Randy Shannon Fired: Jeff Southland Reportedly Named Interim Head Coach

The University of Miami confirmed head coach Randy Shannon has been fired in a statement to the press Saturday night. Athletic directory Kirby Hocutt released a statement, making it clear he expects Miami to be in contention for the national title on a consistent basis. Shannon’s firing is effective immediately and a coaching search will begin as soon as possible.

"We have made a decision to seek new leadership for our football program," Miami athletic director Kirby Hocutt said in a statement from the school. "Our expectations are to compete for championships and return to the top of the college football world. We will immediately begin a national search."

According to ESPN, offensive line coach Jeff Southland will be named interim head coach while the search is underway. The news will be made official at a press conference tomorrow at 1 p.m. local time. Players were also told to gather for a team meeting shortly before the press conference, likely to be told of the news.

At 7-5, the Hurricanes are bowl eligible. Miami finished the regular season with a disappointing 23-20 overtime loss to South Florida on Saturday. It’s unclear whether a new head coach will be found in time, or if Southland will coach the bowl Miami ends up in.

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