Florida State Seminoles Hire Willie Taggart as Head Coach

06 December, 2017, 01:09 | Author: Earnest Huff
  • Willie Taggart leaves the field at Autzen Stadium with Oregon defensive back Thomas Graham Jr. after the Ducks victory this season over Nebraska

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.

Taggart spent just one season at OR following his tenure locally at the University of South Florida.

Willie Taggart as head coach of the Oregon Ducks during a game against Arizona State on September 23, 2017.

History has shown that more often than not when a head coach takes another job before the bowl game his former team does not perform all that well.

"Do Something" became his tagline for his first season with the Ducks.

Taggart has an overall coaching record of 47-50 over eight seasons.

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Bolden is the third decommitment for OR since the Taggart-to-Florida State rumors began, joining Lenzy and four-star athlete Tre'Shaun Harrison. Tigard High School's Bradan Lenzy decommitted.

Taggart is following in Todd Graham territory as the two not hold the only distinction to be the head coach of an FBS program in three straight years. The Bradenton, Fla., native led South Florida to a 10-2 record and top-25 finish in 2016 before accepting the OR job. He led USF to a win against SC in the Birmingham Bowl last season before heading to Oregon. He was also the first African American head coach at each of his first three jobs.

Florida State moved quickly to identify Jimbo Fisher's replacement.

How does this coaching change impact the Las Vegas Bowl.

. Will he do any different with the garnet and gold? According to 247Sports, he reeled in the nation's ninth best recruiting class for 2018 with nine 4-star recruits, four of which were from Florida.

This was the first time Florida State had to conduct a coaching search since 1975. He will coach the Seminoles in the December 27 Independence Bowl against Southern Mississippi.

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