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Shannon Dawson mentioned as potential candidate for Louisiana-Monroe job

I don’t know how up you are on your Louisiana-Monroe news, but apparently, the Warhawks fired head coach Todd Berry on Saturday following a 59-21 loss to Arkansas State. The search is on for a new head coach and today, The News Star’s Adam Hunsucker listed Shannon Dawson as a potential candidate.

Dawson is a Louisiana native and coached at Southeastern Louisiana at the beginning of his career, so the move wouldn’t be totally off base; however, as even Hunscuker notes, it’s not like Dawson has a lot to brag about after this season, pointing out that UK’s currently 109th in the FBS in scoring. Ouch, baby. Also problematic: money. Berry made $200,000 less than Dawson currently makes at Kentucky.

The potential long-term job security of Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops could be a factor here, but so could money. It’s very doubtful ULM could approach the kind of pay day Dawson is already receiving at Kentucky. The best strategy ULM could take here is to sell the opportunity to be a head coach and the chance to get out of a situation that could go south at in Lexington. Of course it’s also fair to point out the ‘Cat’s offensive struggles under Dawson are part of the reason for their struggles.

Right now, could Dawson “taking the leap” to his first head coaching job be a win-win for both parties?

[The News Star]

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34 Comments for Shannon Dawson mentioned as potential candidate for Louisiana-Monroe job

  1. kycats13
    2:32 pm November 20, 2015 Permalink

    Let this be true.

    • theSkinny81
      3:11 pm November 20, 2015 Permalink

      Who do you have in mind as the next OC?

    • ClutchCargo
      3:25 pm November 20, 2015 Permalink

      ^ A perceived lack of better options is a terrible reason to continue doing something that is not working. It’s not even a matter of giving the guy time to implement his system; he has proven to me that he has no clue with his comments when questioned about various bonehead play calls. No way is Dawson the only guy who could and would do this job.

    • TheNewOriginal
      4:37 pm November 20, 2015 Permalink

      Next OC? Hal Mumme. If Mumme would have had even a decent defense, UK would have won a lot of games.

  2. 3dcatfan
    2:33 pm November 20, 2015 Permalink

    I think Dawson might be getting a raw deal right now. I think Stoops is handcuffing him and what he wants to do. Watch the 1st half against Louis-Lafayette and tell me that offense resembles anything we’ve tried to do since. Not even close!

    • kycats13
      2:38 pm November 20, 2015 Permalink

      I’ll give you that, it is unrecognizable.

    • The Professor
      6:32 pm November 20, 2015 Permalink

      There is a good reason for the offense looking different. It even looked different in the 2nd half of that game because their defense made adjustments. Dawson’s offense is built around power running and throwing the deep pass. Against SEC caliber defenses that bring pressure, an offensive line like UK’s cannot give the QB time for deep routes to develop. A good coordinator can adjust his offense to better succeed. Dawson has tried to run the same system all season with little success. That includes a 40 yard pass play on 4th and 1 against Vandy. His famous mantra is”but if it worked you would have loved it”. If my aunt had balls she would be my uncle!

  3. za
    2:35 pm November 20, 2015 Permalink

    To answer the question: yes it’s a win-win. I really would love to see a new philosophy take over the team in terms of offense.

  4. Bluebloodtoo
    2:56 pm November 20, 2015 Permalink

    really people? 3 new OC’s in three years? Just NO.

    • inside info2
      3:41 pm November 20, 2015 Permalink

      Sadly, this ^^^

      Having 3 OCs in 4 seasons would not be good for recruiting and not good for the current players. Yes, you can say that we lost OCs due to them becoming HCs, but if I was an offensive skill guy I would want congruity.

    • Jnet389
      5:06 pm November 20, 2015 Permalink

      I think you mean “continuity”. And yes offensive players and fans love continuity of sucking.

    • inside info2
      5:22 pm November 20, 2015 Permalink

      congruity noun
      1. The act or state of agreeing or conforming:
      accordance, agreement, chime, conformance, conformation, conformity, congruence, correspondence, harmonization, harmony, keeping.
      2. Logical agreement among parts:
      coherence, consistence, consistency.

  5. Howdy Doody
    3:11 pm November 20, 2015 Permalink

    Bye Bye !!!!!

  6. Jaxson
    3:15 pm November 20, 2015 Permalink

    Maybe it’s time to deliver the air raid that always seems to be promised…..

  7. kyjohn
    3:15 pm November 20, 2015 Permalink

    Maybe Dawson will get the job and will take Stoops with him to be his defense coordinator.That would be awesome.

  8. bosshogg24
    3:21 pm November 20, 2015 Permalink

    Dawson was a bad hire by Swoops, UK can do better! Play calling killed UK all season!

  9. cats paw
    3:23 pm November 20, 2015 Permalink

    im just glad you homers didnt hire Petrino!!! we would have a competitive SEC program with not a single mention of the staff leaving, at half the cost!! but hey… all know your football

    • Katya
      3:29 pm November 20, 2015 Permalink

      But then your team wouldn’t have him 🙁

    • cats paw
      3:50 pm November 20, 2015 Permalink

      we all new kat eyes couldnt comment without referring to Louisville. instead of just admitting she’s the biggest of homers that support this joke of a program, she tries to make herself feel better about it by putting down Louisville

    • theWilkman
      4:01 pm November 20, 2015 Permalink

      “we all new kat eyes couldnt comment without referring to Louisville. ”

      Says the guy who brings up Petrino on a daily basis.

  10. LeitchfieldAlex
    3:40 pm November 20, 2015 Permalink

    bye sir and good luck!

  11. Long Dong Silver
    3:46 pm November 20, 2015 Permalink

    Just a question, but why in the name of Knute Rockne would they want him as head coach? I’m being serious.

  12. secrick
    4:09 pm November 20, 2015 Permalink

    cats paw Petrino sucks, petino sucks, we don’t want them had a chance to hire Petrino but didn’t and are glad we didn’t. Your school is the laughing stock of all college sports right now the 3 P’s are not something we are interested in. Petrino, Pitino, and Prostitutes.

  13. The Rest of the story
    4:33 pm November 20, 2015 Permalink

    Please please please UL Monroe take him he is Really good and will make your school a big time winner. Do not listen to the negative talk on this page these people are hacks and liars and just do not want you to take him away from us. I am sure Stoops will give you a glowing recommendation and assure you of his coaching prowess.

  14. Kyblue34
    4:40 pm November 20, 2015 Permalink

    I don’t think Dawson is really the one to blame for the offensive woes this season, as Neil Brown’s offense had the exact same problems last year. So, you have two coaches who both have great reputations of being masterminds on offense and have succeeded everywhere else they had been. Clearly the problem is not with them. Brown never had the personnel to even attempt to run the air raid, and I truly believe that Dawson wanted to run the air raid offense this season, but realized that Towles was simply not good enough to run it. The most important aspect of the air raid offense is having a QB that can accurately make quick short and mid-range throws. Towles is one of the worst college QBs I have ever seen at making those throws…………he is far more accurate at the deep throws, which is very unusual. And I believe Dawson has been handcuffed into having to play Towles, whether by Stoops or someone higher up. I would very much like for Dawson to come back next year, and see what he can do with a different QB, hopefully Barker.

    • The Rest of the story
      4:45 pm November 20, 2015 Permalink

      Maybe it is time to totally dump the ideal of an air raid offense as all the top teams in the nation do not run it. Time UK played football and not hope ball.

    • CATandMONKEY
      5:49 pm November 20, 2015 Permalink

      I must have missed the news release that proclaimed Dawson an offensive mastermind.

  15. [email protected]
    5:18 pm November 20, 2015 Permalink

    I think it’s pretty apparent the UL-Monroe AD doesn’t have the cable package that includes the SEC Network….

    The real question is, what can UK throw in along with Dawson to sweeten the deal?

    • Rob
      5:36 pm November 20, 2015 Permalink

      An offensive line coach, D coordinator, special teams coach (oh wait we don’t have one, dang)…..

  16. Shawn Kemp
    5:29 pm November 20, 2015 Permalink

    He’s also apparently a finalist for paisley tie of the year… @dallonadams

  17. Souf beach Lou
    5:52 pm November 20, 2015 Permalink

    This will never happen but if Dawson leaves or is let go I’d love to see Steve Spurrier as UK OC. The one thing this staff lacks is experience and maybe it’d be a nice fit for steve to not have to be the boss and he can suit back call plays and help teach the other coaches. My thinking is also UK is running out of time to get this thing going we can’t take on another coach for on the job training they need to be ready to go from day 1.

    • The Professor
      6:38 pm November 20, 2015 Permalink

      From your lips to God’s ear! ……well Spurrier thinks he is a God anyway.

  18. keiths
    7:42 pm November 20, 2015 Permalink


  19. jr
    12:35 am November 21, 2015 Permalink

    Look lets all be real for a min.. Dawson was a bad hire, no question. As a matter of fact, if he stays(which he will) it may bring the end of Stoops as head coach. That’s how bad he is. Also how can the coaches really say they know whats going on during the game when you get tricked like they did against Vandy last week? They really know whats going on! They are so confused, running the side lines during the game., have no clue period. Just sucks for us real Cat fans. Thank goodness we have Cal, and BB is back..