One day after Willie Taggart was fired by Florida State just nine games into his second season, the college football coaching rumor mill picked up full steam Monday with many believing the Seminoles had already zeroed in on their next coach and landed Bob Stoops. While Stoops is indeed on FSU's list, the university confirmed Tuesday, the former Oklahoma coach denied that he has interviewed for the job or is even a candidate for the position.

Stoops on Tuesday told ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit that he's "not a candidate for the job." He also shared that he has not been on FSU's campus and is not interviewing for the job, according to Rivals' Carey Murdock. This after a local Tallahassee, Florida, television station reported that Stoops was the man and a deal was near completion.

Athletic director David Coburn shared Stoops' sentiments, though in a conversation with the Tallahassee Democrat, admitted that Stoops is "on the list, and he's certainly someone we would consider."