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National college football pundit pegs Malzahn as best fit for Florida State job

Within only a few hours of Florida State’s firing of head coach Willie Taggart, one national college football pundit said he thinks Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn should be the choice to fill the vacancy.

In a series of tweets on Sunday evening, USA Today columnist Dan Wolken outlined his case for why Florida State should hire Malzahn.

Wolken considers the likelihood of Florida State finding a coach better than Malzahn to be low.

Wolken even pointed to Malzahn’s record against Alabama head coach Nick Saban to support his argument.

Florida State made the decision to fire Taggart in the middle of only his second season leading the program. The Seminoles’ record this season stands at 4-5 overall and 3-4 in the ACC. Taggart held a 9-12 record as Florida State’s head coach, including a combined 0-5 against rivals Florida, Miami and Clemson.

Malzahn signed a 7-year, $49 million contract at the end of the 2017 season. Malzahn’s 2019 salary of $6.8 million places him sixth among the nation’s head coaches, according to USA Today’s annual survey of coaching salaries.

Malzahn possesses a prohibitive $27 million buyout as of December 1, 2019, making Wolken’s scenario unlikely unless both sides were to agree separation was in their best interests.

Tim Howe is an owner of Yellowhammer Multimedia