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FSU assistant Haggins embraces interim coach role again

Jamil King

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“We are Florida State.” That was the message interim coach Odell Haggins had to say at his Tuesday press conference.

Speaking for the first time since being named the head coach for the rest of the season, Haggins was all positivity and it’s something that the Seminoles and their fans need, right now.

Multiple times he said, “We are Florida State University. We’re going to keep moving forward.” And, Haggins is the perfect guy to deliver the message, as well. After all, he is Florida State through and through.

He has been a assistant coach at the school since 1994 on top of playing for three seasons as a Nole. And, he has experience as the interim coach, having taken over, when Jimbo Fisher left at the end of 2017.

Now, he is taking over for different circumstances this time around after Willie Taggart’s firing, but the message is still the same. He said of the rest of the staff and himself,

“We snapped back to reality, because our main thing, we’re going to keep the main thing the main thing: Those players and the university. So, that’s going to snap you back to reality just like that.”

Haggins is right this time around instead of winning one game; he needs to win two of three for this team to make a bowl game. He said he isn’t thinking about that now and is taking it one game at a time. For now, he’s is focused on Boston College and stopping a rushing attack led by A.J. Dillion and a strong offensive line. Haggins showcased why he was the perfect man to lead this team for the next few games.

Not many would stand in the line of fire and represent the school the standard he believes it is. He ended with this message to the fans,

“ We love you. We love your support and keep supporting us. It’s all about these football players and the university. Keep coming. We are Florida State. I’m going to say it again. We are committed to getting back to being in the top five every year and winning National Championships.

The way we’re going to do it, as a family. Administration, football, and fans, our kids feed off that energy.”

In troubling times, Haggins is truly taking the #OneTribe and putting into the players, coaches, and the fans.

Jamil King is a young draft pick working his way up the depth chart on the F.F.I. roster, who enjoys watching and writing about all of Florida’s football teams.

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Report- Bob Stoops no longer candidate for FSU job

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At FSU continues to look for a replacement for Willie Taggart, you can scratch one prominent name off the list.

Friday afternoon the Tallahassee Democrat reported the former Oklahoma coach, Bob Stoops, is no longer a candidate for the vacancy:

Reports previously were that Stoops was one of the leading choices to take over the floundering Seminole program, and that Florida State may have already extended a massive offer to him.

However, Stoops, who coached Oklahoma from 1999-2016 and won a BCS National Championship against Florida State in the 2000 Orange Bowl, wants to instead keep his job as coach and general manager of the Dallas Renegades of the reboot of the XFL this February.

Stoops had also refused to deny being interested/linked to the Seminoles job, at a public Q & A for the XFL in Dallas last week.

There is obviously a financial concern for Florida State of not only the buyout that they still owe Taggart, which is believed to be somewhere around $17 million, but the potential buyout of another established coach, plus that coach’s salary for 2020 and beyond.

We wrote earlier this week that current interim coach Odell Haggins could be an excellent short-term solution for a lot of the needs that Florida state has, including financial resources.

Haggins coached the Noles to a dramatic 38 – 31 win in Boston last week over the B..C Eagles, which has now put FSU in position to make a bowl game. They need only one more victory and play FCS Alabama State at noon Doak Campbell Stadium Saturday

It is still believed that Florida State is very interested in Stoops’ younger brother Mark, who is the current coach at Kentucky, and is the former defensive coordinator for four seasons (2009-12) with Jimbo Fisher in Tallahassee.

The Democrat article also mentions that Memphis coach Mike Norvell, Penn State coach James Franklin and Iowa State coach, Matt Campbell, are candidates that FSU will seriously consider.

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Argument for keeping Odell Haggins as FSU coach

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As FSU enters their second week of trying to solve their coaching vacancy situation, the best immediate solution maybe staring right at them in interim coach, Odell Haggins.

Haggins oversaw Florida State’s dramatic 38-31 win at Boston College Saturday, which coupled with his two victories as interim coach at the end of the 2017 season has already demonstrated, in a small sample, that he has promise as a head coach. FSU will play FCS Alabama State Saturday and will likely win easily and assure themselves of a bowl game, too.

As for the search, there are three important factors in the Seminoles interviewing for the replacement for Willie Taggart.

One, the leadership in Tallahassee needs to bring stability to the program. The departure of Jimbo Fisher to take a more lucrative job in the SEC with Texas A&M and then with the dismal results from Taggart, who had only coached in a Power 5 situation for one year at Oregon, have the Noles in turmoil.

Florida State needs someone who can calm and reassure players, potential recruits, boosters and anyone else, that they’re going to get back to their winning ways. Preferably, someone who’s been there.

Two, FSU has to be concerned in the short-term with recruits “bailing on them” due to the uncertainty the coaching situation. The early signing period is coming in the second week in December. And, Florida State, right now, has one of the top 5 recruiting classes for next year in the country. But that could evaporate over the course of the next 21 days, if they are not reassured.

And finally, what can the Seminoles actually afford? With Taggart’s massive buyout, believed to be $17 million or so and the fact that FSU will have to likely buyout an established head coach for more significant money, and then, pay their salary, money is definitely a concern in the short-term.

So when you analyze Haggins, who’s been an assistant coach or a player at Florida State for 30 years, he is a solid “yes” on all three of those, above.

He would clearly bring stability, as he is Florida State through and through, including being part of Bobby Bowden and Jimbo Fisher’s National Championship staffs/teams.

Two, Haggins has been intimately involved in FSU recruiting for the last two decades. He helped hold the recruiting class together two years ago in December, when Fisher left. And, he has been instrumental in talking to recruits right now during the transition period for the next coach.

And finally, the money concerns could be alleviated, at least on a short-term basis, with hiring Haggins as the coach. He will cost significantly less to promote than the names like Mark Stoops, Mike Norvell, etc. would cost.

FSU could explore even a one or two-year option on a deal with their longtime defensive line assistant, and Haggins would probably be willing to do it for all of the reasons above. This would also be a good short term option in keeping the staff together, like offensive coordinator Kendal Briles, and potentially, elevating Jim Leavitt to defensive coordinator, if they/Haggins would like.

Again, Florida State may be able to land a proven head coach coming up and afford their buyout.

But, if they are not able to do that in short order, Odell Haggins appears to be an excellent option to continue to bring short-term stability and success that’s affordable.

And those are three “wins” that FSU needs right now, too.

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