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 head coaching job at Florida State.
He will replace Jimbo Fisher, who resigned last week to coach at Texas A&M. He was the head coach at the University of OR in December 2016 where coached the Ducks to a record of 7-5 in his first season and finished 4-5 in the Pac-12.
Willie Taggart will be making the move to Tallahassee after one season with the Oregon Ducks. Taggart briefly coached with Harbaugh's son who was nearing the end of his National Football League career. After one season at Oregon, Bruce Feldman of Sports Illustrated and Fox Sports has confirmed Taggart is set to be named the next Seminoles' head coach. The Bradenton, Fla., native led South Florida to a 10-2 record and top-25 finish in 2016 before accepting the OR job.
The 41-year-old Taggart was hired by South Florida in 2013 and led the Bulls from a 2-10 record his first season to a 10-2 record in 2016 before being hired by the Ducks. He led USF to a win against SC in the Birmingham Bowl last season before heading to Oregon.
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The Ducks play in the Las Vegas Bowl against Boise State on December 16. From there, the Ducks lost four of their next five after an injury to starting quarterback Justin Herbert.
Taggart danced around the topic of the Florida State opening when speaking with reporters last week.
There is no word right now if Taggart will stay and coach in the bowl game for OR or go directly and get started on the Seminoles job.
While his overall record may be underwhelming, Taggart holds a 25-9 record in the past three years.