Willie Taggart ripped by Florida State fans after seemingly throwing coordinator under the bus
Head coaches are the ones who are supposed to get the credit when things go right and take the blame when things go wrong.
However, Florida State coach Willie Taggart seemingly didn’t get that memo after a disappointing late collapse against No. 25 Virginia on Saturday night.
The Seminoles held a 24-17 lead over the Cavaliers late in the fourth quarter. Then, when the Cavaliers scored, they didn’t convert their extra point, so FSU still had a 24-23 lead. Virginia marched down the field again and scored, though, earning a 31-24 victory.
Even with all that, the Seminoles had a chance to tie the game late, but a disastrous final play stripped them of that opportunity. After the game, Taggart offered up this quote about OC Kendal Briles:
Willie Taggart on a follow-up question about the final play/series:
“Well I didn’t call the plays, Kendal [Briles] called the plays. He had the play called and we just didn’t get it done.” https://t.co/5K2uQQLLK1
— Brendan Sonnone (@BSonnone) September 15, 2019
Here was that final play in question, during which there was mass confusion leading to a terrible attempt to score:
In college football, clock stops on the first down and doesn't start until it's ready for play.
Watch the clock not stop until three full seconds after FSU's first down, leading FSU not to clock it and instead run a nothing play to lose the game.
Real bad pic.twitter.com/0KkZb3fknq
— Alex Kirshner (@alex_kirshner) September 15, 2019
Fans aren’t happy with Taggart’s quote above, though, calling out the head coach for seemingly throwing Briles under the bus:
Blame no one? Make no excuses? Do something?
— Nolefan93 (@dwbrown70) September 15, 2019
Wonder if Kendal feels that bus that Willie Taggart just drove over him.
— WWJL115 (@wwjl115) September 15, 2019
To be fair, Briles was a bit dehydrated.
— ben horton (@hortonben) September 15, 2019
The buck stops over there
— Brendan Everton (@I_am_tuna) September 15, 2019
17 mil isnt much for a buyout. Taggart stinks.
— Christopher Morris (@CGMorris570) September 15, 2019
Just another college football Saturday with the Seminoles!