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FSU Football introduces Willie Taggart as new head coach

07 December 2017

Although the pull of going back home to the state of Florida coaching the Seminoles was too strong, some of the OR players took to Twitter to voice their displeasure with the way Taggart handled himself in the time leading up to his departure from Oregon.

The 41-year old Bradenton native coached at South Florida for four seasons before going to Oregon.

His journey to FSU began long before the whirlwind of landing three head coaching jobs in 365 days.

"I think he is going to do great and I think it's a great opportunity to be the first African-American coach to be hired at Florida State".

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Away from the field, the 41-year-old Taggart has earned a reputation as one of the nation's top recruiters, which ought to come in handy with the first ever early signing day looming December 20.

"I've developed a relationship with him through high school recruiting in south Florida and doing camps in south Florida, and he is a great guy", Fuller said.

You could tell what this job means to Taggart, too. "But like I told him, I'm sorry that I did let him down and like I told everyone there, I'm sorry, I apologize". "We need to put a fence around the state of Florida and try to keep our best players here". "If you're going to chase your dream, I'm going to ride with you". Haggins led the Seminoles (6-6) to a 42-10 win over Louisiana-Monroe in Saturday's regular-season finale. Florida State (6-6) will face Southern Mississippi in the December 27 Independence Bowl.

Taggart said it was tough to leave OR, but he's appreciative that he's getting the chance "to fulfill a dream".

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The Ducks were 7-5 in Taggart's lone season in Eugene. Taggart held that post for three seasons and helped Cardinal standout Toby Gerhart to unanimous All-America honors and a runner-up finish in the 2009 Heisman Trophy vote.

Yahoo Sports reporter Pete Thamel reported Taggart's contract is a six-year, $30 million deal, according to sources.

Taggart is expected to bring several assistants with him from OR, including defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt, as well as reportedly trying to lure several top coaches from others schools to join his staff both on the sideline as well as on the recruiting trail. He was offered a four year, $20 million extension a week ago when it appeared that the Florida State job would be open.

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FSU Football introduces Willie Taggart as new head coach