Taggart confirmed the agreement to ESPN, and the school has scheduled a news conference for 11 a.m. Wednesday to introduce him. He told us that he grew up as an FSU fan but wasn't quite a good enough player to be recruited there.
A dream job that rarely comes open, which likely played into Taggart's decision to leave OR after one season.
Willie Taggart is returning to the state of Florida. Fisher resigned Friday to accept the opening at Texas A&M.More news: World's Biggest Starbucks Opening In China
In Taggart's lone season he led the Ducks to a 7-5 record overall and berth in the Las Vegas Bowl.
Taggart, a former running backs coach at Stanford under Jim Harbaugh, helped turn around programs at Western Kentucky and South Florida in his first two head coaching jobs. Before that he was the head coach at South Florida, where he recorded a 24-25 record. If the move comes to fruition, Taggart is leaving the Ducks after just one season, where he went 7-5.
Florida State finished 6-6 in 2017, winning its regular-season finale against Louisiana-Monroe to extend its bowl streak to 36 consecutive seasons. After quarterback Deondre Francois was injured in the highly-anticipated opener against Alabama, FSU, ranked No. 3 to begin the season, got off to a awful 2-5 start. Graham was at Tulsa, Pitt and then Arizona State, while Taggart will have traveled from South Florida to OR to now Florida State.