Florida State hires Willie Taggart as coach

Casey Dawson
December 6, 2017

The Ducks were 7-5 this season in Taggart's first year, but, according to The Oregonian, athletic department officials were growing impatient at the uncertainty surrounding his status.

Former South Florida coach Willie Taggart is on his way back to the Sunshine State. In his one year as the OR head coach, the 41-year-old improved the Ducks from 4-8 to 7-5, ensuring their bowl eligibility this season. It's unclear who OR will hire to replace Taggart.

The Seminoles have reportedly agreed to a deal with OR head coach Willie Taggart.

Mullens said the university has started a nationwide search for a new head coach. But FSU rebounded and won four of five down the stretch to continue the program's record bowl streak to 36 consecutive years. He was also the first African American head coach at each of his first three jobs. Why hire someone who has a sub.500 career record at 47-50? His debut years at Western Kentucky and USF both ended with two-win seasons but not only did he turn those schools around, he did so quickly and efficiently.

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Taggart is known for changing cultures and being highly adaptable at all of the schools he has coached.

Originally, most of Oregon's 2018 commits were all going to be meeting in Eugene on December 15. Previously, Taggart cultivated a reputation as a program-builder at Western Kentucky (where he was a quarterback in the 1990s) and South Florida.

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

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