“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.
Odell Haggins admitted that FSU's coaching staff was even "shocked" by the news on Sunday and talked about his message to the team:
— Warchant.com (@Warchant) November 6, 2019
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.
FSU released Mike Norvell’s assistant coach’s salary info
New FSU coach Mike Norvell is full speed ahead in every aspect of his program, including finalizing his coaching staff. And, he and the athletic department are making sure that his coaches are more than competitively compensated for his first season.
The Tallahassee Democrat obtained coaching salary information for seven of the eight assistants that Norvell has agreed with. According to their reporting, seven coaches have signed a “letter of understanding” in lieu of later actual contract and it details their compensation amounts:
— Curt Weiler (@CurtMWeiler) January 24, 2020
First, Norvell agreed to a six year deal in December to take over in Tallahassee and it will average just over $4.4 million over the life of the deal. He also received an assistant pool from the school of $5.25 million.
On the breakdown, Norvell’s highest paid assistant will be defensive coordinator, Adam Fuller, who is slated to make $800,000 this season after coming to the Noles with Norvell from Memphis
Norvell will pay FSU’s new offensive coordinator, Kenny Dillingham, who was at Auburn a year ago, but was previously the offensive coordinator at Memphis with Norvell before that, $625,000. And, special teams coordinator John Papuchis will earn $550,000 this season.
The paper also learn the three other position coaches are also going to be making half a million dollars each. Interestingly, defensive line coach Odell Haggins has an existing salary a $482,000 and is being retained by Norvell. One would have to believe with the job that Haggins did, once again as the interim head coach for the final three games of the season and FSU’s bowl game, if you’ll receive some type of raise.
Receivers Coach Ron Dugans was also retained by Norvell and his compensation is slated to be $450,000 for this season, unless Norvell, chooses to give him as raise, too.
The only salary exception is defensive backs coach Marcus Woodson, who has been reportedly hired this past week, but not officially announced by the school. And, FSU obviously does not have a letter of understanding with Woodson, like the others do.
Norvell has taken over the Seminoles after leading the Memphis Tigers to their most successful season in their history at 12 – 1, including an American Conference Championship game win over Cincinnati. That earned them a berth in the Cotton Bowl.
Norvell did not return to coach that game is Penn State defeated them on New Year’s Day.
His previous salary was just over $2.5 million with incentives at Memphis.
ACC releases FSU and Miami dates for 2020 opponents
The Atlantic Coast Conference released their conference schedule for 2020 on Wednesday morning, and we now know the opponents and the order of conference games for the Seminoles and the Hurricanes.
First, for Miami. They already knew that they were opening the pre-conference schedule with Temple at home on Saturday, September 5th, and there toughest early test will likely be at Michigan State three Saturdays later.
The 2020 📅 has officially arrived!
This year's schedule features seven games at @HardRockStadium including Florida State.
— Canes Football (@CanesFootball) January 22, 2020
Miami will play their only non-Saturday ACC game six days later on a Friday night in Winston-Salem, NC, against Wake Forest.
Miami also has home games with North Carolina and then the Seminoles, which comes on November 7th. The Hurricanes will also play at Virginia, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech before finishing the season on Saturday November 28th back at home vs. Duke.
As for the Seminoles, they come off of a loaded pre-conference season where they are playing West Virginia in Atlanta on Labor Day weekend Saturday September 5th. And, they are playing at Boise State in the return game for last year’s upset loss on September 19th in Idaho.
FSU learned Wednesday, that they will open at NC State on Saturday October 3rd. The Noles and first year coach Mike Norvell, then get four time defending champion Clemson, as their second ACC opponent the following week in Tallahassee.
Then, they also host Wake Forest on October 17th. FSU’s remaining road games are at Louisville, Miami and Syracuse. The game against the Orange will be on Thursday night November 19th.
Florida State’s final ACC home game will be with Boston College on the previous Saturday, November 14th.
As part of the ACC schedule release, UCF learned that they will be playing Friday night September 4th in their home opener with North Carolina. That game to be televised nationally by ESPN.
The Knights already knew that they would be playing Georgia Tech in the pre-conference schedule on September 19th in Atlanta.
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