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Less than a year after Willie Taggart inspired the Ducks with his tagline "Do Something", Oregon is searching for a new head coach.

That leader is Willie Taggert, who has chose to come back to the Sunshine State after just one season guiding the Oregon Ducks.

"His values are in line with ours, with academics as important as the product on the field", said Ed Burr, chairman of Florida State's board of trustees. While Taggart is said to have been happy in his first year at OR, he is a Florida native and could not pass up the opportunity to coach one of the biggest programs in his home state.

The Ducks made a quicker turnaround under the new coach, going 7-5 in his first year after managing just a 4-8 record the year before. Fisher resigned Friday to accept the opening at Texas A&M.

Herbert returned for the final two games of the season, both wins that got the Ducks into a bowl game in Taggart's lone season. He will coach the Seminoles in the December 27 Independence Bowl against Southern Mississippi.


Now, Taggart, a Florida native who recruits the state as well as anybody, is returning to the Sunshine State to take over the Seminoles, who were perennial ACC contenders under Fisher.

The Seminoles expect to have quarterback Deondre Francois back next season after he suffered a season-ending knee injury in the opener against Alabama.

Taggart, 41, replaced Mark Helfrich at OR last season and guided the Ducks to a 7-5 record and an upcoming trip to the Las Vegas Bowl to face 25th-ranked Boise State.

At USF, Taggart took the Bulls from a 2-10 record his first season in 2013 to a 10-2 mark last season before he departed for Oregon.


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