A visibly emotional Taggart related a story about his 16-year-old son, Willie Jr., as Taggart agonized with his wife over whether he should leave OR after just one season.
Although the pull of going back home to the state of Florida coaching the Seminoles was too strong, some of the OR players took to Twitter to voice their displeasure with the way Taggart handled himself in the time leading up to his departure from Oregon.
Taggart spent the past season at OR, his first head coaching job at a Power 5 program.
One of the most important people in Willie Taggart's life said she is thrilled to have her son back in their home state.
Taggart also hopes to return Florida State's defense to the tenacious group he was enamored with as a youngster. Again, I know, growing up, guys wanted to be a 'Nole.
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During his introductory press conference at Florida State on Wednesday, Taggart said he apologized to Mullens on the way out of the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex.
The Ducks went 7-5 in Taggart's lone season in Eugene, an improvement of three wins over their down 2016 campaign. It started last Thursday with the knowledge that FSU was interested in him, Taggart said.
"He said, 'Dad, I know you're struggling with this decision and I know it's your dream job, '" recalled Taggart, a Bradenton native who coached four seasons at USF.
"This is not a rebuild, it's a realignment". "We're not going to blame anyone".
Prior to going into coaching, Taggart was a quarterback at Western Kentucky, where his head coach was the legendary Jack Harbaugh - father of MI head coach Jim Harbaugh and Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh. Taggart finished his college career as a Walter Payton Award finalist twice and eventually became one of only four players in Western Kentucky history to have his jersey retired.
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However, it's not just OR players that have been chiming in on Taggart's seeming change of heart.
"I'm excited to be the man, and I want to continue the winning tradition", Taggart said.
"I apologized (to everyone at Oregon) before I left". "But this job was a dream for me". I wanted to come up and play here, but I wasn't good enough.
". I wasn't going to leave it just for anything because it was ideal and my family loved it there and we had everything going the right way".
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