Willie Taggart leaves OR for FSU, Cristobal named interim head coach

Willie Taggart leaves OR for FSU, Cristobal named interim head coach

First, Taggart was called out by Aaron Fentress of NBC Sports Northwest for misleading folks in Eugene by failing to disclose that he was in contact with Florida State before he actually said he was originally. Florida State lost former head coach Jimbo Fisher last Thursday to the head coaching vacancy at Texas A&M after he spent eight years at the helm. Taggart, however, is just the third Florida State head coach since 1976, which was the first season for former Seminoles coaching legend Bobby Bowden.

"When he expressed this position as his dream job, I knew we found our man", FSU athletics director Stan Wilcox said of Taggart. A day later, Florida State president John Thrasher said that Taggart's decision had been a "no-brainer".

"If you were living in my house, you'd have thought everybody in that house graduated from FSU, and none of us did", Taggart said. "We want to have a diverse pool, a broad pool, and we will have that".

Well that's one way to send a coach out.

Willie Taggart was met with raucous applause and acceptance on Wednesday when the new head coach of the Florida State Seminoles arrived in Tallahassee to greet the masses.

Freshman safety Nick Pickett tweeted: " (Taggart) is a liar then gone cry (in) front of the team like we gone feel bad for (him)".

He was also the head coach at Florida International for six seasons, posting a 27-47 record before getting fired.


Safe to say that Taggart won't be welcomed in OR anytime soon.

The Florida native is returning to the Sunshine State to coach Florida State.

Leavitt had a more successful run building South Florida with 95-57 record in 13 seasons as head coach, but he was sacked in 2010 after being accused of hitting a player. "Excuse my language but we were a bunch of bad asses back in the days".

"It was really nice walking onto the field this morning, and walking to the 50-yard line, like, 'Yes, I made it.' " Taggart said. "So I expect to go out and win a lot of ball games like they did". "The timing is probably not right, but it's never right when it's time to leave". "When he expressed this was his dream job, that did it for me".

"Excuse my language, but I want a damn good defense".

". I wasn't going to leave it just for anything because it was ideal and my family loved it there and we had everything going the right way".

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