Florida State has fired coach Willie Taggart nine games into his second season leading the Seminoles. Athletic director David Coburn announced the termination in a press release Sunday, noting it is effective immediately and that Taggart will not continue leading FSU this season.
The Noles started 4-5 (3-4 ACC) this season after losing 27-10 to in-state rival Miami on Saturday. They were 9-12 (6-9 ACC) through Taggart's 21 games as coach, making Florida State's decision easier to pay his $17 million buyout, the second-largest in college football history.
"I spoke to Coach Taggart this afternoon to let him know of our decision," Coburn said in the press release. "I met with the team and coaches immediately after that conversation to let them know of the change. It was very important to us that the student-athletes know right away."
"I think very highly of Coach Taggart and wish him well, but in the interest of the university we had no choice but to make a change," said FSU President John Thrasher.
Long-term Noles assistant Odell Haggins will step in as interim coach for the remainder of the season. Haggins, the defensive line coach, is in his 26th season on the coaching staff, a holdover from both Bobby Bowden and Jimbo Fisher. He was 2-0 as an interim coach for FSU back in 2017 with a win in the Independence Bowl.