Willie Taggart Agrees To Join Florida State As Head Coach

Taggart, 41, led OR to a 7-5 record this year in his first season with the Ducks.

Taggart was a possible candidate for other open head coaching jobs this year, but Feldman passed along he was not leaving OR for anywhere other than Florida State if it was available.

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.

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At Oregon, Taggart's team was averaging 49.6 points per game as it got off to a 4-1 start.

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. That likely has a lot to do with why Florida State made him a priority. How long will OR take to get a new coach?

Both of Taggart's previous head coaching stops have been rebuilds of sorts.

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

Florida State's first coaching search in more than 40 years took less than a week to complete. The money Taggart is getting and what his coaching staff will look like is not yet known.

McMurphy also cited sources saying returning to his home state of Florida was a factor in Taggart's decision.

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Florida State finished this season 6-6 and will play Southern Miss in the Independence Bowl.

  • Ryan Wade