As expected, Randy Shannon will take over the Florida football defense for the Outback Bowl, according to Pat Dooley of Gatorsports.com.
Randy Shannon will be Florida's D coordinator for bowl game as Geoff Collins moves on to his duties with Temple, per source.
— Pat Dooley (@pat_dooley) December 15, 2016
But the big question is, will the former Miami head coach be assuming those duties permanently?
The vacancy was created by the departure of Geoff Collins to take on Temple’s lucrative coaching job.
Shannon is helping to prepare head coach Jim McElwain’s defense for the Jan. 2 game with Iowa.
Under Collins’ direction, the Florida defense shined. In 2016, the Gators rank No. 6 in the FBS in total yards allowed (298.3), and ranked 8th nationally in 2015 with 310.2.
At Shannon’s disposal will be one of the nation’s top secondaries against an Iowa team which has struggled to score at times this season against top foes.
Draft prospects such as Teez Tabor and Quincy Wilson will likely be playing their final games for the Gators in the Tampa game at Raymond James Stadium.
As for Shannon, he served as McElwain’s linebackers coach, associate head coach and co-defensive coordinator with Collins.
Shannon was a highly successful defensive coordinator at Miami from 2001-06 before becoming the head coach for the Hurricanes from 2007-11. He has been at Florida for two seasons after stints as linebackers coach at TCU and Arkansas.