TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Searching for a head football coach is something that Florida State doesn’t have a lot of experience with lately. The great Bobby Bowden was the Seminoles coach for 34 seasons and hand-picked Jimbo Fisher as his replacement.
Now that Fisher has left Tallahassee for College Station, FSU is looking for just its third coach since 1976.
Tennessee, Arkansas, and Nebraska also have openings for a head football coach but Florida State is the premier job on that list.
Here are a couple of names that could replace Fisher in Tallahassee:
Willie Taggart, Oregon:
Of all the coaches on this list, none have more experience in the state of Florida than Taggart. Before heading to the Pacific Northwest, Taggart built South Florida into the program that Charlie Strong is currently having success with. He has the connections to recruit the state of Florida and at only 41 years old could be a long-term solution for the Seminoles. Oregon knows that Taggart is in demand and has offered him a five-year, $20 million dollar contract extension.
Charlie Strong, South Florida:
Strong replaced Taggart at USF. After struggling at Texas, Strong has led the Bulls to a 9-2 record in his first season at South Florida. Like Taggart, he has a ton of experience in the state of Florida. Strong began to climb the coaching ladder as an assistant at Florida and that led him getting the head coaching job at Louisville.
Scott Frost, UCF:
Having the ability to score points is what just about every athletic director is looking for in their next head football coach. Two years ago UNF went 0-12. This year Frost has led them to an undefeated season and a berth in the American Athletic Conference championship game. Frost was also on the shortlist for Florida prior to them hiring Dan Mullen. Frost is the hottest coaching candidate on the market but could have his heart set on Nebraska. As a quarterback, he led the Huskers to a split national title in 1997.
If experience is what Florida State wants, Les Miles could be their guy. His time at LSU proves that he knows how to run a big-time college football program. However, his offenses in Baton Rouge often struggled and this move wouldn’t excite the Seminoles' fan base.
Jeremey Pruitt, defensive coordinator Alabama:
Whoever gets this job will be expected to compete with Alabama every year. Pruitt was the Seminoles defensive coordinator in 2013 before eventually leaving for Georgia and now Alabama. Florida State was a mess on defense this season and Pruitt would immediately initiate change on that side of the ball.