Willie Taggart Leaving Oregon After One Season for Florida State


He posted a 7-5 record in his first year with the Ducks.

Taggart has previous head coaching stops at Western Kentucky (16-20 overall record in three years), South Florida (24-25 overall record in four years) before he accepted the OR head coaching job last December.

So who is Willie Taggart?

Taggart is considered a skilled recruiter, and given his ties to Florida, he should have success in a talent-rich state.

The Seminoles have reportedly agreed to a deal with OR head coach Willie Taggart. The Seminoles' first head coaching search in 41 years-with the hiring of Bobby Bowden in 1976 and seamless transition to Fisher in 2010-has come to an abrupt end. As it turns out, the wait for the next head coach didn't take all that long like officials promised. Handling pressure is an important trait for a major head coach and the expectation to win quickly in Tallahassee isn't going anywhere.

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.

However, to many Florida State fans, this may seem like a questionable hire. He also spent three years at Western Kentucky before coaching the Bulls. The money Taggart is getting and what his coaching staff will look like is not yet known. Time for the Recruiting Class is of the essence.

In fact, the state's seven FBS programs have all hired a new coach within the last two years. Can Oregon salvage the Class of 2018?

Florida State finished 6-6 in 2017, winning its regular-season finale against Louisiana-Monroe to extend its bowl streak to 36 consecutive seasons.