Former WKU Coach Heads To Florida

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Gloria James, Taggart's mother, traveled from Palmetto with her family to see her son take the stage at Florida State as the official head coach of the Seminole football team.

Fuller, who played at Florida State from 1992-94 and then went on to have a 10-year National Football League career, joined 1010XL Radio in Jacksonville on Tuesday night to talk about how it ended for Fisher in Tallahassee, as well as giving his thoughts on Taggart as the new coach at FSU.

Taggart spent the past season at OR, his first head coaching job at a Power 5 program.

Willie Taggart started his Florida State career with the Tomahawk Chop as he arrived to cheerleaders and the Seminoles marching band.

His journey to FSU began long before the whirlwind of landing three head coaching jobs in 365 days.

CBS Sports reports former Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin, Washington State coach Mike Leach, Florida Atlantic University coach Lane Kiffin, former Florida coach Jim McElwain and USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin are candidates to replace Taggart at Oregon.

It was clearly a price worth paying, as Florida State athletic director Stan Wilcox set out to hire Taggart from the moment Fisher chose to move on.

"Right now it's great", Taggart said.

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Taggart's mom said the family made the trip to Tallahassee to experience the special moment. "He said, 'Dad, you've always told me to chase my dreams". "We need to put a fence around the state of Florida and try to keep our best players here".

"Things were going really well there in every aspect", Taggart said Wednesday. Haggins led the Seminoles (6-6) to a 42-10 win over Louisiana-Monroe in Saturday's regular-season finale.

When Taggart was hired by OR, he said he had three basic tenets: "Make no excuses, blame no one, do something", tenants he reiterated during his introductory media conference.

OR started this past season 4-1 and even briefly popped into the AP rankings, but starting quarterback Justin Herbert broke his collarbone and the Ducks floundered, going 1-4 without him.

Florida State went 6-6 this year - its worst record during the Fisher era - and barely made a bowl game, winning its final three games of the season just to finish with a.500 record.

OR co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Mario Cristobal was named interim coach.

Florida State was ranked third in the Top 25 preseason poll but lost quarterback Deondre Francois in the opener against Alabama and was beset by other injuries.

Taggart's contract with OR was for $16 million over five years that included a $3 million buyout if he left before January 31, 2018.