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Florida Atlantic fires Willie Taggart after three seasons

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

FAU had an opportunity to get bowl eligible however fell 32-31 in extra time to Western Kentucky, which gained on a two-point conversion.

“I am upset that we misplaced and I hate that for our gamers,” Taggart mentioned after the sport. “They performed so exhausting and we had alternatives there and we did not make the most 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 now have large respect for Willie Taggart,” FAU athletic director Brian White mentioned in a press release. “He has represented FAU with class and character. Nevertheless, the shortage of on-field success wanted to be addressed as we glance towards the longer term.”

White mentioned a nationwide seek for a brand new coach will start instantly.

Taggart is 71-80 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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