Oregon Players Rip Former Ducks Coach Willie Taggart on Twitter

Jose Verdugo
Diciembre 7, 2017

National Signing Day is February 7, 2018. You feel bad that you let him down, and I know I did. "And he said, 'I don't think it's right for me or anyone else to stop you from chasing your dream'".

"I had a good thing going at the University of OR ... from the president on down ... everything was right what it was supposed to be".

Two of Taggart's former OR players, linebacker Troy Dye and safety Nick Pickett, ripped Taggart on Twitter in response to the quote. He didn't keep his word to me Monday.

Though he has been a head coach at three different schools over the last calendar year, Taggart sounds like he is at Florida State for the long haul. "But this job was a dream for me".

Taggart broke down and was emotional while breaking the news of his departure to UO players Tuesday in an in-person meeting in the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex.

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Florida State moved quickly to bring Taggart in from OR as Fisher's replacement.

The deal also includes $5.5 million per year for 10 assistant coaches - the most of any program in 2017 except LSU, and a bump up of almost $1 million from what FSU paid its assistants this season. The Ducks had one of the nation's most improved defenses and, when quarterback Justin Herbert was healthy, one of its most explosive offenses, too. That quote struck a nerve with players and media alike. I wasn't going to leave it just for anything. "The people you met and the relationships you built, it's always tough when you have to end that".

Beyond that, Taggart also indicated that it is unwise to wait for anything approaching the ideal time to vacate a job in search of another.

". I wasn't going to leave it just for anything because it was ideal and my family loved it there and we had everything going the right way. To be closer to your family and still be a coach in the Power 5, still have an opportunity to win a national championship, it was tough to overcome". You don't always get the ideal fit, but for me to be back home, to be around my family, to have an opportunity to win a national championship, it don't get any better than that.

Freshman cornerback Deommodore Lenoir, the day of Taggart's announcement, tweeted he was "beyond mad". "They wanted it. I know he's going to do a good job here, and just to look up there and see my baby boy.it's going to be a good ride".

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