GoFundMe accounts set up in opposition to, and in support of, Taggart

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By: Katie Kaplan | WCTV Eyewitness News
September 18, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- It's early in the season and the Florida State football team is already breaking a lot of hearts. Three weeks in and the team is sporting a 1-2 record in their first year under head coach Willie Taggart.

Some fans are showing their displeasure on the internet, but not just on social media. Some have created GoFundMe pages to raise money to buy out Taggart's contract. As of Tuesday evening, about $71 of a $21-million goal had been raised. Out of three pages found on the fundraising website, only one had received any donations.

There is also a fundraising campaign that opposes the firing of Taggart. A former FSU student and sports journalist, Eric J. Lyman, called the efforts to fire Taggart, "ridiculous."

"Difficult turnarounds take a certain amount of time. In a larger, more philosophical way, I feel like the idea of people needing immediate gratification is something that always gets under my skin," Lyman said.

In a Skype interview from Rome, Italy, Lyman scoffed at the idea of firing Taggart so soon, saying it was a poor idea economically and logically. He said that he covered Bobby Bowden when he first started, and when the coach's record was 0-3.

Lyman's support campaign had raised $66 out of a $1,000 goal as of Tuesday night. Lyman said he plans to use the money to buy an ad in the local paper once the Noles get back on track to remind people how quickly they were ready to give up.

FSU's next game is Saturday at home against Northern Illinois.

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