JUST IN: FSU Football Officially Fulfills Willie Taggart’s Buyout

Florida State University officially fulfilled the buyout of former football head coach Willie Taggart on Wednesday. This was initially reported by Tampa Bay Times reporter Matt Baker.


The final payment was reportedly made on Jan. 31.


Taggart went 9-12 during his tenure in Tallahassee. His first season with the Seminoles in 2018 saw a 5-7 record – the first time the Garnet and Gold missed the postseason since 1976, Bobby Bowden’s first year as head coach at FSU. After a 4-5 start, he was fired in November of 2019 following a 27-10 loss to Miami at home.


Longtime defensive line coach Odell Haggins took over the squad as the interim head coach and led the ’Noles to a 6-6 record and a Sun Bowl berth. There they lost to the Arizona State Sun Devils.


Mike Norvell replaced Taggart in December of 2019. Since his arrival, the Seminoles have endured seasons of 3-6 (COVID-19 year), 5-7, 10-3, and 13-1. The 2023 team brought the first conference championship to Tallahassee since 2014 as well as the first New Year’s Six appearance since 2016.


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