OR begins search for next head football coach

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After Jimbo Fisher ended his 8-year tenure as the FSU head coach and departed for Texas A&M in dramatic fashion, it's reassuring to bring some stability back to the program.

Taggart spent just one season at OR following his tenure locally at the University of South Florida.

Oregon's Willie Taggart will become the next head coach at #FSU.

Taggart will become the first full time African-American head coach in program history, as he takes over for interim head coach and longtime FSU football player and coach Odell Haggins - who broke that barrier when he led the Seminoles to a win over Louisiana Monroe this past weekend. If the move comes to fruition, Taggart is leaving the Ducks after just one season, where he went 7-5.

The Hilltoppers were 0-12 before Taggart took the coaching job, and he led them to a pair of 7-5 finishes his final two years with the program. He led USF to a win against SC in the Birmingham Bowl last season before heading to Oregon. Now Mullens has to once again find a new head football coach.

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Taggart danced around the topic of the Florida State opening when speaking with reporters last week.

OR started 4-1 and even briefly popped into the AP rankings, but starting quarterback Justin Herbert broke his collarbone and the Ducks floundered, going 1-4 without him.

The Ducks play in the Las Vegas Bowl against Boise State on December 16.

Bolden is the third decommitment for OR since the Taggart-to-Florida State rumors began, joining Lenzy and four-star athlete Tre'Shaun Harrison.

Taggart was hired by Oregon last December to take over after the team went 4-8 under Mark Helfrich, who was sacked three days after a season-ending 34-24 loss to rival Oregon State in the 2016 Civil War.

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