Thursday, July 12, 2012

A New Coach in Town?


With the news yesterday that LB Coach Tony Tademy would be leaving the Frogs in order to spend more time with his family, I had the same, "Holy crap, our linebacker depth is in the shitter, now we can't even keep our linebacker COACH on campus?  What gives??" reaction as many of you.  However, if the rumors of his replacement are true, perhaps this is finally a blow the Frogs linebacking corp will be able to take.  Randy Shannon, last seen as head coach of the Miami Hurricanes, is reportedly the leading candidate to replace Tademy and a deal could be in place even before this post hits the interwebs.

  Prior to putting on his big boy pants, Shannon coached defensive line, linebackers and coordinated for the Hurricanes and even pulled a stint as linebacker coach for the Dolphins. In his six years as DC for the Canes, Shannon's defenses ranked in the top 7 five times.  Sounds eerily familiar... As head man in Coral Gables, Shannon compiled a 28-22 record in 4 years with 2 bowl bids, which would qualify him for legendary status at Baylor or SMU, but ultimately resulted in him being fired. However, you can't judge the man solely by his record.  True, he never returned the Hurricanes the heights they reached back in his playing days in the late 80s when they were winning National titles, but he significantly improved academic progress rates, a foreign concept in south Florida.  He also managed to not find himself tangled up in the web woven by rogue UM Booster Nevin Shapiro, arguably the only person associated with UM athletics not to do so.  Basically, Shannon proved that you can't win at Miami by doing things the right way, thus he was fired.  A tiger never changes his stripes, a man once said.

You might think, "Well, if Shannon was such a good Coach, why hasn't he surfaced as at least a defensive coordinator somewhere?  Why is he settling for a positional job at an unfamiliar school?"  Well, young grasshopper, perhaps Shannon was waiting for the right situation?  Let's face it, Coach Bumpas is in his 60s and probably nearing the end of his career.  Wouldn't it make a lot of sense to bring in Shannon as a DC in waiting?  And, given our off-season character struggles, PARTICULARLY at linebacker, doesn't it make sense to bring in a guy with his head on straight that cares about character as much as he does about winning?  Kind of like GP?  Sure, the "coach in waiting" game is a dangerous one to play, especially for a guy like Shannon who you presume wants to get back in the Head Coaching ranks, but if you lose him it means he was doing a great job in Fort Worth.  This just seems like a major win-win to me.  Let's hope it works out.

7 comments:

JHale said...

Seems like a good guy and with that knowledge would be a great fit. Best of luck to Coach Tademy

Frogger98 said...

Agree. I think this would be a good move and hope it happens.

Travis said...

Shannon would be an awesome hire, and my first thought was DC in waiting as well. He would also be a nicely needed glam/big name hire that would finally bring TCU some good off-season national publicity, which we are sorely needing.

Lyle Lanley said...

Not only would Shannon provide a big boost to TCU's recruiting efforts, I think he would also do a great job of getting more out of what we currently have at LB. I hope this becomes official ASAP.

Matt said...

"Spending more time with his family" a euphemism, right? Also said he would likely take a high school assistant gig...seems odd.

Cowtown Food Junkie said...

Tademy was the position coach for 5 NFL linebackers, so let's not forget that. Still, if we could get a former head coach at the school formerly known as "The U" to sign as a position coach that would be a tremendous signing. He was a great player and has proven to be a great recruiter and coordinator. I'm sure Mack and Major cringed when they saw the Star Telegram report because they know Shannon would be a major obstacle on the recruiting trail. Not really sure the D-coordinator position really exists since CGP calls all the plays. He'd be the coordinator in name only.

BuckNasty said...

With someone like Shannon, GP could probably backoff from calling the plays a bit. Ya, everything would still go through him, but Shannon has proven he can coach D. Bumpass or Shannon, i'd take either one. But man, he could really give us a boost with recruiting. Come on CDC!!!