Longtime Seminole assistant Odell Haggins will serve as Interim Head Coach for the remainder of the 2019 season.
Florida State (4-5) plays at Boston College on Saturday, and likely needs to win that game to have any chance of becoming bowl-eligible. According to the Tallahassee Democrat, Taggart had a six-year, $30-million contract that included a clause that if he was sacked by FSU, he would receive 85% of the remaining compensation left on his contract, which equals roughly $18 million.
Taggart came to Florida State from OR last season. "It was very important to us that the student-athletes know right away".
"I spoke to Coach Taggart this afternoon to let him know of our decision", Coburn said.
"I wouldn't say a significant step back", Taggart said. One coach who I would've seen as a viable option told me that when you fire a coach before two years are up, that means you have some problems, and that deterred him. "That's how we continue to move forward, go out and find a way to win".
Taggart is 56-62 as a head coach, but went only 16-20 at Western Kentucky, 24-25 at South Florida, 7-5 in his lone season at OR and then lost 12 of his 21 games at Florida State.
USA TODAY's Dan Wolken suggested Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn.
"On behalf of my family and I, we wish Florida State nothing but the best and will be cheering on the Seminoles the rest of the way", he wrote. He went 16-20 at Western Kentucky, 24-25 at South Florida and 7-5 in his lone season at Oregon.
But that's not the entirety of the buyouts the Seminoles will end up paying to have had Taggart coach them for a couple of years. Florida State had only two full-time coaches from 1976 to 2017 - Fisher from 2010 to 2019, and legendary coach Bobby Bowden, who served 37 years as head coach.