By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Florida State Seminoles have found their next Offensive Coordinator. The team is according to hire Kendal Briles as the team’s new Offensive Coordinator.
Briles resigned from his position on Saturday, according to Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman as the Houston Cougars Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach. The Cougars were dismantled by the Army Black Knights, 70-14, in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas.
The son of former head coach Art Briles returns to Florida with this move. He replaces Walt Bell, who came the UMass Minutemen Head Coach after the season.
Briles is taking over an offense that struggled in 2018. The Seminoles 41-year Bowl streak was also snapped in Willie Taggart’s first season.
He may or may not have Deondre Francois, as the redshirt junior is reporting interested in declaring for the NFL Draft or transferring. If Francois is not the starter, the team is expected to start James Blackman in 2019.
The 36-year-old Abilene, Texas native spent the 2017 season as the Florida Atlantic Owls Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach. Prior to working with Lane Kiffin in Boca Raton, Florida, he worked as the Baylor Bears Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach in 2015 and 2016.
Before his promotion to Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach, he was the Bears Passing Game Coordinator and Wide Receivers Coach from 2012 through 2014.
He began his coaching career for his father as the Bears inside receivers coach and offensive recruiting coordinator from 2008 through 2011.