New Florida State coach Willie Taggart grew up a Seminoles fan, so when he accepted the job as the team’s new coach two weeks ago, he already knew the importance of winning the approval of one person in Tallahassee: former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden.
According to Jim Henry of the Tallahassee Democrat, Taggart gave Bowden a phone call Friday morning to introduce himself and invite the legendary former coach to attend one of the team’s practices.
While Bowden said he likely won’t be able to see a practice before Florida State travels to Shreveport, Louisiana to face Southern Mississippi in the Independence Bowl — Bowden will be traveling to Boca Raton to watch his son, Terry, coach Akron in its bowl game — he was grateful that Taggart made an effort to reach out.
“I’ve been waiting to talk to him,” Bowden told Henry. “I didn’t want to push myself on him. It was a nice, introductory conversation. I congratulated him on getting the job.”
Bowden said that Taggart called coaching Florida State his “dream job.” Taggart apparently told Bowden about growing up a Seminoles fan and watching Bowden coach his favorite players, such as Warrick Dunn and Charlie Ward.
Bowden, who won 417 games and two national titles in 34 years as the Seminoles’ head coach, told Henry that the short conversation left him impressed with Taggart.
“I told him how fortunate we were to have him,” Bowden said. “The big thing is he wanted to be here.”
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