Oregon AD Rob Mullens discusses Willie Taggart's departure and upcoming coaching search

Nov 18 2017 Eugene OR USA Oregon Ducks head coach Willie Taggart walks on the field before the game against the Arizona Wildcats at Autzen Stadium

Taggart's mother and most of his family still live in Florida. He replaced Mark Helfrich in Eugene after spending four seasons at South Florida, where he went 24-25, including 18-7 in his final two seasons.

While at Oregon, Taggart landed commitments from four-star prospects Warren Thompson and Isaiah Bolden despite each being high on FSU's target list. As such, today's rumor mill is filled with more OR drama regarding former head coach of the Ducks, Willie Taggart, and Arkansas setting its sights on a new head coach.

A Jim Harbaugh protégé, Taggart's biggest challenge in his debut season in the Pac-12 was to get his teams to play harder, and his energy had made an impact on the Ducks, who had slogged through a four-win season the year before he showed up.

The Florida State football program has its new leader.

At each of his previous stops, Taggart was the first African-American head coach for those programs. It was the same story at South Florida, where it took Taggart just three seasons to make a 3-9 team 8-5. He went 2-10 his first year, but then turned in two 7-5 campaigns in 2011 and 2012.

The Florida native has a 47-50 career head-coaching record overall.

Taggart is 41. He apparently was offered the job during an interview in Phoenix, AZ Monday, while he was there recruiting for Oregon. He will also likely not see OR through until the end of the season.

Get to know the new Seminoles head coach.

Taggart, who was hired at OR in December 2016, went 7-5 in his first season with the Ducks.

The former Western Kentucky quarterback has especially shown an ability to develop high-powered offenses at multiple locations.

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