Willie Taggart agrees to deal with Florida State

Susan Erdelyi  FSU athletics

Willie Taggart will become the newest head coach for the school, agreeing to a deal to leave his job as the head coach of the Oregon Ducks to return to his home state of Florida and lead the Seminoles starting with the 2018 season, according to reports from the Tallahassee Democrat, Orlando Sentinel and others.

There is no word right now if Taggart will stay and coach in the bowl game for OR or go directly and get started on the Seminoles job.

Taggart, a Florida native, spent one season in OR, going 7-5.

Taggart has a 47-50 career record, including 7-5 this season, but is known as a rebuilder.

The Bulls went 24-25 in four seasons under Taggart and lost the lone bowl game he coached in - a 45-35 defeat to his alma mater in the 2015 Miami Beach Bowl.

Florida State's first coaching search in more than 40 years lasted less than a week. Ultimately, it seems like there was nothing the Ducks could do to stop Taggart from leaving. Haggins will hold the position for two games before turning over the reins to Taggart.

How does this coaching change impact the Las Vegas Bowl.


Bobby Bowden was the Seminoles' coach for 34 seasons and put the program on the map with two national championships. He took over in 2010 following Bowden's retirement. "'Do Something" became his tagline for his first season with the Ducks.

Co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Mario Cristobal was named interim coach. Florida State was ranked third in the country entering a showdown with top-ranked Alabama.

The Seminoles are 6-6 and would not have extended the country's longest bowl streak to 36 games without rescheduling their game against Louisiana-Monroe.

Salary is expected for approximately $5 million per year.

If Taggart accepts the FSU job, he will be tasked with quickly hiring assistant coaches and working to shore up FSU's recruiting class, which has plummeted to 32nd nationally during the past week.

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