Posts by James Coleman

Big risks, big rewards await FSU in 2019 season-opening game in Jacksonville

The 2018 season hasn’t even started yet and excitement for 2019 has already been kickstarted for Seminole Nation. Willie Taggart and company left ACC spring meetings Wednesday to come to Jacksonville and announce next season’s opening game against Boise State. Taggart, Jacksonville Mayor Leon Curry, TaxSlayer Gator Bowl President Rick Catlett, FSU AD Stan Wilcox,

The 2018 season hasn’t even started yet and excitement for 2019 has already been kickstarted for Seminole Nation. Willie Taggart and company left ACC spring meetings Wednesday to come to Jacksonville and announce next season’s opening game against Boise State. Taggart, Jacksonville Mayor Leon Curry, TaxSlayer Gator Bowl President Rick Catlett, FSU AD Stan Wilcox, […]

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Gators appear to be de-emphasizing South Florida recruiting

“If you don’t think South Florida is important to us…. as a coach at Wagner College, the first guy I ever signed, went on to be an All-American, went to Gulliver Prep (in Miami),” Dan Mullen. The most important state in the Union in terms of football recruiting is Florida. There is a wealth of

“If you don’t think South Florida is important to us…. as a coach at Wagner College, the first guy I ever signed, went on to be an All-American, went to Gulliver Prep (in Miami),” Dan Mullen. The most important state in the Union in terms of football recruiting is Florida. There is a wealth of […]

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Is Kentucky grad transfer linebacker Denzil Ware a good fit for Florida State?

Last week, one of my sources made me aware of a potential graduate transfer to FSU by the name of Denzil Ware. Ware was a three-year starting linebacker at Kentucky who was suspended for the team’s bowl game, but returned for spring practice. He was named third-team All-SEC last season, specifically playing the rush outside

Last week, one of my sources made me aware of a potential graduate transfer to FSU by the name of Denzil Ware. Ware was a three-year starting linebacker at Kentucky who was suspended for the team’s bowl game, but returned for spring practice. He was named third-team All-SEC last season, specifically playing the rush outside […]

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Explaining why Florida State Seminoles fell in 2018 NFL Draft

I receive questions daily on social media and in person, the answers to which don’t make it into articles. Recently, I’ve fielded great questions about the FSU football program that I wanted to flesh out beyond 280 characters on Twitter. I figured it was time to do my version of a mailbag – a third

I receive questions daily on social media and in person, the answers to which don’t make it into articles. Recently, I’ve fielded great questions about the FSU football program that I wanted to flesh out beyond 280 characters on Twitter. I figured it was time to do my version of a mailbag – a third […]

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Florida State scheduling visit for Tennessee QB commit Michael Penix Jr.

Willie Taggart must have a mix of espresso and Monster Energy running through his veins. He’s hit the recruiting trail in a blitz as up-tempo and aggressive as his Gulf Coast Offense. Since arriving in Tallahassee, he has been constantly working the phones trying to dig up “The players that want to be Noles!” Much

Willie Taggart must have a mix of espresso and Monster Energy running through his veins. He’s hit the recruiting trail in a blitz as up-tempo and aggressive as his Gulf Coast Offense. Since arriving in Tallahassee, he has been constantly working the phones trying to dig up “The players that want to be Noles!” Much […]

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Hiring Raymond Woodie as an assistant would help recruiting for Taggart, FSU

As much as Florida State fans are excited about the potential hire of Jim Leavitt as the Seminoles’ new defensive coordinator, they shouldn’t overlook another assistant who is almost certain to make his way to Tallahassee. Raymond Woodie, who was Oregon’s outside linebackers and special teams coach, is a top-flight receiver who helped Taggart secure

As much as Florida State fans are excited about the potential hire of Jim Leavitt as the Seminoles’ new defensive coordinator, they shouldn’t overlook another assistant who is almost certain to make his way to Tallahassee. Raymond Woodie, who was Oregon’s outside linebackers and special teams coach, is a top-flight receiver who helped Taggart secure […]

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Taggart’s FSU coaching staff taking shape, with Jim Leavitt the likely defensive coordinator

Willie Taggart is Florida State’s new coach, and the speculation surrounding Taggart now is who he will hire as assistants and how quickly he can salvage FSU’s recruiting class. Initially, there had been speculation that he could bring at least four assistants with him from Oregon: defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt, offensive line coach/co-coordinator Mario Cristobal,

Willie Taggart is Florida State’s new coach, and the speculation surrounding Taggart now is who he will hire as assistants and how quickly he can salvage FSU’s recruiting class. Initially, there had been speculation that he could bring at least four assistants with him from Oregon: defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt, offensive line coach/co-coordinator Mario Cristobal, […]

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Florida State deal with Willie Taggart could be done at any time

It’s becoming increasingly apparent that Oregon coach Willie Taggart is far and away Florida State’s top choice to replace Jimbo Fisher, to the point that one of his current Ducks assistants is looking into where the best schools in Tallahassee are for his children. Sources tell GN that Taggart’s agent, Jimmy Sexton, is close to

It’s becoming increasingly apparent that Oregon coach Willie Taggart is far and away Florida State’s top choice to replace Jimbo Fisher, to the point that one of his current Ducks assistants is looking into where the best schools in Tallahassee are for his children. Sources tell GN that Taggart’s agent, Jimmy Sexton, is close to […]

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Florida State’s pursuit of Oregon’s Willie Taggart continues

Jimmy Sexton, you’re my hero. The villain in Seminole Nation might end up being the hero. The agent for Jimbo Fisher and Willie Taggart (and Gus Malzahn) has been so busy making landmark deals with coaches in the SEC, he has not be able to pay as much attention to the Nike school in Oregon

Jimmy Sexton, you’re my hero. The villain in Seminole Nation might end up being the hero. The agent for Jimbo Fisher and Willie Taggart (and Gus Malzahn) has been so busy making landmark deals with coaches in the SEC, he has not be able to pay as much attention to the Nike school in Oregon […]

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The devil Florida State knows is better than the devil it doesn’t

I don’t like the way this offseason poker game between Florida State and Jimbo Fisher is being handled, nor do I agree with the timing, but the Seminoles have to compete. Let me explain what I mean. FSU fans like myself are a little spoiled. We had one of the greatest coaches ever for more

I don’t like the way this offseason poker game between Florida State and Jimbo Fisher is being handled, nor do I agree with the timing, but the Seminoles have to compete. Let me explain what I mean. FSU fans like myself are a little spoiled. We had one of the greatest coaches ever for more […]

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Florida State shouldn’t allow Jimbo Fisher to keep holding it hostage

College coaching carousel season is upon us and like Santa Claus, brings with it tidings of comfort and joy as well as coal. This is the time of year that agent-to-the-coaching-stars Jimmy Sexton leverages his clients on unsuspecting and battered athletic directors who are looking to bring their programs back to relevance or keep their

College coaching carousel season is upon us and like Santa Claus, brings with it tidings of comfort and joy as well as coal. This is the time of year that agent-to-the-coaching-stars Jimmy Sexton leverages his clients on unsuspecting and battered athletic directors who are looking to bring their programs back to relevance or keep their […]

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Jimbo Fisher must take advantage of analyst positions when rebuilding Florida State staff

I have written about what changes I expect to be made to the Florida State offensive coaching staff, and I also have written about what changes I expect to be made to the Florida State defensive coaching staff. Another critical area where the Seminoles can improve their coaching staff comes at the analyst position. “Analysts”

I have written about what changes I expect to be made to the Florida State offensive coaching staff, and I also have written about what changes I expect to be made to the Florida State defensive coaching staff. Another critical area where the Seminoles can improve their coaching staff comes at the analyst position. “Analysts” […]

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Changes on FSU defensive coaching staff must go beyond replacing Charles Kelly

I already have written about the changes I expect to be made this offseason on Florida State’s offensive coaching staff. From what I’m hearing through my contacts in and around the Seminoles’ football program, here’s how I see the makeover of the defensive staff. Coordinator Charles Kelly is a good guy who knows football. But

I already have written about the changes I expect to be made this offseason on Florida State’s offensive coaching staff. From what I’m hearing through my contacts in and around the Seminoles’ football program, here’s how I see the makeover of the defensive staff. Coordinator Charles Kelly is a good guy who knows football. But […]

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Who’s in, who’s out? Big changes coming to Florida State offensive coaching staff

Every year at this time, I am anticipating Florida State’s bowl trip and preparing for my annual Thanksgiving Day gator roast. None of that is happening this year. This year, I will do some early Christmas shopping. Jimbo Fisher will be doing the same; he’ll be shopping for new assistants. Here’s what I’ve been able

Every year at this time, I am anticipating Florida State’s bowl trip and preparing for my annual Thanksgiving Day gator roast. None of that is happening this year. This year, I will do some early Christmas shopping. Jimbo Fisher will be doing the same; he’ll be shopping for new assistants. Here’s what I’ve been able […]

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Keep an eye on Oregon’s Willie Taggart in connection with Florida vacancy

You’ve heard Dan Mullen, Chip Kelly, Mike Norvell, Scott Frost and many other names thrown around as likely candidates to replace Jim McElwain at Florida. One name you haven’t heard much of but need to keep an eye on is Oregon’s Willie Taggart. Expect Taggart’s name to gain steam in connection to the Gators’ vacancy

You’ve heard Dan Mullen, Chip Kelly, Mike Norvell, Scott Frost and many other names thrown around as likely candidates to replace Jim McElwain at Florida. One name you haven’t heard much of but need to keep an eye on is Oregon’s Willie Taggart. Expect Taggart’s name to gain steam in connection to the Gators’ vacancy […]

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HBCU’s deserve recognition for great opening weekend of football

Before I wanted to become an NFL player, I wanted to be a drum major in the “Marching 100,” Florida A&M University’s marching band. FAMU is the historically black college across the train tracks from my alma mater, Florida State. The neighborhood I grew up in, and where I spent most of my formative years

Before I wanted to become an NFL player, I wanted to be a drum major in the “Marching 100,” Florida A&M University’s marching band. FAMU is the historically black college across the train tracks from my alma mater, Florida State. The neighborhood I grew up in, and where I spent most of my formative years […]

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