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Ticket sales, lack of fan support led to Taggart's firing

Posted at 5:39 PM, Nov 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-04 17:39:24-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State Athletics Director David Coburn said at Monday's press conference they'd had conversations with Coach Willie Taggart about what was expected.

Interim head coach Odell Haggins said some of the staff was stunned when the news came Sunday, but they have the rest of the season to prepare for and they are expected to act like professionals.

Along with Haggins, Coburn spoke to us, saying the decision to fire Taggart was tough. He had to, "fire a friend yesterday."

At the end of the day, the lack of ticket sales, booster support and improvement to this football team was in too much of a decline to keep Taggart on board.

"I thought at the beginning of the season, that we were making progress," said Coburn. "Clemson was a disappointment. I just felt and the president felt that since then we haven't looked good. I thought frankly, the Miami game was eerily similar to the Virginia Tech game."

Coburn said he told the remaining coaching staff he isn't contemplating any other changes.

As far as what he's looking for in a new head coach? Someone that can win National Championships and he hopes to have someone in by the end of the season.