Florida State announced they fired Willie Taggart on Sunday, which means the Seminoles will need a new head football.
After athletic director David Coburn claimed the school wouldn't pursue Urban Meyer under any circumstances, it's time to consider other candidates. What follows is a list of five accomplished coaches who should all be candidates to replace Taggart.
Matt Rhule should be the top candidate for a ton of jobs that will open up over the next few weeks and months after what he's done at Baylor in the three years since his arrival. Rhule took over a disaster of a program, went 1-11 in his first season, 7-6 in year two and now has the Bears at 8-0 in 2019. He authored a similar turnaround at Temple over four seasons starting in 2013. The Seminoles will need someone to work that kind of magic on their broken program.
The only issue here is whether or not the 44-year-old Rhule gets calls from NFL teams. He already interviewed for the New York Jets' in 2019, but reportedly passed on the job. If Florida State could lock him in for big money, it would be a massive coup.
Matt Campbell has Iowa State looking like a respectable football program again after years of being a Big 12 doormat. He turned Toledo into one of the best programs in the MAC over five seasons starting in 2011. Despite limited resources and barren recruiting grounds, he's 24-22 at Iowa State and 16-16 in conference, while pulling off some stunning upsets. In 2018 the Cyclones knocked off No. 25 Oklahoma State and No. 6 West Virginia in back-to-back weeks, while in 2017 they bested No. 3 Oklahoma and No. 4 TCU.