Florida State OC Alex Atkins comments on coaching carousel rumors
Florida State offensive coordinator Alex Atkins isn’t getting caught up in the rumors of the coaching carousel.
Atkins’ name was attached to the Charlotte head coaching job on Sunday night. He previously served as the 49ers’ offensive coordinator in 2019 — the last time they had a winning season.
On Monday afternoon, Atkins was asked about the coaching carousel in general and how he handles it when he’s being considered for other jobs.
“It’s flattering because if you go through Mike Norvell’s history of his assistants, he’s had a bunch of them go out there and do some great things,” Atkins said. “So it is flattering. It’s a token to him and what he’s done in developing young coaches he had on his staff.
“It’s flattering, but it’s just social media so it’s not really realistic or real. It’s just noise to be honest.”
Norvell is a relatively young coach, but he already has four former assistants who are currently head coaches in college football: Dan Lanning at Oregon, Ryan Silverfield at Memphis, Will Hall at Southern Miss and Chris Ball at Northern Arizona.
There are other coordinators, like Kenny Dillingham and Atkins, who could join that list as soon as this cycle.
Atkins has done an exceptional job with Florida State’s offense. Quarterback Jordan Travis is having a career year and has had a seamless transition with throwing to transfer portal receivers like Johnny Wilson and Mycah Pittman.
If Atkins does leave FSU after this season, it would mean three offensive coordinators in three years for the Seminoles. Atkins is in his first year as Florida State’s OC after replacing Dillingham.