Florida State is in need of a new head coach after firing Willie Taggart on Sunday. The Seminoles have been linked to several big-name coaches, including Bob Stoops.
Stoops, who retired from Oklahoma in 2017, has since gotten back into coaching, taking a job with the XFL. However, he continues to be mentioned for college football jobs, including the Florida State gig.
ESPN’s Paul Finebaum knows Florida State fans would love a Stoops hire, but he doesn’t see it happening. He believes there’s only one job Stoops would come back for.
“People in Tallahassee maintain their No.1 target is Bob Stoops, but I don’t think they can get Bob Stoops,” Finebaum said this morning. “He walked away from Oklahoma and I’m told the only job he’d really be interested in is Notre Dame. He’s coaching in the XFL. I just can not imagine why he would want to go what is clearly — sometimes we use this phrase loosely, but not here — Florida State is an absolute dumpster fire.
“Why Bob Stoops would want anything to do with that place I don know. They are losing recruits. They are being mismanaged from the top down. Their facilities are subpar. I think a smart coach would be wise to say, ‘you know what? I could do much better than FSU.’ And I believe Bob Stoops is a very smart coach.”
“Florida State is an absolute dumpster fire.”
— Golic and Wingo (@GolicAndWingo) November 5, 2019
Sources have told The Spun that Florida State desperately wants to make a “splash” with this hire and names like Stoops and Brian Kelly would certainly fit that category.
However, the Seminoles will probably have to settle for someone else at this point.