The Final Word: University of Miami Football Head Coach Randy Shannon

Cory AlpertContributor IApril 18, 2010

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - SEPTEMBER 17: Head coach Randy Shannon of the Miami Hurricanes watches his team take on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Land Shark Stadium on September 17, 2009 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Miami defeated Georgia Tech 33-17.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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Whether you like it or not, Randy Shannon is the coach of the University of Miami Hurricanes. 

The school has said before that Randy is their guy. They will stick with him no matter what. 

Recent polls have shown that Randy not only has the support of the public, but they also want him to be paid above the ACC average head coach pay of $1.75 million dollars. 

Here is why Randy will be the head coach for the next few years:

  1. He has the support of the entire Miami administration. Donna Shalala wants to be the college president who hired the first black national championship coach. She will keep him at almost any cost. Kirby Hocutt has also voiced immense support for Shannon, stating after Shannon's momentous win over Oklahoma, that Shannon "was their guy."
  2. Players. Shannon is a player's coach. The player's love him. They got him this job and they sure as hell won't take it away from him. 
  3. Record. Shannon's record is improving dramatically. He has improved two wins every season, so we are looking at 11-3 next year. I factor in the extra post-season game as winning the ACC Championship and an Orange Bowl berth. I hope he can break the tradition and make it 14-0, but we shall see soon enough.
  4. Former Players. Andre Johnson, Willis McGahee and Ed Reed. You might know of these players if you have watched ANY Pro Bowl of the last few years. They were also Stand-out Miami players. All of them support Randy and all of them support the team.  Trust me that counts for a lot with the Athletic Department.
  5. Randy. He is a likable guy and the Board of Directors is utterly in love with him. They have shown him an immense amount of support and respect, in return for his support and respect for them. 
  6. they have no reason to fire him. As a matter of fact, they like him so much that they are probably going to raise his salary to around the ACC Median. 

I called this article the final word because there has been so much talk and debate around Shannon's new contract that I decided it was time to quash the rumors and the stories. 

Randy will get a new contract and hopefully a nice new raise. He has the support of the public and the school's administration.

So, stop worrying about if Randy is going to get a new contract or not. He will, as they are just hammering out the details. So, let's look forward to next season instead of worrying about this whole mess.

Oh and by the way, I would like to see everyone write their take on the Miami-Ohio State game.

Give me your own preview of the game. Post the link in comments to this article.