FSU Hires Willie Taggart as Head Football Coach

Florida State Hires Willie Taggart as Head Football Coach

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One day after meeting with Florida State University officials in Arizona, the Palmetto native and former Manatee High standout was hired by the Seminoles on Tuesday, according to multiple reports.

Taggart has previous head coaching stops at Western Kentucky (16-20 overall record in three years), South Florida (24-25 overall record in four years) before he accepted the OR head coaching job last December.

"Oregon had reportedly offered Taggart a little more than $20 million over five years to stay, but he's on the move back to the Sunshine State after just one season on the West Coast".

He was coach of South Florida from 2013-16, after serving as coach at Western Kentucky from 2009-12.

This follows Taggart continuing to recruit for the Ducks despite interest from Florida State.

The decision to leave OR and replace Jimbo Fisher after just one year with the Ducks comes after a busy Monday that included both recruiting for his former team and meeting his future employer to discuss the gig.

Taggart got his start with Western Kentucky in 2010. It's unclear who will coach the team for the game.

He was considered to be Florida State's first choice, and is also believed to be a life-long FSU fan. He was 24-25 during his four seasons at USF.

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

It's impossible to foresee how Taggart will fare in a prestigious program like Florida State.

The Ducks play in the Las Vegas Bowl against Boise State on December 16.

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