Of the major coaching hires from last off-season, Florida State’s Willie Taggart seems to be facing the most pressure.
The Seminoles were incredibly disappointing last year.
In Taggart’s first season after coming over from Oregon, Florida State went 5-7, and just 3-5 in ACC play.
While the team is always a big recruiting draw, this cycle was a down one for Taggart’s program as well.
247 has that as the worst class FSU has finished with since 2007.
After National Signing Day on Wednesday, Rivals identified Willie Taggart as one of the major coaches that needs to bounce back.
From the site’s Rob Cassidy:
The Seminoles’ 2019 class has its high points. In fact, a lot of schools would kill for Florida State’s haul. That doesn’t mean it’s good enough to meet the lofty expectations that exist in Tallahassee, however. In fact, Taggart’s 15th-place finish is FSU’s worst in a decade. For every recruiting victory (Akeem Dent, Brendan Gant, Nick Cross, etc.), there was a frustrating loss. Even with impressive tackle Donte Lucas signed, this class is unlikely to completely a fix a broken offensive line. Question marks continue to surround the Seminoles’ thin quarterback room going forward, as the program failed to sign a quarterback for the second-straight year. Point is, Willie Taggart needs to upgrade the talent on his roster if he hopes to challenge Clemson at the top of the ACC standings. Another relatively mediocre recruiting cycle in 2020 will turn up the anxiety level among an already restless fan base. It’s not time to panic by any means, but the sweat could start dripping at this time next year.
There is already speculation that Taggart could be on the hot seat in 2019, in just his second season in Tallahassee. This recruiting class definitely isn’t bad, but it wasn’t the star-studded group that would’ve gotten many of the fans back on his sign.
Other coaches included on the list are UCLA’s Chip Kelly, Missouri’s Barry Odom, and Louisville’s Scott Satterfield.
All three of those coaches are dealing with varied circumstances. Kelly’s is the closest to Taggart after a rough first year in Westwood, but the Bruins’ fan base is much more relaxed. The Bruins class underwhelmed though, finishing No. 44 at 247.
Odom had a decent season, but now deals with NCAA sanctions, and finished with the second-to-last class in the SEC and No. 36 overall.
Louisville was a trainwreck this season, and he couldn’t immediately revamp a class that finished No. 73. He’ll have much more rope than the rest of this list though, cleaning up after a disaster of a final season under Bobby Petrino.