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TaggartGate 2017: What’s Next for Oregon?

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Mario Cristobal. The next coach at Oregon?
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The Willie Taggart decision is in and he has decided to leave Oregon after just one year at the program. Now that has been made clear, what do we know and what is being speculated in terms of Taggart's successor in the short and long term of things?

Before we begin, here are some key dates in the calendar to keep up with:

December 16: Las Vegas Bowl against Boise State 2:30 PM

December 20-22: Recruits have a 72 hour window to sign their letters of intent early, hence the name Early Signing Period

What we do know for sure?

- Reportedly, Oregon DC Jim Leavitt is leaving Eugene to join Taggart's staff in Tallahassee. It remains to be seen who will also follow Taggart to his new job.

- According to Jen Beryle of the Oregonian, OL coach and Co-OC Mario Cristobal will be the interim HC for the bowl game.

- The terms for Coach Taggart's initial contract at Florida State are out via SI's Pete Thamel

What are some of the names on the rumor mill?

- Canzano has some names that are expected to be thrown about as the search heats up

- Andrew Nemec of the Oregonian has some thoughts from the players regarding the next hire

Misc. Info

- It's been reported that the entirety of the coaching staff will remain in place for the bowl game.

- Matt Prehm of 247 Sports provides us with a breakdown of the timeline in which everything took place

- If you missed it, here's a link to the coaching hot board post, you can find it here

- The timing of everything is interesting in terms of the gap between Oregon's bowl game and Florida State's bowl game. Not to mention who or when Oregon will hire as a replacement. For assistant coach retention or new hires should the new coach undoubtedly want to bring his own guys in.