Willie Taggart Corrects Reporter Citing Him As First African-American Head Coach At FSU
Written by Nette on December 8, 2017
Willie Taggart aced his first press conference as Florida State Seminoles head coach Wednesday morning, saying a lot of things that will be very popular with the fan base. But nothing was more humbling than when he actually corrected a reporter on what he felt was a fact error.
When asked about being Florida State’s first African-American head coach, Taggart said that he isn’t.
“Odell (Haggins) is the first African-American coach.”
Taggart smiles and corrects a reporter who asks about him being FSU’s first African-American head football coach: “Odell is the first African-American coach.”
— Tim Linafelt / FSU (@Tim_Linafelt) December 6, 2017
Haggins has served on the Florida State coaching staff since 1994. In his first two seasons, he was the tight end and offensive line coach, but then beginning in 1996, he became the defensive line coach for the Seminoles.
He remained in that role until last week. When Jimbo Fisher announced last Friday that he was leaving for Texas A&M, Florida State named Haggins its interim head coach.
Haggins led the Seminoles to a victory last Saturday against Louisiana Monroe and will coach the bowl game against Southern Miss, but after that, he will probably return to his role coaching the team’s defensive line.
So while Taggart was definitely right to make the correction, it’s pretty humbling for him to place an interim coach that he is replacing ahead of himself.