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Florida State Fires Head Coach Willie Taggart Following Loss to Miami

TALLAHASSEE, FL - NOVEMBER 2: Head Coach Willie Taggart of the Florida State Seminoles on the sidelines during the game against the Miami Hurricanes at Doak Campbell Stadium on Bobby Bowden Field on November 2, 2019 in Tallahassee, Florida. Miami defeated Florida State 27 to 10. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
Miami v Florida State | Don Juan Moore/Getty Images

Finally, mercifully, the Willie Taggart era has ended in Tallahassee.

Florida State parted with with their head coach for the last two seasons after a run of results that's simply unacceptable given how much talent the Seminoles bring in every year.

After posting a 10-2 record at South Florida in 2016, Taggart took the Oregon job, where he went 7-5 despite Justin Herbert missing time with injury. He arrived at Florida State the very next year.

Taggart's time in Tallahassee was nothing short of a disaster. He went just 9-12 in 21 games as the coach, and was responsible for the Seminoles' first season in 36 years in which they did not make a bowl game.

An alleged "offensive guru," his passing attacks, led by Alex Hornibrook and James Blackman, were extremely underwhelming, while his offensive lines were always in constant states of disrepair. Taggart essentially wasted the career of star running back Cam Akers.

The Seminoles have not named an interim coach, but offensive coordinator Kendal Briles has proven to be a quality hire this season and could very well earn that role.

Now that the deed is done, there probably aren't many around the program that are sad to see him go.