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Florida State Football: Willie Taggart is Ranked 9th Among ACC Coaches

Florida State Football: Willie Taggart

Florida State Football: Willie Taggart

The ACC has its share of notable college football coaches. One of those coaches is Florida State's Willie Taggart.

In Athlon Sports' ACC Coach Rankings, the Seminoles' head coach is listed at No. 9, just behind NC State head coach Dave Doeren (No. 8) and just ahead of Louisville's Scott Satterfield (No. 10). 

Here's why: Taggart’s debut in Tallahassee didn’t go according to plan, but he also inherited a bigger mess than most realized prior to the 2018 season. Florida State finished 7-6 in the year before Taggart’s arrival and some of the concerns that popped up in 2017 weren’t a one-year aberration. Instead, the depth, attrition and lack of development at a couple of positions became an even bigger concern in 2018. Taggart and his staff were left with a mess along the offensive line, which sank Florida State to 5-7 and the program’s first season without a bowl since 1981. While last season was certainly a disappointment in Tallahassee, Taggart’s track record suggests there will be improvement in 2019. He went 2-10 in his first year at WKU (2010) and went 7-5 in back-to-back seasons (2011-12). After a 6-18 start to his tenure at USF, the Bulls won 18 games under his watch the next two years. He also had a one-year stint at Oregon (7-5) in 2017. Taggart is 52-57 overall as a head coach. A revamped staff and some work on the recruiting trail seem to have the Seminoles poised to improve this fall.

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