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FSU Names Taggart New Head Coach Of Seminole Football

Willie Taggart set to become 11th head football coach at Florida State University.
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Florida State University has hired Willie Taggart as the new head football coach.  He had been considered the front-runner for the job.

Taggart comes to FSU from the University of Oregon, where he headed that school’s football program for just a year.

He succeeds Jimbo Fisher, who resigned last week to become head coach a Texas A&M University. Taggart is a Florida native, from Palmetto, who previously coached at the University of South Florida.

In a statement, Florida State University President John Thrasher says,  "I'm excited to have Willie Taggart as the next head coach for FSU football.  We met with him yesterday in Arizona and worked through the evening and last night to come to an agreement.  Coach Taggart exemplifies everything about FSU Seminole traditions.”

The university is planning to hold a press conference Wednesday morning.


12/5 5:18 p.m.: FSU President John Thrasher, Board CHairman Ed Burr and Atheltics Director Stan Wilcox will hold an 11 a.m. press conference at the Dunlap Center to formally announce the hire of Willie Taggart.

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Lynn Hatter is a Florida A&M University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Lynn has served as reporter/producer for WFSU since 2007 with education and health care issues as her key coverage areas.  She is an award-winning member of the Capital Press Corps and has participated in the NPR Kaiser Health News Reporting Partnership and NPR Education Initiative. 

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