Willie Taggart named head football coach at FSU, reports say

Saul Bowman
December 6, 2017

With Jimbo Fisher now at Texas A&M, the Seminoles have hired Willie Taggart away from Oregon.

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.

Before that he was the head coach at South Florida, where he recorded a 24-25 record. Before that, he spent four seasons as the head coach at USF.

Taggart has a 47-50 career record, including 7-5 this season, but is known as a rebuilder.

Mullens said the university has started a nationwide search for a new head coach. Handling pressure is an important trait for a major head coach and the expectation to win quickly in Tallahassee isn't going anywhere. After one season at Oregon, Bruce Feldman of Sports Illustrated and Fox Sports has confirmed Taggart is set to be named the next Seminoles' head coach. As it turns out, the wait for the next head coach didn't take all that long like officials promised.


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

Taggart is also known for bringing in elite recruiting classes and knows the Florida circuit as well as anyone.

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

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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