FSU Football should hire Ron Dugans as next wide receiver coach

31 Aug 1998: Flanker Ron Dugans
31 Aug 1998: Flanker Ron Dugans /

FSU football is looking to complete their coaching staff for the 2018 season – and one former Seminole would be a perfect fit for the spot.

In the coming weeks, FSU football and their new head coach Willie Taggart, will be competing their staff of assistant coaches for the 2018 season and beyond with some of the best names out there. Already, Taggart has hired Telly Lockette – a Miami high school coaching champ who was the prep coach for Devonta Freeman and Dalvin Cook before hitting the coaching ranks.

This week, the Seminoles hired Donte’ Pimpleton – a former college teammate of Taggart who coached with him the last three seasons – as the new running backs coach according to various reports.

Now, the attention turns toward who will fill the other open spots on the staff – and there is one former name who needs to come home if he is offered the job. Taggart should do so and bring home Ron Dugans to be the next wide receivers coach for the Florida State Seminoles.

Dugans, a Tallahassee native who played at FAMU High before helping to lead the Seminoles to a national title in 1999, has spent the last 13 seasons as an assistant coach – starting as a grad assistant with FSU football for two seasons before stops at Georgia Southern, Louisville, South Florida with Taggart and spending the last two seasons at rival Miami.

This past season, Dugans found his name being mentioned more based on the physical play of the Hurricanes’ receivers – something desperately needed on the FSU roster. Dugans was brought to South Florida by former FSU football offensive coordinator Mark Richt, now the head coach at Miami, and quickly became a fan favorite for his spirit and the way be improved the pass game.

Dugans was one of those players that Taggart talked about in his introductory press conference when it came to players for Florida State who played with a different kind of intensity. He is what is needed and would bring that swagger and the resume to back it up back to his alma mater.

His experience working with Taggart during their two seasons with the Bulls would be beneficial since they know each other and their styles. Taggart would hand over the keys to that position and allow Dugans to do his thing.

It would also be a blow to the rival Hurricanes, who broke their seven game losing streak to FSU football this past season on a passing touchdown with six seconds to go – so that’s an added bonus.

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Sometimes, it can be difficult to come home and that’s why some coaches stay away – but if Taggart does offer him the job, you would have to think a reunion would be there for a former FSU star and his alma mater.