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Lane Kiffin denies reported interest in Florida State head coach job

Lane Kiffin FAU
Hours after he was reported as interested in the Florida State head coaching job, Lame Kiffin is denying that chatter and using it as a recruiting pitch.

Kiffin took to Twitter to reply to someone urging him to come to Seminoles, denying the rumor and focusing on winning a conference title.

Earlier reporting Monday suggested Kiffin wanted the job. Maybe he does and is denying it right now because there’s no indication that Florida State is interested. We may never find out. But Kiffin is a smooth operator and used it to urge people to come to Florida Atlantic. When you’re in the spotlight, might as well make the most of it. Kiffin has never failed to do just that.

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops refusing to be drawn into Florida State speculation

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops’ name has popped up frequently as a speculative contender for the vacant Florida State head coaching job, but with key games looming, the coach isn’t going there.

Stoops said Monday that he had no interest in addressing the Florida State rumors, and his focus was entirely on the Wildcats’ upcoming game against Tennessee.

“It’s something that you don’t really want to address in season,” Stoops said, via Jon Hale of the Louisville Courier Journal. “I guess it’s better than the alternative. For us, for myself, it’s 100% concentration on Tennessee. That’s all I want, that’s all I want our team to focus on. That’s all you can do. I guess with success, you’re going to have some of that.”

This is basically the only thing Stoops can say at this stage. He was Florida State’s defensive coordinator from 2010 to 2012 under Jimbo Fisher, so he has natural ties to the university, and he’s shown the ability to turn around a program at Kentucky. Those are appealing resume points as the Seminoles look to replace the fired Willie Taggart. Stoops would be a solid option, and probably less risky than another high-profile name that apparently has interest in the position.

Report: Lane Kiffin interested in Florida State head coach job

Lane Kiffin

Look out, folks. Lane Kiffin wants back into the Power Five.

According to Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports, Kiffin has expressed his interest in the Florida State job on the heels of Willie Taggart’s Sunday firing.

Of course, that interest has to be mutual, and for now, we don’t know that it is. Kiffin went 35-21 at Tennessee and USC, but he left a bad taste in everyone’s mouth with rocky departures from each job. He does know the state of Florida, as he’s taken over at Florida Atlantic and found some success.

That said, he’s Lane Kiffin, and he comes with a whole host of concerns about his demeanor and maturity. There’s a reason many athletic directors would shy away from hiring him. He’s also not exactly as successful as the top coach one report says the Seminoles want to target.

Willie Taggart owed massive buyout from Florida State after firing

Willie Taggart FSU

Florida State’s decision to fire Willie Taggart so early in his tenure is a costly one.

Taggart was owed nearly $18 million in his contract buyout, according to the Orlando Sentinel’s Matt Murschel.

Yahoo’s Pete Thamel says that if Taggart’s entire coaching staff is bought out at the end of the season, the entire cost to move on would be around $20 million.

If coaches on staff are able to find new jobs, their future salaries will offset against their buyout amounts, so it is possible that Florida State will not pay out that full $20 million amount. Regardless, between the cost to move on from Taggart and what it will take to hire someone new, the Seminoles made a very, very expensive decision.

Taggart was enjoying the team’s win over Syracuse last weekend because he knew how much his job was in danger. It turns out that was the last win he got to celebrate.

Willie Taggart fired by Florida State

Willie Taggart FSU

Willie Taggart was the man Florida State trusted to keep the Seminoles in national championship contention after Jimbo Fisher resigned, but the university apparently feels he has not done a good enough job in the less than two years he has been with the team.

Florida State announced on Sunday that Taggart has been relieved of his duties as head football coach. He will be replaced in the interim by defensive line coach Odell Haggins.

Taggart, who made a name for himself at South Florida and Oregon, finishes with a record of 9-12 at Florida State. The Seminoles went 5-7 last year and were not bowl eligible, and they are trending in the same direction this season with a 4-5 record.

Less than two seasons hardly seems like enough time to prove your worth to a college program, but it’s possible FSU could have a specific coach in mind as Taggart’s replacement.

Taggart, 43, has an overall record of 56-62 as a head coach. He was with South Florida for four seasons before heading to Oregon, where he coached just one season and left to take the FSU job. Taggart is owed a massive buyout from FSU.

Report: Florida State considering firing Willie Taggart, pursuing Urban Meyer

Urban Meyer

The Florida State Seminoles expect to be among college football’s elite, and the fact that they’re not may cost Willie Taggart his job.

According to Zach Barnett of Football Scoop, Florida State has begun discussing Taggart’s future with donors. Taggart went 5-7 last season, which was his first on the job and FSU’s worst finish since 1975. They’re currently 3-4 this year. If the Seminoles limp to the finish line, it is believed that the school could move on from Taggart despite the fact that he has a $17 million buyout.

If Florida State were to part ways with Taggart, they would reportedly make Urban Meyer their top target. Meyer coached Florida and had great success there, so he has ties to the area. There is no guarantee that it’s a job Meyer would want, however. The Seminoles will be an extensive rebuilding effort, and it’s not clear whether Meyer would be on board with taking on that responsibility at this stage of his career — especially when he could have his pick of jobs elsewhere.

If Meyer is unwilling to take the job, Florida State would have to determine if there are any other options the school likes enough to part ways with Taggart in order to hire.

It seems like Meyer would coach again. However, the job he openly spoke about is a lot more established and wouldn’t involve recruiting. All the same, it’s a sign of how desperate times are in Tallahassee that the option is even being discussed.

Florida State avoids upset after ULM kicker Jacob Meeks misses extra point in OT

Willie Taggart FSU

The hot seat for Willie Taggart was about to get scorching, but he was bailed out by Louisiana-Monroe’s kicker.

Louisiana-Monroe took Florida State to overtime in Tallahassee on Saturday before losing 45-44. The score was tied 38-38 after regulation. The Seminoles scored first in overtime and went up 45-38. ULM responded with a touchdown to make it 45-44, but kicker Jacob Meeks missed the extra point.

Florida State appeared to get a hand on the kick attempt.

Meeks had previously made a short field goal to tie the game late to send it to overtime and had make all of his extra points.

Florida State went 5-7 in Taggart’s first season last year, their worst season since 1975. They blew a big lead in their opener and lost to Boise State. Had they also fallen to Louisiana-Monroe and started 0-2, Taggart might have been toast.

Willie Taggart asks fans to stick with him after collapse

Willie Taggart FSU

Willie Taggart is asking for fans to stick by him despite another tough loss by Florida State.

Taggart’s Seminoles were looking great to start their game Saturday against Boise State. They scored on their first four possessions and were up 24-6 in the second quarter. They held a 31-19 lead going into halftime but were completely shutout in the second half and lost 36-31.

After the game, Taggart asked for the faith of fans and promised he would get the team out of its losses.

Taggart opened the season on the hot seat for Florida State. The team went 5-7 under him last year — their worst mark since 1975. He appeared to be beginning the season the right way Saturday until it all came to a halt in the second half. He needs to turn things around and quickly, because his promises have not worked out so well.

Florida State RB Khalan Laborn charged with marijuana possession

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Florida State running back Khalan Laborn is expected to take on a significant role with the Seminoles in 2019 after he was injured and redshirted this season, but he may first need to prove he can stay out of trouble off the field.

According to court documents obtained by Brendan Sonnone of Noles247, Laborn was arrested on Nov. 19 and charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession of less than 20 grams. The arrest came after police stopped a car that was driving without headlights at 1:30 a.m., and an officer smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle. Laborn, who was driving, and another FSU student were handcuffed while the arresting officer searched the car and found a glass jar containing marijuana in a backpack. The backpack also had Laborn’s wallet and ID card inside it.

Laborn was issued a notice to appear in court and has an arraignment date set for Jan. 10.

A representative from Florida State told Noles247 that the school is “aware of this situation and discipline has been handled internally.” That likely means Laborn will not be facing a suspension.

Laborn is a former five-star recruit who was considered one of the top players at his position coming out of high school. You may remember the over-the-top way that he committed to Florida State, and the Seminoles are hoping he has a big year in 2019.

Kendal Briles reportedly being pursued by Florida State

Kendal Briles

Kendal Briles continues to be a hot coaching name.

Not only was Briles considered a candidate for the Tennessee offensive coordinator position, but he also is being pursued by Florida State, according to ESPN’s Chris Low.

Briles, 36, is the son of disgraced former Baylor head coach Art Briles. 
Kendal was hired by Lane Kiffin at FAU and served as their offensive coordinator in 2017 and moved to Houston to be Major Applewhite’s OC this season. He received a three-year deal worth $2.1 million from Houston this week after helping the Cougars become the No. 4 scoring offense in the country.

Florida State just completed its first season under new head coach Willie Taggart. The Seminoles went an embarrassing 5-7 and ranked 115th out of 120 teams with 21.9 points scored per game.