Miami president Donna Shalala says Randy Shannon got her when he said, “Nothing good happens after midnight.” Heck, Donna, if that’s all it took a million black mommas could’ve become your next head football coach because they’ve been saying that for generations. And I bet if Randy knew that’s all he had to say, he would’ve uttered the phrase years ago rather than spend six seasons a UM crafting some of the best defenses in the nation.
Miami players love them some Randy Shannon.
Whatever motivated her to promote Shannon to the top position, kudos to Donna. But let’s ne clear. Randy Shannon is not an affirmative-action hire, as some might think. During all but one of his seasons as defensive coordinator, UM ranked among the top ten defensive teams in the nation. That alone makes him at least as qualified as was any current head coach in the nation when they received their first job. Each of them got their shot at some point. Finally Randy Shannon got his.
Let’s also be clear about this: The hiring is no reason to pop champagne (unless you’re related to Shannon) or celebrate too long. Shannon’s hire makes him only the sixth African-American head college football coach in the nation, and the only one hired so far to fill the 15 openings created since the end of the season. Six jobs remain open. The NFL has seven black head coaches among 30 teams. In order to match that percentage college football would have to hire 20 more African-American coaches. Stop laughing.