CORAL GABLES — Former Miami coach Randy Shannon is headed back to the sideline.

A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press that Shannon has agreed to terms and will become TCU’s linebackers coach. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the hiring had not yet been announced by the school.

Shannon was fired by the University of Miami at the end of the 2010 regular season. He went 28-22 in four seasons with the Hurricanes and, before his stint as head coach, he was one of the nation’s top defensive coordinators. In his six seasons as a coordinator, the Hurricanes finished ranked among the nation’s top 10 defenses five times — a span that also included the 2001 national championship.

Shannon was a linebacker for Miami in the mid-1980s and started for the Hurricanes team that won the 1987 national championship. Shannon, a Miami native, was a graduate assistant when the Hurricanes won another title in 1991 and also spent a short time as a linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys before entering the coaching world.

As a player, assistant coach and head coach, Shannon spent 21 years with the Hurricanes. Since his ouster at Miami, he has visited several NFL and college programs around the country to study how other programs are run and TCU was one of the places he followed closely.

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