Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Medical | By Jackie Banks

Florida State Seminoles Hire Willie Taggart as Head Coach

Florida State Seminoles Hire Willie Taggart as Head Coach

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

Taggart had only been at OR for one year after leaving USF, so he's part of a lot of coaching turnover in the state of Florida. Before joining OR this season, Taggart spent four years at USF and three years at Western Kentucky. But he has pretty deep ties to the state of Florida, as a Bradenton native with family still living in Florida and four seasons as head coach at South Florida (2013-2016) on his resume.

At Oregon, Taggart's team was averaging 49.6 points per game as it got off to a 4-1 start. After one season at Oregon, Bruce Feldman of Sports Illustrated and Fox Sports has confirmed Taggart is set to be named the next Seminoles' head coach.

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. However, before their bowl game in 2012, he was hired by USF to be their next head coach.

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However, to many Florida State fans, this may seem like a questionable hire.

Florida State finished this season 6-6 and will play Southern Miss in the Independence Bowl. Now Mullens has to once again find a new head football coach.

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.

McMurphy also cited sources saying returning to his home state of Florida was a factor in Taggart's decision.

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