Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
World | By Melba Underwood

Willie Taggart to be next Florida State football coach

Willie Taggart to be next Florida State football coach

Taggert himself has confirmed to national media he's agreed to a contract to come to Florida State, and succeed Jimbo Fisher who left last week to become the head coach at Texas A&M.

Taggart comes to Tallahassee after one year as head coach at the University of Oregon.

Taggart spent 363 days as Head Coach of Oregon Football and turned around a program that was in need of him.

Whether or not the coaching positions stabilize moving forward remains to be seen, but FAU and USF could soon have openings if Lane Kiffin and Charlie Strong keep drawing interest from bigger programs.

The Ducks made a quicker turnaround under the new coach, going 7-5 in his first year after managing just a 4-8 record the year before.

Taggart is considered a skilled recruiter, and given his ties to Florida, he should have success in a talent-rich state.

However, those mixed messages are done: Taggart is the third full-time coach at Florida State since 1976, when Bobby Bowden first took over.

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"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.

It hasn't even been a year since Taggart held his introductory press conference at OR, replacing Mark Helfrich. How long will OR take to get a new coach?

And now he's the Seminoles' next head coach.

Bolden was previously committed to the Seminoles and flipped his commitment after a persuasive recruiting effort by Taggart and his coaching staff.

Taggart is also known for bringing in elite recruiting classes and knows the Florida circuit as well as anyone. Yet for certain, athletic director Stan Wilcox did his due diligence to hire the best-possible candidate for the job.

Florida State finished 6-6 in 2017, winning its regular-season finale against Louisiana-Monroe to extend its bowl streak to 36 consecutive seasons.

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