Florida State To Hire Oregon's Willie Taggart As Head Coach

Florida State To Hire Oregon's Willie Taggart As Head Coach

"After Fisher accepted the Texas A&M job last week, OR increased its offer in hopes of keeping Taggart".

"Oregon had reportedly offered Taggart a little more than $20 million over five years to stay, but he's on the move back to the Sunshine State after just one season on the West Coast".

With the hiring of Taggart, a new era for Florida State football has begun-a fresh start for a program that has slowly declined since their 2013 National Championship.

On Friday, Taggart shot down rumors of interest in the Seminoles job.

McMurphy also confirmed a previous report that OR offered to give Taggart a raise, even offering the coach a one-year extension before Fisher left Florida State.

As a head coach at the collegiate level, Taggart has a career record of 47-50.

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.

Taggart's first homecoming came after coaching Western Kentucky, his alma mater, from 2010-12. He was also the first African American head coach at each of his first three jobs. He has also led both Western Kentucky and OR to quick turnarounds.

It didn't take Florida State long to react; less than a week after Jimbo Fisher's departure from the school, FSU has his replacement. Will he do any different with the garnet and gold?

Florida State finished this season 6-6 and will play Southern Miss in the Independence Bowl.