FSU fires Taggart from his 'dream job'
TALLAHASSEE - Less than 2 years. That is what Willie Taggart got in his dream job.
Florida State announced yesterday during NFL action that it has fired Taggart, the now-former head football coach. The announcement coming just one day after the Noles lost 27-10 to the Miami Hurricanes dropping their record to 4-5 this season.
Taggart got just 21 games, in which he went 9–12, and in 2018 the Noles missed a bowl game for the first time since 1981. The former state champion quarterback at Manatee High School and national champion quarterback at Western Kentucky has a reported $17 million buyout.
Taggart had previous successful coaching stints at Western Kentucky, and University of South Florida after getting off to slow starts. He will not get the chance to turn the FSU program around, but is expected to coach again.
His lifelong friend, Raymond Woodie Jr., a former head coach at both Bayshore and Palmetto High Schools, is an assistant on the Noles coaching staff.
Defensive Line Coach, Odell Haggins, has been named as the interim head coach, and a search for Taggart’s successor has begun in earnest.