Florida Atlantic fires Willie Taggart after three seasons

Florida Atlantic fired coach Willie Taggart hours after the workforce accomplished the season at 5-7, the school introduced Saturday.

FAU had an alternative to get bowl eligible however fell 32-31 in further time to Western Kentucky, which obtained on a two-level conversion.

“i am disenchanted that we misplaced and that i hate that for our gamers,” Taggart mentioned after the sport. “They performed so exhausting and we had alternatives there and we did not take benefit of of it.”

Taggart went 15-18 in three seasons at Florida Atlantic, reaching the Montgomery Bowl in 2020, his first season, earlier than consecutive 5-7 campaigns. He beforehand served as coach at Florida State however was fired earlier than the tip of his second season. Taggart additionally coached Oregon, South Florida and Western Kentucky, his alma mater.

“It was a tough choice, as we have gotten large respect for Willie Taggart,” FAU athletic director Brian White mentioned in an announcement. “He has represented FAU with class and character. nonetheless, the dearth of on-area success needed to be addressed as we look in the direction of the prolonged time period.”

White mentioned a nationwide search for a mannequin new coach will start immediately.

Taggart is seventy one-eighty in 10 seasons as an FBS coach. Taggart took over at FAU from Lane Kiffin, who guided the Owls to convention USA titles in 2017 and 2019 earlier than leaving for Ole Miss.


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