Fayetteville, Ark. – Bret Bielema continues to impress with the staff he is hiring at Arkansas. On Sunday night Randy Shannon was announced as the new linebackers coach at Arkansas.
Shannon, the former head coach for University of Miami from 2007 through 2010, comes to Arkansas after one year at TCU as their linebackers coach.
TCU finished the season as the No. 18 ranked defense in the country allowing 332 yards per game. The Horned Frogs rushing defense was No. 10 in the nation only giving up an average of 103.92 yards per game behind linebackers Kenny Cain, second team All-Big 12, and Joel Hasley, Big 12 honorable mention.
Shannon brings a strong defensive pedigree to the Razorback program. He was a starting linebacker on Miami’s 1987 national championship team. After graduating in 1988, he played briefly for the Dallas Cowboys before starting his coaching career in 1991 with the Hurricanes until 1997.
In 1998 Shannon left the college ranks for an assistant position with the Miami Dolphins and became their linebackers coach in 2000.
The Hurricanes hired Shannon as their defensive coordinator and linebackers coach in 2001, a position he held until taking over as head coach for the departed Larry Coker.
During his tenure as defensive coordinator Miami’s defense ranked No. 7 or better in total defense five out of six years under his supervision.
For his defensive coaching efforts, Shannon won the 2001 Broyles Award as the top assistant coach in college football.
Shannon should help open recruiting doors in the state of Florida and Texas for the Razorbacks. The Hurricanes never finished out of the Top 20 in recruiting with five Top 10 rankings, according to Rivals.com, during Shannon’s time as defensive coordinator and head coach.