Florida State fired embattled coach Willie Taggart on Sunday less than two years after hiring him to replace Jimbo Fisher.
The Seminoles are just 4-5 this season after Saturday’s 27-10 loss to Miami, and 9-12 overall under Taggart’s leadership. Taggart has four-plus seasons remaining on a six-year, $30 million deal. His reported buyout is $17 million.
Defensive line coach Odell Haggins was named interim head coach.
“I spoke to Coach Taggart this afternoon to let him know of our decision,” Florida State athletic director David Coburn said in a statement. “I met with the team and coaches immediately after that conversation to let them know of the change. It was very important to us that the student-athletes know right away.”
Florida State president John Thrasher said the university had “no choice” but to dismiss the 43-year-old Taggart.
“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…
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