It only took four days for FAU to replace Lane Kiffin after he took the head coaching job at Ole Miss. Florida Atlantic University, headed by FAU Vice President and Director of Athletics Brian White, announced on Wednesday that they've hired Willie Taggart, who was fired from his position as Florida State's football coach last month.
“I’m grateful to Brian White and President Kelly for their belief in me to lead the football program at Florida Atlantic University,” Taggart said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to long-term success here. I think our players and the university deserve that commitment. Family is extremely important to me. I couldn’t do what I do without their love and support and all of us are looking forward to being here in Paradise for the foreseeable future.”
Taggart's firing from FSU came after compiling a 9-12 over two seasons with the Seminoles. Taggart has a 56-62 overall record as a head coach, but showed success at Western Kentucky from 2010 to 2012, reviving that Conference USA program with impressive recruiting and coaching. He's also coached for the University of South Florida and Oregon.
“I couldn’t be more excited to have Coach Taggart on board to lead our football program,” White said. “Coach Taggart is a proven program builder who will develop strong relationships with our student-athletes and develop them as future leaders. His deep relationships around the state of Florida and the nation will be vital in recruiting as well. The traits he brings to the table will allow us to continue building upon our recent success.”