Report: Florida State considering firing Willie Taggart, pursuing Urban Meyer
The Florida State Seminoles expect to be among college football’s elite, and the fact that they’re not may cost Willie Taggart his job.
According to Zach Barnett of Football Scoop, Florida State has begun discussing Taggart’s future with donors. Taggart went 5-7 last season, which was his first on the job and FSU’s worst finish since 1975. They’re currently 3-4 this year. If the Seminoles limp to the finish line, it is believed that the school could move on from Taggart despite the fact that he has a $17 million buyout.
If Florida State were to part ways with Taggart, they would reportedly make Urban Meyer their top target. Meyer coached Florida and had great success there, so he has ties to the area. There is no guarantee that it’s a job Meyer would want, however. The Seminoles will be an extensive rebuilding effort, and it’s not clear whether Meyer would be on board with taking on that responsibility at this stage of his career — especially when he could have his pick of jobs elsewhere.
If Meyer is unwilling to take the job, Florida State would have to determine if there are any other options the school likes enough to part ways with Taggart in order to hire.
It seems like Meyer would coach again. However, the job he openly spoke about is a lot more established and wouldn’t involve recruiting. All the same, it’s a sign of how desperate times are in Tallahassee that the option is even being discussed.