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Derrick Brooks makes compelling Florida State AD choice

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In term’s of impact players, especially on defense, in the last 25 years of Florida State football, there’s probably no more significant name than Derrick Brooks.

The former All American linebacker who helped lead FSU to their first National Championship in 1993, has “bled Garnett and Gold” for a long time. It doesn’t hurt that he went to have a Hall of Fame career with the Bucs, winning a Superbowl and NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

Now, his alma matter is in need.

As we wrote yesterday, FSU VP of Athletics Stan Wilcox has resigned and is taking a job with the NCAA effective October 1st.

So, now, the Noles, who have just hired Willie Taggart and are about to embark on his first football season, need a new boss.

And Brooks is a compelling candidate.

First, while still playing for the Buccaneers, Brooks was part of the Florida State Board of Trustees for seven years (2003-10). This shows his dedication and concern for his school. Next, post playing career, he was also President and GM of the now defunct Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League for six seasons. So, he has acumen of running a front office, too.

We wrote earlier this spring that when former USF athletic director Mark Harlan left Tampa to go to the University of Utah for the same position, that the Tampa Bay icon, Brooks should be a strong candidate.

He eventually announced that he was not interested in the job, but would continue to support the school in their search. They eventually hired former College Football Playoff COO Michael Kelly.

It’s unclear if Brooks would have genuine interest in the Seminoles position. To add to the intrigue, his son DeCalon is also now a linebacker at FSU, having red-shirted last year off an ACL injury.

So, Brooks will be making frequent trips to Tallahassee and road games, anyway.

And look, FSU will have no shortage of candidates that will be interested in one the more high profile AD jobs you could get in the South, especially.

Still, Derrick Brooks would make a lot of sense for a lot reasons to run FSU’s athletics department.

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