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Willie Taggart to leave OR to become FSU head coach

Willie Taggart to leave OR to become FSU head coach

In Taggart's lone season he led the Ducks to a 7-5 record overall and berth in the Las Vegas Bowl.

The Florida State Seminoles have found their new head coach. That leader is Willie Taggert, who has chose to come back to the Sunshine State after just one season guiding the Oregon Ducks. It's unclear who OR will hire to replace Taggart.

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

Four days after Fisher officially left Tallahassee for Texas A&M, Florida State has hired Oregon's Willie Taggart as its next head coach. That likely has a lot to do with why Florida State made him a priority. As it turns out, the wait for the next head coach didn't take all that long like officials promised. Taggart went 2-10 in his first years at both schools, but quickly righted the ship.

Taggart, a native of Bradenton, Florida, will be the Seminole's first full-time African-American head coach.

However, to many Florida State fans, this may seem like a questionable hire.

Before this season, FSU won at least nine games in Fisher's first seven seasons as head coach, including three years with at least 12 wins. Will he do any different with the garnet and gold?

McMurphy also cited sources saying returning to his home state of Florida was a factor in Taggart's decision.

Florida State will play Southern Mississippi in the Independence Bowl on December 27.