Meet Willie Taggart, Florida State’s next head coach

Oregon head coach Willie Taggart is leaving for Florida State, per a source close to the hiring process. He’ll replace Jimbo Fisher, who left for Texas AM.

On Tuesday, Taggart met with Florida State officials about the Seminoles’ vacant head coaching job. As SB Nation’s Bud Elliott has reported since before Fisher’s exit, the Oregon head coach has been FSU’s top priority:

I believe if FSU offers Taggart a competitive number, and it doesn’t create a long, drawn-out process that would make it untenable for him to return to Oregon if things went south, that he would take the job. Although FSU hasn’t had a true coaching search in more than 40 years, I don’t expect this to be the disorganized mess that’s currently unfolding in Knoxville, Tennessee.

After taking over a 4-8 team, Taggart went 7-5 in his first Oregon season — with four of those losses during a five-game injury absence by starting QB Justin Herbert — and an upcoming Las Vegas Bowl against Boise State.

He’s taking over a team that collapsed to 5-6 before Fisher’s exit. Here’s Tomahawk Nation’s chronicle of Taggart’s career, which sums it up pretty well:

After college, Taggart stayed at Western Kentucky under head coach Jack Harbaugh and worked as co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. In 2007,

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