Willie Taggart Leaving Oregon After One Season for Florida State


Former South Florida coach Willie Taggart is on his way back to the Sunshine State.

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

A formal announcement from the school is expected later today with an introductory news conference scheduled for Wednesday morning. He told us that he grew up as an FSU fan but wasn't quite a good enough player to be recruited there.

Florida State moved quickly to identify Jimbo Fisher's replacement. Ultimately, it seems like there was nothing the Ducks could do to stop Taggart from leaving.

At Oregon, Taggart's team was averaging 49.6 points per game as it got off to a 4-1 start.

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Taggart has an overall coaching record of 47-50 over eight seasons.

Taggart will try to take an extremely talented roster that underachieved last season back into national title contention. Taggart was FSU's top choice to replace Fisher.

Taggart spent three years at Western Kentucky and four at South Florida before landing at OR, in both cases starting off slowly with a 2-10 season before turning things around for the better.

Florida State will play Southern Mississippi in the Independence Bowl on December 27.

Taggart leaves after spending a lone season at OR, where he turned the 7-5 Ducks back into a bowl team after they missed out on postseason play the prior year. He has been three places and done his best to leave them better than when he arrived.