Ex-Miami Hurricanes coach Randy Shannon is Florida Gators interim coach

Randy Shannon runs onto to the field with the Hurricanes on Sept. 2, 2010. (Miami Herald)

[Canes unbeaten, but drop in AP poll]

[Miami-VT: prime-time, nat’l TV]

Randy Shannon will get another shot at Florida State.

The former Miami coach, who was 2-2 against the Seminoles in four seasons at UM, was named Florida’s interim coach following the Gators’ firing of Jim McElwain. UF announced the move Sunday evening, after multiple reports about McElwain’s dismissal and Shannon’s promotion. The Gators (3-4) have four games left this year.

Unless something unexpected happens, he won’t be the permanent coach. So, don’t expect a Shannon-Mark Richt duel when UF meets UM in Orlando to open the 2019 season.

Shannon, in his first season as UF’s defensive coordinator, was 28-22 at Miami from 2007-10. He was replaced by Al Golden, who was fired in Oct. 2015 and now coaches the Detroit Lions’ tight ends.

Shannon was a UM linebacker from 1985-88.

As Gators DC, Shannon already faced off against one former Miami interim coach this season: Larry Scott, who is Tennessee’s offensive coordinator. Scott served as Miami’s interim coach after Golden’s 2015 dismissal.

Going back through the ranks of former Miami coaches: Larry Coker, now retired, is entering the UM Sports Hall of Fame next spring. Butch Davis, back in the game after a six-year absence, is 5-2 at FIU. Dennis Erickson, Jimmy Johnson and Howard Schnellenberger are retired.

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