With the recent firing of Willie Taggart, FSU football is now forced to endure a media hail storm and a future of uncertainty, at least for the time being.
As I am sure you all know by now, FSU football has decided to part ways with (now former) head-coach, Willie Taggart. This move really shouldn’t have surprised anyone who has followed this team for the past few years, as the program has been plummeting since Jimbo fled westward (and honestly, a little before he departed for Texas A&M).
Though the move was widely expected, I must admit, I was still pretty shocked on Sunday afternoon to see they had pulled the trigger mid-season and actually fired the head-coach; simply because you seldom see this from a major college program. It is almost customary for programs to wait until the end of the season to make such a decision. Alas, ‘twas not the case for poor Willie.
To me, it speaks volumes about the collective mindset of the administration. It shows that they had been preparing for this for quite some time. It shows an administration that had had enough. To fire your head-coach, after less than two seasons, in the middle of the season, says all you need to know. Factor in the willingness to pay an enormous 20-plus million dollar buy-out and the scenario becomes abundantly clear: they were ready for a change.
And while it is never a good look to fire a head-coach in the middle of a season (especially after less than two full seasons), I do believe that they made the right decision for the program, long-term. This scenario is very unique. While it’s just about unheard of to fire a coach after less than two seasons and do it in the middle of the season, I do believe that the circumstances surrounding this move absolutely warrant the decision that was made.