Taggart leaving OR to be next Florida St

Taggart leaving OR to be next Florida St

Cristobal steps up for Willie Taggart, who just accepted the head-coaching position at Florida State.

Taggart has previous head coaching stops at Western Kentucky (16-20 overall record in three years), South Florida (24-25 overall record in four years) before he accepted the OR head coaching job last December. He was the head coach at the University of OR in December 2016 where coached the Ducks to a record of 7-5 in his first season and finished 4-5 in the Pac-12.

Willie Taggart has agreed to become Florida State's next football coach.

At Oregon, Taggart's team was averaging 49.6 points per game as it got off to a 4-1 start. "'Do Something" became his tagline for his first season with the Ducks.

Taggart is considered a skilled recruiter, and given his ties to Florida, he should have success in a talent-rich state. Before that he was the head coach at South Florida, where he recorded a 24-25 record. Tigard High School's Bradan Lenzy decommitted.

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The Hilltoppers were 0-12 before Taggart took the coaching job, and he led them to a pair of 7-5 finishes his final two years with the program.

Haggins led the Seminoles (6-6) to a 42-10 win over Louisiana-Monroe in Saturday's regular-season finale. He was also the first African American head coach at each of his first three jobs.

Taggart danced around the topic of the Florida State opening when speaking with reporters last week. He proved this time and time again at Western Kentucky, USF, and finally Oregon.

The FSU football program reportedly has its new head coach.

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

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