Randy Shannon

Randy Shannon feels comfortable at Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Wearing a white windbreaker emblazoned with an orange and blue Gators logo, former Miami player and coach Randy Shannon looked a little out of place Thursday.

Then he started talking.

And he sounded more comfortable than anyone could have imagined in a place that would have been considered enemy territory back in the day.

Shannon, who admittedly hated the Gators during his college career, believes he fits in nicely alongside new coach Jim McElwain and defensive coordinator Geoff Collins.

Shannon spent the last two years at Arkansas, but left for a better opportunity in Gainesville.

He says: "There's a lot of programs in the country, but there's only a few programs in the country like Florida.

Shannon's official title at Florida: associate head coach/co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.

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