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Willie Taggart has been named the new head football coach at Florida State.
Taggart, 41, will be officially announced during a press conference at 11 a.m. Wednesday. He joins the Seminoles after one season at Oregon, where he led the Ducks to a 7-5 record.
“We thank Willie for his efforts at Oregon, and wish him and his family all the best in the future,” Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens released in a statement.
Taggart received a six-year, $30 million deal to become FSU’s next head coach.
Oregon had reportedly offered Taggart a little more than $20 million over five years to stay, but the Palmetto native opted to return to his home state.
The FSU administration met with Taggart in Arizona Monday afternoon. The negotiations continued into Tuesday after Taggart returned to Eugene, Oregon Monday evening.
“He reached out to me somewhere right after lunch,” Mullens told reporters on Tuesday afternoon.
“We met and he said, ‘Hey, this is a family decision. It pulls at my heartstrings and I feel like I’ve got to go be the coach at Florida State.”
Taggart replaces Jimbo Fisher, who left FSU after eight seasons to become the new coach at Texas A&M.
He’ll also be the first full-time African-American…