring from within the program, Dee said, ``That's a plus, to be sure, somebody that knows our program, knows our university. But on the other hand, you . . . want to keep your search wide enough to know you can bring people to the program who may not have been affiliated with it.''
 10 years ago '04        #283
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J.J. offers Hurricanes help
By BARRY JACKSON

STILL A CANE AT HEART: Former UM coach Jimmy Johnson said he was surprised UM struggled so much on offense this season, but added: 'When you have [multiple] freshmen starting on offense ...'
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J immy Johnson has been in contact with UM President Donna Shalala and offered to help if needed in the coaching search. Meanwhile, J.J. offers a firm rebuttal to pundits who say the Miami job has lost appeal or that the Canes aren't close to winning big again.

''They're very close,'' he said. ``With all the adversity and distractions, they could have very easily won three or four more games, which would have been a decent season. Without question, this is a great job. UM will always attract talent, and the administration and president Shalala are fully committed to getting back on the right track. There are good, young players there. Someone will come in and make an immediate impact.''

Johnson, who will be Fox's BCS studio analyst, was ''very surprised'' UM was so poor offensively. ''At times, it looked like they were grasping,'' he said. ``But when you have [multiple] freshmen starting on offense . . .''

Johnson spoke twice with Shalala recently and said ``I gave my support to do whatever I could to help in the process. I don't want to be in the way, but I do have contacts and special feelings for the program.''

The former UM and Dolphins coach wouldn't say whom UM should hire. Asked about defensive coordinator Randy Shannon, who played and coached for him, Johnson said, ``Randy did a really outstanding job. He would be a legitimate candidate.''

Johnson disagrees with ESPN's Lee Corso, who said UM fans can ''forget'' returning to many years of sustained dominance. ''They are not going back to that,'' Corso said. ``There are too many good players going all over the country to make a run like they or Florida State had. The only possibility of that happening is at Southern Cal.''

FYI: No one from UM asked J.J. if he's interested in returning because ``everyone knows I'm retired from coaching.''

• Agent Jimmy s3xton said multiple colleges seeking head coaches have inquired about Larry Coker, who wants to keep coaching. s3xton wouldn't name them, but no interviews have been arranged. . . . San Diego Chargers tight ends coach and former UM offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski said through an intermediary that he has no interest in the FIU head-coaching job.

• Corso called for UM to hire Wisconsin athletic director and former coach Barry Alvarez: ``Alvarez is a winner, and he's the opposite of Larry Coker -- he's a disciplinarian. He won three Rose Bowls. . . . Miami is not a learning-experience job. You need a guy who has won over a period of time, not just one time.''
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the more i look at it, the more i realize we should promote shannon
 12-01-2006, 11:34 AM         #285
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December 1, 2006

Gary Ferman. CaneSport Publisher

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Sometime around 11 p.m. on Saturday night, Rutgers' game at West Virginia will end and the University of Miami's search for a head football coach will really begin.


That's when Rutgers' bowl fate will be determined with a Big East championship or not and when Greg Schiano's availability to talk and/or eventually take the Miami job will come into focus.

And what happens there could determine who gets Florida International University's coaching position as well.

At Miami, all efforts appear to continue to focus on Schiano, although there have been some rumblings about secret candidates in the last 24 hours.

It is known that defensive coordinator Randy Shannon is on deck and is almost certain to get a interview next week before Donna Shalala and the secretive committee of trustees that is advising her along with consultant Chuck Neinas and athletic director Paul Dee.

The University is showing so much respect for Shannon that it didn't even bother making him interim coach while it is working through this process and left deposed Larry Coker in charge. Unlike most of Miami's a.ssistants, sources tell CaneSport that Shannon was not even out on the road recruiting this week.

So here is what we expect to happen.

On Sunday or Monday morning, Miami will almost certainly make a phone call to Rutgers Athletic Director Robert Mulcahy officially expressing its intention to speak to Schiano.

Those conversations should take place Sunday and/or Monday.

It is believed that there have been some conversations with Schiano's agent this week and that the board of trustees has already approved a $2 million a year contract for him. I am pretty certain that by now, Dee and UM President Donna Shalala have a clear idea of what demands Schiano will make regarding the job.

Sources tell CaneSport those demands will include an increased budget for a.ssistant coaches, whom Schiano only expects to work 16 hours a day on a regular basis as well as a mandate that construction on facility improvements begin immediately and not wait for the results of a fundraising campaign.

There also will likely be some issues involving entrance requirements for prospective football players since Miami has more stringent standards than most of the schools it competes against.

If you talk to purists like former coach Jimmy Johnson, a lot of that and everything else is irrelevant. You don't come to Miami looking to back the University up against a wall. You come to Miami because you want to win on the biggest stage. You come to Miami because you have the fire in your belly to be a championship coach.

The facilities may affect your capability to build the kind of dynasty that USC has working right now, competing for the national title every season. But it won't keep you from winning it all in any given year.

Johnson knew that way back when which is why he got the Miami job over guys like John Cooper and Foge Fazio.

Schiano certainly knows that now.

There is a reason why nobody has been interviewed yet, including Shannon. As Paul Dee astutely pointed out Wednesday, there is no point making 10 phone calls when you want to talk to three guys.

Or make two phone calls when you want to talk to one.

Guy No. 1 is Schiano. Miami appears to have decided to work through him first.

Everybody from Steve Spurrier to Barry Alvarez has called Schiano the right guy for the job.

He is ahead of Shannon for one major reason – those six years of head coaching experience. Otherwise, Shannon might already have the job.

Recruiting – both would clean up in South Florida and beyond. Schiano would do it on pure will and work ethic. Shannon would do it because of the respect he has in the high school ranks statewide and the huge advantage of being the nation's most high-profile black coach.

Schiano and Shannon have different defensive approaches, but both have been proven effective.

Both would need very, very good offensive coordinators.

So the Schiano edge is simply those years of head coaching experience, which the University would prefer.

But what if Miami and Schiano don't come to an agreement?

That is when Shannon almost certainly will be called to Shalala's office for an intense interview.

Dee acknowledged Wednesday that there is "serious" interest in Shannon. Support for Shannon has been building throughout South Florida and it is believed that several former players would step up and support a major fundraising campaign for athletics if one of their own, Shannon, is given a shot at the head coaching job.
But Shannon reportedly hasn't been interviewed yet.

That means he is not the top candidate over Schiano.

Being No. 2 will not be a consolation for Shannon, a lifelong Miamian and UM guy who would almost certainly not be part of a Schiano coaching staff.

If he doesn't get the Miami job, Shannon would likely be forced to start looking outside the program for work for the first time in his life other than a short stint with the Miami Dolphins.

Sources in Austin tell CaneSport that there is serious interest in Shannon becoming the next defensive coordinator at Texas. Garcia is also interested in Shannon as a Head Coaching candidate at FIU if Miami goes in a different direction and could come after Shannon hard if Schiano accepts the Miami offer.

There has also been some chatter that Oklahoma Coach Bob Stoops would like to enter the Miami fray.

But like everybody else, he must also wait on Schiano.

And Schiano has not sent official word that he isn't interested, despite the obligatory public denials of interest in the Miami job.
That means that he is interested, which is why the UM coaching search appears to be on hold until Sunday.

Meanwhile, offensive line coach Mario Cristobal remains a top candidate at FIU. And he also is likely waiting on Schiano's Miami decision before pondering his own future.

All this drama should make for an interesting week ahead.

 12-01-2006, 07:11 PM         #286
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Shannon a possibility to run Texas defense?

November 30, 2006

Jason Suchomel
Orangebloods.com Editor

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Potential candidate: Randy Shannon

Most of the early focus in Texas' hunt for a successor for Gene Chizik has centered on Alabama's Joe Kines, but another name that's been kicked around as a possibility is that of Miami Hurricane defensive coordinator Randy Shannon. A highly recognized defensive coordinator for Miami under Larry Coker, Shannon has earned a reputation as one of the top young defensive minds in all of college football.


Randy Shannon is regarded as one of the top young defensive minds in all of college football.
He's considered one of the top candidates to land Miami's vacant head coaching job – Rutgers coach Greg Schiano is thought to be the favorite – but Shannon could jump into the mix at Texas if he's still on the market when Miami names Coker's replacement.

The longest-tenured member of the Hurricanes coaching staff, Shannon just finished his sixth season as defensive coordinator, and his tenure at UM dates back to 1985. Since taking over as defensive coordinator, Shannon restored the University of Miami's defensive reputation, producing defenses that rank among the best in the history of the program.

His work with the 2001 defense, when the Miami defense allowed a national-best 9.4 points per game and allowed just 12 touchdowns while scoring seven of its own, earned Shannon the Frank Broyles Award, presented annually to the nation's top a.ssistant coach.

Shannon's aggressive 4-3 scheme annually produces one of the nation's most opportunistic defenses. In 2005, Shannon's defense led the nation most of the season in nearly every category and finished No. 1 in pass defense (152.17 ypg) and pass efficiency (89.48 rating), fourth in total defense (270.08 ypg) and scoring defense (14.25 points), and 23rd in run defense (117.92). He was named Defensive Coordinator of the Year by Rivals.com.

His Miami defenses in 2002 and 2003 led the nation in passing yards allowed, and the 2003 unit was fourth nationally in pass efficiency defense (96.16 rating), while finishing second in the nation in total defense (257.5 ypg). The 2003 Hurricanes also ranked among the national leaders in scoring defense (fourth, 15.1 ppg). In 2004, Shannon's defense ranked ninth in the country in pass defense despite having three new starters in the secondary. That unit was led by consensus All-America cornerback Antrel Rolle, marking the fourth consecutive season that Shannon has coached an All-America defender.

A native of Miami, Shannon became defensive coordinator at UM after a successful stint as an a.ssistant for the NFL's Miami Dolphins. He was a defensive a.ssistant in 1998 and 1999 before a.ssuming the role of linebackers coach in 2000.

Gary Ferman, publisher of CaneSport.com, took the time to answer some questions on Shannon and how he could fit in at Texas:

Can you talk about Shannon's style and what he brings to the table as a defensive coordinator?

Ferman: Aggressive, attacking style of defense. Kids play hard for him. He has been very consistent over 6 seasons. Is not afraid to bench anybody who is not playing well

As a former LB, would that be considered his position of expertise? Texas has struggled at that position ... what could he do to improve the Longhorns' LB play?

Ferman: LB is his specialty but he also has coached DL and defending the passing game is a specialty of his.

What kind of relationship does he have with the players and as a recruiter?

Ferman: Excellent. Father figure, mentor.

What's the vibe down there on his future with Miami? Any rumors floating around about other destinations?

Ferman: He is a top three candidate for the Miami head job.

What's your gut on whether he'd be willing to make a move like this if the job was offered?

Ferman: If he doesn't get the Miami job, absolutely he would go to Texas.

THE FILE ON RANDY SHANNON

Full Name: Randy Lannard Shannon
Hometown: Miami, Florida
Education: B.S., University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida (1989)

Coaching Experience:
2001-06 University of Miami (defensive coordinator)
2000 Miami Dolphins (linebackers)
1998-99 Miami Dolphins (defensive a.ssistant)
1993-97 University of Miami (linebackers)
1992 University of Miami (defensive line)
1991 University of Miami (graduate a.ssistant)
 10 years ago '04        #287
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hopefull shannon gets that job because he truly deserves it... but if we could get Schiano, that would be good too...
 10 years ago '04        #288
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i wouldnt call shannon's defense "aggressive", its not like he blitzed alot - he pretty much relies on the front 4 to get pressure and the safeties to play deep. but he does deserve a shot at the HC, imo
 12-01-2006, 11:07 PM         #289
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December 1, 2006

Gary Ferman, CaneSport Publisher

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There could be a new candidate emerging to join Greg Schiano and Randy Shannon on the short list of coaches hoping to replace Larry Coker.

Sources in Texas told CaneSport Friday night that there was significant contact this week between representatives of Texas Tech Coach Mike Leach and UM officials.

There is no word yet on whether Leach has interviewed for the job or will be doing so. CaneSport will continue to monitor this developing story.

Under Leach, Texas Tech has flashed an all-out aerial a.ssault and swarming defensive attack that has propelled the program into the national spotlight in the last four seasons.

Leading one of the most prolific passing offenses in the country, Leach, who also serves as Tech's quarterbacks coach, spreads the field with his exciting brand of football and has established himself as one of the top offensive coaches in the country. Leach's offense produced school records in nearly every passing category in 2000, but surpassed those numbers in each of the last four seasons. His five teams have combined for over 150 team and individual records at Tech.

This year his squad is 7-5 and is averaging 32.4 points and 457.1 yards per game.

Last season, the Red Raiders won the NCAA Passing Title for the third year in a row and led the nation in completions and attempts. Tech also won its second-straight NCAA Total Offense Title. Additionally, Tech capped off its season with a 45-31 win over fourth-ranked California in the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl. The Red Raiders finished the season ranked 17th and 18th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches and a.ssociated Press polls, respectively. Tech also won at least eight games for the third-straight season for the first time in school history.

Texas Tech once again produced record numbers during the 2004 campaign and led the nation and Big 12 Conference in several categories. The Red Raiders led the country in passing offense and total offense for the second-straight season. Tech also led in completions and pass attempts for the fourth year in a row.

In 2003, Heisman Trophy candidate and quarterback B.J. Symons capped off his senior season with an NCAA Passing Championship and an NCAA single-season record 5,833 passing yards. A year earlier, Kliff Kingsbury finished his senior campaign ranked in total offense (2nd), completions (1st), attempts (1st) and passing touchdowns (1st). The record-setting quarterback also set 17 NCAA records during his career and tied three other marks.

The last five seasons rank as the top five all-time at Tech in total offense, while scoring went from 23 points per game in 1999 to 36.2 points last season. The most significant increase has been in the passing game, where the Red Raiders averaged 399.7 yards per game in 2004 compared to 175.4 yards in 1999.

The running game has flourished as well under Leach. Running back Taurean Henderson rushed for 16 scores in 2004 to rank among the top scoring backs in the country. His touchdown total was the most for a Red Raider since Byron Morris rushed for 22 in 1993. The Red Raiders' 23 total rushing scores was the most for a Tech team since the 1996 campaign yielded 27.

Additionally, recruiting has been one of the top beneficiaries since Leach's arrival in December 1999. The Red Raiders' 2005 recruiting class was once again ranked among the top 25. From his first class in the spring of 2000 to this year's list of newcomers, each class continues to get better. Not only is Texas Tech recruiting the Texas area, but Leach also is extending the reach of the program across the country.

The Red Raiders are not solely known for their play on the scoring side of the ball. The Texas Tech defense also has flourished during Leach's four seasons. The Red Raiders tied for the national lead with three shutouts in 2000 and followed with another in 2001 and 2002. Combined with the five shutouts are three other games where the opposition was held without an offensive touchdown.

Leach is the only coach in school history to lead his first five teams to bowl games.

The team continues to make strides academically as well under Leach. For the last eight years Tech has placed more players on the Academic All Big 12 team than any other institution except Nebraska.

In 2003 five players were working on postgraduate degrees. Of the 17 seniors on the roster, three graduated before the season started, nine graduated in December 2003, and the other five are scheduled to graduate in May 2004. For the last four years Tech has been recognized as one of the nation's top institutions for consistently being above a 70 percent gradation rate, according to the American Football Coaches a.ssociation.

Prior to coming on board at Texas Tech, Leach, in just one season at Oklahoma, directed a Sooner offense that went from one of the worst in the Big 12 Conference to one of the best. For his efforts, Leach was nominated for the 1999 Broyles Award as the top a.ssistant coach in the country.

Leach guided an Oklahoma offense that went from 11th in the Big 12 in 1998 to first in 1999 and 101st in the nation to 11th. In just one year, OU's total offense numbers improved from 293.3 to 427.2 yards per game.

Prior to joining Bob Stoops' Oklahoma staff, Leach served as offensive coordinator for Hal Mumme at the University of Kentucky and Valdosta (Ga.) State University.

For two years at Kentucky under Mumme, Leach coached the Kentucky "Air Raid" offense that was one of the most explosive in Southeastern Conference history. Under Mumme and Leach, the Kentucky offense set six NCAA records, 41 Southeastern Conference records and 116 school records in 22 games.

Named 1996 Division II Offensive Coordinator of the Year by American Football Quarterly magazine, Leach helped Mumme lead Valdosta State to a 40-17-1 record. The 1993 Blazer offense smashed 66 school records, 22 conference records and seven national records. In 1994, Valdosta State advanced to the Division II playoffs with Leach's offense shattering 80 school records, 35 conference records and seven more national marks.

Leach and Mumme first teamed up at Iowa Wesleyan College in 1989. From 1989 to 1991 he served as offensive coordinator and line coach for an offense that led the NAIA in passing yardage one season and finished second the other two. Iowa Wesleyan passed for more than 11,000 yards in Leach's three seasons and broke 26 national records.
Leach has also made coaching stops in Pori, Finland, where he served as head coach in the European Football League (1989), as well as one-year a.ssistant stints at College of the Desert (1988) and Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo (1987).

After graduating with honors from Brigham Young in 1983, Leach earned a Master's Degree from the United States Sports Academy and his law degree from Pepperdine University, where he graduated in the top one-third of his class.

 12-02-2006, 01:56 AM         #290
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i hope we get Greg Schiano and keep shannon at D coordinator

prob wont happen thoo

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 12-03-2006, 12:00 PM         #291
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Gary Ferman, CaneSport Publisher

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So now the fun begins.

The waiting game is over. Sometime in the coming hours, no longer days, we expect the University of Miami to begin the final stage of talks with Rutgers Coach Greg Schiano.

It won't take too many hours of face to face time between Schiano and President Donna Shalala to reach a firm decision on whether Miami will extend a formal offer to Schiano and whether he will accept it.

All this leads me to a very simple question – Can Schiano turn this job down?
Like millions of other television viewers on Saturday night, I was captivated by the Rutgers Cinderella story. I marveled at how well-coached the Scarlet Knights were. I loved the way they went for it all night until the opportunity was right there before them and then they went a bit conservative, the way human nature pushes so many football programs and coaches into suffocating tightness in the most critical moments.

I've been in West Virginia on a cold Saturday night before. I know how hard it is to win there. But Schiano and Rutgers came within a play or two of pulling it off and landing in a BCS bowl game.

Their consolation prize after losing – a second-tier bowl game in Texas.

And if that doesn't convince Schiano that he belongs on a grander stage, then I am not certain what will.

Jobs like Miami don't come before you too many times in a lifetime, no matter what some people around the country like to say about the Hurricanes right now.

Schiano has always wanted to replace Joe Paterno at Penn State.

But there are no guarantees that will ever happen. Nobody knows when Paterno will retire or if Schiano will be the choice.
There also are no guarantees he can replicate this kind of season year after year at Rutgers.

You don't say no to Miami to wait for Penn State or try to reach even higher at Rutgers. Schiano is too smart for that.

The stars aligned for the Scarlet Knights this year.

They had an incredibly cushy schedule with only one real quality team – Louisville.

They had the big breaks you always need to achieve your ultimate goals, like a second-chance at a missed FG in the Louisville game that allowed Rutgers to win.

They benefited from a continuously poor Big East conference (not that the ACC was any better this year).

Schiano has probably taken this program as far as he can.

It would be almost impossible for him to win the national title at Rutgers. At Miami, he is on the game's biggest stage every year. If he does his job the way he can, he plays for the conference title almost every year and gets multiple shots at national titles.

All those years of conducting high school clinics and building relationships with coaches throughout Florida become validated. Because at Miami, he can now recruit their best players, not just the sloppy seconds.

He doesn't need to buy billboards anymore.

Maybe I am too much of an optimist, but it is kind of scary to think about the impact Schiano might make in recruiting in the state of Florida as head coach of Miami.

I am aware of the work ethic he demands from his staff. One of his demands to Shalala will be an appropriate salary level for a.ssistant coaches so he can hire the right guys who will run through a wall for his cause. When you ask guys to consistently work 16 hour days, you better be willing to take care of them.

I am also aware of the fire in Schiano's own belly.

Miami will know going in that hiring Schiano is not a long-term situation.

Let's be honest.

This is Butch Davis II.

Schiano will be a Hurricane for five or six years and have uncanny success and then he will likely move on to the National Football League. So if he takes the job and a little down the road you start hearing NFL rumors, don't get mad at Schiano the way you did at Butch.

The only difference this time around is that things are not as bad as the probation that Davis had to work through.

Schiano's success will be more immediate.

But who cares about the short-term likelihood of a Schiano tenure?

Who wouldn't wish Schiano well after another typical six-year ride under a quality coach, the formula that worked for Jimmy Johnson, Dennis Erickson and Davis?

Emotions will tug at Schiano over leaving Rutgers.

He is Elvis there.

He owns the state right now.

But that man getting the throttles to Miami is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

He will know that.

The only thing that stands in the way of it happening in my opinion is the natural trappings of his success coercing him into pushing Shalala too far up against a wall with demands. Then she just might decide to save a couple million a year in salary and other expenditures that will come along with Schiano and look toward Randy Shannon or Mike Leach or some other hidden candidate.

The grand lady won't buckle any further than she intends to. She is to university presidency what Schiano is to leading football programs right now.

She wants to win.

She wants a coach that wants to win, not look for excuses why he can't.

That is why she and Schiano will hit it off when they get face to face in the coming hours.

That is why I will be very surprised if Schiano isn't at a podium in Coral Gables in the next few days laying down the battle lines for a recruiting war with Urban Meyer.
 12-03-2006, 12:24 PM         #292
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why stay at rutgers ???

yall had a cinderalla season and didnt even win the big east championship

time to move on to bigger and better things :rasta:
 12-03-2006, 01:40 PM         #293
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man, if they lose to nevada...i'ma kno somethin lol
 12-04-2006, 03:40 PM         #294
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Miami Athletic Director Paul Dee traveled to New York Monday and he is expected to meet there with Texas Tech Coach Mike Leach as soon as this afternoon or this evening to begin discussions that could lead to Leach becoming Miami's next head coach.


Leach has moved at or near the top of the Miami wish list in the wake of Rutgers Coach Greg Schiano's decision not to be a candidate for the Hurricanes head coaching job.

Miami defensive coordinator Randy Shannon will also almost definitely get an interview with Dee and President Donna Shalala this week.

CaneSport also has learned that West Virginia Coach Rich Rodriguez has quietly expressed interest in the Miami job, but his massive $2 million buyout could keep him from becoming a serious candidate. West Virginia leveraged that buyout into the contract when it gave Rodriguez a seven-year deal in 2002.

Meanwhile, sources in Lubbock, TX told CaneSport that Leach is extremely interested in the Miami job. He is known as one of the top offensive-minded coaches in the country and is considered a rock solid recruiter. A negative would be that he has had limited exposure to Florida's high school community, but that didn't stop the Florida Gators from hiring Urban Meyer two years ago. They now are playing for the national title.

Leach is in New York attending College Football Hall of Fame induction ceremonies along with several top coaches and athletic officials.

He has built his reputation by designing one of the most prolific passing offenses in the country. Leach's offense produced school records in nearly every passing category in 2000, but surpassed those numbers in each of the last four seasons. His five teams have combined for over 150 team and individual records at Tech.

This year his squad is 7-5 and is averaging 32.4 points and 457.1 yards per game.

Last season, the Red Raiders won the NCAA Passing Title for the third year in a row and led the nation in completions and attempts. Tech also won its second-straight NCAA Total Offense Title. Additionally, Tech capped off its season with a 45-31 win over fourth-ranked California in the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl. The Red Raiders finished the season ranked 17th and 18th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches and a.ssociated Press polls, respectively. Tech also won at least eight games for the third-straight season for the first time in school history.

Texas Tech once again produced record numbers during the 2004 campaign and led the nation and Big 12 Conference in several categories. The Red Raiders led the country in passing offense and total offense for the second-straight season. Tech also led in completions and pass attempts for the fourth year in a row.

In 2003, Heisman Trophy candidate and quarterback B.J. Symons capped off his senior season with an NCAA Passing Championship and an NCAA single-season record 5,833 passing yards. A year earlier, Kliff Kingsbury finished his senior campaign ranked in total offense (2nd), completions (1st), attempts (1st) and passing touchdowns (1st). The record-setting quarterback also set 17 NCAA records during his career and tied three other marks.

The last five seasons rank as the top five all-time at Tech in total offense, while scoring went from 23 points per game in 1999 to 36.2 points last season. The most significant increase has been in the passing game, where the Red Raiders averaged 399.7 yards per game in 2004 compared to 175.4 yards in 1999.

The running game has flourished as well under Leach. Running back Taurean Henderson rushed for 16 scores in 2004 to rank among the top scoring backs in the country. His touchdown total was the most for a Red Raider since Byron Morris rushed for 22 in 1993. The Red Raiders' 23 total rushing scores was the most for a Tech team since the 1996 campaign yielded 27.

Additionally, recruiting has been one of the top beneficiaries since Leach's arrival in December 1999. The Red Raiders' 2005 recruiting class was once again ranked among the top 25. From his first class in the spring of 2000 to this year's list of newcomers, each class continues to get better. Not only is Texas Tech recruiting the Texas area, but Leach also is extending the reach of the program across the country.

The Red Raiders are not solely known for their play on the scoring side of the ball. The Texas Tech defense also has flourished during Leach's four seasons. The Red Raiders tied for the national lead with three shutouts in 2000 and followed with another in 2001 and 2002. Combined with the five shutouts are three other games where the opposition was held without an offensive touchdown.

Leach is the only coach in school history to lead his first five teams to bowl games.

The team continues to make strides academically as well under Leach. For the last eight years Tech has placed more players on the Academic All Big 12 team than any other institution except Nebraska.

In 2003 five players were working on postgraduate degrees. Of the 17 seniors on the roster, three graduated before the season started, nine graduated in December 2003, and the other five are scheduled to graduate in May 2004. For the last four years Tech has been recognized as one of the nation's top institutions for consistently being above a 70 percent gradation rate, according to the American Football Coaches a.ssociation.

Prior to coming on board at Texas Tech, Leach, in just one season at Oklahoma, directed a Sooner offense that went from one of the worst in the Big 12 Conference to one of the best. For his efforts, Leach was nominated for the 1999 Broyles Award as the top a.ssistant coach in the country.

Leach guided an Oklahoma offense that went from 11th in the Big 12 in 1998 to first in 1999 and 101st in the nation to 11th. In just one year, OU's total offense numbers improved from 293.3 to 427.2 yards per game.

Prior to joining Bob Stoops' Oklahoma staff, Leach served as offensive coordinator for Hal Mumme at the University of Kentucky and Valdosta (Ga.) State University.

For two years at Kentucky under Mumme, Leach coached the Kentucky "Air Raid" offense that was one of the most explosive in Southeastern Conference history. Under Mumme and Leach, the Kentucky offense set six NCAA records, 41 Southeastern Conference records and 116 school records in 22 games.

Named 1996 Division II Offensive Coordinator of the Year by American Football Quarterly magazine, Leach helped Mumme lead Valdosta State to a 40-17-1 record. The 1993 Blazer offense smashed 66 school records, 22 conference records and seven national records. In 1994, Valdosta State advanced to the Division II playoffs with Leach's offense shattering 80 school records, 35 conference records and seven more national marks.

Leach and Mumme first teamed up at Iowa Wesleyan College in 1989. From 1989 to 1991 he served as offensive coordinator and line coach for an offense that led the NAIA in passing yardage one season and finished second the other two. Iowa Wesleyan passed for more than 11,000 yards in Leach's three seasons and broke 26 national records.
Leach has also made coaching stops in Pori, Finland, where he served as head coach in the European Football League (1989), as well as one-year a.ssistant stints at College of the Desert (1988) and Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo (1987).

After graduating with honors from Brigham Young in 1983, Leach earned a Master's Degree from the United States Sports Academy and his law degree from Pepperdine University, where he graduated in the top one-third of his class.
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Kosar might enter UM coaching raceEx-Canes quarterback Bernie Kosar has had preliminary talks about UM's coaching vacancy, for which Randy Shannon interviewed Tuesday.

BY SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN AND MICHELLE KAUFMAN


INTERESTED: Bernie Kosar has no coaching experience, but has mentored most of the UM quarterbacks who followed him.The name of a second prominent Hurricane surfaced Tuesday in the University of Miami coaching search.

As expected, UM athletic director Paul Dee interviewed UM defensive coordinator and former Hurricanes player Randy Shannon on Tuesday at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York.

Meanwhile, another famous Hurricanes alum -- Bernie Kosar -- confirmed that he has been approached by some UM trustees and is considering adding his name to the list of candidates to replace Larry Coker.

''Yeah, I'm interested,'' the former quarterback told The Miami Herald. ``UM people knew that I had been offered the president of the [Cleveland] Browns job. They knew I wanted to get back into football and asked if I'd be interested in the UM job. At first it was just flattering, but then I thought, `Yeah, I'd really like to look into it.'

``Randy Shannon is a very viable candidate. I have been talking with him and [former UM quarterbacks coach] Marc Trestman regularly to see if there's a way we can work something out amongst us to bring a national title back to Miami.''

Kosar, who is an active member of the UM Board of Trustees, said he had preliminary talks with UM officials about the job. He has no coaching experience but has mentored most of the UM quarterbacks who followed him.

Kosar, 43, led UM to the 1983 national championship and later played for the Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins.

Kosar, now an entrepreneur, retired from the NFL in 1996 and lives in Weston.

Trestman was Kosar's quarterbacks coach at UM and spent 17 years coaching in the NFL. He is the current North Carolina State offensive coordinator, though N.C. State coach Chuck Amato recently was fired. Trestman expressed interest in the UM job when Butch Davis left in 2001.

Dee said last week that Shannon is being seriously considered for the coaching vacancy. Dee spoke with Texas Tech coach Mike Leach on Monday, and, according to a person close to Texas Tech and the coaching situation, told Leach he would get back to him by Friday at the earliest.

Leach also was told that UM would interview at least three head coaches. That would include Rutgers coach Greg Schiano, who turned down the job Monday.

Texas Christian coach Gary Patterson is believed to be another possible candidate.

According to TCU spokesman Mark Cohen, Patterson was on campus and had not been contacted by UM as of Tuesday afternoon.

Shannon, 40, grew up in Miami and has a son who plays football at Florida International. But if things don't work out for him at UM, there's a chance he would go to Texas to become its defensive coordinator. His name also has been in the FIU mix as potential head coach, as is UM offensive line coach Mario Cristobal's.

UM wants to keep Shannon, even if he is not hired as head coach. If Patterson -- a defensive specialist -- is interviewed and were to get the job, it is unlikely Shannon would stay.

Another sought-after college coach, West Virginia's Rich Rodriguez, also has been mentioned as a possible UM candidate. But it appears that Alabama has targeted Rodriguez for its opening. Rodriguez told reporters in New York, where he appeared for Tuesday's National Football Foundation Hall of Fame inductions, that he had a short meeting with Alabama officials about its coaching vacancy.
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wouldn't mind having Kosar, he was a great player
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i dont know about all that
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we need rich rod he knows how to use speed, and keep shannon
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Gary Ferman, CaneSport Publisher

Talk about it in Gary Ferman's War Room
Throughout the University of Miami's 12-day ongoing search for a head coach, many have questioned the presence of consultant Chuck Neinas, a longtime college sports power player who has made a new career out of helping Universities land top coaches.


Neinas' job has been to present candidates for Athletic Director Paul Dee and the Miami search committee to consider. The only coach whose candidacy has become public has been Texas Tech coach Mike Leach.

But sources are now telling CaneSport.com that Arizona coach Mike Stoops, brother of Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and a West Coast version of Greg Schiano, could be entering the mix to replace Larry Coker.

The known short list is presently made up of Leach and Miami defensive coordinator Randy Shannon, whom Neinas is believed to also support.

It is not known whether Stoops has met with Miami athletic director Paul Dee, who is stationed in New York along with a few influential members of the Board of Trustees. But the sources say that Stoops was presented to UM as a candidate this week through Neinas after Schiano turned down an opportunity to interview for the job.

Stoops, who will celebrate his 45th birthday next week, just completed his third year as coach at Arizona and has taken a 2-9 program to the 6-6 level. Arizona upset California and Oregon this season and has had back-to-back Top 25 recruiting classes. He worked the previous five seasons as top a.ssistant to his brother at Oklahoma.

Arizona has shown improvement each year under Stoops. The Wildcats won three games in 2004 and improved on total defense by more than 100 yards a game and cut 10 yards off its scoring rate. They won three games again in 2005 including an upset victory over UCLA before jumping up to six victories this season as Stoops' recruiting began to make an impact.

Off the field, he has helped raise attendance at Arizona games by more than 8,000 fans a game to over the 50,000 level.
The Stoops brothers are known for being passionate, driven and no-nonsense coaches.
"I say this in a humble way," Oklahoma Coach Bob Stoops said when Mike was named Arizona's coach. "There's nobody more like me than him."

Bob Stoops was an unaffordable option for UM. It remains to be seen how serious things get with Mike.

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Bradenton Prep High School WR Jermaine McKenzie is an Alabama commitment.

For now.

He says that might not be the case for much longer.

McKenzie says if UM offers him a scholarship that he will decommit on the spot to the Hurricanes.


"That's my dream school," said McKenzie, a 6-foot-1, 164-pounder with 4.4-second speed. "I grew up a Miami fan, will always be a Miami fan. I've got a Miami jacket on right now in school.

"My cousin (is former Cane) Dyral McMillan. He said he loves it, that it's a nice program with a good tradition."

McKenzie got his first recruiting phone call from the Canes last Tuesday.

"They were talking about a package deal with myself and my twin brother Tremaine [a 6-foot-0, 205-pound strong safety/OLB with 4.5-second speed]," Jermaine said.

Of the two, it remains more likely that Jermaine gets an offer. He says for now he remains a soft Alabama commitment.

"I still have time -– if I get a Miami offer then I'll definitely go there," McKenzie said.

As a senior McKenzie had 31 rushes for 350 yards and four touchdowns, adding 21 receptions for 380 yards and four scores.

He also had seven punt returns for touchdowns. Four more scoring returns were called back due to penalty.

He lists offers from Alabama, Auburn, West Virginia, USF and Kansas.

McKenzie says he's excited to hear Mike Leach's name bandied about as a possible UM head coach.

"If they get him then that would be good for me because I like his offense," McKenzie said. "He's basically a passing coach."
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