His record was an impressive 25-9 his past three seasons of coaching, and he earned his teams three consecutive bowl berths.
Taggart will become the first full time African-American head coach in program history, as he takes over for interim head coach and longtime FSU football player and coach Odell Haggins - who had the honor breaking that barrier when he led the Seminoles to a win over Louisiana Monroe this past weekend.
Taggart, a Florida native, comes to Florida State after just one year at Oregon.
At Oregon, Taggart's team was averaging 49.6 points per game as it got off to a 4-1 start.
Willie Taggart is headed back to the Sunshine State.
Sources have informed college football reporter Brett McMurphy that Willie Taggart has agreed to a deal to become the next head coach at Florida State. The landscape is different than it is in most places and high school coaches aren't as involved in the process as they are in other states. After firing both the offensive and defensive coordinators following the 2014 campaign, he steered USF to an 8-5 record in 2015, leasing them to their first bowl game in five years.
Taggart has an overall coaching record of 47-50 over eight seasons. He initially joined Taggart's staff in Eugene last January after previously serving as tight ends coach with Alabama. Will he do any different with the garnet and gold? Taggart returns home to Florida for his "Dream Job" in his home state.
Taggart is also known for bringing in elite recruiting classes and knows the Florida circuit as well as anyone. Can Oregon salvage the Class of 2018? Yet for certain, athletic director Stan Wilcox did his due diligence to hire the best-possible candidate for the job.
Florida State will play Southern Mississippi in the Independence Bowl on December 27.