Coaching through Calamity


In an orientation last week between football head coach Willie Taggart and his staff, athletic director Stan Wilcox made it simple: Florida State wants Taggart to become the first African-American head coach to win a national championship with a Division 1 school.

“It was probably the first time Willie had it from me and his staff,” Wilcox said. “I said to them ‘I’m about making history, and I believe that most of you are all about making history too.’ With the right support in Willie, we can win a national championship.”

Wilcox likened this to when John Thompson won the college basketball title in 1984 with Georgetown and how subsequently doors began to open for black coaches.

“If we are able to do that here, then I know, at least what my believe is, that what will follow will be…

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