Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Willie Taggart to leave OR to become FSU head coach

Willie Taggart to leave OR to become FSU head coach

For now, Taggart will be the team's coach when they head to Las Vegas to take on the 25th-ranked Mountain West champion Boise State Broncos.

Florida State's first coaching search in more than 40 years took less than a week to complete. He returns to his hometown of Florida where he coached at the University of South Florida from 2013 to 2016.

Just one day after Jimbo Fisher was officially introduced as the new head coach at Texas A&M, Florida state has reportedly landed its top target to replace him.

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Taggart danced around the topic of the Florida State opening when speaking with reporters last week.

Taggart has an overall coaching record of 47-50 over eight seasons.

Before that he spent three seasons as head coach at his alma mater, Western Kentucky, inheriting a winless program that he turned around with back-to-back winning seasons. Cristobal's task, now, will be to prep up the Ducks for their Las Vegas Bowl showdown with Boise State on December 16 as OR goes about their coaching search.

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Herbert returned for the final two games of the season, both wins that got the Ducks into a bowl game in Taggart's lone season.

Willie Taggart is headed back to the Sunshine State.

Taggart, 41, replaced Mark Helfrich at OR last season and guided the Ducks to a 7-5 record and an upcoming trip to the Las Vegas Bowl to face 25th-ranked Boise State. So it's likely the FSU offer is worth well over that $4 million a year number.

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