Randy Shannon Staying At Miami

University of Miami defensive coordinator has decided to remain defensive coordinator for the Hurricanes, UM head football coach Larry Coker announced on Wednesday. Shannon recently discussed the defensive coordinator's vacancy with the staff at North Carolina State University.

"We are pleased we were able to keep a coach of Randy's quality at Miami," said Dee.

"I'd like to thank everyone at UM for everything they've done for me - now and all through the years," Shannon said. "UM has a great football program because of excellent people, such as Paul Dee and Larry Coker, and is a great institution because of the leadership of President (Dr. Donna) Shalala. I am surrounded by great people, great guys on our coaching staff, our terrific players and our excellent support staff."

"I also want to say how flattered I am to have been approached by North Carolina State and head coach Chuck Amato. Coach Amato is a fine man and a great football coach. N.C. State is a tremendous place, but I felt that it was best for me to remain a part of the Miami family. I am very happy to remain a part of that family, which has been such a big part of my life."

"We are very pleased that Randy has decided to remain at the University of Miami," Coker said. "He has made a tremendous contributions to our success and we hope that he will continue to be a member of the UM coaching staff for many years to come."

Shannon just completed his third season as defensive coordinator, and has restored the UM defense's legendary reputation as one of the nation's fiercest. A former Hurricanes linebacker who returned to UM from the Miami Dolphins coaching staff in 2001, Shannon has produced defenses that rank among the best in the history of the program.

Shannon's aggressive 4-3 scheme annually produces one of the nation's most opportunistic defenses. His last two defenses have led the nation in passing yards allowed, and his 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 (4th - 15.1 ppg).

The 2002 defense led the nation in passing yards allowed (119.7 ypg) and in pass efficiency defense (83.91 rating), while finishing seventh in that nation in total defense (285.0 ypg), all of which was accomplished with an entirely new starting unit in the defensive secondary. In 2001, Miami led the nation in turnover margin by forcing a school-record 27 interceptions and 45 turnovers. Miami defenders allowed a national-best 9.4 points per game, led the nation in pass efficiency defense (75.60 rating), ranked second in pass defense (138.2 ypg) and was sixth in total defense (270.9 ypg). The 2001 Hurricanes allowed just 12 touchdowns (seven rushing, five passing) and scored seven touchdowns of their own.

In 2001, Shannon was named the winner of the Frank Broyles Award, given annually to the nation's top assistant. Shannon earned the honor from a field of 112 nominees from across the nation.

A native of Miami, Shannon became defensive coordinator at UM after a successful stint as an assistant for the NFL's Miami Dolphins. He was a defensive assistant in 1998 and 1999 before assuming the role of linebackers' coach in 2000. Shannon developed the Dolphins' linebacker corps of one of the NFL's top defenses in 2000 for head coach Dave Wannstedt, another former UM assistant, and worked with All-Pro linebacker Zach Thomas.

Prior to his time with the Dolphins, Shannon spent seven seasons with the Hurricanes as an assistant in various capacities. He began his coaching career at Miami in 1991 as a graduate assistant and was promoted to full-time defensive assistant (defensive line) in 1992 before becoming linebacker's coach in 1993. During his first stint as a UM assistant, Shannon tutored such linebackers as Darrin Smith, Ray Lewis, Jessie Armstead, and Micheal Barrow. Shannon has coached in six bowl games with the Hurricanes.

One of four former Hurricanes players on the Miami staff, Shannon was a four-year letterman at linebacker, a member of Miami's 1987 National Championship team, and was the winner of the Christopher Plumer Award for most inspirational player in his senior season of 1988. Furthermore, Shannon started at strongside linebacker his final two seasons at UM and was an 11th round draft choice for the Dallas Cowboys in 1989. He became the first rookie to start at OLB for Dallas since 1963.

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