Thursday’s Daily Briefing: Angelos says rumors of Shannon to FAU not true
You know it's recruiting season when the rumors about a coach's future start popping up and it didn’t take long for rumors of former Miami coach Randy Shannon taking over FAU in 2012 to make the rounds on Wednesday.
By the end of the day, many FAU fans had assumed that the former UM coach was on his way to Boca Raton and they were already getting ready for “ShannonBall”, which produced a 28-22 record at The U before he was run out of Coral Gables in November.
I hate to bring bad news - or in this case, no news - to those camped out at the Oxley Center waiting for Shannon to prepare for his season as Coach in Waiting.
According to FAU Athletic Director Craig Angelos, they could be waiting a long time.
Angelos (pctured) told me Wednesday afternoon nothing has changed concerning the future of the program.
“There’s nothing to that,” Angelos said. “We still have the same plan we have always had and that’s getting ready for the 2011 season. Eventually we will have to figure out past that, but we’re not to that point yet.”
Would it makes sense for Angelos to hire Shannon if Schnellenberger were to decide to retire? It’s possible. The two know each other well from their days at Miami and Angelos told me “he’s on the Christmas card list.”
However, without knowing when the post-Schnellenberger era is to begin at FAU, it’s foolish to speculate on who would be the next coach because no one knows exactly who will be available at that time. Angelos acknowledged that by the time FAU will be looking for a coach Shannon and possibly the other candidate du jour - former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach - could be gainfully employed somewhere.
But, more importantly, public speculation on a coach’s future is detrimental to recruiting, so hopefully this rumor has run the cycle and Angelos’ comments to FAUOwlAccess.com will put the rumor to bed. I also would hope that next time, FAU fans won’t participate in spreading something that more than likely was put out by a rival school to hurt recruiting.
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In addition to having the news first that Manhattan’s travel problems would force Thursday’s basketball game at FAU to be postponed, we also continued hanging out our Owl Awards, including the award for the player to be missed the most next season.