Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Florida State Hiring Willie Taggart As Head Coach

Florida State Hiring Willie Taggart As Head Coach

OR head football coach Willie Taggart is leaving the Ducks program to become the next head coach at Florida State University.

The job vacancy first opened last Friday when it was announced that Jimbo Fisher would leave for the same position at Texas A&M.

Taggart spent one season at OR where he led the Ducks to a 7-5 season.

Taggart is 47-50 all-time as a college head coach in stops at Western Kentucky, South Florida and OR, so while he's considered a top offensive coach and recruiter (Oregon's class of 2018 was ranked among the Top 10 before his departure), he's not necessarily a guaranteed commodity for a Seminoles program that has won three national titles, including one under Fisher to cap the 2013 season.

A team meeting between Taggart and OR players is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. PT.

As a head coach at the collegiate level, Taggart has a career record of 47-50.

"Even before Fisher left Florida State, a source said OR offered Taggart a one-year extension on his existing contract, through 2022, increasing his five-year deal to $18 million", college football insider Brett McMurphy wrote.

Willie Taggart is leaving OR and heading to Florida. Taggart briefly coached with Harbaugh's son who was nearing the end of his National Football League career.

Taggart should have no issues with recruiting in Florida. He was 16-20 with the Hilltoppers - Western Kentucky broke a 26-game losing streak during his first season - before returning to Florida to take over the USF program.

In his first season coaching the Bulls, Taggart only went 2-10, but he doubled his wins in the next year going 4-8 in 2014.

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

Florida State will play Southern Miss in the Independence Bowl, while OR faces off against Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl.

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