FSU vetting Willie Taggart in case Jimbo Fisher leaves

The situation in Tallahassee has soured, and it might not be salvageable.
How much longer will Jimbo Fisher be wearing this shade of dark red? WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times
How much longer will Jimbo Fisher be wearing this shade of dark red? WILL VRAGOVIC | Times
Published Nov. 29, 2017|Updated Nov. 29, 2017

Update, 12:50 p.m.: The Times can confirm that FSU is indeed doing some preliminary vetting on Oregon's Willie Taggart, the former USF coach.

Oregon won't let Taggart go without a fight. Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples reported that the Ducks have offered Taggart a new, five-year deal with more than $40 million. 

Meanwhile, things aren't improving in Tallahassee. "Disastrous," is how the situation was described to me early Wednesday afternoon.

Stay tuned.

The original story is below:

Florida State is preparing as if Jimbo Fisher could bolt for Texas A&M.

FSU hasn't hired a search firm, but USA Today reported Wednesday morning that the Seminoles are researching Oregon coach Willie Taggart as a potential candidate. Taggart is a Palmetto native and coached at USF before leaving for the Ducks. I think Taggart would be the favorite, if Fisher leaves.

Or – maybe – when Fisher leaves.

The situation in Tallahassee has soured. Fisher has been courted by other programs in the past – LSU (twice), Texas and West Virginia, to name a few. Fisher has leveraged that outside interest into increased commitments from FSU, including a new contract for himself and better facilities.

But this time is different. Trying to squeeze more during a 5-6 season has upset some key powerbrokers at FSU. And Deion Sanders.

Fisher has remained silent publicly on the matter by sticking to his I-don't-talk-about-other-jobs policy. That hasn't helped appease influential people in Tallahassee.

The situation has festered, and I'm not sure it's salvageable.

Texas A&M's board of regents will discuss "issues relating to appointment of new head coach" at a meeting tomorrow. That might give more information into this search. Or it might just be a formality to begin the process.

Regardless, Fisher is publicly focused on Saturday's game against Louisiana-Monroe.

There's a very real possibility it'll be the last one he coaches at FSU.