The search for Florida State’s offensive coordinator continues.
It’s been all quiet on the search front since Friday, but FSU coach Willie Taggart is expected to meet with Houston offensive coordinator Kendal Briles today, according to a source.
That interview was first reported by Noles247.
Briles has bounced around to a couple different schools after working at Baylor from 2008-2016. He worked at Houston in 2018 and FAU in 2017 as the offensive coordinator for both programs. He was Baylor’s offensive coordinator from 2015-2016.
He is one of the top offensive coordinators in the country producing high-powered offenses at every stop he’s had.
Houston was fourth in points per game (46.4), sixth in yards per game (528.6), and 11th in yards per play (6.77) this season across all of college football.
Briles is also one of the top candidates for the Tennessee offensive coordinator position. He interviewed for the job on Friday, but didn’t lock in with the Vols despite Tennessee’s hope that he would do so before interviewing at FSU, according to a source.
There are still those in FSU’s camp that need convincing for FSU to hire Briles, according to a source. His connection to the Baylor sexual assault scandal, although Briles wasn’t directly connected to it officially and remained on staff at Baylor after his father was fired in 2015, is something that some members of the FSU administration are not comfortable with.
FSU will have to make a significant financial commitment to secure his services.
Briles received a contract extension and a raise from Houston after the 2018 season ended, which made him the highest paid non-Power Five assistant in the country. He will make $700,000 per year for the next three seasons if he stays with the Cougars.
His buyout could be as high as 50 percent of the remaining money he’s owed on his contract, which is currently $2.1 million. It’s at the discretion of the Houston administration, according to the Houston Chronicle.
The coaching search started on Monday when former offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Walt Bell left FSU for the head coaching position at UMass. Bell made $700,000 annually at FSU.
FSU is looking to get its offense back on track after putting up just 21.9 points per game (115th nationally) and averaging just 5.12 yards per play (110th) in 2018 behind a struggling offensive line and the second worst run game in college football.
The other name on the radar is former North Carolina coach Larry Fedora. The Democrat reported Friday that FSU and Fedora had started communication. If FSU doesn’t land Briles or chooses not to hire him, Fedora will be the primary candidate that FSU goes after.
Clemson co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott has been mentioned for the position, but he’s not interested in making a lateral move from what we’ve heard.