Florida State lands Willie Taggart as new coach

Dec 06, 2017, 00:38
Florida State lands Willie Taggart as new coach

A person with direct knowledge of the situation says Willie Taggart has agreed to become Florida State's next football coach. But he has pretty deep ties to the state of Florida, as a Bradenton native with family still living in Florida and four seasons as head coach at South Florida (2013-2016) on his resume.

The Florida State Seminoles have found their new head coach.

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. He led USF to a win against SC in the Birmingham Bowl last season before heading to Oregon.

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Willie Taggart has been distant from the media over the last few days. It's unclear who OR will hire to replace Taggart.

"His values are in line with ours, with academics as important as the product on the field", said Ed Burr, chairman of Florida State's board of trustees.

Taggart then made his return to Western Kentucky in 2010 when he was hired as their head coach.

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Bolden was previously committed to the Seminoles and flipped his commitment after a persuasive recruiting effort by Taggart and his coaching staff. Time for the Recruiting Class is of the essence.

The Florida State football program has its new leader.

Originally, most of Oregon's 2018 commits were all going to be meeting in Eugene on December 15.

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Florida State is looking to right things quickly in an increasingly competitive ACC, from which defending national champion and No. 1 Clemson, Miami, Virginia Tech and N.C. State were ranked in the College Football Playoff committee's final Top 25 this season and there are fewer and fewer easy outs.

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