Shannon eager for ESPN Signing Day role
For a change, Randy Shannon will be calm for national signing day.
The former Miami coach will be an analyst on ESPNU's 10 hours of signing day coverage Wednesday, doing so from Charlotte, N.C. Shannon does not expect to appear for the entirety of the broadcast, but said Monday in a telephone interview that his role will likely be extensive.
''It's going to be relaxing,'' Shannon said. ''I'm still going to be involved with the signing day ritual, get to make some comments about what I see, players who you recruited, players who you watched on film. I really am looking forward to it, because it's still football and I get an opportunity to talk about players from different areas of the United States.''
Al Golden, who replaced Shannon at Miami, will appear on the program by telephone Wednesday afternoon. It's unknown if Shannon will be asked to analyze Miami's recruiting class.
''There's no hard feelings,'' Shannon said in the interview with The Associated Press.
Shannon is still pursuing other coaching jobs, but may consider working in television for the 2011 season as ''a way to stay in it, way to stay around the game.'' It's unknown if ESPN has plans for Shannon after Wednesday's appearance. ESPN has hired several former coaches in the past, including former Florida coach Urban Meyer, a deal that was long expected and formally announced Monday.
''I see a lot of guys, they go around when they're out of coaching, see spring practices, see spring games, and they stay involved that way,'' Shannon said. ''You see how people develop and things like that. I'm making a transition. But I want to still be involved. With me, it's still fun to be around football. You watch games, you make a comment on this or that. That's fun.''
Shannon was 28-22 in four seasons at Miami, which fired him in November with four years remaining on his contract. Miami was 7-5 in the 2010 regular season under Shannon, who was involved with a small number of the players the Hurricanes hope to sign Wednesday.
Shannon told The AP that he's moving on and looking forward, not at what may have been at Miami, his alma mater.
''I'm doing well, doing really well,'' Shannon said. ''I have no setbacks. I'm not down. I'll bounce back sometime. I'm doing great.''