Brown: Shannon DC Rumors 'Totally Inaccurate'

Texas coach Mack Brown denied reports Thursday that Miami defensive coordinator Randy Shannon has been offered the same position on his defensive staff.

The Houston Chronicle reported very early Thursday morning that Texas offered the job to Shannon, who has directed the Hurricane defense for the past six seasons.

"The reports that I just heard are totally inaccurate," Brown said. "I have not talked to anyone about the defensive coordinator’s job, on the phone or in person. And we are not planning on doing that until after the bowl game, as I’ve said about 12 times. I still feel that way. And it will be that way when you get the next report of somebody that I ate lunch with."

Former Longhorn co-defensive coordinator Gene Chizik was introduced as Iowa State’s new head coach on November 27. Nearly two weeks of speculation prompted Brown’s tongue-in-cheek follow-up comment: "We really are excited about all the candidates that (the media) is throwing out there. It’s given me some great ideas. I appreciate (the media’s) help and assistance. I just hope after one of them gets here that y’all won’t beat him up."

The one bright spot to the Hurricanes’ 6-6 season was its defense. Shannon’s crew finished the regular season as the nation’s No. 3 rush defense (just behind No. 2 Texas) and No. 5 in total defense. The Canes twice led the nation in pass defense during Shannon’s tenure. He was also a starting linebacker on Miami's 1987 national championship team.

"I can reiterate the fact that I said a week ago that we would not talk to anyone about the defensive coordinator’s job, or a defensive position, until after the bowl game in respect to our team, our seniors and our defensive staff," Brown stated, "and I have not."

Brown was in San Antonio Thursday morning, along with Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz, for the first press conference preceding the December 30 Alamo Bowl game. Bowl officials also report that the 65,000-seat stadium is now at "near capacity" following three days of brisk ticket sales, prompted by Sunday’s announcement that Texas would participate for the first time in the 15 year-old bowl game.


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