Willie Taggart had a very tumultuous first season at Florida State. Even one year in, there is significant pressure on him to turn it around next year, and it could result in the controversial hiring of Houston offensive coordinator Kendal Briles, the son of disgraced former Baylor coach Art Briles.
He coached under his father for the Bears, and was a key part of the staff during the sexual assault scandal that rocked the team.
His subsequent hires at both FAU by Lane Kiffin and Houston by Major Applewhite both came under scrutiny, but both are Group of Five programs.
Now, he could head to a third new program in as many years, with the rumors of his move to Florida State. Houston media has reported the move, though it is not official yet.
According to the Tallahassee Democrat, Willie Taggart has told recruits during this crucial period that they will “like” the offensive hires, though there is no official Kendal Briles news.
Writer Jim Henry acknowledges that “every indication” that Briles will be the move, though he remains at Houston as of now.
All signs continue to point to Taggart bringing in Briles, 36, as his next offensive coordinator.
Those same signs continue to suggest that Briles – currently the associate head football coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Houston – will bring at least one assistant coach with him.
If that happens, current FSU coaches – some of whom have been on the road actively recruiting – will be impacted.
The early signing period begins on December 19. The ‘Noles class currently ranks No. 13 in the country.
It is unclear whether Briles will make the move before that period, but with just a few days remaining, it seems like FSU will wait until after many of their recruits sign with the program to make an offensive coordinator hire official.