OR begins search for next head football coach

OR begins search for next head football coach

OR head coach Willie Taggart agreed to terms to become Florida State Seminoles' next head football coach, according to Sports Illustrated's Bruce Feldman.

According to multiple reports, Taggart is leaving OR to become the next coach at Florida State, a job left open when Jimbo Fisher went to Texas A&M.

The 41-year-old coach posted a 7-5 record in his first season with the Ducks.

Oregon's Willie Taggart will become the next head coach at #FSU. He replaces Jimbo Fisher, who took the job at Texas A&M.

He then accepted a scholarship to Western Kentucky, where he flourished as a 4-year starter from 1994-1998 and became a finalist for the Walter Payton Award in each of his last two seasons.

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The Ducks are 7-5 this season and play in the Las Vegas Bowl later this month. Taggart also coached running backs at Stanford under Jim Harbaugh. He led USF to a win against SC in the Birmingham Bowl last season before heading to Oregon. He will coach the Seminoles in the December 27 Independence Bowl against Southern Mississippi.

The Florida State football program has its new leader. In eight seasons, Fisher went 83-23 (.783) and guided the Seminoles to three ACC titles as well as the 2013 national championship.

Florida State was ranked third in the Top 25 preseason poll but lost quarterback Deondre Francois in the opener against Alabama and was beset by other injuries.

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

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