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Florida State snags Taggart from Oregon

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

It has been no secret that the Florida State Seminoles were targeting Oregon Ducks head coach Willie Taggart to be their next head coach once Jimbo Fisher left for a lucrative deal to become the Texas A&M Aggies head coach. On Tuesday, the Seminoles got their got to replace the long-time Seminoles coach.

Taggart, who said on Saturday night that he was going to stay with the Ducks, spurred his team to return to the Sunshine State. He previously coached in Tampa, Florida with the South Florida Bulls.

Oregon Ducks head coach Willie Taggart (Getty Images)

Oregon Ducks head coach Willie Taggart (Getty Images)

The school was reportedly doing background work on him even before Fisher left the school. Taggart will reportedly receive a seven-year, $35 million deal.

It’s the second coach, who has accepted a seven-year, $35 million deal in the past few days. Scott Frost returned home with the same offer from the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Sunday.

This past season, his only season in Eugene, Oregon, he guided his team to a 7-5 record. Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert missed a good part of the season with a broken collarbone.

He will not coach the team in their upcoming Bowl game.

Taggart has a career 47-50 record in stops at Western Kentucky, South Florida and Oregon. Taggart was a good recruiting of Florida when he was with the Bulls and the Seminoles are hoping he could do the same next season.

The Seminoles have went to a Bowl game for the past 35-years. They needed a win last Saturday to become bowl eligible.

This could be Taggart’s final stop for a long-time, because the history of the Seminoles show that they do not like to do coaching firings. This coaching search was the first since before Bobby Bowden was hired.

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