Florida State fires Willie Taggart

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Willie Taggart era has come to an abbreviated, unceremonious end.

Florida State fired the head coach Sunday following a 27-10 loss to Miami and 4-5 start to Taggart's second season. In a season and a half after taking over for Jimbo Fisher in December 2017, Taggart compiled a 9-12 overall record with no wins against rivals Florida, Miami, and Clemson.

In a statement released by the program, Director of Athletics David Coburn confirmed the decision to move forward.

"I spoke to Coach Taggart this afternoon to let him know," Coburn said. "I met with the team and coaches immediately after the conversation to let them know of the change. It was very important to us that the student-athletes knew right away."

President John Trasher echoed Coburn's sentiment, saying "I think very highly of Coach Taggart and wish him well, but in the interest of the university we had no choice but to make a change."

Taggart's approximately $17 million dollar buyout is the second largest in college football history, trailing only Charlie Weis' $18.9 million buyout at Notre Dame. Taggart's total cost, taking into account his salary and buyout from Oregon and USF, exceeds $30 million.

Odell Haggins, a 26 year veteran of the Seminoles staff, will take over as interim head coach.

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