Taggart leaving Oregon to be next Florida St. football coach

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TALLAHASSEE, Florida (AP) -- Willie Taggart has agreed to become Florida State's next football coach.

Florida State has called a news conference for Wednesday morning to introduce Taggart, who informed his Oregon players on Tuesday he is heading to Tallahassee to replace Jimbo Fisher.

The 41-year old Bradenton native coached at South Florida for four seasons before going to Oregon. Fisher resigned Friday to accept the opening at Texas A&M.

Taggart has a 47-50 career record, including 7-5 this season, but is known as a rebuilder. Florida State is 6-6 this season and will face Southern Mississippi in the Dec. 27 Independence Bowl.

Oregon, which will play Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 16, has named co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Mario Cristobal as its interim head coach.