FILE – In this Oct. 28, 2017, file photo, Oregon head coach Willie Taggart congratulates Oregon quarterback Braxton Burmeister after an Oregon score against Utah in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game in Eugene, Ore. Oregon and Oregon State head into the 121st Civil War game in Eugene, on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, looking very different than last season. (AP Photo/Chris Pietsch, file) The Associated Press
Oregon’s new head football coach Willie Taggart, center right, joins the student section at Matthew Knight Arena for part of the first half of the Alabama vs. Oregon men’s NCAA college basketball game. Chris Pietsch, AP Photo
Defensive tackles coach Odell Haggins was the interim head coach for the Seminoles’ 42-10 win over Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday, and will be the interim coach again for the Independence Bowl against Southern Miss on Dec. 27.
Including Haggins, Taggart is the 11th head coach in the history of the FSU program.
Oregon finished the 2017 regular season with a 7-5 record under Taggart one year after hiring him. The Ducks finished 4-8 in 2016.
He has an overall record of 47-50, but those numbers are slightly misleading considering the state of the programs he took over. In the year prior to Taggart taking over Western Kentucky, South Florida, and Oregon, the three teams were a combined 9-27.
He led WKU to two winning seasons in 2011 and 2012 after becoming a first-time head coach in 2010, and led USF to its first 10 win season in 2016 before leaving for Oregon.
He was the running backs coach at Stanford under Jim Harbaugh prior to taking over the Hilltoppers.
Taggart’s buyout is currently $3 million, but Oregon offered Taggart a five-year, $20 million extension to remain head coach over a week ago.
Taggart is considered an ace recruiter, and has the Ducks sitting at No. 6 in the 247Sports composite team rankings. The next closest Pac-12 team is UCLA at No. 16.
The Seminoles recruiting class is currently ranked No. 32 after a rash of decommitments during the Jimbo Fisher saga.
With the college football’s new early signing period from Dec. 20-22, Taggart is going to have to get a staff in place quickly to keep together the remainder of the class and start recruiting his own players.
FSU Interim Head Coach Odell Haggins is doused with Powerade after leading the Seminoles to a 42-10 win against Louisiana Monroe at Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2017. Joe Rondone/Democrat
FSU’s Jacques Patrick celebrates his touchdown run, one of two on the day, with Rick Leonard against Louisiana Monroe during their game at Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2017. Joe Rondone/Democrat
FSU’s Jacques Patrick celebrates his touchdown with Cam Akers, both runningbacks had 2 touchdowns on the day against Louisiana Monroe Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2017. Joe Rondone/Democrat
FSU’s offensive line, including Cole Minshew (70) and Alec Eberle (54) carry their coach Rick Trickett, as he covers his tears with his hat, after the Seminoles 42-10 win over Louisiana Monroe at Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2017. Joe Rondone/Democrat
FSU’s Derwin James high-fives fans in what will probably be his last home game as a Seminole, their 42-10 win over Louisiana Monroe at Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2017. Joe Rondone/Democrat
FSU Interim Head Coach Odell Haggins high-fives fans as he runs off the field in their first post-Jimbo Fisher era game against Louisiana Monroe at Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2017. Joe Rondone/Democrat