Two quality hires, if you ask me.
West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez to AlabamaOOPS! See update below.
- Miami defensive coordinator Randy Shannon hired as head coach
The Bear may still be dead, but
Alabama fans may finally have someone to rally around with superb credentials who likely won't jump ship (ahem, Franchione) or have an all-time bender in the Panhandle (ahem, Price).
Rodriguez is in that Price mold which strikes me as a good thing. He's innovative and tough and demands discipline of his players and exudes tremendous confidence on the sidelines.
His hire is also a good thing for the SEC as it continues to move away from its stone age football past thanks to the return of Steve Spurrier to go along with Urban Meyer at Florida and now Rodriguez at Alabama.
As for Shannon, he's been a superb defensive coordinator who has put together some of the fiercest defenses for years on end. It's not the splashiest hire around, but he's been an elite coordinator and that bodes well for his success as the head man. Plus, it'll make the Black Coaches Association a little happier this holiday season. His hire is good for college football and hopefully he'll emerge as one of the nation's finest head men around.
UPDATE: Um, oops. Yeah Coach Rodriguez is staying at West Virginia. Stupid newspapers didn't get it right. I'm sticking to the message boards next time.
Oh, and Heisman Pundit disagree with my take on Randy Shannon. What an awesome afternoon, where's my bottle of Maker's? Grr...
I just think that when your program has its worst season in 30 years, you don't fix it by hiring as your new head coach one of the coaches responsible for that season. Especially when he's never been a head coach before.