FSU HC Willie Taggart Discusses Desire for Stand-Alone Football Facility

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMay 16, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, FL - MARCH 23: Head Coach Willie Taggart of the Florida State Seminoles runs into the Spring Football Practice at the Albert J. Dunlap Athletic Training Facility on March 23, 2018 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
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Florida State head coach Willie Taggart thinks the school would be best served by creating a stand-alone football facility on its Tallahassee campus. 

Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Taggart said Florida State's setup is inefficient and outdated:

"I think where we are now, it's not efficient set up the way it is now. That's probably one of the biggest issues. It's outdated, but not only outdated, but there's now efficiency in how you can get things done. It's the first time I've been around somewhere where it's like that. It's nobody's fault; you've got to keep moving. Change is the only constant we all have."

Former Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher, who left the school to take the same job at Texas A&M in December, discussed the need for a new facility multiple times during the 2017 season. 

"This isn't the time to get into all that," Fisher told reporters last November. "But you have to do that. For development and commitment to things you have."

In January, Karl Hicks, Florida State Deputy Athletics Director for External Operations, told Wayne E. McGahee III of the Tallahassee Democrat the school was rebooting its efforts to build a new football facility. 

The Seminoles use the Coyle E. Moore Athletics Center for everything from training to team meetings and press conferences. It was renovated in 2004, but Taggart said another upgrade to the building would be "just Band-Aiding it."

Taggart is entering his first season as Florida State's head coach. He has a 47-50 career record in eight seasons with Western Kentucky, South Florida and Oregon. 

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