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Emotional Taggart set for 'dream job' with Florida State

07 December 2017

Now, Taggart will be tasked with replacing former coach Jimbo Fisher and helping Florida State return to prominence in the ACC and as a contender for the College Football Playoff semifinals.

Taggart signed a six-year, $30 million contract with the Seminoles, who will pay OR the $4.5 million necessary to buy him out of his contract.

"Things were going really well there in every aspect", Taggart said.

"He said to me ... and I'm sorry if I get a little emotional here, folks", Taggart said Wednesday, wiping away tears. He said, 'I don't want to leave, Dad, but if you're going to chase your dreams, then I'm going to ride with you'.

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Perhaps the most profound moment that sealed the deal for Taggart to leave OR after just one season for the vacant Florida State coaching job was a conversation with his 16-year-old son, Willie Taggart Jr., on Sunday night.

Following Fisher's abrupt departure, it took less than a week for Florida State to find its man. Florida State athletic director Stan Wilcox said Wednesday that he knew right away that Taggart was the one they wanted for the job. "We watched the 'Noles first, then everyone else".

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

Leavitt had a more successful run building South Florida with 95-57 record in 13 seasons as head coach, but he was sacked in 2010 after being accused of hitting a player. "We want to have a diverse pool, a broad pool, and we will have that". It started last Thursday with the knowledge that FSU was interested in him, Taggart said.

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Taggart didn't announce any assistant coaching hires Wednesday, but he did say the evaluation of the current Florida State staff will begin immediately. The next day he tweeted - before deleting it - more: "Lost all words I could've been down the street from my house but came here off the strength of what you said".

Oregon's class, which was ranked No. 1 by Scout before Taggart was courted by Florida State, has slipped to No. 9 with four prospects decommitting. "Excuse my language but we were a bunch of bad asses back in the days. I know this is hard for him, hard for my family, moving once again".

"I apologized (to everyone at Oregon) before I left". "When he expressed this was his dream job, that did it for me". I wanted to come here and play. "But no matter where I went, the Seminoles were still always a part of me".

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Emotional Taggart set for 'dream job' with Florida State