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Taggart keeps Haggins on as FSU's defensive line coach

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Posted at 3:16 PM, Dec 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-26 15:16:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Longtime coach Odell Haggins isn't going anywhere.

Florida State announced Tuesday that Haggins will stay on as the associate head coach of Willie Taggart's new staff. He will also coach the defensive line. 

“I am a Seminole for life,” Coach Haggins said. "Coach Taggart and I are on the same page with our focus on doing the best we can to be a mentor and a father figure to these student-athletes. Everything we do is to help guide them as they develop on and off the field.”

Next season will mark Haggins’ 25th at the school.

Haggins was named Florida State’s interim head coach on Dec. 1, 2017, and the next day led the Seminoles to a 42-10 victory over ULM that clinched bowl eligibility for the 36th straight year.

“Coach Haggins is Garnet and Gold through-and-through,” Coach Taggart said. "He has an impressive resume of on-field results from his defensive linemen, but I’ve also been impressed with his ability to connect with our team on a personal level. He understands Florida State better than anyone, which will be a huge benefit to all of us as we implement our program at FSU.”

Haggins began his career as a tight ends/offensive line coach in 1994 with the Seminoles and took over the interior defensive line duties in 1996.