Here’s a question to consider: Will Dan Mullen last longer at Florida than Willie Taggart does at Florida State?
There was big coaching turnover at two of the Sunshine State’s glamour programs lately. Mullen arrives in Gainesville after serving as Mississippi State’s coach from 2009-17. Taggart is new in Tallahassee after going 7-5 this year as Oregon’s coach in his lone season with the Ducks.
Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples analyzed whether Mullen or Taggart would last longer at the coaches’ respective stops as part of a larger question about the changes at UCF, Florida and Florida State recently. Check out his analysis below.
As for Mullen versus Taggart, both are going to have to win a lot to stay. Florida seems to chew up its coaches faster than Florida State, but that sample might be biased by the fact that Florida State replaced an all-time great coach (Bobby Bowden) with a guy who might someday be considered an all-time great coach (Fisher). Mullen and Taggart feel pretty even here, but I’m going to lean toward Taggart because the Seminoles just seem a little better at continuity.
It’s a good question to consider, and it’s impossible to know until results begin to be gathered on the field next fall and beyond.
For what it’s worth, Mullen showed an ability to stay put in Starkville, despite gaining interest for other opportunities before his move to Florida. Taggart, meanwhile, spent just three seasons at Western Kentucky and four at USF before his one-year run at Oregon.
You can bet Florida and Florida State fans want to see both men deliver huge success soon.
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