Willie Taggart reflects on this past season, the mess he inherited and more

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Florida State head coach Willie Taggart recently sat down with Ralph Russo of the Associated Press for a one-on-one interview. Taggart touches on a plethora of topics from the trust between him and the players to the woeful APR scores he inherited.

Below is a rundown of the interview.

  • Taggart opens by saying this past spring was “night and day” in terms of what was different from last year.
  • He emphasized that there was a lot more trust between him and the players than there was this time a year ago. Mentioned the culture has improved.
  • Admits that the program wasn’t one that dealt with diversity well dating back to as early as 2017.
  • Says some older guys who he didn’t recruit were only looking out for themselves once things started spiraling downwards.
  • Says it was different taking over a program where a coach voluntarily left as opposed to getting fired which wasn’t the case in his previous stops.
  • Says he let his ego get in the way of giving up play-calling earlier instead focusing on just being a head coach and spending time with both sides of the ball.
  • Admits that he would have liked to see some players move on from the program earlier but that wasn’t an option due to Florida State’s issues with their APR standing.
  •  Says that his first year, he had 8 players leave early that all should have stayed but wouldn’t have been academically eligible if they did stay.
  • Says the hiring of Kendal Briles was partly due to keeping a similar offense while also being able to give up the reigns a bit thanks to philosophical similarities.
  • Mentioned that there was also a need to get an offensive staff that was all on the same page.

You can listen to the full interview here.

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