Few, if any, major college football programs had a more disappointing 2018 season than Florida State. The Seminoles, in Year 1 of the Willie Taggart era, went 5-7 and missed a bowl game.
Florida State entered the 2018 season with some serious optimism, as the Seminoles were ranked fairly highly in the preseason top 25 polls.
Things fell apart quickly, though, as FSU was blown out by Virginia Tech in Week 1 on national television.
Florida State will enter the 2019 season with some higher hopes, but there's still a ton of skepticism about Taggart and the future of the Seminoles' program.
Bleacher Report's David Kenyon wonders if the Taggart era is already "falling apart."
Poor on-field results. Frustrating recruiting. Inconsistent culture. Those concerns amount to one enormous problem.
And if the Seminoles struggle in 2019 with a favorable schedule to buoy them, Taggart's tenure may quickly become a nightmare.
Francois' dismissal has left FSU with one scholarship QB, James Blackman, expected to be eligible next season. Louisville transfer Jordan Travis would need a waiver approved, and that seems unlikely at best. The current backup is walk-on Nolan McDonald.
It's a fair question. There aren't many major college football programs with more questions right now than Florida State.
Taggart needs to get things going - and quickly.
Florida State opens the 2019 season on Aug. 31 against Boise State.