Willie Taggart leaving OR to become head coach at Florida State

Willie Taggart leaving OR to become head coach at Florida State

Taggart led the Ducks to a 7-5 record this season, despite being without starting quarterback Justin Herbert for a big chunk of the season, and they'll play No. 25 Boise State in the AutoNation Cure Bowl in Las Vegas on December 16.

Tuesday afternoon, it become official: Willie Taggart is the new football coach at Florida State.

Taggart, a Florida native, spent one season in OR, going 7-5. It's unclear who OR will hire to replace Taggart.

Taggart will try to take an extremely talented roster that underachieved last season back into national title contention.

After just one year at Oregon, Willie Taggart will reportedly be named Jimbo Fisher's replacement at Florida State. 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. Despite stabilizing a handful couple of programs, FSU's next head coach boasts a 47-50 overall record. Handling pressure is an important trait for a major head coach and the expectation to win quickly in Tallahassee isn't going anywhere.

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Taggart is a Florida native born in Bradenton, and will return to his home state after a year on the west coast. He also spent three years at Western Kentucky before coaching the Bulls.

Taggart is known for changing cultures and being highly adaptable at all of the schools he has coached. Will he do any different with the garnet and gold?

Bolden is the third decommitment for OR since the Taggart-to-Florida State rumors began, joining Lenzy and four-star athlete Tre'Shaun Harrison. Time for the Recruiting Class is of the essence. According to 247Sports, he reeled in the nation's ninth best recruiting class for 2018 with nine 4-star recruits, four of which were from Florida.

The Ducks are 7-5 this season and play in the Las Vegas Bowl later this month.