FSU fires Willie Taggart after 4-5 start to 2019

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Florida State Seminoles have fired head football coach Willie Taggart on Sunday. The news came just one day after a 27-10 loss to the Miami (Florida) Hurricanes.

He was fired less than two years into his “dream job.” Taggart went 9-12 during his one-plus tenure at the school.

Former Florida State Seminoles head coach Willie Taggart looks on against the Louisville Cardinals in the third quarter
Willie Taggart looks on against the Louisville Cardinals in the third quarter (Getty Images)

“I spoke to Coach Taggart this afternoon to let him know of our decision,” Florida State Director of Athletics David Coburn said. “I met with the team and coaches immediately after that conversation to let them know of the change. It was very important to us that the student-athletes know right away.

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“We deeply appreciate all that Coach Taggart has done for our program and wish him and his family nothing but the best.”

Odell Haggins has been named interim head coach. Florida State officials will begin a national search for Taggart’s replacement.

Haggins was previously the interim head coach when Jimbo Fisher left for Texas A&M.

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The Seminoles are 4-5 with the loss to the Hurricanes. The odds are Florida State may not make a Bowl game for the second straight year.

Florida State is expected to beat Alabama State. However, it’s going to be tough for them to become Bowl eligible with game forthcoming against the Boston College Eagles and the Florida Gators in the final three weeks of the season.

“I think very highly of Coach Taggart and wish him well, but in the interest of the university we had no choice but to make a change,” Florida State University President John Thrasher said. “We will support our student-athletes in every way and do all we can to return to the winning tradition that is Seminole football.”

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