The Florida Atlantic Owls did not waste any time finding their replacement for Lane Kiffin, officially introducing their new head coach Willie Taggart on Thursday.
Taggart is a coach whose name is almost as recognizable as Kiffin in Florida football circles.
It’s been quite a month and a little bit for Taggart, who was fired from Florida State on Nov. 3. He’s now acquired the Conference USA Champions, taking over a team stocked with talent. Taggart is a guy known for his recruiting talent, especially in Florida, which will come in handy quickly as he tries to re-recruit and convince those were committed to Lane to now be committed to Taggart.
“First, I’m going to get to know each and every last one of them,” Taggart said. “I plan on sitting down and meeting with each individual person personally and get to know them. I wanna know their trials and tribulations and what they went through and I want to know mine as well.”
It’s been a challenging month for Taggart; since being fired from Florida State, he’s been job searching and soul-searching.
“(I’ve reflected) on some of the things that went wrong, and things that went right, some things I’d do differently if I had a chance to do it again," he said. "To be honest with you, it’s been good for me.”
Taggart reminded the media that he earned his first ever win on this field back in 2008 when he was coaching for Western Kentucky. His new team, the Owls, is now getting prepared for the Boca Raton Bowl on Dec. 21, which might be a cool recruiting tool Taggart can utilize early on.