Florida State University president John Thrasher defended Willie Taggart on Sunday in light of a racist social media post about the Seminoles' first-year football coach.
"A recent racist social media post aimed at our football coach is ignorant and despicable," Thrasher said in a statement, which FSU announced via Twitter. "I speak for the entire FSU community in expressing our disgust and extreme disappointment, and I am glad the state attorney is investigating.
"Coach Taggart has our full support and as true Seminoles know, he is a respected member of the FSU family."
The statement did not specify the social media post or its content. But one post that had a photo of Taggart pasted atop an old lynching image. Taggart is the first black head football coach in FSU history.
Thrasher's defense came a day after the Seminoles finished a disappointing 5-7 season with a 41-14 home loss to rival Florida. The defeat gave FSU its first losing record since 1976 and ended its NCAA-record 36-year bowl streak.