On Tuesday afternoon, multiple reports have surfaced that Oregon Ducks head coach Willie Taggart will be heading to Tallahassee to replace Jimbo Fisher. A Florida native, Taggart spent one year in Eugene, leading the Ducks to a 7-5 record and an appearance in the Las Vegas Bowl.
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. "He said coaching this team is his dream job".
Taggart coached the Ducks to a 7-5 record in 2017. He has helped his teams become bowl-eligible in four of those seasons, including three straight between South Florida and Oregon.
Taggart, a former running backs coach at Stanford under Jim Harbaugh, helped turn around programs at Western Kentucky and South Florida in his first two head coaching jobs. He led USF to a win against SC in the Birmingham Bowl last season before heading to Oregon.
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Florida State's first coaching search in more than 40 years took less than a week to complete.
OR started 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. That likely has a lot to do with why Florida State made him a priority. Florida State is 6-6 this season and will face Southern Mississippi in the December 27 Independence Bowl. Graham was at Tulsa, Pitt and then Arizona State, while Taggart will have traveled from South Florida to OR to now Florida State.
While his overall record may be underwhelming, Taggart holds a 25-9 record in the past three years.