Taggart will make $30 million over 6 years at Florida State

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Willie Taggart’s contract as Florida State’s new head football coach will pay him $30 million over six years.

The university released the letter of understanding signed by Taggart after he was announced as the Seminoles’ new coach on Wednesday. Florida State will also pay the $1,370,122.28 he still owes South Florida and $3 million owed to Oregon as part of buyouts of his previous contracts.

The 41-year old Bradenton native coached at South Florida for four seasons before going to Oregon. Taggart replaces Jimbo Fisher, who resigned 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 (6-6) will face Southern Mississippi in the Dec. 27 Independence Bowl.

Taggart has faced rebuilding jobs at Western Kentucky, USF and Oregon, but says his task facing the Seminoles is more of a realignment.

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Willie Taggart, left, is greeted by Florida State University president John Thrasher and his wife, Jean, as he arrives to be introduced as the school's new NCAA college football head coach, in Tallahassee, Fla., Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)

Willie Taggart, left, is greeted by Florida State University president John Thrasher and his wife, Jean, as he arrives to be introduced as the school’s new NCAA college football head coach, in Tallahassee, Fla., Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)

Willie Taggart does the Seminole chop in front of Doak Campbell Stadium before being introduced as Florida State University's new NCAA college football coach in Tallahassee, Fla., Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)

Willie Taggart does the Seminole chop in front of Doak Campbell Stadium before being introduced as Florida State University’s new NCAA college football coach in Tallahassee, Fla., Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)

Willie Taggart gestures as he is introduced as Florida State's new football coach during an NCAA college football news conference in Tallahassee, Fla., Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)

Willie Taggart gestures as he is introduced as Florida State’s new football coach during an NCAA college football news conference in Tallahassee, Fla., Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)


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