Why Willie Taggart might succeed or fail at Florida State

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The Seminoles have reportedly agreed to a deal with OR head coach Willie Taggart.

His Ducks team in Eugene was informed of his decision at a meeting Tuesday afternoon.

Now, Taggart, a Florida native who recruits the state as well as anybody, is returning to the Sunshine State to take over the Seminoles, who were perennial ACC contenders under Fisher. The Seminoles' first head coaching search in 41 years-with the hiring of Bobby Bowden in 1976 and seamless transition to Fisher in 2010-has come to an abrupt end.

Willie Taggart got his start as a head coach at his alma later, leading Western Kentucky for three seasons before being hired by South Florida. He is also one of only four Hilltoppers to have his jersey retired.

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"Somebody asked me if I was happy and all of that, and I am still smiling, still happy, still the coach here", Taggart said Friday.

Taggart runs a version of the spread, and his quarterbacks have been highly productive at Western, USF and Oregon. He finished the season with a 7-5 record. He has helped his teams become bowl-eligible in four of those seasons, including three straight between South Florida and Oregon.

In December of 2016, Taggart was hired by OR as their head coach following the firing of Mark Helfrich.

The 41-year-old Taggart was very happy with his situation in OR, sources told SI, but he just couldn't resist the opportunity to return home to coach Florida State, the team he rooted for growing up in Bradenton, Fla., back in the days of Warrick Dunn, Charlie Ward and Amp Lee.

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