Willie Taggart fired: FSU to pay millions in buyout money
Florida State head coach Willie Taggart barely coached 20 games before being fired, and Florida State has a big check to write as it moves on to a new era in Tallahassee.
Taggart was the 15-highest paid head coach in NCAA football, making approximately $5 million dollars per year. With over four years remaining on his contract, Florida State University will owe Taggart about $17 million dollars on his way out. This is certainly the highest buyout in school history, and the second-biggest in college football history, behind Charlie Weis, who was given under $19 million dollars to leave Notre Dame.
Taggart went 5-7 in his first season, and doubts quickly arose about his ability to lead the blue-blood program. Having previously spent one season at Oregon, and stops at South Florida and Western Kentucky before that, Taggart was hired to replace current Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher.
An embarrassing 27-10 loss to rival Miami in Week 10 was the latest in a string of horrible losses during the short tenure, and the Seminoles will be in a fight for bowl eligibility for the remainder of the season.
Hot boards are being fired up across the country to predict who the next head coach will be, but whoever it is, this will be the most expensive coaching change in Florida State history.