Willie Taggart is being introduced as the next head coach at Florida State University at a news conference Wednesday. "As we go along and the season kicks off and we get to winning with Coach Taggart, I think people's resentment won't be as much and maybe people will be even happier when Taggart holds that trophy up for the Seminole Nation".
It started in Palmetto, where Taggart grew up cheering the Seminoles.
Taggart will be Florida State's first African-American head football coach. Taggart's experience at USF should serve him well in the recruiting game because he focused on the Sunshine State during recruiting. It started last Thursday with the knowledge that FSU was interested in him, Taggart said.
There was no other way, Taggart said during Wednesday's press conference.
"I get a chance to evaluate, which is pretty cool ... usually when you are taking over, it's probably because someone got let go", he said. I wasn't going to leave it just for anything. "They wanted it. I know he's going to do a good job here, and just to look up there and see my baby boy.it's going to be a good ride".
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The Ducks play Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl on December 16.
Bobby Bowden was the Seminoles' coach for 34 seasons and put the program on the map with two national championships.
He later reconnected with Jim Harbaugh when Harbaugh hired him to coach running backs at Stanford in 2007.
Taggart said it was tough to leave OR, but he's appreciative that he's getting the chance "to fulfill a dream". "Do Something" became his tagline for his first season with the Ducks. The Bulls doubled their win total in each of Taggart's first three years before their stellar 2016 season in which USF won 11 games (Taggart left before the bowl game) and finished ranked in the top 25 for the first time in program history.
Yahoo Sports reporter Pete Thamel reported Taggart's contract is a six-year, $30 million deal, according to sources.
OR could also promote interim head coach Mario Cristobal to the full-time position. The Seminoles have appeared in 36 consecutive bowl games.