A native Floridian, (Palmetto, Florida) Coach Taggart will take over at Florida State after only one season at Oregon where the Ducks went 7-5 for the 2017 campaign.
Taggart has faced some criticism for his decision to return to his home state of Florida and take over for Jimbo Fisher who bolted for Texas A&M.
Taggart’s biggest detractors in this cross country coaching carousel that has seen him be the head football coach at three different universities in such a short period of time have been Oregon Athletic director Rob Mullens and former Ducks QB Marcus Mariota stating:
“Disappointing. It is what it is. Hopefully the program will get going in the right direction. I know leadership is in place. Hopefully it will get back to where it was.” – Marcus Mariotta
Mullens press conference is in the video below and in it he decries the process at the end as “clumsy.”
Taggart’s hiring by the Seminoles has made all of the national sports news headlines and sparked some debate, much like Paul Finebaum did on his show.
Taggart was targeted by Oregon last year with a small talented coaching pool available, after turning around the program at USF and before that at Western Kentucky. He is considered by many to be a very good recruiter.
Legendary FSU coach Bobby Bowden supported the hire saying:
“It’s such a crucial time now with recruiting, time is of the essence. I have never met Willie, but I have heard good things about him.” – Bobby Bowden
In addition to Taggart’s salary of 30 million over six years, FSU will also pay the $1.37 million left on his buyout to USF, and the $3 million buyout owed to Oregon.
One thing that is clearly not debatable is the welcomed energy and enthusiasm Taggart will and already has brought to FSU football. And that, has been sorely lacking.
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