Florida State reportedly hiring Oregon's Willie Taggart to replace Jimbo Fisher


Willie Taggart will become the newest head coach for the school, agreeing to a deal to leave his job as the head coach of the Oregon Ducks to return to his home state of Florida and lead the Seminoles starting with the 2018 season, according to reports from the Tallahassee Democrat, Orlando Sentinel and others.

A Bradenton, Fla., native who was 10-2 in his final season at South Florida in 2016 before heading to OR last December, Taggart had been the hot name associated with an FSU opening, even before a wavering Fisher finally decided Friday to leave for A&M's 10-year, $75 million offer.

On Friday, Taggart shot down rumors of interest in the Seminoles job. 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. It's unclear who will coach the team for the game.

This follows Taggart continuing to recruit for the Ducks despite interest from Florida State.

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Taggart was Western Kentucky's coach from 2010-12 and he was at USF from 2013-16. His previous stops include Western Kentucky, South Florida, and OR for this most recent season.

Taggart is only 41 years old but already has seven years of head coaching experience. After ending WKU's 26-game losing streak and going 2-10 in his first season, he made strides while going 7-5 in both 2011 and 2012.

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

The Ducks play in the Las Vegas Bowl against Boise State on December 16.