There’s been nearly-endless rumors of potential coaching candidates and targets for the FSU head coaching job since Willie Taggart was fired several weeks ago. But one candidate who has flown under the radar has picked up a lot of attention lately: Interim head coach Odell Haggins.
According to Warchant.com, no less than a dozen FSU players have lobbied for Haggins to be named the permanent head coach.
In his first game as interim head coach, Haggins led the Seminoles to their first road win in over a year this past weekend in a 38-31 win over Boston College.
The players have certainly made their preference known:
— cedric wood (@trouble__49) November 13, 2019
— ASANTE SAMUEL Ⓜ️ (@godschild3_) November 13, 2019
THE MAN WITH THE PLAN…. 🍢 LET’S MAKE THAT HAPPEN….. 🖤 pic.twitter.com/RI1nZ7UbX5
— 14ReasonsWhy 🌪 (@JaleelMcrae) November 13, 2019
Haggins is a Florida State alum who has been on the coaching staff since 1994. He has stayed at FSU through the resignation of Bobby Bowden and Jimbo Fisher.
As for his record as a head coach, he went 2-0 as interim head coach in 2017 after Fisher’s resignation. With Saturday’s win, he’s now 3-0 and has the team on the cusp of bowl eligibility.
It’s pretty clear from the response by the players that they want Haggins to stick around.
If the longtime Seminoles coach can beat Alabama State to clinch a bowl game and then give SEC titan Florida a tough game, he’ll have a pretty compelling argument to get the job. Even if he isn’t a big name like Urban Meyer or Brian Kelly.