The Willie Taggart era has come to an end at Florida State, lasting less than two seasons. The Seminoles have fired the head coach on Sunday.
Taggart’s firing comes following Saturday’s loss to Miami. It was the Hurricanes’ fifth loss of the season and the third straight loss to the Hurricanes.
Many believed Taggart was on the hot seat this season, though few expected FSU to make an in-season change, considering how high the head coach’s buyout is.
Florida State could not wait any longer, though.
Taggart is out.
Florida State announced the news with a press release.
Florida State Director of Athletics David Coburn announced today that Coach Willie Taggart’s contract has been terminated effective immediately.
Odell Haggins, who is in his 26th season on FSU’s coaching staff, has been asked to serve as interim head coach for the remainder of the season. Haggins served in the same capacity for the Seminoles’ final two games of the 2017 season following the departure of Jimbo Fisher.
“I spoke to Coach Taggart this afternoon to let him know of our decision,” said Coburn. “I met with the team and coaches immediately after that conversation to let them know of the change. It was very important to us that the student-athletes know right away.”
“I think very highly of Coach Taggart and wish him well, but in the interest of the university we had no choice but to make a change,” said Florida State University President John Thrasher. “We will support our student-athletes in every way and do all we can to return to the winning tradition that is Seminole football.”
“We deeply appreciate all that Coach Taggart has done for our program and wish him and his family nothing but the best,” added Coburn.
Coburn confirmed that Florida State would immediately engage in a national search to fill the position.
Florida State was 4-5 this season.
The Seminoles went 9-12 in Taggart’s one-plus season in Tallahassee.