Odell Haggins says his voice mail fills up too fast. He can’t keep up.
The Florida State interim head coach listens to the messages. Then he goes about his day. The voice mail fills up again.
But Haggins, who played at FSU as a linebacker and nose tackle from 1985-89, also took time to make some phone calls on Monday.
“I called coach (Bobby) Bowden this morning, I called Mickey Andrews, coach (Jim) Gladden and coach (Wally) Burnham,” Haggins said. “I said, ‘Thank you all very much.’ They said, ‘Dell, why? You did that.’ I said, ‘No. You all did it the Florida State way. I learned a lot from you all.’ What you all see in me now, that’s what I learned from a lot of you all and my mother. They instilled integrity in us and character and never quit.”
Haggins is 3-0 in his second time as FSU’s interim head coach. The Seminoles are coming off a 38-31 win at Boston College and now prepare for FCS Alabama State on Saturday at noon.
It’s because of coaches like Bowden, Andrews and others who have built the foundation for who Haggins is and how he coaches, he said.
“That’s why I’m able to stand up here now and talk being an interim head coach because of (them),” Haggins said.
Not having defensive tackle Marvin Wilson against BC was a huge loss. Wilson did not make the trip, but he was at the Moore Athletic Center on Saturday night when the Seminoles stepped off the bus after a flight back from Boston.
“As his coach, position coach, it brought tears to my eyes,” Haggins said. “Just think about this. You are an adult. You want your best player on your team he can’t play, he wants to be there, he’s sacrificing, ‘Coach, I’ll wrap it up and I’ll play this game make sure we get bowl-eligible.
“That speaks a lot. He’s a big-time leader. Great kid. I love him.”
Keeping up with recruits
FSU’s signing class ranks 18th in the nation, a group that is holding together for the time being and likely waiting to see who is hired as the permanent head coach. The Seminoles lost a few prospects in running back Jaylan Knighton, safeties Jalen Harrell and Derek Bermudez and cornerback Isaiah Dunson.
Haggins said that the staff has been active in communicating with the 2020 commitments.
“We’re calling and we’re texting them every day,” Haggins said. “And the best way to handle recruiting, this coach thinks so, is keep winning and letting them know that we’re going back to the Florida State way. Of course, we are going to have some de-commitments. But the kids, they want to see what’s going on. … A lot of families, that’s what they want to see, they want to see a plan in recruiting.”
McKitty makes late appearance
Tre’ McKitty (ankle) was a game-time decision and didn’t play until the on-side kick at the end of the game. McKitty was on the hands team that recovered the ball in the final seconds.
Haggins opened his press conference with the media by thanking the members of the military for their service as we celebrate Veterans’ Day.
ACC players of the week
Receiver Tamorrion Terry set career highs in receptions (seven) and receiving yards (156) in FSU’s 38-31 win over Boston College. Terry was named the ACC’s receiver of the week. His six catches of at least 60 yards or more over the last two years is the most in the nation.
Hamsah Nasirildeen was named the ACC’s defensive back of the week for the second time in three weeks. Nasirildeen had 22 tackles in FSU’s win at Boston College, the most by a Seminole in 50 years.
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