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Willie Taggart To Coach Florida State, Leaves Oregon After One Season

06 December 2017

Florida State University and Taggart, the current OR and former University of South Florida coach, have reached agreement on a deal.

Taggart, who joined the Ducks program less than a year ago, would be taking over for Jimbo Fisher, who left the Seminoles last week to take over the Texas A&M program.

The Florida native played high school football for Bradenton Manatee and coached four seasons at USF before moving to Oregon.

Willie Taggart as head coach of the Oregon Ducks during a game against Arizona State on September 23, 2017. 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.

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The Hilltoppers were 0-12 before Taggart took the coaching job, and he led them to a pair of 7-5 finishes his final two years with the program.

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

The FSU football program reportedly has its new head coach. From there, the Ducks lost four of their next five after an injury to starting quarterback Justin Herbert.

Taggart, 41, replaced Mark Helfrich at OR last season and guided the Ducks to a 7-5 record and an upcoming trip to the Las Vegas Bowl to face 25th-ranked Boise State.

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There is no word right now if Taggart will stay and coach in the bowl game for OR or go directly and get started on the Seminoles job.

Willie Taggart is headed back to the Sunshine State.

Fisher went 82-23 in eight seasons at Florida State, leading the Seminoles to eight straights bowls and a BCS National Championship Game victory against Auburn in 2013.

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Willie Taggart To Coach Florida State, Leaves Oregon After One Season