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Willie Taggart owed massive buyout from Florida State after firing

Willie Taggart FSU

Florida State’s decision to fire Willie Taggart so early in his tenure is a costly one.

Taggart was owed nearly $18 million in his contract buyout, according to the Orlando Sentinel’s Matt Murschel.

Yahoo’s Pete Thamel says that if Taggart’s entire coaching staff is bought out at the end of the season, the entire cost to move on would be around $20 million.

If coaches on staff are able to find new jobs, their future salaries will offset against their buyout amounts, so it is possible that Florida State will not pay out that full $20 million amount. Regardless, between the cost to move on from Taggart and what it will take to hire someone new, the Seminoles made a very, very expensive decision.

Taggart was enjoying the team’s win over Syracuse last weekend because he knew how much his job was in danger. It turns out that was the last win he got to celebrate.

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