Ending weeks of speculation, Houston offensive coordinator Kendal Briles has been announced as the new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Florida State on Willie Taggart’s staff.
Here are some details from the release:
“I’m excited about the addition of Kendal to our staff,” Taggart said. “He brings play-calling experience and familiarity with the type of scheme and tempo we will run, which is similar to the offenses he has coordinated. His ability to recruit, manage an offensive staff, develop quarterbacks and make in-game adjustments will be beneficial to us as we evolve in our offense. Kendal has success at the Power 5 level and has also shown his adaptability to personnel and situations that occur during a season. He had multiple opportunities following the 2018 season and we feel the fit here will be a good one.”
“I am incredibly humbled by this opportunity and appreciate Coach Taggart’s trust in me,” Briles said. “I also appreciate him supporting my desire to finish this season at my alma mater by coaching in our bowl game yesterday. We both understand what this offense should be, and I have complete confidence in our ability to meet the goals he has for us. Sarah and I are excited to be part of Florida State and are looking forward to integrating ourselves within the Tallahassee and FSU communities.”
Briles will also handle the play-calling duties for the Seminoles. He’s served as the offensive coordinator at Baylor, FAU, and Houston the past several years.
Just a few weeks ago, Briles signed a new three-year contract at Houston that was set to make him the highest paid non-Power Five assistant in the country. He had been a sought after name with a number of high profile programs hoping to upgrade their offensive production.
Last night, following their 70-14 loss to Army, a number of reports stated that Briles had resigned his post and that he’d likely be bringing a few coaches with him to Tallahassee, most notable being offensive line coach Randy Clements, who he had worked with at Baylor and developed a close relationship with.
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