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Florida State Hires Willie Taggart As New Head Coach

Sports Illustrated

Just less than one week after Jimbo Fisher announced he was resigning as head coach of Florida State to take the same position at Texas A&M, a new leader has already arrived in Tallahassee. 

On Tuesday, Florida State officially introduced Oregon head coach Willie Taggart as their new head coach going forward. 

Taggart, who took the Oregon job last December, officially left the team as soon as the decision was made. The two sides reportedly agreed to a six-year contract worth near $30 million. Florida State has agreed to buyout the $3 million still left on his Oregon contract. 

Taggart appeared at his introductory conference excited and bright-eyed, already brandishing the famous tomahawk chop. Taggart addressed the Florida State job at his “dream job”, but acknowledged the hardship of changing locations when speaking to reporters. 

I wasn’t going to leave it just for anything. To be closer to your family and still be a coach in the Power 5, still have an opportunity to win a national championship, it was tough to overcome.”

Taggart comes to the Noles with an impressive resume. A former running backs coach under Jim Harbaugh at Stanford, Taggart has been described as a team-building coach, whos great at motivating and connecting with his players. In his four years at South Florida, Taggart was credited with turning around the program with his “Gulf-Coast” offense, going 18-7 in his last two years with the program. 

While Taggart has an impressive history, Florida State truley will be his ultimate test. If he’s as championed as he’s claimed, the Noles could have a bright future to look forward too.  

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