he grew a beard
I found this article on Randy Shannon and Nevin Shapiro interesting.
It basically summarizes how Randy Shannon warned his players about Shapiro by name on multiple occasions, refused to talk to the guy, and threatened any assistant coach who dealt with Shapiro with an instant firing. There are rumors he had people around town who would let him know if they saw his players with Shapiro.
Shapiro responded with racially-charged rants to the AD about Shannon. It appears the AD and Shannon didn't exactly see eye-to-eye over Shannon's refusal to even talk to Shapiro.
And yet he still had 12 players receive illegal benefits.
Question: Is it always the coach's responsibility when this kind of thing happens? I know we all say the head coach is ultimately responsible, and maybe he is. But with a system this bad and not exactly getting full support from the AD, what is he supposed to do? Leave the job in protest?
I ask because some of the first things to come out on this board after the story broke were "thank god we didn't hire Randy Shannon as DC." Reading this article though, is Randy Shannon such a bad guy? Should he be held responsible?
Apparently, Randy Shannon has intereviewed with and was considering a job with Kentucky. That seemes strange. Why go to a school that won't be able to recruit and hasn't been able to compete? As a defensive coordinator?
With Muschamp now at Florida, apparently he has interest in becoming the Texas DC. This may make some sense for Shannon. I suppose it makes some sense for UT as well, coming off a horrible season.
Where does Michigan fit in? Has Calvin Magee and Rodriguez and/or Brandon already spoken with Chuck Heater? Have they already spoken to Shannon and did he decline interest based on Rodriguez tenuous tenure?
"When" Rodriguez is kept on, I don't see any way for Robinson to continue without Ann Arbor Torch and Pitchfork having a record setting day of sales.
A short article on Randy Shannon's exit from da U. He left handwritten letters for several of his players.
The impression anyone my age has of Miami (YTM) is of a street gang in pads. This act by Shannon (and frankly, his entire time at Miami) stands in stark contrast to my impression of the program.
I wish him the best going forward.
Miami's Rivals site is reporting Randy Shannon and staff will be fired tomorrow. Generally these Rivals sites are pretty good about being on this kind of stuff.
I wasn't going to post this here but this gives me a bit more confidence, so take a rumor FWIW: Talked to a well-connected alum today who was extremely confident not only that Jim Harbaugh would be hired as the next coach of Michigan, but that Rich Rodriguez would be taking his talents to South Beach. I'm still not overwhelmingly confident, but this is certainly an interesting development. We'll see how this thing plays out I suppose.