Randy Shannon To Minnesota?

December 1, 2010 – 1:40 pm by Ryan Phillips

We’ve been hearing lots of rumors about ousted Miami coach Randy Shannon taking over as the man at the head of the University of Minnesota’s football program. Now those rumors have a more mainstream backing.

Tom Dienhart of Yahoo! Sports claims that a Minnesota staffer told him that Shannon could, in fact, be a candidate. Apparently Shannon has made it known that he would love a shot at both the Minnesota and Indiana jobs.

Obviously after being sent packing from Miami, jumping straight to a Big Ten job – even if it is Indiana or Minnesota – would be a huge coup for Shannon.

One reason Shannon is attractive to the Gophers is the fact that he won’t come with a buyout, since he’s not currently employed.

From what we’re hearing (and some of this has been reported publicly) San Diego State’s Brady Hoke, Temple’s Al Golden and Air Force’s Troy Calhoun have all withdrawn their names from consideration. We’ve also heard that Houston coach Kevin Sumlin is not interested, but that he may be in touch with Indiana about its opening.

While he’s out of it for the Gophers, we’d have to believe Hoke would listen if Indiana called, if only because of his ties to the state. I don’t believe that he will leave San Diego State right now though, as he has a very good, young team that could turn into the next BCS-busting power next year. And We’ve heard the Aztecs are currently working on a huge raise for Hoke that could be finalized in a few weeks.

If Shannon doesn’t get the Minnesota job, Dienhart says that former Boston College coach Jeff Jagodzinski is definitely emerging as a candidate, while some feel UConn’s Randy Edsall might emerge as the leader.

We’ll keep you posted as more develops.

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  1. 3 Responses to “Randy Shannon To Minnesota?”

  2. The San Diego Union Tribune has broken a story that an unidentified donor is willing to throw 5 million dollars at the Aztec program in order to keep Hoke in San Diego!

    By Dr Chuck on Dec 1, 2010

  3. Crap. I mean good for SDSU. Right. So very happy for them.

    I mean I’m okay with Randy Shannon at IU, I guess, but dude couldn’t recruit at freaking MIAMI. What makes us think he’d get even mediocre talent at IU?

    By McD on Dec 1, 2010

  4. I am from Miami he did recruit it did not turn into wins. watch the next coach do with shannon recruits. Like coker won with the butch davis recruits. I live here he recruited well.

    By Rock on Dec 2, 2010

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