Willie Taggart’s Florida State Seminoles continue to spin their wheels this year, after a disappointing first year under the former Oregon and USF coach in 2018. After the team’s loss to Wake Forest last weekend, a report by FootballScoop said that Urban Meyer would be at the top of the program’s list, if it does make a change.
That report was obviously very intriguing on a number of levels. Assuming Meyer is open to a return to coaching, which most believe is the case, him heading to Florida State would be very jarring, given his connections to the school’s archrival Florida.
Meyer was head coach of the Gators from 2005-2010, winning two national titles during his run there. He stepped away from the job for a year, before reemerging at Ohio State in 2012.
You rarely see an athletic director address rumors like this as forcefully and directly as Florida State’s David Coburn did, in a conversation with the Tallahassee Democrat.
To start, he said that the team had made no decisions with regard to Taggart, whose Seminoles are 3-4 on the season. That is no surprise.
He followed that up by addressing the Urban Meyer rumors, and that’s where things got interesting. He went so far as to say that if Taggart “was hit by a bus tomorrow,” Meyer wouldn’t be under consideration.
He added some extra anti-Gator snark by saying the team wouldn’t consider Steve Spurrier either.
Meyer has been mentioned as the most likely candidate at Southern Cal if the Trojans fire Clay Helton.
But don’t expect to see him Garnet and Gold.
“If Coach were hit by a bus tomorrow, we would not target Coach Meyer, period,” Coburn said. “I say that with all due respect to Coach Meyer, but we would not target Steve Spurrier either.”
You can certainly do worse than Urban Meyer if you have an opening at head coach. He does bring a ton of baggage to any job, though, and that is even more true for Florida State.