The biggest story of Monday’s news cycle was Walt Bell leaving Florida State to become the head coach at UMass. In addition to coverage by team-specific sites, the story was also picked up by national media outlets like ESPN and CBS Sports.
Noles247 put together a hot board of potential candidates to replace Bell as the new offensive coordinator for the Seminoles.
Bruce Feldman reports that one of those names is off the board.
BREAKING: Kliff Kingsbury has agreed to a deal with #USC, per source.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 4, 2018
Bell had a message for everyone at his former school on the way out.
I just want to say thank you to everyone in Tallahassee for treating us so well. There’s not a doubt in my mind that great things are in store for @CoachTaggart. With that being said, I can’t wait to get to work at #TheFlagship!— Walt Bell (@coachwaltbell) December 5, 2018
We begin our postseason positional review series by starting with the tight ends. Every position group will be covered in the coming days.
It begins: we’re going from one position group to the next to dissect what was for #FSU football in 2018, as well as what the future could bring. We start with the #Noles’ tight ends— https://t.co/xdhK2jUPRG— Tomahawk Nation (@Tomahawknation) December 4, 2018
Urban Meyer will not be the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes in 2019.
Breaking: Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer will retire from coaching after the Rose Bowl with Ryan Day taking over as Buckeyes head coach, the school announced. pic.twitter.com/JKNFXAhEoX— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 4, 2018
OSU has picked offensive coordinator Ryan Day to take his place.
SOURCE: New #OhioState head coach Ryan Day has agreed to a five-year contract with the Buckeyes.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 4, 2018
One of the main ramifications of Bell’s departure is how it effects the recruitment of 2019 FSU QB commit Sam Howell. The Charlotte Observer spoke with Howell about where he is at in his decision-making process.
@theobserver EXCLUSIVE: Sun Valley QB Sam Howell said that Florida State coaching change will have "major impact" on his college decision. Howell talks 'Noles, #UNC, Mack Brown and Miamihttps://t.co/ZHsVgI8L9L— Langston Wertz Jr. (@langstonwertzjr) December 4, 2018
Head coach Willie Taggart and other members of the staff paid a visit to Tribe19 LB Kalen DeLoach on Tuesday.
4-star FSU LB commit Kalen Deloach plans to sign early, but enroll in May. Had been some conflicting reports about the timeline, but that should clear it up.— Tomahawk Nation (@Tomahawknation) December 5, 2018
Willie Taggart and staff visited him today. FSU badly needs to reload at LB.
2019 JUCO offensive tackle Kadeem Telfort will be visiting Tallahassee in January.
Telfort, a former 4-star prospect from the 2017 class, was enrolled in the University of Florida before transferring out after being linked to a credit card fraud scandal.
The No. 11 FSU men’s basketball team picked up a win against Troy on Monday night.
Tomahawk Nation’s own Michael Rogner goes Inside the Box Score from that game here.
We also provide a full Baseline Breakdown of the victory.
The team’s next matchup will be against the UConn Huskies this Saturday at 6:30 pm as a part of the Never Forget Tribute Classic. The game will be played at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ and broadcast on ESPN2.
FSU women’s basketball plays away against Mercer tonight at 7:00 pm. The game can be found on ESPN+.
Florida State volleyball’s Payton Caffrey was named the East Region Player of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
The Bills released Kelvin Benjamin on Tuesday.