Randy Shannon will be elevated from senior defensive analyst to linebackers coach, according to multiple reports. FootballScoop.com first reported that coach Mike Norvell is promoting Shannon on Wednesday afternoon.
The move is largely expected. Shannon has been a head coach at Miami (2007-10) as well as a defensive coordinator at a number of stops, including UCF (2018-20), Florida (2017) and multiple assistant coaching stints with the Hurricanes. Shannon has also coached linebackers throughout his coaching career.
Linebackers coach / defensive run game coordinator Chris Marve left on Tuesday to become Virginia Tech’s defensive coordinator.
Shannon was out on the road over the weekend meeting with prospects as the FSU staff works to secure commitments ahead of the early signing period, which begins next Wednesday, Dec. 15. Norvell and school administrators received a waiver from the NCAA to allow Shannon to be on the road because analysts are not allowed to recruit off campus.
His promotion to an on-field coach had been the source of media speculation since Marve was pulled off the road. Shannon’s experience as a head coach, defensive coordinator and position coach — as well as recruiter — make him a valuable resource to Norvell and the program.
Shannon has spent three decades on the sidelines, mostly in college football. The exception was three years with the Miami Dolphins from 1998-2000.
This is the first coaching change for Norvell, who was able to retain his entire on-field staff from 2020 to the 2021 season.