Willie Taggart Leaving Oregon For Seminoles


Florida State has called a news conference for Wednesday morning to introduce Taggart, who informed his OR players on Tuesday he is heading to Tallahassee to replace Jimbo Fisher.

After several days looking for the next person to lead their football program, the Florida State Seminoles reportedly have their new head coach. Taggart briefly coached with Harbaugh's son who was nearing the end of his National Football League career. "'Do Something" became his tagline for his first season with the Ducks. After one season at Oregon, Bruce Feldman of Sports Illustrated and Fox Sports has confirmed Taggart is set to be named the next Seminoles' head coach.

Taggart has been a top target of Florida State since rumors of Fisher's departure for Texas A&M first surfaced. Tigard High School's Bradan Lenzy decommitted. He has helped his teams become bowl-eligible in four of those seasons, including three straight between South Florida and Oregon. However, before their bowl game in 2012, he was hired by USF to be their next head coach. He was also the first African American head coach at each of his first three jobs.

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Taggart will be tasked with restoring a Florida State program that has failed to live up to expectations the last two seasons.

While the 41-year-old has a mere 47-50 career record in FBS, it doesn't quite show the job he has done to improve teams from where they were before arriving. According to 247Sports, he reeled in the nation's ninth best recruiting class for 2018 with nine 4-star recruits, four of which were from Florida.

Florida State will play Southern Miss in the Independence Bowl, while OR faces off against Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl.