Haggins To Stay At Florida State

Dec 28, 2017, 00:39
Haggins To Stay At Florida State

Will the Southern Miss Golden Eagles give the Florida State Seminoles a game when the two meet in the Walk On's Independence Bowl today at 1:30 p.m. ET?

Kickoff is 12:30. The game will be broadcast by ESPN. "He has done a remarkable job leading our team through the last game of the regular season and preparations for the Independence Bowl, and I have noticed how positively the student-athletes respond to him". This game could turn into an ugly slugfest between two tough-nosed teams, but in the end I expect the talent on Florida State's offense to make up for any holes that may open up on the defense with some players sitting out.

Florida State and Southern Miss can be watched online with WatchESPN. As previously mentioned, several FSU players will skip today's game in efforts to prepare for the upcoming National Football League draft and coach Jimbo Fisher bailed on the program to join Texas A&M.

Now that we have made it past Christmas, the holiday bowl season really starts to heat up.

Long-time assistant coach Odell Haggins was named interim head coach, and the Seminoles rolled past UL-Monroe 42-10, closing the season with three consecutive victories to qualify for its 36 consecutive bowl game, the longest current streak by an FBS program. Southern Miss is in a bowl for the third straight season.

► A career defensive line coach, Haggins isn't used to daily media briefings, especially not when they are lathered in questions - perhaps unwanted, but valid - regarding a program that didn't live up to expectations and will finish the uneasy campaign in Shreveport - a destination top-five programs don't include on their wish lists at the beginning of the season. As of Wednesday morning, 58% of betting tickets were on the Golden Eagles to cover the spread and 56% of the money is also on Southern Miss.

And Haggins has turned to his biggest mentor for guidance and support along the way. He played on the defensive line between 1986-89.

The Seminoles did little to squelch that thinking with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the first play of the game and they fell behind 6-0, a death knell for a team that was 0-5 when an opponent scored first. "Like I said before, everybody talk about me, no it's about our players".

For the Seminoles, they want to end things with a win to carry some momentum into the offseason.