Florida State's Willie Taggart wants stand-alone football facility – Tallahassee.com
FSU president John Thrasher discusses Jameis Winston and Willie Taggart.
The Coyle Moore Athletic Center at Florida State, pictured Tuesday.(Photo: Hali Tauxe/Democrat)Buy Photo
A stand-alone football facility has been one of the biggest topics of conversation around the Florida State program for a couple years now.
Former FSU coach Jimbo Fisher mentioned the program’s need for the facility many times during his final year in Tallahassee, and new coach Willie Taggart picked up that torch on Wednesday morning.
“I think where we are now, it’s not efficient set up the way it is now,” Taggart told reporters during ACC spring meetings in Amelia Island.
“That’s probably one of the biggest issues. It’s outdated, but not only outdated, but there’s now efficiency in how you can get things done. It’s the first time I’ve been around somewhere where it’s like that. It’s nobody’s fault, you’ve got to keep moving. Change is the only constant we all have.”
The FSU administration is currently in the middle of a feasibility study to determine if it would be more beneficial to build a stand-alone facility or to renovate the Moore Athletic Center, which currently houses the football program as well as many other sports and classes.
Taggart doesn’t believe that renovating the Moore Center — which was last renovated in 2004 — is the answer to the problem that the football program is facing.
“That’s just Band-Aiding it,” Taggart said.
“What are we doing? We’re Florida State. Me personally, I don’t think (renovating the Moore Center) is the best thing to do, that’s kind of what we’ve been doing. Again, it’s just not efficient how everything to how everything is supposed to work.
“Personally, I don’t want