Florida State hires OR coach Willie Taggart

Florida State hires OR coach Willie Taggart

Florida State University has hired a replacement for former head coach Jimbo Fisher.

Taggart had only been at OR for one year after leaving USF, so he's part of a lot of coaching turnover in the state of Florida.

OR went 7-5 during Taggart's lone season in Eugene.

Fisher was the head-coach-in-waiting at Florida State and replaced Bowden before the 2010 season. It's unclear who will coach the team for the game.

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"Do Something" became his tagline for his first season with the Ducks.

Taggart is following in Todd Graham territory as the two not hold the only distinction to be the head coach of an FBS program in three straight years.

Haggins led the Seminoles (6-6) to a 42-10 win over Louisiana-Monroe in Saturday's regular-season finale.

Florida State's first coaching search in more than 40 years took less than a week to complete.

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"His values are in line with ours, with academics as important as the product on the field", said Ed Burr, chairman of Florida State's board of trustees.

OR started 4-1 and even briefly popped into the AP rankings, but starting quarterback Justin Herbert broke his collarbone and the Ducks floundered, going 1-4 without him.

FSU will play Southern Miss in the Independence Bowl while Taggart's old school, Oregon, faces Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl.

McMurphy also cited sources saying returning to his home state of Florida was a factor in Taggart's decision.

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His record was an impressive 25-9 his past three seasons of coaching, and he earned his teams three consecutive bowl berths.

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