Where Bob Stoops fits into the FSU football coach search: What we know so far – Tallahassee Democrat


Who’s rumored to replace Willie Taggart? Hot board of coaches, coordinators
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After Willie Taggart was fired as Florida State’s head football coach on Sunday, potential candidates’ names have been thrown around for the open position.

Rumors of former Oklahoma head coach, Bob Stoops, joining the FSU family have been at the forefront of potential coaches. Taggart’s tenure at FSU saw the offense sputter in big games and never reached its full potential.

This is where Stoops could immediately impact the team after regularly producing some of the best offenses in college football while coaching Oklahoma for 18 seasons. 

 Here’s what to know about the potential candidate, Bob Stoops.

Bob Stoops FSU rumor debunked

Bob Stoops, former Oklahoma head football coach is “on the list,” according to Florida State athletic director, David Coburn.

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Rumors have swirled that Stoops is nearly finalizing a deal with FSU to take the head football coach position. Coburn stated that those rumors are untrue.

“We are on schedule to have someone in this position by end of the month… Chances of something happening this week are virtually zero,” Coburn said.


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Bob Stoops currently XFL coach

Coach Stoops retired from being the Oklahoma Sooners head coach in June 2017.  It was announced in February of this year he’d be the first-ever head coach of the XFL franchise Dallas Renegades.

In October, it was reported that Stoops would reuniting with former Sooners quarterback Landry Jones.  Together, they finished with a 40-13 record and had three season-ending Top 25 finishes.

Stoops’ background

Bob Stoops took over the Oklahoma coaching job in 1999 after spending three seasons as the defensive coordinator at Florida under Steve Spurrier.

Stoops found immediate success with Sooners winning a National Championship in his second season with a 13-0 record. He finished his 18-year tenure in Norman with a 190-48 record. He is the winningest coach in Oklahoma history.


USA TODAY Sports’ Nancy Armour breaks down how Bob Stoops went from out the door at Oklahoma to on the doorstep of a National Championship.

Stoops’ teams typically played some of the best offensive football in the country. The 2008 squad lead the nation in scoring offense with 51.1 points per game according to sport-refernce.com.

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