38 Facts About Randy Shannon


Randy Leonard Shannon was born on February 24,1966 and is an American football coach and former player who is currently the linebackers coach and co-defensive coordinator for the Florida State Seminoles football program.

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Randy Shannon won the Frank Broyles Award as the nation's top collegiate assistant coach while at Miami in 2001.

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Randy Shannon was born and raised in the Liberty City neighborhood of Miami, Florida.

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Randy Shannon was born in Miami, Florida, and grew up in the Liberty City neighborhood.

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Randy Shannon attended Miami Norland High School, where he earned All-state honors playing football as a defensive back in his senior year.

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Randy Shannon played basketball, averaging 19 points a game, and was a member of the track team.

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Randy Shannon received a football scholarship to attend the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, where he played for head coach Jimmy Johnson's Miami Hurricanes football team from 1985 to 1988.

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Randy Shannon was converted into an outside linebacker as a redshirt freshman.

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Randy Shannon had 13 tackles against the University of Notre Dame and East Carolina University.

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Randy Shannon compiled 87 tackles, while helping the team win the 1987 national championship team.

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Randy Shannon had a career-high 14 tackles against the University of Michigan.

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Randy Shannon registered 83 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, 8 passes defensed and 3 forced fumbles and was included on several All-American lists as an honorable mention.

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Randy Shannon graduated from the University of Miami with a bachelor's degree in 1988; he was the first member of his family to earn a college degree.

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Randy Shannon did not have the prototypical size of an NFL linebacker and wasn't picked in the 1989 NFL draft until the eleventh round by the Dallas Cowboys.

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Randy Shannon was named a starter in the third game of the season against the Washington Redskins, becoming the first Cowboys rookie to start at outside linebacker since Dave Edwards did it in 1963.

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Randy Shannon was second on the team with 14 special teams tackles and played in all three linebacker spots, including middle linebacker on passing downs.

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Randy Shannon finished the season with 50 tackles, 3 quarterback pressures, one pass defensed and one forced fumble.

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Randy Shannon was promoted to defensive line coach the following year and spent the next several seasons coaching defensive line and linebackers at the school.

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In 1998, Randy Shannon was hired as a defensive assistant by the NFL's Miami Dolphins, and he was promoted to be the Dolphin's linebackers coach in 2000.

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That year Miami won the BCS National Championship, and Randy Shannon received the Broyles Award recognizing him as the best assistant coach in college football.

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Randy Shannon remained the Hurricanes defensive coordinator for six seasons, and his defenses consistently finished among the best in the nation:.

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Randy Shannon was introduced as the head coach of Miami on December 8,2006, replacing Larry Coker.

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Randy Shannon reportedly agreed to a four-year deal worth over $4 million.

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Randy Shannon was the sixth African-American head coach at the time in Division I-A NCAA football.

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Randy Shannon instituted a strict code of conduct for the program, a response to the frequent on-field and off-field misconduct that characterized Coker's latter tenure.

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Randy Shannon expressed frustration over the media's handling of such incidents, stating that the coverage made Miami look like a haven for crime.

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Nix wanted to employ more of a spread attack, whereas Randy Shannon remained committed to Miami's traditional pro style offense.

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Randy Shannon eventually hired former Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles assistant coach Mark Whipple for the position.

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Marve cited a strained relationship with Randy Shannon, who had previously suspended him after his arrest for criminal mischief, as his reason for leaving.

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Randy Shannon guided the school to the third-best Academic Progress Rate in NCAA Division I FBS.

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In December 2012, Randy Shannon was hired by the new incoming Arkansas Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema to be a part of his staff as a linebackers coach and be a major part of their recruiting efforts in south Florida.

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Randy Shannon was promoted to associate head coach before the 2014 season.

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Randy Shannon returned to his home state in January 2015 when he became the Florida Gators' associate head coach, co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach under new head coach Jim McElwain.

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McElwain stated that Randy Shannon was at the top of his list for potential assistants, and media sports commentators opined that Randy Shannon would be a significant recruiting asset for McElwain and the Gators, especially in south Florida.

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Collins accepted the head coaching position at Temple in December 2016, and Randy Shannon was promoted to be Florida's full-time defensive coordinator for the 2017 season.

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On December 5,2017, Randy Shannon was hired as the defensive coordinator for the University of Central Florida.

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On January 27,2021, after head coach Josh Heupel left for the Tennessee Volunteers, Randy Shannon became the interim head coach for the Knights until the hiring of Gus Malzahn, at which point Malzahn dismissed the previous staff to bring in coaches of his choice.

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On December 11,2021, Randy Shannon was named Co-Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers coach.

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