Randy Shannon Apparently Not Tennessee Defensive Coordinator

MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 9: Head coach Randy Shannon of the Miami Hurricanes watches second half action against the Florida State Seminoles on October 9, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida. The Seminoles defeated the Hurricanes 45-17. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Despite receiving a welcome from at least one Tennessee player, Randy Shannon doesn't appear to be the next Vols defensive coordinator at the moment.

The Tennessee Volunteers need a new defensive coordinator after losing Justin Wilcox to the Washington Huskies. The first reported candidate was Miami Hurricanes defensive coordinator Randy Shannon, and it wasn't entirely speculation that led to his name coming out.

For one thing, at least one Vols player (kicker Michael Palardy) publicly (yes, even protected Twitter accounts count as public) welcomed Shannon aboard:

Barrett Sallee@BarrettSallee Tennessee kicker...RT @mpalardy1: Welcome coach randy shannon to the volunteer family! #VFL

Seemed like a mighty quick turnaround, especially for a program with as much going on as Tennessee has. But coach Derek Dooley didn't introduce Shannon at Tuesday's press conference, as some had presumed he might, and didn't mention any outstanding specific names as potential candidates.

Via Rocky Top Talk:

He did acknowledge that he would act "the quicker the better" in hiring a defensive coordinator due to the sensitive time before signing day, etc., but he would "not compromise" in making that hire. He'll still go through the process of interviews, etc. He also said he didn't know the difference in discussions and "formal" discussions but indicated that he has had conversations with candidates. Dooley stated that "the most trying month of a head coach is January because coaches are free agents and recruits are free agents."

For more on the Vols, visit Tennessee blog Rocky Top Talk.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.