Shannon won't meet with Dolphins

Pro Football

December 19, 2004|By SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins' plans to speak with Randy Shannon about their vacant coaching position were dashed yesterday when the University of Miami defensive coordinator said he didn't plan to interview.

Shannon denied being contacted by the franchise despite sources saying the Dolphins planned to interview him and interim coach Jim Bates congratulating him on the chance during his news conference yesterday.

LSU's Nick Saban remains the front-runner, but the Dolphins are trying to fulfill NFL rules regarding coaching vacancies as well as keeping their options open by interviewing minority candidates. The Dolphins will speak tomorrow with former Oakland Raiders coach Art Shell, who like Shannon is black, and Tuesday with Bates.

"What chance do I have of getting that job?" Shannon asked before forming a zero with his right thumb and fingers.

Fritz Pollard Alliance chairman John Wooten described potential interviews of Shell and Shannon as a "sham."

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