OR made an attempt to retain Taggart even before the Florida State job opened up, offering a one-year extension on his contract that runs through the 2020 season to boost the value of his five-year deal to $18 million, former ESPN reporter Brett McMurphy reports.
Prior to coaching in Eugene, Taggart was the head man at South Florida. "He said coaching this team is his dream job". "'Do Something" became his tagline for his first season with the Ducks.
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Taggart then made his return to Western Kentucky in 2010 when he was hired as their head coach.
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Haggins led the Seminoles (6-6) to a 42-10 win over Louisiana-Monroe in Saturday's regular-season finale. A 10-2 campaign in 2016 paved the way for Taggart to make a move up to a Power 5 school, and he went to OR to replace Mark Helfrich.
Taggart will be tasked with restoring a Florida State program that has failed to live up to expectations the last two seasons. Will he do any different with the garnet and gold?
This was the first time Florida State had to conduct a coaching search since 1975. Yet for certain, athletic director Stan Wilcox did his due diligence to hire the best-possible candidate for the job.
FSU will play Southern Miss in the Independence Bowl while Taggart's old school, Oregon, faces Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl.