OR went 7-5 under Taggart and was just awarded a spot in the Las Vegas Bowl.
Willie Taggart will be making the move to Tallahassee after one season with the Oregon Ducks.
Taggart will become the first full time African-American head coach in program history, as he takes over for interim head coach and longtime FSU football player and coach Odell Haggins - who broke that barrier when he led the Seminoles to a win over Louisiana Monroe this past weekend. After ending WKU's 26-game losing streak and going 2-10 in his first season, he made strides while going 7-5 in both 2011 and 2012.
McMurphy also cited sources saying returning to his home state of Florida was a factor in Taggart's decision. Tigard High School's Bradan Lenzy decommitted. However, before their bowl game in 2012, he was hired by USF to be their next head coach. He arrived in Eugene after four years at South Florida, where he guided the Bulls from a 2-10 record his first year to a 10-2 mark last year and a spot in the Birmingham Bowl.
Taggart danced around the topic of the Florida State opening when speaking with reporters last week.
The Florida native has a 47-50 career head-coaching record overall.
How does this coaching change impact the Las Vegas Bowl.. According to 247Sports, he reeled in the nation's ninth best recruiting class for 2018 with nine 4-star recruits, four of which were from Florida.
The FSU football program reportedly has its new head coach. The Ducks play Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl on December 16.