His Seminoles crushed by Virginia Tech in his Florida State coaching debut Monday night, Willie Taggart is calling foul play.
During the ACC coaches call on Wednesday, Taggart was asked if he believed Hokie defenders were faking injuries in order to slow down the FSU offense.
Hokie players repeatedly were slow to get up after plays during Tech's 24-3 victory over the Seminoles, head coach Justin Fuente citing the Florida humidity for his players' fitness struggles.
"Going into the game we were severely concerned about our ability to handle the humidity and the weather, just coming from our climate," he said, per the same ESPN report. "We had some issues with it throughout the game. At halftime numerous guys getting IVs and getting treatment so they could finish out the game."
You'd like to give teams the benefit of the doubt they weren't cheating. And it's not as if the Seminoles offense was clicking for most of the night: Florida State committed five turnovers.
"Well it is what it is, I guess it's part of football now," Taggart persisted. "That's all I can say."
Maybe Taggart should worry about his own team's inability to protect the football rather than whether or not the team that humiliated him were faking injuries or not.
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