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Notes: Haggins updates on practice, recruiting

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Odell Haggins is Florida State’s interim head coach. But he also has shown interest in being the permanent head coach, too.

Haggins interviewed with FSU administrators on Sunday, which was first reported by Noles247 and confirmed by the Osceola. When Haggins was asked about the interview on Wednesday and what he may have conveyed to president John Thrasher and athletics director David Coburn, he did not answer.

“Really my main concern right now is getting ready for the University of Florida,” Haggins said.

FSU has spoken with former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and Haggins about the opening. Other candidates who may be in the mix include Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell, Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops and Clemson coordinators like Brent Venables, Jeff Scott and Tony Elliott.

Coburn has stated a timeline to hire a coach by the end of November or the first few days of December.

No true recruiting coordinator

When Haggins dismissed David Kelly on Monday, the Seminoles lost more of a recruiting coordinator than an assistant coach. FSU doesn’t have a point person on recruiting, Haggins said, although the coaches are working together to communicate with commitments and prospects.

“Recruiting is going fine,” Haggins said. “We’re all pitching in and working together. It’s going well.”

On Tuesday night, Texas high school quarterback Kade Renfro announced an offer from FSU. Renfro has made an unofficial visit to Tallahassee and posted a photo with FSU offensive coordinator Kendal Briles.

Bye week practice

FSU has focused on fundamentals while also preparing for Florida during the bye week.

“Practice went well this week,” Haggins said. “We’re focusing on some of the things that Florida does well. They are a really good football team. You better be fundamentally sound to play against Florida.”

No contract updates for assistants

Analysts Jim Leavitt and Mario Edwards Sr. remain on their current contracts and “there are no changes in compensation at this time,” an FSU spokesperson confirmed.

Leavitt was promoted to an on-field assistant a few weeks ago, while Edwards Sr. was elevated on Monday when recruiting coordinator David Kelly was dismissed.

“Mario is a gray hair,” Haggins said. “He has a lot of experience, pro experience. He was an All-American here. Mario brings a lot to the table. He’s high energy.”

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