Let's play devil’s advocate for a moment.
Miami head coach Randy Shannon, now with two full seasons under his belt, has led the Hurricanes to a modest 12-13 record in that time (1 -2 against in-state rivals Florida and Florida State). With a top 5 recruiting class in 2008 and loads of other talent in his program, the question becomes, is Randy Shannon on the hot seat in 2009?
YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT!
If we took a trip down memory lane, we will remember a certain someone named Larry Coker. The defensive coordinator for the Colts? No that’s Larry Coyer. This Larry Coker went 60–15 at Miami and led them to a National Championship…and subsequently got the axe after a six loss season in 2006.
The Hurricane faithful have already proven that they expect to win and if they don’t win, sacrifices have to be made. That sacrificial lamb could easily be Randy Shannon.
What? Fire Randy Shannon after three seasons?
Ask Ty Willingham, who had a 21–15 record in three seasons at Notre Dame, about that scenario if you don’t think it can happen.
The unranked Hurricanes, on paper, could easily open the season 0-4, with games against (19) Florida State, (15) Georgia Tech, (7) Virginia Tech, and (3) Oklahoma. Tell the fat lady to start her warm ups...
C’mon, Miami would have to find a proven coach with school ties. Someone who knows how to win big games. Right?
Maybe one with three national championship rings in the Hurricane program? Oh yeah, you know where this is going…Tommy Tubbs himself!
A match made in Hurricane heaven. Tommy Tuberville was 110–60 at Auburn University including a perfect 13–0 in 2004, a five-time bowl winner, including a BCS bowl win, and was 5–2 against top-five opponents, including three wins against in-state powerhouse, Florida.
Tuberville, when asked about coaching again, responded ambiguously, "I don't wish anybody bad will. Something is going to happen somewhere. There are some places I'd coach and some I wouldn't. I want to go somewhere where they are committed. You've got to get everybody on the same page. If you can't get everybody on the same page, it's not going to work."
Oh I think Miami will be on the same page soon enough…