Who is the perfect match for the Arkansas State University's Head Football Coach position?
After having a younger high energy coach this past season and its best season since 1987, one can bet that the Athletic Department is thinking the same thing.
One coach that may be a perfect fit for Arkansas State is Florida State's associate head coach and special teams coordinator Eddie Gran.
Gran has a wealth of coaching experience and especially in the SEC. He coached at Ole Miss four years, 10 years at Auburn, 1 year at Tennessee, and this is his second season at FSU. He is one of the top recruiters in the country and is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Gran's record for developing backfield talent is storied. During his 14 seasons as the assistant to Tommy Tuberville at Ole Miss and Auburn, he sent eight ball carriers on to the NFL, including former Tigers Carnell Williams, Ronnie Brown, Rudi Johnson,
Brandon Jacobs, Heath Evans and Kenny Irons. They were preceded by former Rebels Deuce McCallister and John Avery. Tennessee's Mario Hardesty (1,345 yds) added his name to the lengthy list of 1,000-yard rushers Gran has worked with over the course of his career in '09. Hardesty, who did not fumble on 282 carries from scrimmage last season, was a second-round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2010. He was selected one slot after Auburn's Ben Tate (Houston Texans), whom Gran coached in 2008.
Gran's tenure as a special teams coach included oversight of Auburn kicker John Vaughn, who was the SEC Special Teams Player of the Year in 2006. With his hands-on approach in all facets of special teams play, Gran is widely regarded as one of the most meticulous in tutoring the game's critical "third phase."
Beyond the playing field, Gran has established himself as one of the nation's top recruiters. He has spent the better part of two decades recruiting Miami and greater South Florida as his primary territory, where he first crossed paths with Jimbo Fisher. The fertile ground will remain his primary recruiting area with the Seminoles.
Gran and his wife, Rosemary, are deeply involved in the community for a cause that has changed their lives and continues to impact others. The Sydney Gran Foundation is a charity designed to support children's hospitals and other families whose children are facing serious illness. Sydney, the third of the Gran's four daughters, was born with the rare disease called Holoprosnecephaly. She passed away just shy of her sixth birthday in 2005. Additional information is available at www.sydneygranfoundation.org.
Gran's 24 seasons in the college ranks includes stops from coast-to-coast. It began at his alma mater, Cal Lutheran, where he played four seasons as a wide receiver. Like fellow FSU staff newcomers Mark Stoops and D.J. Eliot, Gran also served on the staff at the University of Miami.