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Taggart takes over as FSU coach, the job he always wanted

Taggart takes over as FSU coach, the job he always wanted

"People say, "What attracted you to Texas A&M?' First and foremost, it was (athletic director) Scott Woodward", Fisher said in his opening statement". "We want to have a diverse pool, a broad pool, and we will have that".

Taggart shed tears as he discussed his family full of FSU fans, which included his brother, who rooted for the Noles even when Taggart coached South Florida against FSU.

"I kind of think, like [Coach Taggart] told me, it was like a no-brainer to come to Florida State", Thrasher said, to loud applause and laughter. From the outside, it would be impossible to tell him he's wrong. Taggart talked extensively about being closer to home, and he mentioned his late father, saying, "I feel like I'm here now because of my dad, he put the word in to the good Lord, please get my son be closer to home and closer to his mom".

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.

There was no other way, Taggart said during Wednesday's press conference. And Florida State will pay his $3 million buyout to OR, along with more than $1.3 million still owed to USF for his departure to OR a year ago.

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It's no secret that FSU's 2018 signing class has fallen apart during the uncertainty surrounding Jimbo Fisher's future, and Taggart made it clear that his first order of business will be trying to "salvage" what he can from this class. We knew he grew up a Florida State fan and that he came from a family of Seminoles.

Taggart also hopes to return Florida State's defense to the tenacious group he was enamored with as a youngster. "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". But no matter where I went - I went to Western Kentucky University and graduated from there and had a great career and really got started there. "It's going to be fun".