PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Could Oregon coach Willie Taggart leave less than a year after he arrived in Eugene? That’s the question — and worry — every Ducks fan is considering right now. And it looks like they’re not the only ones.
Oregon, according to Sports Illustrated, has offered Taggart a new deal which would pay the first-year head coach over $20 million in 5 years. That coincides with Florida State doing background work on Taggart, a Bradenton, Florida, native, just in case current head coach Jimbo Fisher leaves for Texas A&M, according to USA Today. Taggart, the report said, is believed to be a top target for the Seminoles.
Meanwhile, Taggart has been on the recruiting trail, according to 247Sports’ Matt Prehm.
A possible return to the Sunshine State comes a year after Taggart left it. Oregon hired Taggart away from South Florida on Dec. 7.
The Ducks finished the regular season on Saturday, beating Oregon State in the 121st Civil War 69-10. Oregon, 7-5, is awaiting to find out its bowl-game destination.