College Football Coaching Rumors: Florida State's Top Targets, Latest On Tennessee's Search & More

Welcome to another crazy day in the college football coaching carousel. After a week of uncertainty, Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher has resigned in order to take the same position with the Texas A&M Aggies, creating another major coaching opening. Of course, the drama of Tennessee's coaching search continues to provide plenty of storylines as well. Here are all the latest coaching news & rumors you need to know:

Florida State's top targets to replace Fisher
The Seminoles had reportedly been preparing for Fisher potentially leaving and have identified Oregon's Willie Taggart and Virginia Tech's Justin Fuente as their top two targets, according to Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports.

Taggart just finished his first season with the Ducks, going 7-5 after a successful three-year tenure at USF. Fuente is 19-7 in two seasons with the Hokies.

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Phillip Fulmer undermining Tennessee coaching search?
Tennessee unsurprisingly fired athletics director John Currie on Friday for the way he has completely mishandled the Vols' coaching search, and former head coach Phillip Fulmer has been named his replacement - which appears to have been Fulmer's plan all along.

According to Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports, Fulmer was undermining the coaching search in hopes to get Currie fired and take his job.

Fulmer was fired (probably unwisely) in 2008, and he’s never really moved on. He’s still in Knoxville and still wants to throw his weight around, to the point that many people believe he actively undercut Currie during this search.

Sources familiar with aspects of the Tennessee search say Fulmer was communicating with prospective coaching candidates, and probably not in conjunction with Currie. Fulmer might have had his own coaching wish list and proceeded accordingly, with or without authorization. At least one coaching candidate contacted by Tennessee received very mixed signals about the school’s interest, in part because of Fulmer’s involvement.

Fulmer went 152-52 in 17 years as Tennessee's head coach. He has tried to get other coaching jobs since his firing but has never been a serious candidate anywhere else.

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Scott Frost to Nebraska already done?
The Nebraska Cornhuskers have been targeting UCF head coach and Nebraska alum Scott Frost to be their next head coach, and according to Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel, it sounds like a deal between the two is already done.

Unless there is a last-minute change of heart, it’s sounding more and more like Scott Frost will be leaving UCF and heading home to Nebraska.

During his weekly appearance on our “Open Mike” radio show Thursday, Frost made a couple of emotional, heartfelt comments that make it seem likely he will announce his decision to leave sometime after Saturday’s monumental American Athletic Conference Championship Game between unbeaten and 14th-ranked UCF and once-beaten and 20th-ranked Memphis.

Frost has led UCF to a 12-0 record so far this year after a disappointing 6-7 record and a bowl loss in 2016. 

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