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It's being reported Gran will either get the Arkansas State Head Coach position or go to Cincinnati as Tuberville's Offensive Coordinator
DC Mark Stoops took Kentucky Head Coach position and DE Coach D.J. Eliot went with him as his DC.
Wonder where Jimbo will go to replace all of these guys (DC, DE coach, RB coach/associate head coach/ special teams coordinator)
Wish Stoops & Elliot had left a year or two sooner.so LSU might have had a better chance with some of the DL they signed in 2011 & 2012.
From the Orlando Sentential article:
TALLAHASSEE -- Florida State appears to be losing yet another assistant. Less than a week after defensive ends coach D.J. Eliot left to accept a position leading Kentucky's defense for former FSU defensive coordinator Mark Stoops, Seminoles running backs coach Eddie Gran looks to be close behind, on his way to accepting one of two positions elsewhere.
Noles247.com, a recruiting-based website covering FSU athletics for the 247Sports.com network, was the first to report Tuesday morning that Gran had decided to leave the Seminoles. Currently, the coach is deciding whether or not he wants to take a job as the head coach at Arkansas State, or if he wanted to join longtime friend Tommy Tuberville on the new staff being assembled at Cincinnati, Noles247.com reported.
The Orlando Sentinel has also confirmed all of that. There is not yet word on whether Gran will leave immediately or if he plans to do like Stoops and Eliot and "help out" as best he can with preparations for FSU's Orange Bowl game against Northern Illinois.
Gran doesn't currently hold a formal offer from Arkansas State, but after interviewing there Monday, he is expected to be extended one.
Before coming to FSU in 2010, Gran spent 10 seasons coaching running backs and special teams at Auburn. While there, he coached alongside Tuberville, who was the Tigers' head coach that entire stretch. When Tuberville's days at Auburn were done, Gran took a job coordinating running backs at Tennessee for a year before joining Jimbo Fisher's staff in Tallahassee.
Gran has spent part of Tuesday morning calling FSU recruits and informing them of his forthcoming decision. After serving as an assistant for his entire 26-year career, the 47-year-old has an opportunity to accept his first head-coaching job.
For the last few seasons, Gran's name has been linked to several head-coaching searches. He was reportedly being considered for the FAU opening last offseason, and this year, he has been most notably linked to vacancies at Arkansas State and Southern Mississippi.
After chatter between Bobby Petrino and Arkansas State quieted down last week and Petrino ultimately settled with Western Kentucky on Monday, Gran appeared to become the Red Wolves' primary target.
Since he has been at FSU, Gran has become known as a special teams guru. Not only did he coach the nation's top overall punter last season, but this year, he has coached the NCAA's all-time kicking scoring leader. He boasts three punt returns for touchdowns this season, and several near-scores on kick returns.
After his running backs rushed for just 1,400 yards last season, Gran made adjustments and tweaks to FSU's ground game that led to a 2,644-yard performance this year. The Seminoles rank 25th nationally in rushing yards entering their New Year's Day Orange Bowl against Northern Illinois.
In addition to Gran, FSU has lost Stoops and Eliot in the last two weeks, too. Fisher's name had been linked to jobs in recent weeks, as well, but he is expected to soon be approved for a modest raise and contract extension. Offensive coordinator and tight ends coach James Coley also has been linked to other job opportunities, but he appears to be staying.
Gran is being paid $335,500 annually from FSU.
Noles247 has the latest coaching scoop regarding FSU assistant coaches.
Eddie Gran, Florida State's running backs coach, is leaving for an opportunity at either Arkansas State or Cincinnati. The assistant will be the third to leave in two weeks.
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