Florida State set to hire Willie Taggart

Florida State set to hire Willie Taggart

Florida State set to hire Willie Taggart

Warchant, among other outlets, are reporting that Willie Taggart will become the 10th head coach in FSU's history, and the first full-time minority head coach.

That leader is Willie Taggert, who has made a decision to come back to the Sunshine State after just one season guiding the Oregon Ducks.

A formal announcement from the school is expected later today with an introductory news conference scheduled for Wednesday morning.

Florida State moved quickly to identify Jimbo Fisher's replacement.

OR went 7-5 during Taggart's lone season in Eugene. Taggart briefly coached with Harbaugh's son who was nearing the end of his National Football League career. Fisher resigned Friday to accept the opening at Texas A&M.

Taggart grew up in Florida and coached at the University of South Florida before joining the Ducks.

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This was the first time Florida State had to conduct a coaching search since 1975.

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.

There is no word right now if Taggart will stay and coach in the bowl game for OR or go directly and get started on the Seminoles job. That matchup with Boise State is set for Saturday, December 16.

Willie Taggart is headed back to the Sunshine State. He has helped his teams become bowl-eligible in four of those seasons, including three straight between South Florida and Oregon. After quarterback Deondre Francois was injured in the highly-anticipated opener against Alabama, FSU, ranked No. 3 to begin the season, got off to a terrible 2-5 start.

His record was an impressive 25-9 his past three seasons of coaching, and he earned his teams three consecutive bowl berths.

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