FSU hires former USF coach to replace Fisher

FSU hires former USF coach to replace Fisher

Willie Taggart has been named head coach of Florida State University football.

Players were called together for a meeting with Taggart Tuesday afternoon. You leave for Florida State with a Thank You for setting a building block that can be added onto by the next man in charge of Oregon Football.

At Oregon, Taggart's team was averaging 49.6 points per game as it got off to a 4-1 start. Taggart briefly coached with Harbaugh's son who was nearing the end of his National Football League career.

Taggart is considered a skilled recruiter, and given his ties to Florida, he should have success in a talent-rich state.

Taggart then made his return to Western Kentucky in 2010 when he was hired as their head coach. With preparation and travel for bowl games, this can no longer happen. Taggart is leaving the Ducks after just one season, where he went 7-5.

In December of 2016, Taggart was hired by OR as their head coach following the firing of Mark Helfrich. Handling pressure is an important trait for a major head coach and the expectation to win quickly in Tallahassee isn't going anywhere.

However, those mixed messages are done: Taggart is the third full-time coach at Florida State since 1976, when Bobby Bowden first took over.

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

Odell Haggins served as the Noles' interim head coach for the regular-season finale against Louisiana-Monroe. The money Taggart is getting and what his coaching staff will look like is not yet known. He proved this time and time again at Western Kentucky, USF, and finally Oregon.

Taggart is also known for bringing in elite recruiting classes and knows the Florida circuit as well as anyone.

Oregon's potentially historic class is beginning to slide.

Bolden is the third decommitment for OR since the Taggart-to-Florida State rumors began, joining Lenzy and four-star athlete Tre'Shaun Harrison.

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