Taggart to be next Florida State football coach, AP reports


Asked how hard it was to leave OR after such a brief time, Taggart said he apologized to athletic director Rob Mullens.

New Florida State head coach Willie Taggart took the Seminoles job after just one season at OR, and both Ducks players and some media members are none to happy about the decision.

Now some of Taggart's former players feel like they were hustled at the expense of his dream chasing.

"And that meant a lot to me". I told him I'm sorry. Me talking to him, he was like my father talking to me.

"I'm very, very excited to be your football coach", Taggart told the crowd.

Taggart ended his first meeting with the Florida State media and fans by apologizing to OR fans, while also explaining why he just couldn't say no to Florida State.

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While everyone wants to know exactly what Taggart's staff is going to look like - especially since it will be crucial for recruiting - it sounds like it might be a few weeks before that picture comes into total focus.

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. That's when the legendary Bobby Bowden first took over in Tallahassee. "He didn't keep his word to me Monday". "I know the last two coaches we've had here won a lot of ball games". I know I let them down.

"People say, "What attracted you to Texas A&M?' First and foremost, it was (athletic director) Scott Woodward", Fisher said in his opening statement".

Taggart agreed to a six-year deal that will pay him $5 million annually. All of the assistants will coach through the bowl game. And Florida State will pay his $3 million buyout to OR, along with more than $1.3 million still owed to USF for his departure to OR a year ago.

The 41-year-old Taggart was formally introduced as the new leader of the Seminoles on Wednesday during a press conference at Doak Campbell Stadium. He also said he doesn't see Florida State's 6-6 year as a sign it's in a rebuilding phase - but rather a "realignment".

"Excuse my language, but I want a damn good defense". We knew he grew up a Florida State fan and that he came from a family of Seminoles. "Excuse my language but we were a bunch of bad asses back in the days".