Willie Taggart named new FSU head coach

The former Oregon head coach takes over in Tallahassee

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Willie Taggart named new FSU head coach

Cole Mansfield, Staff Writer

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Things were not looking good for FSU fans after head coach Jimbo Fisher left the program to take the head coaching job at Texas A&M. Fisher was the head coach at FSU for seven years with an overall record of 83-23 and a national championship under his belt. He left after a disappointing season for the Seminoles because of problems with the administration, according to Fisher. Fans and players were disappointed, especially since Fisher didn’t tell the players about the move and they didn’t learn about it until it was public news. FSU was suddenly back on the hunt to find another great coach to take over in Tallahassee.

The Seminoles found their new coach in former Oregon coach Willie Taggart. Taggart accepted the job at FSU after being head coach of Oregon for only one season. Taggart previously coached at USF and Western Kentucky. Taggart is a Florida native and seems very excited at the opportunity to coach the Seminoles and many fans match his excitement. Taggart has an overall coaching record of 47-50. This record may sound bad at first, but it’s actually more impressive than it sounds. When Taggart took over at Western Kentucky, he was able to break a 26 game losing streak in his first year and in the next two seasons he led the Hilltoppers to winning seasons before leaving to become head coach at South Florida. When he arrived at USF, the Bulls were struggling with a record of 2-10 in his first season, but by his last season the Bulls were 10-2 and won the AAC East division and had a double digit win season for the first time in school history. “It sucks, but I think Taggart will be fine under the amount of talent FSU has,” said Seminoles fan Jeremy Pe about the Fisher firing and Taggart hiring. Willie Taggart has proven he can help struggling teams and it will be interesting to see what he can do in Tallahassee with more talent and resources at his disposal than ever before.

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