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Willie Taggart agrees to deal with Florida State

06 December 2017

The Ducks coach has accepted the Florida State head coaching job, according to multiple reports.

Taggart, who spent just one year as head coach of the Ducks, holds a 47-50 overall record in eight years as a head coach.

Taggart will become the first full time African-American head coach in program history, as he takes over for interim head coach and longtime FSU football player and coach Odell Haggins - who broke that barrier when he led the Seminoles to a win over Louisiana Monroe this past weekend.

"Do Something" became his tagline for his first season with the Ducks. A 10-2 campaign in 2016 paved the way for Taggart to make a move up to a Power 5 school, and he went to OR to replace Mark Helfrich.

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Taggart then made his return to Western Kentucky in 2010 when he was hired as their head coach. However, before their bowl game in 2012, he was hired by USF to be their next head coach.

It didn't take long for Florida State to replace Jimbo Fisher. "The University of OR is a high-caliber academic institution with one of the premier college football programs in the country, and we are confident that we will find another outstanding coach to lead our tremendous group of student-athletes into the future".

OR started this past season 4-1 and even briefly popped into the AP rankings, but starting quarterback Justin Herbert broke his collarbone and the Ducks floundered, going 1-4 without him.

With Taggart now on board, Florida State can fully focus their attention on the Independence Bowl against Southern Mississippi on Saturday December 30th.

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

The Seminoles expect to have quarterback Deondre Francois back next season after he suffered a season-ending knee injury in the opener against Alabama.

They won their final three games to finish 6-6 and extend their bowl streak to 36 consecutive seasons.

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Willie Taggart agrees to deal with Florida State