Florida State To Hire Oregon's Willie Taggart As Head Coach

Frederick Owens
December 6, 2017

The Florida native played high school football for Bradenton Manatee and coached four seasons at USF before moving to Oregon.

Less than a week after Fisher resigned to take the head coaching position at Texas A&M, the Seminoles will bring in former OR coach Willie Taggart as their new coach, according to multiple reports Tuesday. He told us that he grew up as an FSU fan but wasn't quite a good enough player to be recruited there.

From Florida State's perspective, a quick decision was key, too, as the Seminoles, who slumped to 6-6 this season, were watching the clock tick toward the early signing period with an eye toward salvaging a recruiting class that started to fall apart with seven decommitments since Wednesday, the Tallahassee Democrat noted Monday.

As late as mid-day Monday, four-star quarterback and Ducks commit Tyler Shough was tweeting pictures of Taggart from an in-home visit, representing OR, in Chandler, Ariz.

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It was announced Sunday that the Ducks (7-5) and Broncos (10-3) would meet on December 16 for the Las Vegas Bowl.

Taggart also spent three seasons as head coach at Western Kentucky, taking the Hilltoppers from 2-10 in his first season to back-to-back 7-5 campaigns in 2011 and 2012. In eight seasons, Fisher went 83-23 (.783) and guided the Seminoles to three ACC titles as well as the 2013 national championship. Willie Taggart confirmed Tuesday to ESPN's Edward Aschoff that he will take over in Tallahassee. According to multiple reports, FSU is Taggart's "dream job". He is expected to bring in several top assistants, many with ties to the state of Florida that will help with recruiting and improving from a 6-6 record this year.

This will be the first time since 1960 that UF and FSU have had to replace their football coaches in the same year.

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