Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Emotional Taggart set for 'dream job' with Florida State

Emotional Taggart set for 'dream job' with Florida State

TALLAHASSEE | As soon as Willie Taggart walked onto a stage to be introduced as Florida State's new football coach Wednesday, he immediately walked right off the other end to embrace his mother, Gloria, sitting nearby in a garnet Seminoles shirt.

"And that meant a lot to me". I know I let them down.

Fisher was later asked why he would have left what appeared to be a comfortable set up at FSU, to which he replied: "And then my relationship with Scott, the ability to come back and work and relive that vision of things that we had did before at LSU, I think it was a no-brainer in a insane way", Fisher said.

"Things were going really well there in every aspect", Taggart told reporters. He takes over for Jimbo Fisher, who left for Texas A&M last month after receiving a record-setting 10-year offer.

"To tell you the truth, I had the feeling already, and then seeing all the publicity and stuff", James said.

". I wasn't going to leave it just for anything because it was flawless and my family loved it there and we had everything going the right way. To be closer to your family and still be a coach in the Power Five, still have an opportunity to win a national championship, it was tough to overcome". "He didn't keep his word to me Monday".

"That's a bonus, but that's not where you start because that narrows the pool", Mullens said on the importance of candidates having a tie to the program after getting burned by Taggart. "Most of my whole family loves Florida State and the whole town is in an uproar".

His journey to FSU began long before the whirlwind of landing three head coaching jobs in 365 days. His contract language says as much. So, if he left after one season, he'd owe Florida State $25 million.

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. And Florida State will pay his $3 million buyout to OR, along with more than $1.3 million still owed to USF for his departure to OR a year ago.

"The energy, the passion and his philosophy were exactly what we were looking for", Wilcox said. "When he expressed this was his dream job, that did it for me. We had our man".

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