Florida State Takes Care of Louisiana-Monroe 42-10, Noles Bowl Eligible
By Tim Linafelt, Seminoles.com Senior Writer // December 3, 2017
ABOVE VIDEO: Sights and Sounds from FSU’s win over Louisiana-Monroe 42-10.
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA (Seminoles) – A few moments after Florida State’s 42-10 victory over Louisiana-Monroe, after the Powerade shower and the T.V. interviews and after walking by the fans chanting his name, Odell Haggins made his way toward the Florida State locker room and found one of his most cherished players waiting for him.
Haggins pulled FSU senior Derrick Nnadi in for a hug and, fighting back tears, said, “Florida State ain’t going nowhere.”
No, it’s not. Not if Haggins has anything to say about it.
After more than 24 years in the program, as both a player and an assistant, Haggins got the call of his professional life Friday afternoon, when FSU athletics director Stan Wilcox relayed the news that he and FSU president John Thrasher had chosen Haggins to serve as the Seminoles’ interim coach in the wake of Jimbo Fisher’s departure.
"We're moving forward!"
Watch Coach Odell's postgame victory speech. pic.twitter.com/X6hg20APvy
— FSU Football (@FSUFootball) December 2, 2017
Fisher left for Texas A&M after 11 years in Tallahassee, eight as the Seminoles’ head coach. When Fisher took the reins from Bobby Bowden in 2010, he helped smooth the transition by retaining Haggins on his new staff.
“I never thought I would be in this situation,” Haggins said. “I never thought that.”
Which is ironic, because, given the way both Wilcox and FSU’s players talked about Haggins after the game, it’s hard to imagine anyone else fulfilling that role.
Even Fisher, who spoke with Haggins before Saturday’s game, said that Haggins was the perfect man to help the Seminoles move forward.
“He said, ‘Odell, you’re the man for it,’” Haggins recalled. “I said, ‘Coach, I got you. I appreciate you for it, and I love you.’”
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE