Willie Taggart was fired by Florida State after less than two full seasons but could still be coaching in the Sunshine State in 2020.
According to Football Scoop, Taggart is a “strong candidate” at Florida Atlantic. The FAU job opened up after Lane Kiffin left to Ole Miss last weekend.
The school reportedly wants to fill the vacancy by the end of the week.
It remains to be seen if Taggart will ultimately end up with the job as others continue to be in play as well, but from what we’ve been hearing this morning FAU considers Taggart a viable option, and Taggart wants the job.
On paper, this fit makes sense. Taggart led a successful rebuild at USF from 2013-16, going 2-10 in his first year but 10-2 in his final campaign.
He then went to Oregon, where he went 7-5 in 2017 before taking the head job at Florida State.
A Bradenton, Florida native, Taggart also has extensive recruiting ties in his home state, which would certainly come in handy if he’s hired at FAU.