OR players rip Willie Taggart for lying about Florida State interest

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Although the pull of going back home to the state of Florida coaching the Seminoles was too strong, some of the OR players took to Twitter to voice their displeasure with the way Taggart handled himself in the time leading up to his departure from Oregon. A day later, Florida State president John Thrasher said that Taggart's decision had been a "no-brainer".

"Don't be afraid to chase your dreams", Taggart said.

Forty-eight hours later, Taggart's dream became a reality.

Fast-forward to Wednesday's presser for Taggart.

During halftime of Florida State's basketball game against Loyola (Md.), fans were able to hear from new football coach Willie Taggart. "I know the last two coaches we've had here won a lot of ball games".

He has a 47-50 overall record as a head coach.

Taggart began his head-coaching career in 2010 at Western Kentucky, before moving to South Florida for four seasons, and then Oregon.

Willie Taggart was met with raucous applause and acceptance on Wednesday when the new head coach of the Florida State Seminoles arrived in Tallahassee to greet the masses.

"If you live in the state". "That's what it was like in Bradenton".

"Freshman safety Nick Pickett tweeted that "(Taggart) is a liar, then gone cry (in) front of the team like we gone feel bad for em". The Seminoles will play December 27 against Southern Miss in the Independence Bowl, where interim head coach Odell Haggins will coach the team.

From there, OR linebacker and leading tackler Troy Dye took things a step further, laying out a scenario in which Taggart misled his family and directly calling his now-former head coach a liar.

Taggart also hopes to return Florida State's defense to the tenacious group he was enamored with as a youngster.

"This is not a rebuild, it's a realignment". "We're not going to blame anyone". "Excuse my language but we were a bunch of bad asses back in the days. We're going to go out and do something (about it)".

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

The person says Taggart has called a team meeting to inform his OR players he is heading to Tallahassee to replace Jimbo Fisher. I apologize. The timing is probably not right, but it's never right when it's time to leave. "I know this is hard for him, hard for my family, moving once again".

"I'm excited to be the man, and I want to continue the winning tradition", Taggart said. "When he expressed this was his dream job, that did it for me".

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