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FSU coach Willie Taggart says favorite Thanksgiving side dish is ‘gator meat’

A behind the scenes look at Willie Taggart’s first day as Florida State’s football coach

Go behind the scenes with Seminoles.com as they take a look at Willie Taggart's first day as Florida State's head football coach.
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Go behind the scenes with Seminoles.com as they take a look at Willie Taggart's first day as Florida State's head football coach.

Florida State coach Willie Taggart closed his last media availability prior to this week’s crucial rivalry game with the University of Florida by telling reporters what his favorite Thanksgiving side dish is.

“My favorite side dish is gator meat,” Taggart said with a grin.

There is no love lost between the two in-state rivals. Taggart might be coaching in his first Seminoles-Gators game, but he grew up a huge FSU fan in Palmetto.

The comment comes a day after UF coach Dan Mullen spoke to reporters about ending FSU’s streak of 36 consecutive bowl games.

“That’d be great,” Mullen said with a smile, according to the Orlando Sentinel. “I’d love to do it. But that’s what rivalry games are all about, right?”

FSU (5-6) must win this week to preserve its bowl streak, which is the longest active streak in the nation. The Seminoles upset Boston College last week in dramatic fashion, 22-21, to set up this week’s must-win scenario.

The game with the Gators (8-3) is slated for Saturday at 12 p.m. in Tallahassee.

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