Florida State finalizes deal with Willie Taggart to become next FSU head coach

Tallahassee, FL (WJHG/WECP) The Florida State football program has its new leader. That leader is Willie Taggart, who has decided to come back to the Sunshine State after just one season guiding the Oregon Ducks.

Taggart himself has confirmed to national media he's agreed to a contract to come to Florida State, and succeed Jimbo Fisher who left last week to become the head coach at Texas A&M.

Taggart went 7-5 in his first and only season with the Ducks. Before that he was the head coach at South Florida, where he recorded a 24-25 record. He went 18-7 in his final two seasons with the Bulls.

The Florida native has a 47-50 career head-coaching record overall. But he is looked at as an "up and comer" with strong recruiting ties to his native state. He is from Bradenton.

Taggart is 41. He apparently was offered the job during an interview in Phoenix, AZ Monday, while he was there recruiting for Oregon.

Charlie Strong was reportedly the only other candidate FSU officials interviewed.

Oregon had reportedly offered Taggart a little more than $20 million over five years to stay in Eugene. Florida State reportedly giving the new coach a deal worth $30 million over 6 years.

Taggart has already filled on important role on his new staff at FSU, he's bringing Jim Leavitt with him from Oregon to become the Seminoles next Defensive Coordinator.

The school will host an introductory press conference with coach Taggart Wednesday.