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FSU president John Thrasher defends Willie Taggart after racist social media post

The vitriol came as Willie Taggart finished a disappointing 5-7 first season with the Seminoles.
Florida State coach Willie Taggart finished his first season 5-7. [ MONICA HERNDON | Times ]
Florida State coach Willie Taggart finished his first season 5-7. [ MONICA HERNDON | Times ]
Published Nov. 25, 2018

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.

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