University of Miami Football Coach Randy Shannon Fired After 7-5 Season

University of Miami football coach Randy Shannon was fired last night after his team lost to the University of South Florida 23-20 in overtime, ending the college’s worst season at home since 1997.

“We have made a decision to seek new leadership for our football program,” Miami Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt said on the school’s website. “Our expectations are to compete for championships and return to the top of the college football world.”

The Hurricanes were 7-5 this season, and 3-3 at home. Shannon, 44, who was 28-22 in four seasons, signed a four-year extension before the start of the 2010 season that was said to pay him $1.5 million a year, the Palm Beach Post reported.

Offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland may be named interim coach, according to ESPN.

Hocutt said he would begin a national search immediately for Shannon’s replacement.

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