Update: FSU’s coaching search

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Florida State’s coaching search hit the one-month mark on Tuesday. And it could very well continue to Friday or Monday.

Some of the developments on Tuesday include a coach off the table and a potential top candidate. We’ll tell you below what we know and what we think:

Iowa State coach Matt Campbell has agreed to terms on an extension through 2025, the school announced. Campbell has been pursued by a number of college programs and he reportedly turned down an interview with the New York Jets in recent years.

“My staff and I will be on the road this week actively recruiting the next class of Cyclones and it is important for recruits and their families to understand my commitment to Iowa State,” Campbell said in a statement.

Sources had indicated in prior weeks that Campbell is very selective about his next coaching jump and was inclined to stay at Iowa State until a bigger job in the Midwest came open.

The Tallahassee Democrat reported earlier on Tuesday that the search could go into the weekend. That would hint that FSU’s search has turned to a head coach or assistant coach who is playing in a conference championship game.

The Osceola staff has received indications that FSU is looking for a coach who has prior head coaching experience. That would eliminate a group of Clemson coordinators, including Brent Venables, Tony Elliott and Jeff Scott.

It’s possible that FSU’s search is focusing on Memphis’ Mike Norvell, who will play Cincinnati in the American Athletic Conference title game on Saturday (3:30 p.m. on ABC).

Norvell is 37-15 in four seasons at Memphis, including an 11-1 mark in 2019. The Tigers feature the No. 8 scoring offense, averaging 41.5 points per game. One concern could be Norvell’s recruiting ties to the state of Florida as Memphis has just two players from Florida high schools on its current roster. Norvell has previously been an assistant coach at Tulsa (2007-10), Pittsburgh (2011) and Arizona State (2012-15).

CoachingSearch.com had previously reported the DHR, the search firm that FSU hired to help find a coach, had also vetted Florida Atlantic coach Lane Kiffin. The Owls (9-3) will play host to UAB on Saturday at (1:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network).

The Osceola staff has pursued rumors of communication between FSU administrators and former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops. But we do not think that Stoops is returning to college coaching at this time and is intent to coach in the XFL with the Dallas franchise in the spring of 2020.

The delay in announcing a hire could be due to the Saturday conference title games as well as a Sunday’s basketball game featuring Clemson and No. 17 FSU at 2 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center. Bowl selections will also be set on Sunday afternoon.

It’s unlikely that FSU administrators would try to schedule a football press conference on the same day as the basketball game, which could result in a Monday press conference for a new coach.

The Osceola’s Jerry Kutz and Patrick Burnham contributed to this report

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