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Head Coach Has Strong Message For Players Who 'Quit' During Game

An interior view of Florida State's football stadium.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - SEPTEMBER 07: FA-18 fighter jets do a missing man fly-over to honor FSU graduate and U.S. Navy pilot Scott Speicher who was shot down in the first Gulf War during pre-game ceremonies as the Miami Hurricanes prepare to take on the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 7, 2009 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

Florida State head coach Willie Taggart was not happy with several of his Seminoles players during today's blowout loss to Clemson.

FSU, which has had an extremely disappointing 2018, was blown out by the No. 2 Tigers, losing 59-10 at Doak Campbell Stadium. It was the worst loss in the history of the stadium.

Taggart said after the game that some of his players "quit" on their team during the game.

The Seminoles' first-year head coach had a strong message for those players while speaking to reporters:

"That can't be tolerated," Taggart said in his postgame comments. "One thing you can't do, you can't quit. You quit, you don't play. So we've got to do a great job of making sure we've got the right guys. Didn't play well at all. That's on me and our coaches and our players and everybody that's here, and we've got to find a way to get that right."


"I think mentally we're a weak football team and we're not mentally strong yet, and that's part of the culture to changing it to what you want," Taggart said. "We're going to find the guys that quit, and we're going to find the guys that kept playing and make sure that we keep those guys in there. So there will be some changes come next week."

Things don't get much easier for Florida State moving forward.

The Seminoles are set to play at N.C. State next weekend.