Ducks’ Taggart shoots down Florida State rumors

Jimbo Fisher resigned to take the same job at Texas A&M

Oregon Ducks football coach Willie Taggart addresses the media, December 1, 2017 (KOIN)
Oregon Ducks football coach Willie Taggart addresses the media, December 1, 2017 (KOIN)

EUGENE, Ore. (KOIN) — Oregon Ducks football coach Willie Taggart wasted no time in shooting down rumors he may leave the Ducks to replace Jimbo Fisher at Florida State.

Asked by media members about the rumors, Taggart said he was the coach of the Ducks, that neither he nor his agent has been contacted by Florida State and he intends to keep coaching at Oregon.

“So can we talk about the bowl game?” he asked, smiling. “I am the head football coach at the University of Oregon and I love our guys.”

Fisher took the same job with Texas A&M and handed in his resignation after a meeting with university President John Thrasher on Friday, according to the people who spoke on condition of anonymity because Florida State had not announced the move.

Oregon Ducks football coach Willie Taggart addresses the media, December 1, 2017 (KOIN)
Oregon Ducks football coach Willie Taggart addresses the media, December 1, 2017 (KOIN)

Fisher leaves Florida State after eight seasons where he went 83-23. He led the Seminoles to the national championship in 2013, three Atlantic Coast Conference titles and four ACC Atlantic Division crowns. He will replace Kevin Sumlin at Texas A&M.

Florida State (5-6) faces Louisiana Monroe on Saturday and needs a win to be bowl eligible for a 36th consecutive season. Defensive line coach Odell Haggins is expected to serve as interim coach.

Below: Full press conference with Ducks players and coach Willie Taggart