Florida State fires head coach Willie Taggart day after loss to Miami

Taggart dismissed after 9-12 record, including 0-5 mark against rivals

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State University has fired head football coach Willie Taggart, a day after the Seminoles lost to rival Miami at home.

Athletic director David Coburn announced the decision Sunday in a news release.

"I spoke to coach Taggart this afternoon to let him know our decision," Coburn said. "I met with the team and coaches immediately after that conversation to let them know of the change."

Longtime assistant coach Odell Haggins will serve as interim head coach. Haggins previously served as interim coach for the Seminoles for two games in 2017 after Jimbo Fisher left for Texas A&M.

Taggart released a statement on Twitter after the announcement, saying that he was "disappointed in the decision today as I believe our future is bright at Florida State."

"Building a program and culture takes time, and I regret that we will not have the opportunity to continue to coach these incredible young men," he said.

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