Less than a year after Willie Taggart inspired the Ducks with his tagline “Do Something,” Oregon is searching for a new coach.
Oregon’s players were summoned to a meeting at the team’s football complex early Tuesday afternoon for the announcement that Taggart had accepted the coaching job at Florida State.
Senior cornerback Ty Griffin tweeted the words “He gone” with a smoke puff emoji.
It will be Taggart’s third program in three seasons. He replaces Jimbo Fisher, who took the job at Texas AM. Taggart was officially coach of the Ducks for 363 days.
Co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Mario Cristobal was named interim coach. The Ducks play Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 16.
“I was disappointed,” Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens said. “We sat down a year ago and we made a commitment to him. He made a commitment to us. We have done everything to support our commitment to get here today and I’m disappointed.”
Taggart was hired by Oregon last December after the team went 4-8 under Mark Helfrich, who was fired three days after a season-ending 34-24 loss to rival Oregon State.
The 41-year-old Florida native had a reputation as a rebuilder. He arrived in Eugene after four years at South Florida, where he guided the Bulls from a 2-10 record his first year to a
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