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Miami fires Randy Shannon after loss to South Florida

Randy Shannon

The Miami Hurricanes have fallen short of some reason expectations and it may have ultimately cost Randy Shannon a job. An Associated Press report Saturday evening says that Shannon has been informed that he has been terminated just months after signing a four year extension.

The fate of all members of Shannon’s staff has not been determined, according to the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the university is not announcing the move until Sunday. Some, if not all, will remain for Miami’s bowl game.

Miami finished their regular season with a 7-5 record after losing to South Florida in overtime on Saturday. Saturday’s contest against the Bulls drew roughly 27,000 fans in Sun Life Stadium, which holds approximately 73,000 fans for football games. Miami was 28-22 over four seasons under Shannon.

The announcement of the decision will not be announced formally until Sunday but it is expected that the rest of the coaching staff, or at least some of them, will stay on long enough to coach in Miami’s bowl game, wherever that may be.

The news of Shannon’s firing comes on the same day Vanderbilt announced that Robbie Caldwell would step down at the conclusion of the regular season. Miami becomes the seventh school that will conduct a search for a new head football coach before the 2011 season.

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Kevin McGuire
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