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Willie Taggart says to expect change in response to players “quitting” during loss to the Tigers

“I think mentally we’re a weak football team and we’re not mentally strong yet and that’s part of the culture to changing it to what you want.

Clemson v Florida State Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Head Coach Willie Taggart opened the post-game press conference after the Seminoles embarrassing loss to the Clemson Tigers with the following statement, (today was the) “First time since I’ve been here that I felt like we had some guys that quit on our football team and that can’t be tolerated. One thing you can’t do, you can’t quit. You quit, you don’t play. So we’ve got to do a great job of making sure we’ve got the right guys and at every aspect of the game, offense, defense, special teams. Didn’t play well at all and did all the things you can’t do against a team like that. That’s on me and our coaches and our players and everybody that’s here and we’ve got to find a way to get that right.”

Taggart said his message to the team was that the game was “Embarrassing.” and that he was “disappointed.”

On how he would address the players that quit during today’s contest, Taggart said, “We’re going to find the guys that quit and we’re going to find the guys that kept playing and make sure that we keep those guys in there. So there will be some changes come next week.”

He further expanded his statement on how to turn the team around and said “Well, part of it is those guys just can’t play. That’s a big part of it, and then you’ve got to find the winners. You know, find the winners on your team and make sure when you’re out recruiting, make sure you’re recruiting winners. That’s really important. You can’t just recruit off the Internet. You have to make sure you do your work and get the right kind of people here.”

Taggart also addressed the players ejected for throwing punches, Zaquandre White and Nyqwan Murray and said “Discipline. We’ll discipline. That’s unacceptable. That’s mentally weak. That’s what losers do and that can’t happen. That’s got to change. Again, that’s not acceptable. That can’t happen.”

Watch the full press conference below:

Willie Taggart Post Game Conference: Clemson

Coach Willie Taggart talks to the media following Florida State's historic loss to the Clemson Tigers.

Posted by on Saturday, October 27, 2018