Stand­ing by Shan­non

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

Coach Randy Shan­non has re­turned the U to re­spectabil­ity in his first three sea­sons, but the Hur­ri­canes are still wait­ing for that break­out sea­son that ends with a BCS bowl ap­pear­ance. Af­ter start­ing 5-1 last year, Mi­ami was 4-3 in its fi­nal seven games, in­clud­ing a loss to Wis­con­sin in the Champs Sports Bowl.

The Mi­ami brass re­warded Shan­non with a four-year con­tract ex­ten­sion in the off­sea­son, in­di­cat­ing they be­lieve he is the coach to lead the Hur­ri­canes back to na­tional promi­nence. We’ll see. Those in Shan­non’s first re­cruit­ing class are now ju­niors and red­shirt sopho­mores, play­ers who have been in the pro­gram for three years.

The Canes hope this will be a sea­son of firsts for their coach, mean­ing a first ACC ti­tle and a first bowl vic­tory.

J. Pat carter 2009 AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Mi­ami quar­ter­back Ja­cory Har­ris was in­con­sis­tent in the sec­ond half of last sea­son but fin­ished with solid statis­tics. He could be a Heis­man Tro­phy can­di­date this fall.

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