Florida State lands Willie Taggart as new coach

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Taggart is a former assistant to Jim Harbaugh at Stanford, as running backs coach from 2007-09; he was a quarterback for Jack Harbaugh, Jim's dad, at Western Kentucky.

Florida State wasted little time in finding its next football coach, on Tuesday hiring Oregon's Willie Taggart to replace Jimbo Fisher, according to multiple outlets.

Taggart spent one season at OR where he led the Ducks to a 7-5 season.

Taggart is regarded as an excellent motivator and team builder who has been very good at connecting with families and recruits. His debut years at Western Kentucky and USF both ended with two-win seasons but not only did he turn those schools around, he did so quickly and efficiently. Despite stabilizing a handful couple of programs, FSU's next head coach boasts a 47-50 overall record.

He posted a 7-5 record in his first year with the Ducks. He led USF to a win against SC in the Birmingham Bowl last season before heading to Oregon. Will he do any different with the garnet and gold?

Taggart should have no issues with recruiting in Florida.

But the blow to the recruiting class could soon get much worse - regardless of what Taggart decides.

He was considered to be Florida State's first choice, and is also believed to be a life-long FSU fan.

Florida State will play Southern Mississippi in the Independence Bowl on December 27.

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