Willie Taggart failed to take Florida State to a bowl game in his first season at the helm last year, but most Seminoles fans were willing to see if year two brought improvement. The team’s performance against Clemson on Saturday does not suggest the Seminoles are heading in the right direction.
Florida State entered Saturday with a 3-2 record with wins over Louisiana-Monroe, Louisville and NC State and losses to Boise State and Virginia. Clemson, meanwhile, headed into the contest with a 5-0 mark.
To say the two teams were not evenly matched would be an understatement.
Through three quarters, it’s 42-7 Tigers. Clemson has rushed for 271 yards on 41 carries. They’ve out-gained the Seminoles in yardage 492-172.
Florida State fans are calling for the school to find a way to end Taggart’s tenure as coach. They believe it’s clear that he does not have the program competing for championships.
Florida STaTE has officially quit on Willie Taggart.
Listless performance. No energy. Little effort.
— Marc Ryan (@MarcRyanOnAir) October 12, 2019
Here's Dabo up 42-0 coaching his team. And then there's sorry MFn Willie Taggart on the sideline with that same stupid look on his face!! He's the WORST thing that's ever happened to our program!!! pic.twitter.com/ujhv96p1hh
— Will Wickey (@Maverickk324) October 12, 2019
Look I’m no coach, so maybe this isn’t much help, but my advice to Willie Taggart at the half would be to leave early and get ahead of the line at Smokin’ Pig. No need to stick around for the second half.
— THE™️ David Hale (@ADavidHaleJoint) October 12, 2019
Yo is Willie Taggart going to get fired on the tarmac in Tallahassee? Because this #FSU team has completely quit on him.
— Nicky Football (@ESPN580Nick) October 12, 2019
Taggart’s buyout, however, is substantial. He signed a six-year deal back in 2017 that calls for over an $18 million buyout if he’s fired this week.
Florida State likely has a fight on its hands to avoid missing a bowl game yet again. Clemson, meanwhile, appears to have fixed its issues on offense.