Willie Taggart named head football coach at FSU, reports say

Florida State Seminoles Hire Willie Taggart as Head Coach Reports

His Ducks team in Eugene was informed of his decision at a meeting Tuesday afternoon.

After Jimbo Fisher ended his 8-year tenure as the FSU head coach and departed for Texas A&M in dramatic fashion, it's reassuring to bring some stability back to the program.

"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.

For now, Taggart will be the team's coach when they head to Las Vegas to take on the 25th-ranked Mountain West champion Boise State Broncos.

While at Oregon, Taggart landed commitments from four-star prospects Warren Thompson and Isaiah Bolden despite each being high on FSU's target list. Taggart briefly coached with Harbaugh's son who was nearing the end of his National Football League career.

Willie Taggart has been distant from the media over the last few days. After ending WKU's 26-game losing streak and going 2-10 in his first season, he made strides while going 7-5 in both 2011 and 2012. With preparation and travel for bowl games, this can no longer happen.

The Hilltoppers were 0-12 before Taggart took the coaching job, and he led them to a pair of 7-5 finishes his final two years with the program.


In December of 2016, Taggart was hired by OR as their head coach following the firing of Mark Helfrich.

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.

And now he's the Seminoles' next head coach. Landing Thompson, one of the top receivers in America, was especially impressive, as his father made no secrets about his love for the Seminoles.Convincing two players with options to pass on the successful program located a short drive away from their family homes to attend college in the Pacific Northwest is a massive task, and Taggart was up to it. OR now has four commitments from Florida-based athletes in its 2018 class and most of they all had legitimate options closer to home.

However, to many Florida State fans, this may seem like a questionable hire.

OR co-OC and OL coach Mario Cristobal will serve as interim head coach.

Bolden was previously committed to the Seminoles and flipped his commitment after a persuasive recruiting effort by Taggart and his coaching staff. He proved this time and time again at Western Kentucky, USF, and finally Oregon. Time for the Recruiting Class is of the essence.

Oregon's potentially historic class is beginning to slide. Taggart returns home to Florida for his "Dream Job" in his home state.

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