Florida State To Hire Oregon's Willie Taggart As Head Coach

Nov 18 2017 Eugene OR USA Oregon Ducks head coach Willie Taggart walks on the field before the game against the Arizona Wildcats at Autzen Stadium

Now there appears to be a consensus that Taggart is going to leave OR to replace Jimbo Fisher at FSU. According to multiple reports, FSU is Taggart's "dream job". Previously, Taggart cultivated a reputation as a program-builder at Western Kentucky (where he was a quarterback in the 1990s) and South Florida.

Taggart, who played quarterback at Western Kentucky and later coached the Hilltoppers for three seasons, took the OR job after he was at South Florida for four seasons, including a 10-2 mark in 2016.

As a head coach at the collegiate level, Taggart has a career record of 47-50. He is expected to bring in several top assistants, many with ties to the state of Florida that will help with recruiting and improving from a 6-6 record this year. However, before their bowl game in 2012, he was hired by USF to be their next head coach.

In his first season coaching the Bulls, Taggart only went 2-10, but he doubled his wins in the next year going 4-8 in 2014.

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In December of 2016, Taggart was hired by OR as their head coach following the firing of Mark Helfrich. While Taggart is said to have been happy in his first year at OR, he is a Florida native and could not pass up the opportunity to coach one of the biggest programs in his home state.

He was considered to be Florida State's first choice, and is also believed to be a life-long FSU fan.

Taggart is known for changing cultures and being highly adaptable at all of the schools he has coached. Yet for certain, athletic director Stan Wilcox did his due diligence to hire the best-possible candidate for the job.

When asked on Sunday whether he'd be coaching the Ducks in their bowl game, Taggart said, "Why wouldn't I coach the Las Vegas Bowl?"

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