Willie Taggart FAU Sep 4, 2021; Gainesville, Florida, USA; Florida Atlantic Owls head coach Willie Taggart looks on before a game against the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Florida Atlantic Owls came into Saturday’s game against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers looking to finish the regular season at 6-6, which would be the first non-losing season for FAU since 2019. The Owls ultimately came up short, and a big decision was made after the game regarding head coach Willie Taggart.

According to Andrew Ivins of 247 Sports, Taggart was relieved of his duties at FAU following Saturday’s overtime loss.

A big issue for FAU under Taggart has undoubtedly been winning close games this year. Losses to Ohio, Purdue, UTEP and Western Kentucky were by a combined nine points and none was by more than three.

It appears that this latest close loss was the final straw for Taggart with the program.

Many took the chance to take to social media to reveal their thoughts on the decision by FAU to fire Taggart.

Taggart is most well known for his coaching stint at Oregon and Florida State, both ending abruptly with limited success while at the schools. He went 7-5 in one season at Oregon in 2017 and 5-7 and 4-5 over the 2018 and 2019 seasons at Florida State.

With the latest firing of Taggart, there are now officially nine openings across college football. And while one of those is likely to be filled shortly, the number will still likely grow as we get closer to the offseason.


This isn’t exactly the most shocking news when you consider the team’s success under Willie Taggart during his three-year coaching tenure at FAU.

His final record at the program was just 15-18 across three seasons. With this limited success, it certainly seems like the right time for both sides to go their separate ways.

[Andrew Ivins on Twitter]

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Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.