May 20th, 2019 | by CollegeAD

Willie Taggart says he wasn’t surprised. He says all of this feels familiar. These sentiments, coming from the mouth of a Florida State coach who went 5–7 and snapped the Seminoles’ streak of 36 consecutive bowl seasons, might ring a little hollow. The comparisons to the rebuilds Taggart took on at Western Kentucky and South Florida might even feel a little insulting to the fans of a proud program that won a national title less than six years ago. “You found out why you were in there,” Taggart says of his first year on the job. “I wouldn’t necessarily say it was harder. There were just some issues that needed to be corrected and won’t get corrected overnight.” The narrative from Tallahassee following Jimbo Fisher’s departure for Texas A&M was that Fisher had slacked in his final years, allowing dead weight assistants to drag down the program on the field and on the recruiting trail. That isn’t completely accurate, but an honest appraisal of the talent Taggart inherited plus the recently released APR scores—Florida State’s was the lowest in the Power 5, and that can’t be hung on the new guy—suggests that complaining by the Florida State faithful may have been more than sour grapes. -Andy Staples, si. Read More.

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