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Randy Shannon: Somebody always questions UM

Randy Shannon has compiled a 21-17 record during his first three years as the Miami (FL) head coach. 

After building for three years, Shannon says it’s time for the Hurricanes to take the next step despite a brutal out-of-conference schedule. 

Quoting Randy Shannon: “A lot of people say they're hoping it's going to be a good season. We can't think of good. If you accept being good, you're never going to take that next step of being great. We feel like we're going to have a great season.''

“Somebody always questions the University of Miami. They say, `Coach, how are you guys going to be able to make it to win the championship because your out-of-conference schedule is so tough.' I'm thinking, `I don't understand. We've always been a school that doesn't back down from anyone.’”

“With the coaching staff and players and chemistry we have on our staff, we feel like we can compete against anybody in America, because what we've done the past three years is build. Let's take that next step.''

Miami (FL) opens against Florida A&M. The Hurricanes then travel to Ohio State (3:40 pm EST kick-off) and Pittsburgh (7:40 pm EST kick-off). The regular season finale is at home against South Florida.