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this has been reported publicly) San Diego State’s Brady Hoke, Temple’s Al Golden and Air Force’s Troy Calhoun have all withdrawn their names from consideration.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.