FSU's defense needs continuity to develop from good to very good -- maybe even special. Greg Hudson, a former DC who's obviously Jimbo's insurance policy in case Stoops bolts, will have his chance. But some media mavens would have you believe that could be any day now.
Relax. Odds are that Stoops is going nowhere. At least not this year. Not to Columbus.
Ohio State prefers head coaches who've already been head coahces. And that lets Stoops out.
How long has it been since the Buckeyes hired a neophyte head coach? You have to go all the way back to 1946 when Paul Bixler got the gig -- for just one season.
That's a 64 year tradition of not hiring assistant coaches for OSU's top job. Here's the history:
1947-1950 - Wesley "Wes" Fesler. Previous head coaching experience: Wesleyan University and Pittsburgh.
1951-1978 - Woody Hayes. Previous head coaching experience: Denison and Miami of Ohio.
1979-87 - Earl Bruce. Previous head coaching experience: University of Tampa and Iowa State.
1988-2000 - John Cooper. Previous head coaching experience: Tulsa and Arizona State.
2001-2010 - Jim Tressel. Previous head coaching experience: Won four NCAA Division I-AA National Championships at Youngstown State.