15 things we learned during Willie Taggart's FSU introduction

07 Декабря, 2017, 07:05 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • Oregon wide receiver Darren Carrington II celebrates his touchdown with Doug Brenner and Calvin Throckmorton, at an NCAA college football game against UC Davis in Eugene Ore. Saturday Sept. 3 2016. Oregon won 53-28. (AP

TALLAHASSEE | Willie Taggart's contract as Florida State's new head football coach will pay him $30 million over six years.

As Willie Taggart sat in his home Monday night, weighing the offer with his wife from Florida State to leave OR and become the Seminoles' next head football coach, in walked his 16-year-old son, Willie Taggart Jr., with a piece of advice for his dad.

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Taggart was a master of social media during his one-and-done campaign at OR, where he deftly promoted the program's flashy brand while getting fans, players and recruits excited about a new era for the Ducks. He takes over for Jimbo Fisher, who left for Texas A&M last month after receiving a record-setting 10-year offer. He said he always wanted to find his way here, so when he walked onto the 50-yard line at Doak Campbell Stadium for the first time, he raised his arms and shouted, "I made it". We knew he grew up a Florida State fan and that he came from a family of Seminoles.

The Ducks were 7-5 in Taggart's lone season and will play in the December 16 Las Vegas Bowl against No. 25 Boise State.

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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.

"This is not a rebuild, it's a realignment". It is exciting to know we have really good players here. "We're not going to blame anyone". "Excuse my language but we were a bunch of bad asses back in the days".

Taggart is just the third head coach in program history since 1976.

During his introductory press conference at Florida State on Wednesday, Taggart said he had been open and honest with players and administrators about Florida State's interest. "The timing is probably not right, but it's never right when it's time to leave". Taggart talked extensively about being closer to home, and he mentioned his late father, saying, "I feel like I'm here now because of my dad, he put the word in to the good Lord, please get my son be closer to home and closer to his mom". "So I expect to go out and win a lot of ball games like they did". "But this job was a dream for me". I wanted to come here and play.

"I wasn't going to leave it just for anything".

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