Out With the Old…
Multiple reports out of Tallahassee have suggested that head coach Mike Norvell will promote current senior defensive analyst Randy Shannon to linebackers coach. This promotion comes in the wake of Chris Marve’s departure. Marve was hired for the vacant Virginia Tech defensive coordinator position. Marve struggled on the recruiting trail, which is the lifeblood of any successful college football program. To elaborate, in a three years, Marve only signed two recruits. The former Seminole coach hopes to find more success in his new post.
In With the New…
Shannon Brings a Wealth of Experience
Coach Shannon brings with him decades of experience and expertise. Most notably, he was a longtime coach at the University of Miami, where he played college football from 1985-1989. His coaching career began with defensive line and linebacker duties. He got promoted to defensive coordinator in 2001. Shannon would help lead the Miami Hurricanes to a BCS Championship. He received the annual Broyles Award for top assistant coach in that season. At Miami, he coached several standout players including Sean Taylor, Antrell Rolle, Vince Wilfork, and NFL Hall of Famers Ed Reed and Ray Lewis. His defenses would be consistently ranked among the nation’s best. During this time, his unit ranked outside the top eight once. When Miami was searching for a new head coach in 2006, Shannon was the only choice. Shannon received the promotion to head coach. He stayed there until 2010.
What to Expect
Shannon has held a variety of other coaching positions. These include linebackers coach at TCU & Arkansas, and defensive coordinator at the University of Florida and University of Central Florida. This internal hire allows for continuity, which is beneficial for player development and as recruitment. Speculation about this promotion began with Shannon’s involvement in the current recruiting process; he was already replacing Marve on in-house recruiting visits. With his wealth of knowledge, Florida State is expecting Shannon to jump-start the recruiting process and develop top-tier talent as he has in the past.
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