The Willie Taggart era had just started at Oregon, and it will reportedly end almost as soon as it started. According to Bruce Feldmen, Willie Taggart will be the next head coach at Florida State.
BREAKING #Oregon’s Willie Taggart is expected to become the next head coach at #FSU, source tell me.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 5, 2017
Florida State’s search didn’t take long after Jimbo Fisher went to Texas A&M, resigning from his head coaching gig at FSU on Friday.
In Taggart’s lone season with the Ducks, Oregon improved from 4-8 to 7-5, returning to a bowl after missing out the year before for the first time in a decade. Oregon’s record likely would’ve been better, but the Ducks lost Justin Herbert early in the year to a broken collarbone, which is right where Oregon’s season tailed off after a strong start.
The last time an Oregon football coach lasted just one season was back in 1942.
Taggart’s biggest impact on the program was off the field as he and his staff reeled in 25 verbal commitments in the 2018 class, ranking Oregon sixth in the nation.
Early rumors have defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt or offensive coordinator Mario Cristobal as possible candidates for a promotion to the head coaching role.
We’ll have more for you as this story progresses and Oregon begins their second coaching search in as many years.