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2017 Schedule
6-6, 6th in ACC - Atlantic
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9hGerry Hamilton and Tom VanHaaren

Vols lose two QB recruits but secure top-50 WR

Tennessee lost its two quarterback prospects with ESPN 300 QB Adrian Martinez switching to Nebraska and Michael Penix decommitting, but secured the recommitment of highly ranked wide receiver Alontae Taylor for its class of '18.

Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer 

Oregon is working on a deal to promote co-offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Mario Cristobal to head coach, sources told ESPN Friday. Cristobal would replace Willie Taggart, who left for Florida State after only one season. The news was first reported by NBC Sports Northwest.

Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer 

If Jeremy Pruitt finalizes a deal with Tennessee, the SEC East coaching roster will consist of Florida's Dan Mullen and six former defensive coordinators. Three of them -- Georgia's Kirby Smart, South Carolina's Will Muschamp and Pruitt -- worked under Alabama's Nick Saban.

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Taggart says he was always honest with Oregon (1:42)
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Taggart says it feels great to be FSU coach (1:08)

Cameron Wolfe ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Ducks QB Marcus Mariota on Willie Taggart leaving Oregon for FSU after one season: "Disappointing. It is what it is. Hopefully the program will get going in the right direction. I know leadership is in place. Hopefully it will get back to where it was."

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Campus Convo: Is Taggart the right guy for the Seminoles?

Peter Burns, Brad Edwards and Adam Rittenberg discuss Willie Taggart taking the Florida State job, talk about whether he's the right guy for the Seminoles and weigh in on Taggart's nomadic nature in recent years.

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8dAndrea Adelson

Taggart starts 'dream job' as coach at FSU

Willie Taggart, who grew up in Florida, said he agonized over the decision to leave the Oregon Ducks after just a season, but that coaching the Florida State Seminoles was his dream job.

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Taggart emotional talking about taking FSU job (1:57)

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Willie Taggart embraces his mother after the press conference.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Willie Taggart says he talked to the Harbaughs before he made his decision. "They're my rock," said Taggart, who played for Jack Harbaugh and is close with Jim and John. "When I need something I'm struggling with, I give them a call. Whenever I'm off the phone with them I feel I can accomplish anything that's out there."

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Willie Taggart describes walking on the 50-yard line inside Doak Campbell Stadium for the first time, raises his arms and says, "Yes! I made it!"

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Willie Taggart says he apologized to Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens and the people in Oregon for leaving after just a year. "You feel bad because you feel like you let him down and I know I did. I told him I'm sorry. The timing is probably not right, but it's never right when it's time to leave."

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Willie Taggart on the high expectations, starting next year: "We've got to make sure we're not on the outside looking in for the ACC championship. We've got to make sure we're not on the outside looking in for the College Football Playoff."

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Willie Taggart: "I had a great job at Oregon but this was the perfect fit for me and all the things I want to accomplish in this business. For me to be back home, to be around my family to have an opportunity to win a national championship, it don't get any better than that."

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

A visibly emotional Willie Taggart says as he and his wife were mulling over the decision: "My 16-year-old son came in and out of nowhere he said, 'Dad, I know you're struggling with this decision and I know it's your dream job. You always tell me to chase my dreams and don't let anyone get in the way of it. I don't think it's right for me or anyone else to stop you from chasing your dreams. If you're going to chase your dream, I'm going to ride with you."

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Willie Taggart praises the folks at Oregon, from AD Rob Mullens to Phil Knight. "Really hard decision for me because the people were so great." Thanks his players, says if it wasn't for them he wouldn't be here.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Willie Taggart reflects on chasing his dream to one day be at Florida State: "I can officially say I'm in now."

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Willie Taggart says when he was coach at South Florida and had to play against Florida State, his brother told him, "I'm sorry, bro, I love you, but I can't go against my Noles."

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Willie Taggart on his childhood in Palmetto, Fla.: "We all grew up wanting to be Noles ... No matter where I went, the Seminoles were apart of me until I went to South Florida. For the first time I had to root against the Seminoles."

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

President John Thrasher says it was a "no brainer" for Willie Taggart to come to Florida State, echoing the words Jimbo Fisher used to describe his opportunity at Texas A&M.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Florida State AD Stan Wilcox says Willie Taggart clearly stood out among the candidates the Seminoles considered. "The energy, the passion and his philosophy were exactly what we were looking for," Wilcox said. "When he expressed this was his dream job, that did it for me. We had our man."

Team Stats

Passing Yards192.8
Rushing Yards150.8
Points For26.2
Points Against21.9Tied-33rd