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OR will Take on (25) Boise State in Las Vegas Bowl

OR will Take on (25) Boise State in Las Vegas Bowl

McMurphy also confirmed a previous report that OR offered to give Taggart a raise, even offering the coach a one-year extension before Fisher left Florida State.

Once Fisher was officially on to Texas A&M and Florida State's regular season was complete following a rescheduled game against Louisiana-Monroe, the school's first football coaching search in four decades moved quickly as officials worked to lure Taggart back to his home state. It's unclear who OR will hire to replace Taggart. After the 2006 season, Taggart was then brought in as the running backs coach at Stanford by the newly hired head coach Jim Harbaugh.

Florida State wasted little time in finding its next football coach, on Tuesday hiring Oregon's Willie Taggart to replace Jimbo Fisher, according to multiple outlets. That likely has a lot to do with why Florida State made him a priority.

More news: Mostly sunny skies and warm temps Saturday afternoon

Taggart, a native of Bradenton, Florida, will be the Seminole's first full-time African-American head coach. Why hire someone who has a sub.500 career record at 47-50?

Both of Taggart's previous head coaching stops have been rebuilds of sorts. The money Taggart is getting and what his coaching staff will look like is not yet known. Previously, Taggart cultivated a reputation as a program-builder at Western Kentucky (where he was a quarterback in the 1990s) and South Florida.

With Taggart now on board, Florida State can fully focus their attention on the Independence Bowl against Southern Mississippi on Saturday December 30th.


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