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Willie Taggart adds Seminole legend to his staff

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Former defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews will be a special assistant to Taggart next season.

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Mickey Andrews served as Florida State’s defensive coordinator from 1984-2009. His 26 years on the sideline for FSU established him as a true legend of the program and the sport of college football.

Well, he’s not done yet.

On Monday, it was announced that head coach Willie Taggart had added Andrews to his staff as a special assistant.

Taggart had this statement regarding the move:

“I am thrilled to add Coach Andrews to our staff,” Coach Taggart said. “He brings a wealth of knowledge about Florida State’s program as well as the style we will play on defense. Coach Andrews was the architect of some of the best defenses in college football history, and he helped build the FSU dynasty. Our student-athletes, coaches and staff will benefit from having him around our team every day.”

Andrews was the mastermind behind a number of defenses that experts consider to be among the best ever assembled. During his time on the coaching staff, the ’Noles won 12 conference championships, 2 national titles, and produced 19 first-round NFL draft picks from the players that he coached. He was inducted into the Florida State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010.

When asked about his new role, Andrews had this to offer:

“I want to thank Coach Taggart for this opportunity,” Coach Andrews said. “His passion for Florida State has been evident from the first time I met him, and his energy is contagious. I am excited to be part of his staff as he leads Florida State back toward competing for championships, and I’m looking forward to contributing in any way I can.”

It is unclear just how involved Andrews will be with the construction of Florida State’s new defense under Harlon Barnett. However, even if his input is slight, this has to be seen as another example of how Taggart is honoring the history of his new school.

With this move, and the earlier announced decision to make Bobby Bowden an honorary captain for the Virginia Tech game, Taggart is doing his best to acknowledge past Seminole glory, while also trying to lead this program into a new era.