Florida State hires OR coach Willie Taggart

Dec 06, 2017, 00:41
Florida State hires OR coach Willie Taggart

Former South Florida coach Willie Taggart is on his way back to the Sunshine State.

With Jimbo Fisher now at Texas A&M, the Seminoles have hired Willie Taggart away from Oregon.

Taggart confirmed the agreement to ESPN, and the school has scheduled a news conference for 11 a.m. Wednesday to introduce him. He told us that he grew up as an FSU fan but wasn't quite a good enough player to be recruited there.

A dream job that rarely comes open, which likely played into Taggart's decision to leave OR after one season.

Both of Taggart's previous head coaching stops have been rebuilds of sorts.

It hasn't even been a year since Taggart held his introductory press conference at OR, replacing Mark Helfrich. But Taggart will also head to Tallahassee to take the highest-profile job he's ever had, and with the pressure to bring a program coming off a down year back to glory quickly. Taggart was FSU's top choice to replace Fisher. While Taggart is said to have been happy in his first year at OR, he is a Florida native and could not pass up the opportunity to coach one of the biggest programs in his home state.

Florida State finished this season 6-6 and will play Southern Miss in the Independence Bowl.

In his first season coaching the Bulls, Taggart only went 2-10, but he doubled his wins in the next year going 4-8 in 2014. He has been three places and done his best to leave them better than when he arrived.

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