Willie Taggart leaving OR to become head coach at Florida State

Violet Powell
December 6, 2017

After just one year at Oregon, Willie Taggart will reportedly be named Jimbo Fisher's replacement at Florida State.

Taggart confirmed the agreement to ESPN, and the school has scheduled a news conference for 11 a.m. Wednesday to introduce him. He grew up cheering for FSU.

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. Ultimately, it seems like there was nothing the Ducks could do to stop Taggart from leaving.

While at Oregon, Taggart landed commitments from four-star prospects Warren Thompson and Isaiah Bolden despite each being high on FSU's target list.

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Taggart spent three years at Western Kentucky and four at South Florida before landing at OR, in both cases starting off slowly with a 2-10 season before turning things around for the better.

OR made an attempt to retain Taggart even before the Florida State job opened up, offering a one-year extension on his contract that runs through the 2020 season to boost the value of his five-year deal to $18 million, former ESPN reporter Brett McMurphy reports.

With Taggart now on board, Florida State can fully focus their attention on the Independence Bowl against Southern Mississippi on Saturday December 30th.

This will be the first time since 1960 that UF and FSU have had to replace their football coaches in the same year. "We're thankful the process was short and it's because this is a destination job".

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