Before that, he spent four seasons as the head coach at USF. Fisher's 6-6 record this season was the most losses a Seminole team had racked up under his leadership. The Seminoles' first head coaching search in 41 years-with the hiring of Bobby Bowden in 1976 and seamless transition to Fisher in 2010-has come to an abrupt end.
Taggart coached the Ducks to a 7-5 record in 2017.
It didn't take long for Florida State to replace Jimbo Fisher.
Taggart is 47-50 all-time as a college head coach in stops at Western Kentucky, South Florida and OR, so while he's considered a top offensive coach and recruiter (Oregon's class of 2018 was ranked among the Top 10 before his departure), he's not necessarily a guaranteed commodity for a Seminoles program that has won three national titles, including one under Fisher to cap the 2013 season. Taggart has Coached in One Bowl Game with his team making a bowl now three times if you count Oregon.
FSU reached the 6-6 mark by winning a rescheduled game over UL-Monroe.
With Taggart now on board, Florida State can fully focus their attention on the Independence Bowl against Southern Mississippi on Saturday December 30th.
The Seminoles expect to have quarterback Deondre Francois back next season after he suffered a season-ending knee injury in the opener against Alabama.
Tuesday afternoon, it become official: Willie Taggart is the new football coach at Florida State. Taggart also coached running backs at Stanford under Jim Harbaugh. He has been three places and done his best to leave them better than when he arrived.