After Kendal Briles stepped down as the offensive coordinator at Houston after yesterday's bowl loss against Army, reports indicated he was on his way to Tallahassee.
That news has become official today. Florida State has tabbed the 36-year-old Briles as its new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
The 'Noles announced the move a short time ago.
“I’m excited about the addition of Kendal to our staff,” FSU head coach Willie Taggart said. “He brings play-calling experience and familiarity with the type of scheme and tempo we will run, which is similar to the offenses he has coordinated. His ability to recruit, manage an offensive staff, develop quarterbacks and make in-game adjustments will be beneficial to us as we evolve in our offense. Kendal has success at the Power 5 level and has also shown his adaptability to personnel and situations that occur during a season. He had multiple opportunities following the 2018 season and we feel the fit here will be a good one.”
Now, Briles is well-regarded as an offensive mind, but he comes with some serious baggage. While working for his father Art at Baylor, both Briles' were involved in the program's infamous sexual assault scandal.
It is a risky hire by Taggart, but perhaps he was motivated by the fact his job could be on the line if the Seminoles don't win next year.
Florida State finished 5-7 this season, snapping the nation's longest consecutive bowl games streak.