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Shannon’s Name Still Popping Up In Connection To SEC Jobs

Robbie Caldwell “resigned” a week ago Saturday.  On that same day Miami fired Randy Shannon.  And wheels started turning across the South.

“Vandy’s got an opening… Shannon’s now available…”

Only that rumor died down as VU fans began to fixate on Temple’s Al Golden and even Air Force’s Troy Calhoun.  (At least that appeared to be the case based upon the emails I’ve received.)

But some people in Nashville continue to connect Shannon to Vanderbilt’s opening.  And now other people are connecting his name to Kentucky.

UK announced today that Joker Phillips will be replacing running backs coach Larry Brinson and secondary coach Chris Thurmond.  Thurmond will be replaced by a co-defensive coordinator to work with Steve Brown.

The website is now reporting that Phillips is eyeing Shannon for that position.  According to the site, Chip Cosby of The Lexington Herald-Leader believes Shannon is Target #1 with former Cincinnati head coach Rick Minter as the back-up choice.

Would Shannon be interested in taking such a big step back from his days as head coach at Miami?  Remember, his Hurricanes will play in their third straight bowl later this month and the program was amazingly free of negative off-field headlines.  He will likely get a second shot somewhere.  So it would seem more likely that he would take on another head coaching job (if he can find the right one) rather than go all the way down the ladder to a secondary coach/co-coordinator position.

Also remember that Shannon came to Miami after a short stint in the NFL.  He could go back to the pro game… if there is a pro game next year.

Either way, Randy Shannon’s name continues to be whispered in SEC circles.


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