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Florida State transfers reunite with Willie Taggart at FAU

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It’s officially landing day for former Florida State football players.

Earlier Monday, tight end Tre’ McKitty tweeted that he will be transferring to Georgia.  A short time later, FAU announced the additions of a pair of McKitty’s former Florida State football teammates — wide receiver D'Marcus Adams and defensive end Malcolm Lamar.

Adams had previously confirmed that Florida Atlantic would be his landing spot.

Both Adams and Lamar played for Willie Taggart when he was the head coach of Florida State football.  A little over a month after being fired by the Seminoles, Taggart landed the head job with the Owls.

Barring the unexpected, the two new additions will have to sit out the 2020 season.  They will then have two seasons of eligibility to use beginning in 2021.

Adams was a three-star member of the Seminoles’ 2018 recruiting class.  After taking a redshirt for his true freshman season, the Daytona Beach native hadn’t yet taken the field for a game during the 2019 campaign prior to his decision to enter the portal in late September.

A four-star 2018 signee, Lamar was rated as the No. 9 strongside defensive end in the country and the No. 42 player at any position in the state of Florida.  The lineman took a redshirt as a true freshman, then played in four games this past season.  In that limited action, he was credited with a pair of tackles.

Willie Taggart brings Florida State transfer WR to FAU

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It’s not just coaches who have followed Willie Taggart to his next job.

In late September, D'Marcus Adams placed his name into the NCAA transfer portal.  A little over three months later, the Florida State wide receiver has confirmed to 247Sports.com that he plans to transfer to FAU.

Willie Taggart was the head coach at FSU for less than two seasons, fired in early November of last year.  A month later, he was hired by Florida Atlantic as its head coach.

“It was hard for me to leave FSU,” Adams told the website. “Coach Taggart was the first person to call me when he got the job at FAU. I felt like that was a sign. FAU the facilities are (great) and I like it down there. I feel like I can make a name for myself at FAU.”

Barring the unexpected, Adams will have to sit out the 2020 season.  He will then have two seasons of eligibility to use beginning in 2021.

Adams was a three-star member of the Seminoles’ 2018 recruiting class.  After taking a redshirt for his true freshman season, the Daytona Beach native hadn’t yet taken the field for a game during the 2019 campaign prior to his decision to enter the portal.

FAU adds two assistants with Florida State ties

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A very familiar face is one of the latest additions to the first FAU football staff for Willie Taggart.

Thursday, the FAU football program announced the two latest hires for the new head coachRaymond Woodie will serve as the Bulls’ outside linebackers coach, Stanford Samuels Jr. as defensive backs coach.

Woodie will also serve as the program’s recruiting coordinator.

Taggart and Woodie have a longstanding relationship, with the latter serving on the former’s coaching staffs at Florida State, Oregon, USF and Western Kentucky.  The past two seasons, Woodie was the linebackers coach for Taggart at Florida State.

Samuels also has ties to Taggart, serving as a defensive analyst at FSU this past season.  The position at FAU will be Samuels’ first on-field role at the collegiate level.

Conference USA releases 2020 football schedule

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The calendar reads 2020 and now Conference USA is ready to start filling in dates this fall for the upcoming football campaign.

In a release issued on Wednesday, the league announced dates and opponents for their 2020 football schedule. You can find team-by-team schedules here or the overall composite week-by-week schedule here.

CUSA will once again play eight conference games and will essentially see the league slate from last season flip venues from home to road. The divisional alignment is set to remain the same, with 14 teams split evenly across an East and West Division.

There will be plenty of new faces for the upcoming campaign in the conference, including at reigning champion Florida Atlantic after Lane Kiffin’s departure to Ole Miss and the hiring of former Florida State head coach Willie TaggartJeff Traylor also takes over at UTSA and Ricky Rahne will be the new head coach at Old Dominion.

The Conference USA title game is also scheduled for Saturday, December 5 and will mark the quite the anniversary as the league begins its 25th season of play on the gridiron.

Charlie Weis Jr. confirmed as USF OC; Daniel Da Prato announced as special teams coordinator

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The addition of Charlie Weis Jr. (pictured, left) continues a bit of an FAU-ish look to the retooled USF coaching staff.

Reports surfaced earlier Monday that Jeff Scott was set to add Weis to his burgeoning staff.  Late in the afternoon, South Florida confirmed Weis’ addition to the AAC football program.

Weis, the son of former Notre Dame and Kansas head coach Charlie Weis, will serve as Scott’s offensive coordinator.  He will also coach the Bulls’ quarterbacks.

“Charlie is incredibly detailed, knowledgeable and creative in his offensive scheme and does a tremendous job of coaching student-athletes and preparing them to execute at a high level,” the head coach said in a statement. “Similar to myself, Charlie grew up in football and has had a front-row seat to observe and learn from some incredibly successful organizations and people. His intelligence and energy will be a great addition to our program and I look forward to working with him as we produce a dynamic and explosive Bulls offense.”

The 25-year-old Weis, who will turn 26 in the spring, spent the past two seasons as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Florida Atlantic. Prior to arriving at FAU, Weis had stops with two NFL organizations, the Atlanta Falcons (offensive analyst) and New England Patriots (intern), and three other Power Five programs, including Alabama (offensive analyst), Kansas (undergrad team manager) and Florida (offensive quality control coach).

With defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer confirmed Sunday, both of Scott’s coordinator’s spent the 2019 season at FAU.

In addition to Weis, USF also announced Daniel Da Prato as special teams coordinator.  Dal Prato spent the 2019 season as a quality control position for special teams at Arkansas.  From 2016-18, he was the director of quality control/offense at Colorado.

Dal Patro was special teams coordinator at Montana State from 2013-15.

“I am excited to add Daniel to our staff as special teams coordinator,” Scott said. “He brings 15 years of coaching experience to Tampa and has spent most of his career working with special teams and producing some outstanding specialists at several stops both at the FBS and FCS level.”