New Florida State coach Willie Taggart was adamant Wednesday while discussing the Seminoles’ to construct a standalone football facility instead of placing a “Band-Aid” on the program’s existing facilities.
“We need an upgrade big-time,” Taggart told reporters during ACC spring meetings. “I just don’t think we need to Band-Aid anything anymore. Just do it right and do what’s best for Florida State University. We can’t get behind. That’s for sure. And nobody’s stopping. They’re only moving forward.”
The Seminoles have been making steady progress on a new, state-of-the-art complex with the hope of streamlining work and enhancing productivity for the football program’s coaches, players and personnel. But FSU remains in the early stages of the project.
FSU athletics director Stan Wilcox said Tuesday that the school is reviewing the findings of a feasibility study conducted by architectural design firm Populous.
Two options FSU is considering is constructing a new building connected to the indoor football complex or retrofitting the Moore Athletic Center at Doak Campbell Stadium.
“I don’t want to reveal too much, but we’ve been talking at the highest level about our vision there. We’ve had Populous do a feasibility study and we’re continuing to study that,” Wilcox said.
“The main thing that we also look at is what other schools in the country are doing. We’ve got to look at where we fall on that spectrum and we don’t want to fall behind. We’re going to make sure we do the best thing for our program to keep our program ahead of the curve.”
After spending a season at Oregon last year, Taggart brings a unique perspective to Florida State and the project.
Taggart’s main gripe with the current state of FSU’s facilities is a lack of efficiency.
And the end goal in FSU’s efforts should be to help its coaches and players win championships, he said.
“Where we are now, it’s not efficient. That’s probably one of the biggest issues. It’s not only outdated, but there’s no efficiency on how you can get things done,” Taggart said.
“You see schools that have done it, doing pretty well. And a lot of our competitors are doing it. We’re at Florida State University, and we want what’s best for our kids. We want to win championships. We’ve got to make sure our guys have what they need to do that.”
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