Former Miami HC Randy Shannon Joins FSU as Senior Defensive Analyst

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIApril 5, 2021

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2016, file photo, Florida associate coach Randy Shannon speaks to the media during the university's NCAA college football media day in Gainesville, Fla.  Shannon is shaking things up as Florida's interim coach. The former Miami head coach replaced Jim McElwain and needed less than a day to make changes. Shannon opened up the quarterback job. He promoted Chris Rumph to defensive coordinator. And he elevated former Idaho head coach Robb Akey to defensive line coach. He also tweaked parts of practice and put an increased emphasis on special teams. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin, File)
AP Photo/Phil Sandlin, File

Former Miami football head coach Randy Shannon is joining Florida State as a senior defensive analyst, per an FSU announcement Monday.

"Randy Shannon is a tremendous addition to our staff," FSU head coach Mike Norvell said, via Adam Rittenberg of ESPN. Norvell added:

"I have all the respect in the world for the person and coach Randy Shannon is. His unique perspective will be valuable to [defensive coordinator Adam] Fuller and the rest of our defensive staff, while his relationships in Miami and throughout the state of Florida will be a great benefit for our entire program."

Shannon, 55, was most recently UCF's defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.


Shannon has spent the majority of his coaching career in Florida.

He coached at Miami from 1991 to 1997 and then 2001 to 2010, with a three-year stint on the Miami Dolphins staff in between.

He was the Hurricanes' defensive coordinator during the team's undefeated 2001 national championship season and took over as head coach in 2007. Shannon went 28-22 in four campaigns.

Since then, he has coached on the TCU, Arkansas, Florida and UCF staffs. He was Florida's defensive coordinator in 2017 and took over as the Gators' interim head coach for their final four games, going 1-3.

He joined UCF in 2018 as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. Shannon briefly took over as the team's interim head coach in January 2021, when head coach Josh Heupel left for Tennessee, but ex-Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn was hired in February and brought in a new staff.

Shannon will look to help turn around an FSU program that went 3-6 during Norvell's first year as head coach. Florida State's defense ranked 107th out of 127 FBS squads.