In year two of the Willie Taggart era at Florida State, the Seminoles have struggled mightily. So far this season, they’ve blown a huge lead to Boise State, barely survived against Louisana-Monroe and lost a tough game to Virginia. They’re a far cry from the program that was competing for national titles just a handful of years ago.
Barring a miraculous turnaround, it seems that it’s a matter of when, not if the program will move on from Taggart. Some fans are finding creative ways to help the school fund his eventual buyout.
A young Florida State fan named Grayton Grant is selling lemonade for $20 a glass to help pay for Taggart’s $17 million buyout. His father, Daniel Grant, posted a photo of the stand to Twitter.
According to ESPN, the Grants raised $241 – which will be matched for Grayton’s grandfather. So they’ll be donating $482 to the cause.
— Daniel J. Grant (@DJGFSU) September 15, 2019
The elder Grant clarified on Twitter that he’s still rooting for Taggart to succeed – and that the whole idea was meant to be a joke.
Thanks man. Was a joke for sure and certainly didn’t mean to make anyone too upset. Look forward to cheering on the Noles and Taggart and his staff this Saturday like we have since he has been here!!!
— Daniel J. Grant (@DJGFSU) September 16, 2019
Florida State will continue its ACC schedule when it takes on Louisville this coming Saturday. The Seminoles will need a win to calm down the fan base.
As for Taggart, he will likely need to at least return Florida State to being the second-best team in the conference (behind Clemson) to have a shot at keeping his job. He’s running out of time.