Sport Oregon Offers Willie Taggart New Contract as Florida State Rumors Swirl

00:07  30 november  2017
00:07  30 november  2017 Source:   Sports Illustrated

If Jimbo Fisher leaves, who would Florida State target as replacement?

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Oregon has offered coach WIllie Taggart a new contract with the hope that he’ll stay in Eugene even if a coveted job in his home state opens this weekend, SI.com has learned. If Taggart accepts, the new deal would pay a little more than million over five years.

— The University of Oregon has offered head coach Willie Taggart a new contract , according to a report, as rumors continue to swirl around the Ducks' first-year coach and a coaching position at Florida State that may soon be vacant.

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Oregon has offered coach WIllie Taggart a new contract with the hope that he’ll stay in Eugene even if a coveted job in his home state opens this weekend, SI.com has learned. If Taggart accepts, the new deal would pay a little more than $20 million over five years. But Taggart has reason to wait. If Jimbo Fisher leaves Florida State for Texas A&M, Taggart could be a candidate for the Seminoles’ job.

Taggart, who grew up in Bradenton, Fla., and coached at South Florida before getting hired by Oregon, is currently 7–5 in his first season with the Ducks. He has a career record of 47–50, but his previous two jobs at Western Kentucky and South Florida were considered reclamation projects. In Taggart’s four seasons at USF, the Bulls’ record improved every season. They were 10–2 when he was hired by Oregon last December to turn around a team that finished 4–8. The Ducks improved their win total under Taggart, but the improvement might have been more dramatic if not for a broken collarbone suffered by quarterback Justin Herbert that kept the sophomore out of five games. Oregon was 1–4 in those games.

Report: Florida State looking at Willie Taggart if Fisher leaves

  Report: Florida State looking at Willie Taggart if Fisher leaves Willie Taggart is in only his first season as the head coach at Oregon, but that hasn’t stopped reports about him potentially leaving the Ducks from piling up. With it looking like a legitimate possibility that Jimbo Fisher could leave Florida State to take the head coaching job at Texas A&M, Dan Wolken of USA Today reports that the Seminoles have started gathering information on Taggart.Source: Florida State officials have started doing background work on Oregon coach Willie Taggart in preparation for the possibility Jimbo Fisher takes the Texas A&M job.

Oregon has offered coach Willie Taggart a new contract with the hope that he’ll stay in Eugene even if a coveted job in his home state opens this weekend, SI.com has learned. If Taggart accepts, the new deal would pay a little more than million over five years.

Willie Taggart has been the head coach at Oregon for less than a year, but he is already being offered a raise. Andy Staples of SI.com reported on Wednesday that Oregon has offered Taggart a new contract that would pay him just north of million over five seasons.

Taggart is known as an excellent recruiter of Florida players. Also on his staff is former Miami and Alabama assistant (and former Florida International head coach) Mario Cristobal. The idea of those two in Tallahassee is intriguing to Florida State officials and reason for concern for other coaches in the state. Fisher’s Seminoles have recruited the state better than anyone this decade, and should Fisher leave, maintaining that advantage—especially with Miami’s improvement under Mark Richt and with Dan Mullen poised to run a much better recruiting operation than predecessor Jim McElwain at Florida—will be a paramount concern.

AP Source: Oregon to promote Cristobal to head coach .
<p>Oregon will promote offensive coordinator Mario Cristobal to head coach, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press.</p>The person spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because a deal and announcement were still being finalized. Cristobal was co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Oregon this past season and was named interim coach on Tuesday when Willie Taggart left to become head coach at Florida State.

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