Bleacher Report’s David Kenyon wonders if the Taggart era is already “falling apart.”Poor on-field results. Frustrating recruiting. Inconsistent culture. Those concerns amount to one enormous problem.And if the Seminoles struggle in 2019 with a favorable schedule to buoy them, Taggart’s tenure may quickly become a nightmare.Francois’ dismissal has left FSU with one scholarship QB, James Blackman, expected to be eligible next season. Louisville transfer Jordan Travis would need a waiver approved, and that seems unlikely at best. The current backup is walk-on Nolan McDonald.It’s a fair question. There aren’t many major college football programs with more questions right now than Florida State.Taggart needs to get things going – and quickly.Florida State opens the 2019 season on Aug. 31 against Boise State. TALLAHASSEE, FL – SEPTEMBER 07: FA-18 fighter jets do a missing man fly-over to honor FSU graduate and U.S. Navy pilot Scott Speicher who was shot down in the first Gulf War during pre-game ceremonies as the Miami Hurricanes prepare to take on the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 7, 2009 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)Few, if any, major college football programs had a more disappointing 2018 season than Florida State. The Seminoles, in Year 1 of the Willie Taggart era, went 5-7 and missed a bowl game.Florida State entered the 2018 season with some serious optimism, as the Seminoles were ranked fairly highly in the preseason top 25 polls.Things fell apart quickly, though, as FSU was blown out by Virginia Tech in Week 1 on national television.Florida State will enter the 2019 season with some higher hopes, but there’s still a ton of skepticism about Taggart and the future of the Seminoles’ program.
zoom Liquid gas transporter Evergas has reached an agreement with INEOS to expand its newbuilding series of ethane/multigas vessels from six to eight units. In January 2013, Evergas announced for the first time that it had secured shipping agreements of up to 15 years with INEOS for the world’s first transatlantic shipments of ethane with commencement in 2015.The fleet of eight vessels will bring US ethane from shale gas to INEOS’ manufacturing sites in Grangemouth, Scotland and Rafnes, Norway.Evergas said that this advantageously priced feedstock will have a highly positive impact for the company’s European operations that so far have relied on declining and expensive volumes from the North Sea.INEOS will source its ethane feedstock from Marcus Hook and Houston, USA.“Bringing competitiveness to Europe the increased volumes of the cost-efficient US ethane feedstock will be paramount for INEOS in order to support its competitive business model,” Evergas said in a release.David Thompson, COO INEOS Trading & Shipping says: “The increased ethane volumes, lifted on the expanded Evergas Dragon fleet will provide us with long term security & flexibility, cost efficiency of our feedstock supplies, and importantly support the company’s competitiveness in Europe”. As described by Evergas, these vessels are the largest, most flexible and advanced multigas carriers yet to be built, securing INEOS with a highly flexible solution for their ethane supplies, yet at the same time providing the benefit of transporting LNG, LPG as well as petrochemical gases including ethylene.According to Martin Ackermann, CEO of EVERGAS, the Dragon series of vessels has been specifically designed and tailor-made for the transatlantic trade.The dual-fuelled vessels are built to match the highest environmental an efficiency performance levels securing ultra-low emissions and reduced transportation cost.“Gas fueling the future A relentless increase in the world’s demand for energy and with gas rapidly replacing other fossil fuels in the global energy mix the demand growth for marine gas transportation is expected to be strong in the years ahead. Demand growth is further spurred by significant demand for shale gas driven transportation, demand for gas as a marine fuel and development of short-haul marine redistribution networks. It is the clear strategy of Evergas to further develop and grow its presence within marine transportation of natural gas liquids for use as industrial feedstock and source of energy,” the release added.Press Release