Taggart meets the press at Florida State

Ruben Hill
December 7, 2017

The university released the letter of understanding signed by Taggart after he was announced as the Seminoles' new coach on Wednesday.

Taggart will be Florida State's first African-American head football coach. He is a member of the Carolina Panthers' 10th Anniversary Team. "If you're born and raised here, it's hard not to grow up a 'Nole", Taggart said.

Taggart had been recruiting for OR earlier this week and pledged he'd be with the program long-term after his name was originally linked to the FSU job.

For continued updates on Oregon's coaching search following Taggart's hiring at FSU, check back with Diehards.

Taggart knows he has big shoes to fill. "And he said, 'I don't think it's right for me or anyone else to stop you from chasing your dream'".

"I've developed a relationship with him through high school recruiting in south Florida and doing camps in south Florida, and he is a great guy", Fuller said. A visibly emotional Taggart related a story about his 16-year-old son, Willie Jr., as Taggart agonized with his wife over whether he should leave OR after just one season. "I can officially say I'm in now".

College football's early signing period lasts from December 20-22.

Taggart said it was tough to leave OR, but he's appreciative that he's getting the chance "to fulfill a dream".

Aside from not-so-subtly hinting (again) that he didn't share a vision with FSU administration, Fisher said the decision to accept the A&M head-coaching gig was "a no-brainer". It is exciting to know we have really good players here. "They wanted it. I know he's going to do a good job here, and just to look up there and see my baby boy.it's going to be a good ride". He will coach the Seminoles in the December 27 Independence Bowl against Southern Mississippi. The Seminoles won their final three games to finish 6-6 and extend their bowl streak to 36 consecutive seasons.

Yahoo Sports reporter Pete Thamel reported Taggart's contract is a six-year, $30 million deal, according to sources. Co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Mario Cristobal will be the interim head coach when OR faces Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl on December 16. He was offered a four year, $20 million extension a week ago when it appeared that the Florida State job would be open.

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