Willie Taggart coming back to Florida to coach FSU

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In his one year as the OR head coach, the 41-year-old improved the Ducks from 4-8 to 7-5, ensuring their bowl eligibility this season. Fisher served eight seasons as the Seminoles head coach, winning the national title back in 2013.

Taggart, 41, from Bradenton, Florida, agreed to a deal with the Seminoles after meeting Monday with them in Arizona, reports in the Orlando Sentinel and elsewhere indicated, and the Ducks players were expected to be informed of his decision in a meeting Tuesday afternoon.

He then accepted a scholarship to Western Kentucky, where he flourished as a 4-year starter from 1994-1998 and became a finalist for the Walter Payton Award in each of his last two seasons. Despite stabilizing a handful couple of programs, FSU's next head coach boasts a 47-50 overall record. The landscape is different than it is in most places and high school coaches aren't as involved in the process as they are in other states.

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


But the blow to the recruiting class could soon get much worse - regardless of what Taggart decides.

It didn't take long for Florida State to replace Jimbo Fisher.

The Ducks play in the Las Vegas Bowl against Boise State on December 16. The Bulls went 24-25 in four seasons under Taggart and lost the lone bowl game he coached in - a 45-35 defeat to his alma mater in the 2015 Miami Beach Bowl.

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