FSU looks to have coach in place by end of November

Florida State is moving quickly to fill its head football coaching vacancy.

Perhaps not as fast as the social-media fueled speculation of many fans and boosters, but the search is off and running.

Athletics director David Coburn stating on Wednesday that he thinks a hire is a few weeks away. Coburn has hired Glenn Sugiyama of DHR International, a coaching search firm, to help the Seminoles find a new coach.

“He has given us thus far very good advice,” Coburn told the FSU athletics board. “He has been very easy to work with. We are proceeding down a path that will get us to a new coach by the end of the month.”

Coburn said that Sugiyama has done about 300 searches.

Former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops has been a hot topic of discussion surrounding the FSU search. Other candidates could include Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and Iowa State coach Matt Campbell as well as Clemson coordinators Tony Elliott, Jeff Scott and Brent Venables.

Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck has agreed to an extension but it’s not clear if he has signed the contract.

Coburn said that he has been in frequent communication with interim head coach Odell Haggins. “He is comfortable with where the team is,” Coburn said. “He’s paid a lot of attention to them. He’s paid a lot of attention to the recruits. I think they’ve had two pretty good days of practice (Tuesday and Wednesday).”

FSU (4-5) will play at Boston College on Saturday (noon on ACC Network). A win for the Seminoles would put them on a path toward bowl-eligibility with a game ahead next weekend against FCS Alabama State (4-4).


  1. Jim Gladden Reply

    Jeff Scott grew up in Tallahassee, the son of Brad Scott, very bright young man and has the experience of seeing first hand and being a part of a staff that has built it’s own dynasty, I know Brent Venables also He has a disposition like Jimbo, don,t personally know Fleck, Norvell or Campbell only they all have done a great job in not so Great Football coaching jobs.

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