Why Willie Taggart might succeed or fail at Florida State

Why Willie Taggart might succeed or fail at Florida State

Why Willie Taggart might succeed or fail at Florida State

However, those mixed messages are done: Taggart is the third full-time coach at Florida State since 1976, when Bobby Bowden first took over.

Willie Taggart, we hardly knew you. He would later spend three seasons as the running backs coach at Stanford before returning to his alma mater in 2010 as head coach, where he spent three seasons and led them to their first bowl game in modern history. Taggart was able to change the University of South Florida team from 2-10 to 10-2 in just two years. Fisher's 6-6 record this season was the most losses a Seminole team had racked up under his leadership.

Recruiting Florida is a learned skill.

The coaching search is over for Florida State. Trainers, 7-on-7 coaches and other advisors rule the roost in some areas.

Oregon head coach Willie Taggart gives feedback from the sidelines against Oregon State in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 in Eugene, Ore. He'll arrive in Tallahassee with the proper relationships and knowledge of how things work in the area.Taking a job at a Florida school often comes with a recruiting learning curve, but Taggart will bypass that in Tallahassee.

The Palmetto native has a 47-50 record in eight seasons at three schools, but that belies the success he has had leading rebuilds at Western Kentucky, where he played quarterback from 1994-98, and South Florida. He will also likely not see OR through until the end of the season.

And now he's the Seminoles' next head coach. Taggart must get off to a hot start at FSU or risk the fan base souring on him in a hurry. As it turns out, the wait for the next head coach didn't take all that long like officials promised.

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