See the new #FSU coach Introductory press conference by Willie Taggart
Winning an introductory press conference will not matter September.
But it mattered on Wednesday afternoon.
And Willie Taggart not only won the game, he also ran out of the stadium.
In addition to taking Renegade to the press conference and throwing the spear to the podium, I can not think of anything else that the new Florida State head coach could have done to win over the fan base.
He played the correct chord in everything. He was excited. Confident. Funny. Emotional. Reverent. Grateful. Happy.
Taggart was a wonderful breath of fresh air. For a fan base, and a contingent of media, frankly, that needed one.
Part of this is just because he's the new kind. And the new is always exciting and different. Especially when you've been listening to the same person's press conferences for the past decade.
But part of this is because he is different from Jimbo Fisher.
First of all, I thought that one of the best moments of Taggart was when he talked about the place he just left. You could say that it really hurt to leave Oregon, especially after only one season. He did not feel good about it, and said he apologized to his players and bosses, including Nike's Phil Knight, when he accepted the job in the state of Florida.
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"They're really great people in Eugene," Taggart said. "And it was a very, very difficult decision for me because the people were very good, I had a great boss, great support, and it was difficult, it was very difficult for the players, I had an excellent relationship with my players, and I would not be Stopped here if it were not for them. "
That's a bit different from the one your predecessor had at his introductory press conference this week, huh?
And that quote led to a personal story that will resonate for a long time among Florida State fans, especially if Taggart has the kind of Tallahassee tenure he hopes to have.
Democratic sports writers Jordan Culver, Wayne McGahee and Corey Clark break the first public appearance of Florida State Soccer Coach Willie Taggart on December 6.
"The night before, when it really occurred to me that it was something I had to do, I had a deep moment in my life as a father," said Taggart.
Then he started crying.
"Excuse me if I get a little excited," said Taggart. "My wife (Taneshia) and I were sitting and talking about this decision and my 16-year-old son (Willie Taggart, Jr.) came in. He did not expect this, but he said:" Dad, I know you're struggling with this decision, and I know it's the work of your dreams, you always ask me to pursue my dreams and not allow anyone to get in their way, I do not think it's right for me or anyone, not to pursue your dreams, I do not want to leave Dad, but if you're going to pursue your dreams, then I'll go with you. "
" I was so proud of him and how he articulated those things for me and he made me follow my own advice I gave him. It was a great moment, and my wife and I sat there and cried. "
Florida State University President John Thrasher greets new head coach Willie Taggart in front of Doak Campbell Stadium Wednesday, December 6. (Photo: Hali Tauxe / Democrat)
There was so much humanity in this story. The fact that the head coach was genuinely moved and re-told it was moving. that he and his wife have raised a teenager who could be so selfless and wise, well, that's an incredible feat in itself.
Have children met teenagers? They are the most self-absorbed creatures on the planet. Taggart's son knew it was the job of his dreams. And even though it meant returning to the country, he wanted to make sure that his father's dream came true.
Whether it will become a dream for the state of Florida, but if Wednesday was an indication, the FSU fans are really going to enjoy the new coach.
Because, once again, Taggart played all the right notes.
He talked about being a Florida State fan, that Deion was one of his favorite players, that his fellow Bradenton native Peter Warrick is a good friend of his, that he loved seeing Charlie Ward and Derrick Brooks in the 90
To my great satisfaction, I am sure, of the FSU fanatics everywhere, they spoke of having an offense that was lethal and simple (the ninth graders could be able to play!). That he likes explosive plays, not the units of 13 plays that consume a lot of time and that suck the soul, that became a basic element in these parts in recent years.
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He spoke about having an attack defense, saying that he loved seeing the state of Florida in his day.
He said "we" a lot, even when we talk about teams from the 90s. He did not say "they" or "all of you". He said "we".
Things like that matter to a fan base.
Also his answer to a question he was asked about being the first African-American coach in the history of Florida State football.
"Odell (Haggins) is the first African-American coach," said Taggart with a smile.
It was so, so, so refreshing. That was the overwhelming feeling of all the people I spoke with, administrators, promoters, members of the media, after Wednesday's press conference.
The FSU Chiefs of March welcome the new Head Coach of Soccer Willie Taggart with a performance in front of the statue not won on December 6.
Two days after Fisher lifted his boots and posed with a dog in College Station, Taggart was doing the Warchant and was smiling from ear to ear in front of the statue of the Conquistadores. Your emotion is contagious. And I have a hunch that it will be very difficult to recruit against.
Obviously, nobody can know with certainty how successful Taggart will be here. If the hiring was judged only by press conference presentations, Bill Belichick and Nick Saban could not get a job anywhere.
But that does not mean that Wednesday was not important for a fan base that felt like it had been kicked in recent weeks.
Willie Taggart has big shoes (err, boots) to fill, no doubt.
Willie Taggart has also dreamed of being at Florida State since he was a child.
And Willie Taggart made it very clear how much he wants to be here, how excited he is to be a Seminole, how grateful this opportunity is.
It was quite refreshing, was not it?