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Randy Shannon's firing was all about wins

Miami (Fla.) held a press conference Sunday afternoon to discuss the firing of head coach Randy Shannon.

Miami (Fla.) athletic director Kirby Hocutt confirmed during the press conference that the decision to fire Shannon was made on Saturday night, hours after the Hurricanes lost to South Florida in overtime,

Offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland will coach Miami in its bowl game and assume the day-to-day duties of running the football program.

Shannon was just 28-22 in four seasons at Miami, The Hurricanes did not win an ACC title or bowl game during Shannon's tenure. Miami (Fla.) is 7-5 this season.

Shannon did a lot of good things during his time as the Hurricanes coach. He cleaned up the program, particularly the off-the-field issues. But, in the end, wins are what mattered most.

Hocutt said the decision was made looking at a "number of scenarios and facets around the team and the program."

Hocutt said a little later when asked about the decision to fire Shannon: "We've got to get better as a football team. We have to win games. As the season went along, we were not doing that. Simply stated, winning is important at the University of Miami. It always has been and always will be. We have to find a way to get on the winning side of that scoreboard more."


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