When Florida State football gives you lemons, make lemonade to help pay for Seminoles coach Willie Taggart’s $17 million buyout.
That’s what four-year-old Grayton Grant did early Sunday, setting up a “Free Willie” lemonade stand outside of his grandmother’s Tallahassee home and raising $241 in just under three hours.
Grayton charged $20 per cup, with one customer donating $100, before running out of lemonade in the sunny, 90-degree weather.
Grayton’s father – FSU graduate and Platinum Chief Daniel Grant - teamed up with his son. He matched the total and stroked a check for $482 to Seminole Boosters, Inc.
The check - earmarked for “Taggart Buy Out!” - was accompanied by a formal yet tongue-in-cheek, typewritten letter signed by Grayton to Seminole Boosters, Inc.
It explained that “I am tired of losing football games and being made fun of at school for being a Seminole fan. At four, I am already starting to gravitate towards the color orange. You don’t want that for an innocent kid like me….”
The Seminoles have struggled under Taggart, who is in the second year of his six-year contract that pays him $30 million. FSU lost at No. 25 Virginia 31-24 Saturday night to drop to 1-2 on the season and 6-9 overall under Taggert.
Taggart is owed 80 percent of his remaining salary balance if fired by FSU.