Florida State had an excellent season that culminated in an ACC Championship this year, but success doesn’t always come without certain drawbacks. Jimbo Fisher and the Seminoles are finding this out the hard way as assistant coaches are leaving for better jobs elsewhere. It started with defensive coordinator Mark Stoops, who took the job as Kentucky’s head coach, and Stoops took defensive ends coach D.J. Eliot as his defensive coordinator. You can now add Eddie Gran to the list of departures.
Gran is leaving FSU to become the offensive coordinator at Cincinnati, reuniting him with head coach Tommy Tuberville. Gran coached with Tuberville at both Auburn and Ole Miss in the past and they obviously have a very good relationship as they are getting the band back together. Gran was the Seminoles running backs coach and special-teams coordinator for the past few seasons, but his biggest draw as a coach may be his ability as a recruiter.
Gran consistently brought in top recruiting classes for Florida State and he will now aim to do that for the Bearcats. However, I don’t think that the loss of Gran will have much of an impact on the Seminoles recruiting in the future. The Florida State brand still commands a lot of respect from potential recruits. That is evidenced by great recruiting classes during their “down years” in the mid-2000’s. Top recruits want to play for big-name programs and head coaches and Florida State along with Jimbo Fisher still demand that respect, even without Gran.
The hiring of Gran as offensive coordinator will certainly help Cincinnati’s program, having a good coach and recruiter is always a good thing, but I’m sure that the Seminoles will be able to rebound. Jimbo Fisher will have his pick of the litter when it comes to choosing replacements for these three coaches. This is a good move for Gran as he is now in a higher profile position and while it might be a pain to find a replacement it won’t hurt the Seminoles that much in the future.