Breaking down the other candidates

Is it Jimbo Fisher or not? If it isn't then who's left on FSU's list?

The following candidates are rumored to be potential suitors in the FSU offensive coordinator search. The order at which these coaches are listed is not indicative of their order of interest from FSU, although Lane Kiffin is likely the top candidate.

Lane Kiffin, the son of longtime pro and collegiate coach Monte Kiffin, is in his sixth year at USC. He joined the Trojan staff in February of 2001 and spent the 2001 season handling the tight ends. He became the wide receivers coach in 2002. In 2004, he took on the additional duty of passing game coordinator. In 2005, he was promoted to offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator, in addition to continuing as the wide receivers coach.

Kiffin, 30, was the defensive quality control coach for the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars in 2000 (he worked with the secondary).

He began his coaching career at Fresno State, his alma mater, where for 2 seasons (1997-98) he worked with the quarterbacks, wide receivers and defensive backs.

He then was an assistant at Colorado State in 1999, working with the offensive line. The Rams played in the Liberty Bowl that season.

Kiffin was a quarterback at Fresno State for 3 seasons (1994-96).

He earned his bachelor's degree in leisure service management from Fresno State in 1998.

He prepped at Bloomington (Minn.) Jefferson High, where he played football, basketball and baseball.

He was born May 9, 1975. His wife's name is Layla. They have a daughter, Landry, 1.

His father, Monte, is the defensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The elder Kiffin, a longtime NFL and collegiate assistant coach who served as North Carolina State's head coach in the early 1980s, has a long history with Pete Carroll (Carroll was an assistant on Kiffin's Wolfpack staff from 1980 to 1982, and they served as assistants together with Arkansas in 1977, the Buffalo Bills in 1984, the Minnesota Vikings from 1986 to 1989 and the New York Jets in 1990).

His brother, Chris, was a defensive lineman at Colorado State (2001-04).

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Larry Fedora, Oklahoma State's second-year offensive coordinator, is one of the brightest and most respected college coaches in the country. The 16-year collegiate coaching veteran came to Oklahoma State after three seasons at the University of Florida, where he served as run game coordinator in 2002, perimeter game coordinator in 2003 and offensive coordinator in 2004. During those three seasons, Fedora also coached the running backs and receivers.

Fedora's coaching resumé began in 1986 as a graduate assistant at Austin College. He spent four seasons (1987-90) at Garland High School and then six seasons (1991-96) at Baylor coaching tight ends, wide receivers and running backs. Fedora then spent two seasons at Air Force (1997-98) coaching the passing game and receivers. He was at Middle Tennessee from 1999-01 as offensive coordinator before going to Florida prior to the 2002 season.

He has had success at every stop along his career. His 2004 Florida offense ranked first in the SEC in six categories: passing offense (271.1 ypg), total offense (426.9 ypg), third-down conversion percentage (47.8), touchdown passes (29), pass attempts (407) and pass completions (243).

Fedora's 2004 Florida offense was just the second in SEC history to feature the league's top passer and top rusher, and it was the first in conference history to feature the top passer, top rusher, top receiver and top player in total offense.

In three seasons as Middle Tennessee's offensive coordinator, Fedora produced one of the nation's most prolific offenses. The Blue Raiders averaged 424 yards of total offense, 181 rushing yards and 31 points per game over three seasons.

As a player, Fedora was a wide receiver at Austin College (1981-84) and helped lead his team to an NAIA championship in 1981. He was Academic All- American in 1983 and honorable mention All-American in both 1983 and 1984.

Fedora was born September 10, 1962 in College Station, Texas and earned his bachelor's degree from Austin College in 1985 and his Master's from Austin College in 1986. He is married to the former Christi Wood and they have one son, Dillon, and three daughters, Sydney, Peyton and Hallie.

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Steve Sarkisian, who is in his fourth stop at USC as an assistant coach or athlete, returned to the Trojan staff in Feburary of 2005 as the assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach. He spent the 2004 season as the quarterbacks coach with the Oakland Raiders. His quarterbacks passed for more than 4,000 yards in 2004 as Oakland ranked eighth in passing in the NFL.

Sarkisian, 32, originally joined the USC staff as an offensive assistant in January of 2001. Then, after joining San Diego State briefly as the quarterbacks coach in January of 2002, he returned to USC in March of 2002 to handle the quarterbacks fulltime for 2 seasons (2002-03).

In 2003, quarterback Matt Leinart was an All-American first teamer and was the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year (he finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy voting) while setting Pac-10 season records for TD passes (35) and consecutive passes without an interception (212). He also had the highest passing efficiency rating of any USC quarterback (163.2). USC won its first national championship since 1978.

In 2002, quarterback Carson Palmer won the Heisman and Unitas Award en route to setting the Pac-10 career records for passing yards and total offense (he was the No. 1 pick in the 2003 NFL draft), plus he was an All-American first teamer.

He spent the 2000 season as the quarterbacks coach at El Camino Junior College in Torrance (Calif.). His quarterback, Robert Hodge, earned All-American honors. El Camino played in the CHIPs For Kids Bowl.

Sarkisian starred at the quarterback position at the prep, collegiate and pro levels. He was with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League for 3 seasons (1997-99). He started in 1999 and threw 16 touchdowns.

He had a record-setting 2-year (1995-96) career at BYU, where he was coached by former USC assistant Norm Chow. He completed 549-of-824 passes (66.6%) for 7,755 yards and 55 TDs in his career. His 162.0 career passing efficiency rating is third on the all-time NCAA list. As a senior in 1996, he led the nation in passing efficiency (173.6, the seventh best mark ever) as the Western Athletic Conference champion Cougars went 14-1 and won the 1997 Cotton Bowl. He was the WAC Offensive Player of the Year in 1996, won All-American second team honors and played in the East-West Shrine Game and Hula Bowl. As a 1995 junior, he made the All-WAC team and led BYU to the WAC title. Against Fresno State that season, he set an NCAA game completion percentage record when he hit 31-of-34 passes (91.2%).

He came to BYU from El Camino Junior College, where he starred for 2 seasons (1993-94). He was a J.C. All-American first teamer as a 1994 sophomore and won All-Mission Conference honors in 1993 as a freshman. He also played baseball (shortstop) at El Camino in 1993.

He actually began his college career at USC, spending the fall of 1992 on the Trojan baseball team before transferring to El Camino.

He was a standout football and baseball player at West Torrance (Calif.) High. He earned his bachelor's degree in sociology from BYU in 1997 after getting his associate's degree in general studies from El Camino in 1994.

He was born March 8, 1974. He and his wife, Stephanie, have a 4-year-old daughter, Ashley, and a son, Brady, 2.

Kevin Rogers experience making the most out of talented QBs and his teaching ability make him a perfect fit with the 2006 Vikings. He enters his 32nd season of coaching with 28 under his belt at the collegiate level. Rogers has coached an impressive list of players and been fortunate to coach alongside some of the legends of the game, sharing the sideline with Woody Hayes, Paul Pasqualoni and Frank Beamer while coaching the likes of Donovan McNabb, Marvin Harrison and Napolean McCallum during his career.

Rogers spent the 2002-05 seasons at Virginia Tech where he guided back-to-back Hokies QBs to impressive performances. Rogers helped Bryan Randall etch his name throughout the school record book as he became the all-time leader in passing yards, TDs and total offense. Randall ended his career in 2004 with Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year honors. In 2005, Rogers guided Marcus Vick in his debut as a starter and on to 1st-Team All-ACC honors. Vick led the ACC in pass efficiency and the Hokies led the conference in scoring offense at 33.8 points per game with a league-high 51 TDs. The Hokies amassed a 39-14 record in Rogers' tenure, won the ACC title in 2004 and played in the 1st ACC Championship Game in 2005 after winning the ACC Coastal Division. The team advanced to bowl games in each of the 4 seasons.

Prior to his stint at Virginia Tech, Rogers spent 1999-01 at Notre Dame as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach on Bob Davie's staff. Rogers worked with QB Jarious Jackson in his final season and helped the senior signal-caller leave with the single-season passing yardage record in 1999 and set school marks for attempts and completions. Jackson ended his career as the 4th-ranked Irish QB in school history and was selected in the 7th round of the 2000 NFL Draft, the first Irish QB drafted since Rick Mirer in 1993. The 2000 Irish went 9-3 and were invited to the Fiesta Bowl in the school's debut in a Bowl Championship Series game.

Rogers first became acquainted with Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress when the Philadelphia Eagles were evaluating Rogers' star pupil, Donovan McNabb, before the 1999 NFL Draft. McNabb excelled under Rogers' tutelage, leaving Syracuse with the majority of the school's passing records and earning 3 straight Big East Offensive Player of the Year awards from 1996-98 before being drafted #2 overall by the Eagles. Individually, McNabb was one of the most decorated players in team history, but other Orange players benefited from Rogers teaching as well. From 1992-98 Syracuse QBs were prominent in league play as McNabb was a 1st-Team All-Big East choice in each of his 4 seasons (1995-98), Kevin Mason earned 1st-team acclaim in 1994 and Marvin Graves was a 2nd-team choice in 1992 when he ranked 2nd in the nation in passing. Graves held the school records that McNabb would soon break as both still stand among the top QBs in school history. Rogers helped groom future NFL stars Marvin Harrison, Qadry Ismail and Rob Konrad in his tenure.

Syracuse posted an impressive record during Rogers' 8 seasons with the team, going 68-26-1, tieing for the 1996 Big East title and winning the crown outright in 1997 and '98 to become the first team in conference history to win 3 straight championships. Syracuse played in 6 bowl games during that span and had a 6-2 mark. Rogers joined the team in 1991 as quarterbacks coach on Pasqualoni's staff. He was named assistant head coach in 1995, served as recruiting coordinator from 1995-97 and was promoted to offensive coordinator in 1997.

Rogers spent 1983-90 on the staff at Navy where he spent 7 seasons working with the offense and future NFL standout Napolean McCallum. From 1980-82 he coached RBs at his alma mater, William & Mary. Rogers got his start in coaching at Virginia Beach's Bayside High (1974-76) before serving as a graduate assistant at Ohio State under the legendary Woody Hayes in 1977-78.

Rogers earned his bachelor's degree in 1974 from William & Mary where he played LB and went on to receive a master's degree from Ohio State in 1978. Rogers joins Vikings Defensive Coordinator Mike Tomlin and Pro Bowl FS Darren Sharper as graduates of the College of William & Mary, the 2nd-oldest college in the United States. Rogers and his wife, Betty, have 3 children- Kevin, Megan and Ryan. Kevin is a former Villanova QB who is a scouting assistant for the Indianapolis Colts.

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Frank Cignetti

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