Willie Taggart listened to his son, followed his dream to coach Seminoles

Thursday, 07 Dec, 2017

Although the pull of going back home to the state of Florida coaching the Seminoles was too strong, some of the OR players took to Twitter to voice their displeasure with the way Taggart handled himself in the time leading up to his departure from Oregon.

A Bradenton, Fla., native who grew up a Florida State fan, Taggart is the 10th full-time head coach in program history and just its third head coach since 1976 when the legendary Bobby Bowden first took over in Tallahassee.

The 41-year-old Florida native left OR after just one season for what he called his "dream job".

Before taking the reins at Oregon, Taggart spent four seasons at South Florida.

Taggart will be Florida State's first African-American head football coach.

Recruiting goals for Taggart? "We want to bring people together to win championships", Taggart said. Taggart said that he always rooted for the Seminoles when he was coaching elsewhere, except in his days at South Florida. You always tell me to chase my dreams and don't let anyone get in the way of it. It is exciting to know we have really good players here.

"Sorry, I love you, but I can't go against my 'Noles", Taggart said his brother told him. Haggins led the Seminoles (6-6) to a 42-10 win over Louisiana-Monroe in Saturday's regular-season finale.

He later reconnected with Jim Harbaugh when Harbaugh hired him to coach running backs at Stanford in 2007. Asked how hard it was to leave OR after such a brief time, Taggart said he apologized to athletic director Rob Mullens. "Do Something" became his tagline for his first season with the Ducks.

Herbert returned for the final two games of the season, both wins that got the Ducks into a bowl game in Taggart's lone season.

Taggart had been recruiting for OR earlier this week and pledged he'd be with the program long-term after his name was originally linked to the FSU job.

OR could also promote interim head coach Mario Cristobal to the full-time position.

Since winning 33 of 34 games between 2013 and 2015, including a national championship, The Seminoles are 20-12, including 10-10 in the ACC.

Yahoo Sports reporter Pete Thamel reported Taggart's contract is a six-year, $30 million deal, according to sources. The Seminoles have appeared in 36 consecutive bowl games.