Monday, 11 December, 2017

Willie Taggart leaves OR for FSU, Cristobal named interim head coach

Willie Taggart introduced as FSU's new football coach Many students disappointed Willie Taggart is leaving the Ducks
Melinda Barton | 07 December, 2017, 07:06

Taggart didn't say anything about rebuilding at FSU, which is what he was known for in his three previous head coaching stops: Western Kentucky, USF and Oregon. It was the Noles and the Bucs for Taggart and his family. His son didn't want to leave OR, but told him, "If you're going to chase your dreams, I'm going to ride with you".

After Taggart said publicly that he was contacted by FSU over the weekend, OR linebacker Troy Dye said Taggart lied "straight" to his dad's face.

"And that meant a lot to me". I told him I'm sorry. Me talking to him, he was like my father talking to me.

The person says Taggart has called a team meeting to inform his OR players he is heading to Tallahassee to replace Jimbo Fisher.

It looks - and sounds - as if Seminoles fans can't wait to see the Taggart era start, either. He grew up idolizing former FSU players "Prime Time" Deion Sanders, Charlie Ward, Derrick Brooks, Warrick Dunn, Peter Warrick, Anquan Bolden, Danny Kanell and Chris Weinke.

As Willie Taggart sat in his home Monday night, weighing the offer with his wife from Florida State to leave OR and become the Seminoles' next head football coach, in walked his 16-year-old son, Willie Taggart Jr., with a piece of advice for his dad.

Taggart said after hearing legendary coach Bobby Bowden speak about "faith, family and football", he implemented those principles in his coaching philosophy.

"I kind of think, like [Coach Taggart] told me, it was like a no-brainer to come to Florida State", Thrasher said, to loud applause and laughter. He said he always wanted to find his way here, so when he walked onto the 50-yard line at Doak Campbell Stadium for the first time, he raised his arms and shouted, "I made it". I know I let them down. He takes over for Jimbo Fisher, who left for Texas A&M last month after receiving a record-setting 10-year offer. Taggart met with FSU officials on Monday in Arizona before news broke of his decision on Tuesday.

Taggart agreed to a six-year deal that will pay him $5 million annually.

As Mullens began his second coaching search in less than a full calendar year, players and members of the touted but eroding 2018 recruiting class lobbied for Oregon's assistants to be retained.

"Excuse my language, but I want a damn good defense".

Fisher was later asked why he would have left what appeared to be a comfortable set up at FSU, to which he replied: "And then my relationship with Scott, the ability to come back and work and relive that vision of things that we had did before at LSU, I think it was a no-brainer in a insane way", Fisher said. We're not going to make excuses.