Shannon fired at Miami

By The Associated Press
Updated: November 27, 2010

MIAMI — Miami fired coach Randy Shannon on Saturday night, hours after the Hurricanes finished a 7-5 regular season that began with championship expectations.

Athletic director Kirby Hocutt made the call.

“We have made a decision to seek new leadership for our football program,” Hocutt said in a release. “Our expectations are to compete for championships and return to the top of the college football world.”

Shannon, a former Hurricanes player and longtime assistant before getting the chance to lead the program, received a four-year extension just before the start of the 2010 season. He was 28-22 in four seasons at Miami.

Hocutt made the decision shortly after Miami lost to South Florida 23-20 in overtime, in a game where only about 27,000 people filled the 73,000 seats at Sun Life Stadium. Shannon’s fate had been unsure after an embarrassing home loss to Florida State on Oct. 9 and loss to lowly Virginia three weeks later.

Shannon took over for Larry Coker at the end of the 2006 season and went on a mission to change the culture at the school — which, in many respects, he did. Miami has been among the nation’s leaders in academic success by its football program, and the off-the-field reputation has been cleaned up considerably.

But it never translated into wins. Shannon never won a bowl game, and never got the Hurricanes past second place in the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Coastal Division.