One of the worst kept secrets in college football is that former Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops representatives are in serious conversations with Florida State University’s next head football coach. It looks like FSU is willing to meet some of Stoops biggest demands and that includes a sizable price tag that could hit $6 million or more per year.
Stoops resume is impressive, one National Championship, 10 Big 12 Championships, three National Coach of the Year Awards, and six Big 12 Head Coach of the Year Awards.
In his 18 years as head coach of the Sooners, Stoops put together an impressive combined record of 190–48 (.798) which among the top winning percentages in the history of college football.
Stoops has been in Tallahassee twice in the past month and he clearly is taking seriously the possibility of replacing Willie Taggart who was fired after the Miami game that includes his nearly $17 million dollar buyout. So, clearly the man who has gotten the nickname “Big Game Bob,” if he wants to get back into college football as the coach at FSU.
Stoops was the defensive coordinator at the University of Florida under Steve Spurrier. The duo helped to make the Gators a National Championship team for two years before The Head Ball Coach recommended Stoops for the opening at Oklahoma.
Meanwhile, the man on the sidelines Odell Haggins is doing a good job with FSU and his players love him plus they want him to stay on as the head man. Haggins wants the job and he is an FSU guy.
It is possible that with the right set of coordinators this could be a very attractive way to go for the Seminoles because he is very good at delegation, which is the key landing and keeping good coordinators.
That was the formula used at LSU when they put together the staff for present head coach Ed Orgeron. He was the defensive coordinator at LSU, when Les Miles left Baton Rouge and yes he did have head coaching experience, however, he took the roles of the football coach and CEO.
LSU, was given a plan by Orgeron that if they put together a first class staff, with the top coordinators and recruiters in the business then success will come. It is hard to argue that Orgeron was wrong in his theory.
So, Haggins could be a good backup plan to Stoops if the Seminoles find a way to win out, or win all the games left and even a close loss to Florida might do the trick.
Over on the coach search committee side, Iowa State’s 39 year old head coach Matt Campbell remains a hot name. It is likely that the coaching search company are likely looking at him as a successful man with the Cyclones. Add to that list Minnesota’s P.J. Fleck, Mark Stoops, (Bob’s brother), at Kentucky. Penn State’s James Franklin and Memphis head coach Mike Norvell is a very attractive candidate.
All that being said it looks like FSU is pushing hard to get Stoops in place before the first or second week of December. Landing Stoops puts FSU back in the national spotlight and is worth the gamble by both sides of these negotiations.
For FSU to get back on the national radar Stoops is likely the best short term plan for the Seminoles. They are only four years removed from winning a National Title.
After the Taggart hire FSU can not afford to make a mistake on this hire. So, we will see if Big Game Bob will be willing put on that Seminoles visor.