TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Director of Florida State Athletics David Coburn was pretty straight forward when he talked to us Monday for the first time since making the decision to fire Willie Taggart.
He said it was a rough weekend because he had to fire a friend.
The firing will cost the university close to $18 million, more if Florida State has to buyout the assistant coaches contracts, something that won't be decided until a new coach is hired. A decision they hope to have made by the end of the season.
So what are they looking for in a new head coach? Someone who will win National Championships.
"I don't have an explicit set of criteria other than that. I'll look at every option I can find," said Coburn. "We're going to win, we're going to get back to the standard of Florida State University football. That's what's going to happen."
Odell Haggins, the interim head coach, saying Monday that some of the staff was stunned when they heard the news, but they are all professionals and that's how the administration wants them to act.