No. 2 Clemson looks to regain ACC swagger after close call
Florida State (3-2, 2-1 ACC) at No. 2 Clemson (5-0, 3-0), Saturday at 3:30 p.m. EDT (ABC).
FSU-Clemson matchup tops ACC’s Week 7 schedule
Here are things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 7:
GAME OF THE WEEK
Florida State at No. 2 Clemson. The stakes might not be as high as they were earlier this decade,...
QB Blackman to start for Florida State, Hornibrook will play
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Coach Willie Taggart says James Blackman will start for Florida State against Clemson.
But Taggart also said Monday that there is a game plan for using Alex...
NC State, Florida State meet seeking consistency, QB answers
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State and North Carolina State are searching for consistency on offense, which starts with their quarterbacks.
Florida State loses LB for season, QB Blackman day-to-day
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State coach Willie Taggart announced Monday that starting linebacker Jaiden Lars-Woodbey is out for the season with a leg injury.
Taggart: Florida State DE Joshua Kaindoh out for season
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State coach Willie Taggart says junior defensive end/outside linebacker Joshua Kaindoh will miss the rest of the season with a lower-leg injury.
Seminoles hire former South Florida coach Leavitt as analyst
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Former South Florida coach Jim Leavitt has been hired by Florida State as a senior defensive analyst.
Coach Willie Taggart announced the hire on Thursday before the...
AP Source: FSU’s Taggart hiring Leavitt as defensive analyst
Florida State coach Willie Taggart is hiring former Oregon defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt as an analyst to help fix a flailing defense, a person involved with the decision told The Associated...
Florida Stare looks to fix third-down shortcomings vs ULM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State hopes to put together a complete game Saturday against Louisiana-Monroe.
Last weekend, the Seminoles seemed to be on a roller coaster against Boise...
AP Top 25 Podcast: Where do FSU and Tennessee go from here?
The first weekend of the college football season featured an epic collapse by Florida State and an embarrassing loss by Tennessee.
With two second-year coaches still trying to win over fan...
Blackman gets another chance as Florida State’s starting QB
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — James Blackman had to deal with the pain of not winning a quarterback competition in 2018.
But in the last few days, it's been a complete reversal.
Florida State names Blackman starting QB
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — James Blackman was the front-runner all along and now the quarterback has won Florida State's starting job.
Coach Willie Taggart made the announcement on Sunday...
Pick Six: New coordinators with chance to make big impact
As major college football programs grow in size and complexity, the most important job a head coach has is hiring talented assistants and staff members.
Justin Herbert, Troy Dye are back to complete Oregon’s rise
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Expectations are high for the Oregon Ducks this season, from both outside the team and from within.
Quarterback Justin Herbert opted to stay at Oregon rather than bolt...
Coach Willie Taggart believes Florida State will in year 2
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Coach Willie Taggart arrived at Florida State and ramped up expectations with the promise of "Lethal Simplicity."
But the Seminoles' offense was anything but fun to...
Pick Six: Helton leads coaches on hot seat entering 2019
Can a coach really be on the "hot seat" in Year 2?
We might find out this season at Florida State.
Willie Taggart is trying to turn things around after a rough debut with the...
Florida State’s Taggart tunes out talk in Year 2 of rebuild
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — No one has to tell Willie Taggart that he faces pressure to fix turn things around at Florida State after the Seminoles failed to reach a bowl game for the first time since...
AP Top 25 Podcast: In ACC, there is Clemson and uncertainty
Beyond Clemson, almost everything else about the Atlantic Coast Conference feels uncertain heading into this season.
On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, David Hale of ESPN...
Taggart’s task: Turning around Florida State no quick fix
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Decades of Florida State football dominance is displayed on the walls just outside of Willie Taggart's office. Trophies and plaques commemorate All-America players and...
Analysis: Which new college football coaches might succeed?
Success for a college football coach is best determined over an extended period of time.
Impatient Florida State fans might not want to hear that these days. Willie Taggart will enter Season...
AP Top 25 Podcast: Overachievers and underachievers for 2019
Don't let the brackets fool you. College football is in full swing, too.
The latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast digs into some spring football story lines and takes an early look on...
Former Wisconsin QB Hornibrook transferring to Florida State
Former Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook says he is transferring to Florida State.
Hornibrook posted a photo of himself with Seminoles coach Willie Taggart on his Instagram account...
Blackman unquestioned No. 1 QB as Florida State opens spring
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — James Blackman insists nothing has changed. But nearly everything around him at Florida State is different this spring.
Oregon parts ways with defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Oregon and defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt have mutually parted ways.
The two sides reached a financial settlement that will pay Leavitt $2.5 million, funded by private sources over multiple years, Oregon announced Thursday. The settlement would be less if he gets a new job.
Leavitt was under contract until 2021. He spent two seasons in Eugene after he was hired by former Ducks coach Willie Taggart
Florida State, Miami try to flip narrative on signing day
Florida State and Miami were hoping signing day could help put to the negativity of 2018 to rest and provide a push toward better times.
Coming off a 5-7 record in their first season under coach Willie Taggart, the Seminoles landed a top 20 class but struck out on a much-needed quarterback Wednesday
Francois’ uncle says QB has entered name in transfer portal
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Deondre Francois' uncle said the former Florida State starting quarterback has entered his name in the NCAA transfer database and hopes to play again after "a couple of bad decisions."
Putting his name on the list allows other schools to contact Francois, who was dismissed by the Seminoles on Sunday by coach Willie Taggart after a social media post included audio of an alleged argument between the quarterback and his girlfriend.
FSU drops Francois after abuse allegations surface
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State's head football coach announced Sunday that quarterback Deondre Francois had been dismissed from the team after allegations of domestic abuse surfaced.
FSU head coach Willie Taggart said in a statement Sunday that he had notified Francois of his decision the night before. Taggart's decision to drop Francois came the same day the quarterback's girlfriend posted a video to Instagram alleging abuse by Francois.
Former Oregon player sues school, former coaches for illness
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Former Oregon football player Doug Brenner has filed a lawsuit against the university, the NCAA, former coach Willie Taggart and a former strength coach for negligence over a strenuous workout that sent him and two other players to the hospital.
Brenner is seeking $11.5 million in damages from the January 2017 workout that caused rhabdomyolysis and other injuries, the lawsuit said.
UMass hires Florida St. offensive coordinator Bell as coach
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts hired Florida State offensive coordinator Walt Bell on Monday as its new head coach.
The 34-year-old Bell has been a fast riser in college coaching, going from a graduate assistant at Southern Mississippi to offensive coordinator at two Power Five schools before the age of 35.
Fan post suggesting FSU coach lynching prompts investigation
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State University President John Thrasher is calling a fan's social media post depicting football coach Willie Taggart getting lynched "ignorant and despicable."
FSU ended a disappointing first season under Taggart with a loss Saturday to in-state rival the University of Florida. Many fans took to social media, expressing their disappointment.
With Florida in town, it’s ‘do or die’ for FSU’s bowl streak
Willie Taggart's first season at Florida State has been mostly a mess.
Offensive dysfunction. Defensive lapses. Poor special teams. Third-down woes. Countless penalties. Slow starts. Too many turnovers. Not enough takeaways. Inability to run the ball or protect the quarterback.
All those flaws have led to a 5-6 record that would be worse if not for late-game fortunes against Samford, Louisville and Boston College.
Florida State’s bowl streak in jeopardy _ BC, Florida next
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State is battling recent history as it looks to extend one of its most cherished streaks.
The Seminoles (4-6, 2-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) must knock off No. 22 Boston College (7-3, 4-2) on Saturday and then No. 15 Florida (7-3) to extend their bowl streak, which dates to 1982. While Florida State has dug quite the hole for itself, the roadblocks ahead are daunting — the Seminoles are 0-7 against ranked teams since the start of the 2017 season.
No. 3 Notre Dame renews rivalry with Florida State
Florida State (4-5) at No. 3 Notre Dame (9-0, No. 3 CFP), 7:30 p.m. EST (NBC).
Taggart hands Florida State play-calling duties to assistant
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State needed to shake things up so Willie Taggart has turned over the play-calling duties to his offensive coordinator.
Mistakes, punches, quitting: A difficult year for Seminoles
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State has suffered many self-inflicted wounds during Willie Taggart's first year coaching the Seminoles, including pre-snap penalties, missed assignments and turnovers.
Then there were the punches, a different kind of black eye in what has been a frustrating season for the Seminoles.
Florida State suspends 2 players for first half vs NC State
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State will be without leading receiver Nyqwan Murray and reserve linebacker Zaquandre White for the first half of Saturday's game at North Carolina State.
Coach Willie Taggart announced the suspensions on Monday. Murray and White both threw punches at Clemson players in separate second-half incidents Saturday's 59-10 loss to the Tigers.
Florida State looks for breakthrough win vs No. 2 Clemson
Florida State tailback Cam Akers thinks the Seminoles might finally have found their footing this season. They'll surely need it with No. 2 Clemson in Tallahassee.
Florida State (4-3, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) has won three of its past four games after a dreadful start under first-year coach Willie Taggart that had some fans wondering if another dark, freefall was ahead for the former powerhouse program.
No. 2 Clemson goes for 4th straight win vs Florida State
No. 2 Clemson (7-0, 4-0 ACC) at Florida State (4-3, 1-2), noon ET (ABC)
Line: Clemson by 16½.
Series record: Florida State leads 20-11.
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
Clemson is looking for its third 8-0 start in the past four years and to keep on track for a fourth consecutive trip to the Atlantic Coast Conference title game. Florida State would like a signature victory in coach Willie Taggart's first season and beating the second-ranked Tigers would do it.
Florida State, Wake look to get second half started right
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State and Wake Forest are desperate for a win with both coming off bye weeks and begin the second half of the season.
The Seminoles and Demon Deacons face off on Saturday in an ACC Atlantic Division matchup of programs that are looking to get back on track after shaky starts.
Florida State returns post-storm, bye week after rocky start
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State has returned to practice field following a bye week and in the wake of Hurricane Michael after a rocky start under first-year football coach Willie Taggart.
Taggart familiar with Florida State-Miami series, rivalry
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Willie Taggart is no stranger to Miami-Florida State week. The lifelong Seminoles fan grew up loving the rivalry.
Francois, Murray rally Seminoles past Louisville, 28-24
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Florida State coach Willie Taggart wasn't expecting Louisville to throw the ball late. Neither was Seminoles defensive back A.J. Westbrook.
Run defense 1 of few bright spots for Florida State
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State has stumbled out the gate this season and the Seminoles have not looked very impressive.
Though there is one bright spot they can point to: their ability to defend the run.
The Seminoles are 11th in the FBS in rush defense, allowing just 97.5 yards per game. Florida State held Northern Illinois to six rushing yards on 20 carries in a 37-19 win on Saturday, the lowest total allowed by the Seminoles since they held Colorado to -27 yards in Sept. 2007.
Taggart stays the course, looks for offensive improvement
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State coach Willie Taggart remains optimistic despite the rough start in his first season with the Seminoles.
Taggart has just one win in his first three games in Tallahassee. But that's not new for him. Taggart went 2-10 in his first seasons at Western Kentucky (2010) and South Florida (2013). And while he started last year 4-1 in his only season at Oregon, the Ducks finished the regular season 7-5.
Florida State’s offense stagnant behind struggling line
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State has tried three starting lineups on the offensive line in three games. The Seminoles will use a fourth on Saturday.
Column: FSU in big trouble just 3 games into Taggart era
Willie Taggart walked into the room, took a nervous swig of water and did his best to get his flailing program back on track.
The words had clearly been swirling around in his head for the past 48 hours, since another dismal performance by the Florida State Seminoles.
He even jotted them down on paper, to make sure he didn't forget anything.
Anxiety rises at high-pedigree programs with new coaches
Misery loves company, and there's plenty to go around for first-year coaches at some of the high-pedigree programs in college football.
Chip Kelly is 0-3 at UCLA, Scott Frost is 0-2 at Nebraska, Willie Taggart hasn't beaten a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent at Florida State and neither has Kevin Sumlin at Arizona.
Florida State reeling after 23-point loss at Syracuse
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A preseason ranking, a healthy quarterback, and a solid core put Florida State in a good frame of mind as Willie Taggart prepared for his first season as head coach.
Then they started playing the games and the Seminoles have struggled.
Syracuse hosts Florida State looking to get to 3-0
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Florida State coach Willie Taggart knows what his Seminoles are up against with Eric Dungey. He's seen Syracuse's senior quarterback up close before.
"He's a hell of a competitor. Kid loves to compete," said Taggart, who faced Dungey while he was head coach at South Florida. "He can cause you a lot of problems. Our guys are going to have our hands full going against him and, hopefully, it's just one of those bad days for him that day."
Terry emerging into receiving threat Florida State needs
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State coaches have been closely watching to see which young receiver would emerge in preseason camp or early during the season.
Tamorrion Terry has stepped forward, giving the Seminoles exactly what they needed. The redshirt freshman has four catches for 82 yards, including a pair of touchdowns in a 36-26 win over Samford last Saturday.