Willie Taggart hired as Florida State's next head coach

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Willie Taggart will be making the move to Tallahassee after one season with the Oregon Ducks.

Florida State has called a news conference for Wednesday morning to introduce Taggart, who informed his OR players on Tuesday he is heading to Tallahassee to replace Jimbo Fisher.

Senior cornerback Ty Griffin posted to Twitter the words "He gone" with a smoke puff emoji. Taggart also coached running backs at Stanford under Jim Harbaugh. It's unclear who will coach the team for the game.

It was announced Sunday that the Ducks (7-5) and Broncos (10-3) would meet on December 16 for the Las Vegas Bowl.

"We thank Willie for his efforts at OR, and we wish him and his family all the best in the future", OR athletic director Rob Mullens said in a statement.

"I am grateful to Mario Cristobal for his willingness to step up and lead our program through our upcoming bowl game", said Mullens.

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This has a big impact on Boise State which faces OR in the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 16 as they will be taking on a Ducks team that lost its coach 13 days before kickoff.

The 41-year-old Florida native had a reputation as a rebuilder.

Taggart spent just one season at OR following his tenure locally at the University of South Florida.

When Taggart was hired by OR, he said he had three basic tenets: "Make no excuses, blame no one, do something".

He then accepted a scholarship to Western Kentucky, where he flourished as a 4-year starter from 1994-1998 and became a finalist for the Walter Payton Award in each of his last two seasons. From there, the Ducks lost four of their next five after an injury to starting quarterback Justin Herbert.

There is no word right now if Taggart will stay and coach in the bowl game for OR or go directly and get started on the Seminoles job.

Taggart excelled in his high school football career as the quarterback for Bradenton Manatee High School, leading the Hurricanes to the state title as a senior and earning all-state and all-conference honors. "Respect the decision 100% but leaving us clueless was messed up".

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