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Willie Taggart Completely Robbed Florida State After Contract Buyout Details Emerge

TALLAHASSEE, FL - OCTOBER 26: Head coach Willie Taggart of the Florida State Seminoles on the sidelines during the game against the Syracuse Orange at Doak Campbell Stadium on Bobby Bowden Field on October 26, 2019 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
Syracuse v Florida State | Don Juan Moore/Getty Images

Willie Taggart finally got the axe in Tallahassee after winning just nine of his 21 games as head coach of the Florida State Seminoles.

The man who ended their 36-year bowl streak isn't leaving town without having swindled some extra money out of one of the most successful programs in college football history, though. Taggart's buyout is in excess of $17 million, and that number could rise to $20 million if the entire staff is bought out.

That buyout is the second-largest in college football history, trailing only Charlie Weis at Notre Dame.

Wait, there's more. FSU paid for his buyout with Oregon!!!

That astronomical buyout figure might have given some Seminole officials pause for thought, but a 9-12 record, losses to rivals like Florida and Miami, and a lack of discipline and direction on the field forced their hand. It's hard to argue in favor of keeping Taggart around given how lifeless they looked in recent weeks.

Taggart might be a pariah in Tallahassee, but he managed to swindle $17 million out of one of the greatest programs in college football history. That's Brock Osweiler-level of fleecing.