Former WKU Coach Heads To Florida

Former WKU Coach Heads To Florida

Although the pull of going back home to the state of Florida coaching the Seminoles was too strong, some of the OR players took to Twitter to voice their displeasure with the way Taggart handled himself in the time leading up to his departure from Oregon. His son didn't want to leave OR, but told him, "If you're going to chase your dreams, I'm going to ride with you".

Willie Taggart is being introduced as the next head coach at Florida State University at a news conference Wednesday.

Beyond that, Taggart also indicated that it is unwise to wait for anything approaching the ideal time to vacate a job in search of another.

"It's pretty unbelievable how life can put you in places where you need to be. We want to bring people together to win championships", Taggart said.

"He said to me. and I'm sorry if I get a little emotional here, folks", Taggart said Wednesday, wiping away tears.

Taggart shed tears as he discussed his family full of FSU fans, which included his brother, who rooted for the Noles even when Taggart coached South Florida against FSU. "I can officially say I'm in now".

The next move is to get a staff in place and hit the road recruiting ahead of the December 20 early signing date. Taggart said that he was anxious to get on the road and recruit.

Taggart knows he has big shoes to fill.

Jimbo Fisher is out and Willie Taggart is in at Florida State, and former Seminoles star cornerback Corey Fuller has a high opinion of the new hire. "We need to put a fence around the state of Florida and try to keep our best players here".

Taggart said that he would run the "Gulf Coast Offense", a style that he popularized while at USF. The next day he tweeted - before deleting it - more: "Lost all words I could've been down the street from my house but came here off the strength of what you said". "If you're going to chase your dream, I'm going to ride with you". "As long as we can score fast and often, I'll be happy".

The 41-year old Bradenton native coached at South Florida for four seasons before going to Oregon.

Taggart has a 47-50 overall record as a coach, but he is known for turning around underachieving programs.

It started in Palmetto, where Taggart grew up cheering the Seminoles.

Before that he spent three seasons as head coach at his alma mater, Western Kentucky, inheriting a winless program that he turned around with back-to-back winning seasons.

Florida State also agreed to pay the remaining $1.37 million left on his buyout to USF, and the $3 million buyout owed to Oregon. The Seminoles will play December 27 against Southern Miss in the Independence Bowl, where interim head coach Odell Haggins will coach the team. This was the first time Florida State had to conduct a coaching search since 1975.

He later reconnected with Jim Harbaugh when Harbaugh hired him to coach running backs at Stanford in 2007. He took over in 2010 following Bowden's retirement.

Safe to say that Taggart won't be welcomed in OR anytime soon.

OR started this past season 4-1 and even briefly popped into the AP rankings, but starting quarterback Justin Herbert broke his collarbone and the Ducks floundered, going 1-4 without him.

The Ducks were 7-5 in Taggart's lone season in Eugene.

OR co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Mario Cristobal was named interim coach.

University of OR students said they're disappointed by his decision to leave the Ducks, saying they wish he would have finished one season. So, if he left after one season, he'd owe Florida State $25 million. The Seminoles have appeared in 36 consecutive bowl games.

Yahoo Sports reporter Pete Thamel reported Taggart's contract is a six-year, $30 million deal, according to sources.

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