Florida State’s search for an offensive coordinator continues.
The Democrat put together a list of candidates for the offensive coordinator position after former FSU offensive coordinator Walt Bell left to become the head coach at UMass Monday.
You can read that list of candidates here.
The primary candidate on that list was former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze. FSU had been in talks with Freeze to become the new offensive coordinator for the Seminoles, but he also had an offer from Auburn and Alabama was reportedly considering him for its offensive coordinator opening after the departure of Mike Locksley to Maryland.
In the end, Freeze will reportedly take the head coaching job at Liberty over becoming an offensive coordinator again, according to FootballScoop.com and SBNation.
With Freeze out, FSU will turn to either Houston offensive coordinator Kendal Briles or former North Carolina coach Larry Fedora.
FSU has entered talks with Fedora from what we’re hearing.
He was the head coach at UNC from 2012-2018 and the head coach at Southern Miss from 2007-2011. Fedora was 45-43 during his time at UNC and is 79-62 overall as a head coach.
Prior to being a head coach he worked as the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State as well Florida and Middle Tennessee State. He worked as the run game coordinator and the perimeter game coordinator from 2002-2003 under Ron Zook at Florida before becoming the Gators’ offensive coordinator in 2004.
Fedora has never worked as a quarterback coach, which could complicate things with the offensive staff. Bell was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach and FSU would like to hire someone with the same title.
If FSU does go with Fedora it may have to shuffle the staff to hire a quarterbacks coach or moved one of the other coaches to the position. No other coach on the roster besides Taggart has coached quarterbacks at the college level.
Fedora also has ties to FSU four-star quarterback commit Sam Howell, which would help firm up his commitment to the Seminoles.
Briles is also being considered for the offensive coordinator position at Tennessee, where he will interview today, according to multiple reports.
He is considered one of the top offensive minds in the country and a top-notch offensive coordinator, but his connection to the sexual assualt scandal at Baylor has slowed his career path. He was the offensive coordinator at FAU in 2017 before joining Houston. He was the offensive coordinator at Baylor in 2015 and 2016.
Briles has worked as a quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator for the last four seasons.
FSU will have to convince the administration that hiring Briles is worth the public relations hit that will come from hiring someone connected to the Baylor scandal.
The other name on the list of candidates was former Western Kentucky head coach Mike Sanford, who worked with FSU coach Willie Taggart at Stanford.
We’re hearing that Sanford is not a candidate for the position at this time. He’s reportedly being considered for the offensive coordinator position at UNC.
There is no timetable for a decision at this time, but FSU does want to get it done quickly with the early signing period coming up from Dec. 19-21.
If FSU isn’t able to get Briles or Fedora, we will continue to update as new names come across the board.