Taggart was a master of social media during his one-and-done campaign at OR, where he deftly promoted the program's flashy brand while getting fans, players and recruits excited about a new era for the Ducks. So I know there's a lot of 'Noles out there that want to be here. "So I expect to go out and win a lot of ball games like they did".
"To tell you the truth, I had the feeling already, and then seeing all the publicity and stuff", James said. The next day he tweeted - before deleting it - more: "Lost all words I could've been down the street from my house but came here off the strength of what you said".
It was clearly a price worth paying, as Florida State athletic director Stan Wilcox set out to hire Taggart from the moment Fisher made a decision to move on. Taggart replaces Jimbo Fisher, who resigned to accept the opening at Texas A&M.
On Monday, four-star quarterback recruit Tyler Shough posted a photo of Taggart and co-offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo standing next to him during an in-home visit in Arizona.
Taggart agreed to a six-year deal that will pay him $5 million annually. Florida State will also pay the $1,370,122.28 he still owes South Florida and $3 million owed to OR as part of buyouts of his previous contracts.
The 41-year-old Taggart was formally introduced as the new leader of the Seminoles on Wednesday during a press conference at Doak Campbell Stadium.More news: Kim Kardashian announces new beauty reality show
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Taggart said he consulted several people before taking the FSU job, including mentors Jack, Jim and John Harbaugh and former Seminoles who are now his close friends, including like Sanders, Brooks and Corey Fuller.
Dye's brother Travis is a three-star recruit in the class of 2018 and verbally committed to OR and Taggart.
Willie Taggart started his Florida State career with the Tomahawk Chop as he arrived to cheerleaders and the Seminoles marching band. He also said he doesn't see Florida State's 6-6 year as a sign it's in a rebuilding phase - but rather a "realignment". "Excuse my language but we were a bunch of bad asses back in the days". I wanted to come here and play. We were a bunch of war daddies.
Before Taggart gets to work in his new position, he is simply soaking it all in.
Taggart said it was a hard decision to leave OR, because the people were so nice there.
"So it was surreal. It's going to be fun".