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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Randy Shannon headed to TCU

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Former Miami coach Randy Shannon is headed back to the sideline.
A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press Monday night that Shannon has agreed to terms and will become TCU's linebackers coach. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the hiring has not yet been announced by the school.

A call to a TCU spokesman was not immediately returned.

Shannon was fired by Miami at the end of the 2010 regular season. He went 28-22 in four seasons with the Hurricanes, and before his stint as head coach was one of the nation's top defensive coordinators. In his six seasons as a coordinator, the Hurricanes finished ranked among the nation's top 10 defenses five times - a span that also included the 2001 national championship.

Shannon was a linebacker for Miami in the mid-1980s, and started for the Hurricanes team that won the 1987 national championship. Shannon - a Miami native - was a graduate assistant when the Hurricanes won another title in 1991, and also spent a short time as a linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys before entering the coaching world.

As a player, assistant coach and head coach, Shannon spent 21 years with the Hurricanes. Since his ouster at Miami, Shannon has visited several NFL and college programs around the country to study how other programs are run, and TCU was one of the places he followed closely.

TCU is preparing for its first season in the Big 12 Conference. The Horned Frogs were 11-2 last season while playing in the Mountain West.