Willie Taggart has been fired by the Florida State Seminoles, ending his tenure as FSU head coach after less than two years. So who are the top candidates to replace Willie Taggart has Florida State head coach? We’ve got the top FSU targets and some realistic options.
There are some big names Florida State could hire, like James Franklin, Urban Meyer and Bob Stoops. But would those coaches want the FSU rebuilding job? Speaking of Stoops, what about Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops as an option?
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Proven coaches should be high on FSU’s head coach candidate list and there are several who make sense. Florida State has seen Dave Clawson rebuild Wake Forest in the ACC: could he be a top target? Three other names have seen their coaching stock go up in recent years: PJ Fleck, Mike Norvell and Matt Campbell.
Florida State could go with a coordinator hire, and two Clemson coaches make sense: Tony Elliott and Jeff Scott.
Taggart’s firing won’t be cheap: It will cost about $17 million, plus money owed to assistant coaches will be fired once the next head coach is hired. Taggart struggled in less than 2 years, showing no signs of growth, forcing an expensive change.
Here are the Top 10 Candidates to replace Willie Taggart:
#10 Urban Meyer
#9 James Franklin
#8 Bob Stoops
#7 Dave Clawson
#6 Matt Campbell
#5 Tony Elliott
#4 Jeff Scott
#3 Mike Norvell
#2 Mark Stoops
#1 PJ Fleck