"I appreciate Bill's contributions to our football program and thank him for that," Shannon said. "I understand and respect Bill's strong ties to his alma mater and his family's ties to Oklahoma. I wish him and his wife, Lawana nothing but the best."
Shannon and the Hurricanes are in the middle of an offensive coordinator search and now that will include looking for a new defensive coordinator.
"I will be looking for the best possible defensive coordinator to replace him," he said.
It's not a definite that Shannon will hire a replacement, as it's something he did for many years at Miami, including when the Hurricanes were the premier team in college football.
"If that candidate is not out there, those responsibilities will fall to me," he said.
The long time college assistant explained his side of the situation and why he did it.
"I could not have worked for a finer man than Coach Shannon," Young said. "It was a privilege to be associated with him and be part of an outstanding staff of coaches. Coach Shannon welcomed me and my family into the program from day one. I don't think everyone realizes the caliber of kids that play at Miami. Not only are they great athletes but their character is what stands out the most and is something I will remember. The draw to go back home, be near family and coach at my alma mater was just too great to pass up."
CanesTime.com will keep you posted on any new developments in the search for his replacement.