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Oregon linebacker Troy Dye blasts former Ducks coach Willie Taggart on Twitter


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Willie Taggart was staying at Oregon. He was staying at Oregon. He didn’t want to answer any more questions about his coaching prospects, thank you very much, because he was staying at Oregon. That’s what he told reporters, at least. And told them over and over and over again. That’s also what he apparently told his players, linebacker Troy Dye being one of them.

Taggart was officially announced as the head coach of the Florida State Seminoles on Wednesday, replacing Jimbo Fisher, who bolted for Texas A&M to replace Kevin Sumlin, who could very likely wind up in the Pac-12 next season. Such is the nature of the volatile college football coaching carousel, one that leaves athletes and recruits bitter and feeling burned.

Taggart has Florida roots, a native of the Sunshine State who was the coach at South Florida for four years before accepting the Oregon job.

“Things were going really well there in every aspect,” Taggart told reporters. “The people you meet, the relationships you built, it’s always tough when you have to end that. Just think about it: Being able to meet Phil Knight, he’s an icon. I was in awe when I had a chance to meet him. Rob Mullens, who I thought was an awesome AD, for him to give me my first opportunity to coach in the Power Five, you feel bad because you feel like you let him down, and I know I did. I told him I’m sorry. I apologize. The timing is probably not right, but it’s never right when it’s time to leave. Talking with my son made me realize a lot.

“I wasn’t going to leave it just for anything. To be closer to your family and still be a coach in the Power Five, still have an opportunity to win a national championship, it was tough to overcome.”

Dye, and several teammates, justifiably do not seem to care about the reasons for Taggart’s leaving, and they’ve been vocal on cyberspace about that. When Taggart was introduced on Wednesday, Dye responded in kind:

At the moment, the lead candidate for the vacant Oregon coaching position is Mario Cristobal, the co-offensive coordinator who has been named the interim coach for the Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 16 against Boise State.

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