Taggart is trying to bring some lighthearted fun back to the Florida State football program, and the players are showing their appreciation for the change.
However, few teams in college basketball have a more hard upcoming set of games, as the Seminoles will face the No. 4 Duke Blue Devils on the road, followed by the No. 5 North Carolina Tar Heels at home, and then the No. 6 Miami Hurricanes on the road.
The Florida State Seminoles have surprisingly only lost one game so far during the 2017-18 season, as they recently fell to the Oklahoma State Cowboys by just one point.
A Reddit user found that Florida State should not have made a bowl game this season.
As Brett McMurphy suggests, there are three levels where Florida State's technical lack of bowl eligibility should have been caught. Bakonydraco also notes that it's possible Florida State could receive a waiver from the NCAA for the win to count.
"For an FCS opponent to be countable towards bowl eligibility, the FCS program must have awarded at least 90% of the FCS scholarship limit". It's too late to do anything now, they'll still play in the game.
A fan who moderates the college football section of Reddit posted data he claimed to have obtained from Delaware State that apparently showed the football team didn't use enough scholarship funds to meet an NCAA minimum for FCS teams to count toward FBS bowl eligibility. The Seminoles rescheduled the game, which had been postponed indefinitely due to Hurricane Irma, to give the players a chance to play their way into the postseason and continue the streak. "We're continuing preparations for our game", Stefan Nolet, media relations director for the Independence Bowl, told the Sentinel. He said only Wisconsin asked for verification of the numbers and that was done with a simple letter stating UNI was in compliance.
FSU wide receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator Lawrence Dawsey will not be retained by new head coach Willie Taggart.
Florida State's most notable assistant coach, is leaving the school to reunite with former head coach Jimbo Fisher.
Florida State had preseason CFP hopes and had no expectation of being borderline bowl eligible.