On Sunday afternoon, Florida State University released a statement relieving Willie Taggart of his head coaching duties less than two years into his tenure. Odell Haggins was named interim head coach effective immediately for the second time of his career as Florida State prepares to head up to Boston College.
Shortly after the news broke, Willie Taggart took to Twitter to release a short statement. Former, current, and high school recruits/targets expressed their thoughts on social media and the reactions were vastly different.
Sophomore DB Jaiden Woodbey
.....— ϟ THOR ϟ (@JaidenWoodbey) November 3, 2019
Freshman LB Jaleel McRae
People seen what happened on Saturday’s but didn’t see what happened Monday-Friday..... Taught me MORE THAN FOOTBALL... one thing I will always remember what he told me “ITS ALWAYS ABOUT LIFE, REMEMBER YOUR WHY” I love you coach https://t.co/Mk0tgMWfOE— 14ReasonsWhy (@JaleelMcrae) November 4, 2019
Redshirt Freshman DE Jamarcus Chatman
Redshirt freshman WR Warren Thompson
Sophomore WR Keyshawn Helton
He gave me a chance, no other coach would give. I am forever grateful! ❤️ https://t.co/lBESS9alzj— 20 (@KHII__5) November 3, 2019
Redshirt junior OL Jay Williams
You flew all the way to California and gave me a second chance at an opportunity of a lifetime. Thank you for believing in me when many others didn’t. All love ✊ https://t.co/gYHkmPdjPS— Jay Williams (@KingJay_07) November 3, 2019
Freshman OL Ira Henry
Love you coach https://t.co/cLRMi9n8hR— Ira Henry7️⃣8️⃣ (@IraHenry8) November 3, 2019
Redshirt sophomore DT Cory Durden
It’ll forever be love Fsu ✌— 16. (@king_durden35) November 3, 2019
2022 QB commit Chad Mascoe
lots of ups and downs, we gone get it together #GONOLES ....— ᴄᴍ² (@_chadmascoe) November 3, 2019
2021 DB target Tyler Pugh
@FSUFootball wow...— Tyler Pugh (@official_tpugh) November 3, 2019
2020 DE commit Morven Joseph
This not it https://t.co/3NrH9WYfHk— MOJO (@MorvenJoseph) November 3, 2019
2020 DE target Reggie Grimes visited Tallahassee this weekend with his father and the Sr. didn’t have too much to say.
Awkward...— Coach G (@grimesreginald) November 3, 2019
Former FSU DT Jacobbi McDaniel
Dude never showed he was a winner.. season after season it got worse..— Jacobbi McDaniel (@JacobbiJustice) November 3, 2019
Deion Sanders had some thoughts:
@FSUFootball Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!— Deion Sanders (@DeionSanders) November 3, 2019
That’s a lie https://t.co/pXJY9lP8h3— Deion Sanders (@DeionSanders) November 4, 2019
The difference between us is vision. I look big picture u look at the now. Now what’s your plan and how long u give it to work. What if your son went to FSU to play and got red shirted and played sparingly his 2nd season. Should u give up on him? I got time. https://t.co/X4LPiJEQCU— Deion Sanders (@DeionSanders) November 4, 2019
Former FSU DE Travis Johnson
Don’t let the Moore center door hit ya where the good Lord Split ya !!! Let’s go, we back !!! @FSUFootball— Travis Johnson (@trapj99) November 3, 2019
We will continue to update this article as the reactions to Taggart’s firing come in. Obviously, with coaching changes and program uncertainty, high school players will waiver in their commitments and we will see the some of the consequences of Taggart’s firing.