Florida announced Friday that linebacker coach Randy Shannon has been promoted to defensive coordinator. He replaces Geoff Collins, who left to become Temple’s coach.
Shannon, a Miami alum who was the Hurricanes’ coach from 2007-10, had served as the interim DC for the Gators’ Outback Bowl victory over Iowa, and the promotion was expected.
It’s the third time Shannon – who turns 51 on February 24 – will be a DC. He served in that role for the Miami Dolphins in 1998-99), and he also was DC at UM from 2001-06. At UM, he was promoted to coach to replace Larry Coker when Coker was fired.
Collins did not oversee a position unit when he was Florida’s coordinator; the supposition has been that the new coordinator wouldn’t, either. Regardless, Florida currently has one opening for an assistant. Speculation has centered on Alabama offensive analyst Mike Locksley – who was a UF assistant under Ron Zook – filling the open spot and coaching either running backs or wide receivers. Florida running backs coach Tim Skipper has spent most of his coaching career overseeing linebackers and easily could slide into Shannon’s old spot.
There also have been reports that Alabama tackles/tight ends coach Mario Cristobal could be on the move, and Florida is seen as a potential landing spot. That scenario almost certainly would require Florida line coach Mike Summers either leaving on his own or being fired.
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