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Willie Taggart reportedly interested in open head coaching job

Now that the regular season is officially behind us, many schools, including Florida State, are beginning to prepare for the future. We’ve seen schools like Boston College, Missouri and USF recently part ways with their head coaches after disappointing results to their 2019 seasons.

There’s been mostly silence out of former Seminoles HC Willie Taggart’s corner since he was let go by the university following a loss to Miami in early November. However, according to The Tampa Bay Times’ Joey Knight, Taggart is interested in a reunion with USF. Taggart left the Bulls for Oregon in 2016, where he spent just one season before making his way to Tallahassee.

This seems like it would be a good move for both parties. Taggart recorded just a 24-25 overall record during his time in Tampa but he began to build the Bulls into a consistent winner before he left for Oregon. USF went 8-5 in 2015 and finished 2016 at 11-2, though Taggart did leave prior to the bowl game.

He was replaced by former Louisville and Texas coach Charlie Strong. Strong led the university to a 10-2 mark in 2017, mostly with players from Taggart’s era, before disappointing in 2018 and 2019. USF went just 11-14 over the past two seasons and failed to make a bowl this year.

Florida State would certainly love for Taggart to find employment elsewhere for 2020. It would lighten a little bit of the $17 million buyout he’s owed due to his firing.

Taggart’s success at USF with his gulf coast offense is what began to develop the coach into a hot commodity over the past few seasons. Given another opportunity, he may be able to rekindle magic once again for the Bulls. FSU running backs coach Donte’ Pimpleton and linebackers coach Raymond Woodie are two potential assistant coaches that Taggart could try and draw to Tampa if he does get another chance at the job.


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