Emotional Taggart set for 'dream job' with Florida State


Taggart's previous head coaching stints came at Western Kentucky, South Florida and OR, where he spent just one season and went 7-5 this year before accepting the job at Florida State.

While Oregon is seen as a destination job to some, Taggart is a Florida native who built his coaching reputation during a four-year run at South Florida.

The 41-year old coached at South Florida for four seasons before going to Oregon.

Taggart, who has amassed a 47-50 record in three head coaching stops before Florida State, becomes the school's 10th head coach in history. A day later, Florida State president John Thrasher said that Taggart's decision had been a "no-brainer".

Away from the field, the 41-year-old Taggart has earned a reputation as one of the nation's top recruiters, which ought to come in handy with the first ever early signing day looming December 20.

Beyond that, Taggart also indicated that it is unwise to wait for anything approaching the flawless time to vacate a job in search of another. "He said, 'Dad, you've always told me to chase my dreams". "But we're also a national brand and Florida State University don't have to settle for anything and we can go after the best of them nationwide, but we're going to take care of things at home". I don't want to leave, Dad, but if you are going to chase your dream, I am going to ride with you'.

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Taggart will be tasked with turning around a program that was projected to be a playoff team in 2017 before injuries and other factors led to a 6-6 regular season finish and a berth in the Independence Bowl on December 27th. He took over in 2010 following Bowden's retirement.

Taggart said it was a hard decision to leave OR, because the people were so nice there.

The Ducks were 7-5 in Taggart's lone season in Eugene.

University of OR students said they're disappointed by his decision to leave the Ducks, saying they wish he would have finished one season. The Seminoles have appeared in 36 consecutive bowl games.

Taggart is expected to bring several assistants with him from OR, including defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt, as well as reportedly trying to lure several top coaches from others schools to join his staff both on the sideline as well as on the recruiting trail.

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.