Iowa St.'s Matt Campbell Betting Favorite to Replace Willie Taggart at FSU


Iowa State coach Matt Campbell, although with no ties to Florida State or the area in general, has the best odds at 3/1,according to online sportsbook BetOnline, while Kentucky coach Mark Stoops, a former FSU defensive coordinator, is listed at 4/1.

Penn State coach James Franklin, who recently was mentioned for the possible open Southern Cal job, was next in line, along with retired Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops both at 5/1. Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck and former Ohio State and Florida coach Urban Meyer are at 6/1, while Central Florida coach and former Missouri offensive coordinator Josh Heupel is 7/1.

Perhaps most surprising is former FSU coach and current Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher was listed at 15/1, which is surprising both because of his departure from Tallahassee, and his large guaranteed contract in College Station.

In his one-plus season at FSU, Taggart had a 9-11 overall record. Taggart led FSU to a 5-7 record last season and was 4-5 in Year 2 after losing to Miami. His 0-5 record against chief rivals was most alarming.

Matt Campbell 3/1

Mark Stoops 4/1

James Franklin 5/1

Bob Stoops 5/1

P.J. Fleck 6/1

Urban Meyer 6/1

Josh Heupel 7/1

Dino Babers 10/1

Matt Rhule 10/1

Jimbo Fisher 15/1

Jim Harbaugh 20/1

Bobby Bowden 50/1

Willie Taggart said farewell to the FSU fanbase and his team via twitter on Sunday.