Miami loses in OT, cuts ties with Randy Shannon
Randy Shannon’s last game was not the last straw of his career at Miami.
Athletic director Kirby Hocutt said he weighed the full body of work before making the decision to change coaches.
“It was not made on 60 minutes of football,” Hocutt said Sunday.
Hocutt fired Shannon just hours after Miami finished a 7-5 regular season with an overtime home loss to South Florida on Saturday, saying the move was one of the toughest of his career. Shannon departed with three years left on his contract; even until his final day, he had plenty of support from many top university officials — president Donna Shalala included.
“Better days are ahead. Great days are ahead for this program,” Hocutt said.
Offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland will be the interim head coach. No assistant coaches were fired, and Hocutt said all have committed to stay through the bowl game.
“I’m very disappointed,” quarterback Jacory Harris said. “Coach Shannon is like my father figure.”
Players were told formally yesterday morning by Hocutt, although they all learned of the change when news broke late Saturday night.
“Surprised wouldn’t be the word. I was a little shocked about it,” defensive lineman Adewale Ojomo said. “But you could almost see it coming.”
Shannon was 28-22 in his four years, failing to win the ACC title or a bowl game. The Hurricanes expect to have a bowl destination, possibly the Sun Bowl, by week’s end.
“We are in a tough situation,” Stoutland said. “There is no doubt, but that does not change our commitment to the young men on this team.”
Indiana fires Lynch
Indiana fired coach Bill Lynch after three straight losing seasons.
Athletic director Fred Glass made the announcement yesterday, a day after Lynch became the first Hoosiers coach to win at rival Purdue since 1996. Indiana finished 5-7, 1-7 in the Big Ten.
Lynch took over as interim coach in 2007 after coach Terry Hoeppner died from complications of a brain tumor. Lynch finished 19-30, winning seven games in 2007 — the second-most by a first-year coach in school history — and leading the Hoosiers to their first bowl bid since 1993.
But he never got them back to the postseason.
La.-Lafayette ousts coach
Louisiana-Lafayette fired coach Rickey Bustle, a person familiar with the decision said.
The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the university had not announced the move, said athletic director David Walker plans to discuss the situation today.
Bustle declined to talk about his future after the Ragin’ Cajuns defeated Louisiana-Monroe, 23-22, in their season finale Saturday. Bustle has coached the Cajuns since 2002, posting a 41-65 record. Louisiana-Lafayette went 3-9 this season.