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Willie Taggart leaving Oregon to coach Florida State

Oregon head coach Willie Taggart arrives at Sun Devil Stadium. The Oregon Ducks prepare for their first PAC-12 match up under first-year head coach Willie Taggart against the Arizona State Sun Devils in Tempe, Ariz. Photo by Austin Hicks, Oregon News Lab

EUGENE, Ore. - Willie Taggart is leaving Oregon after less than a year to take the helm at Florida State.

Taggart told Director of Athletics Rob Mullens "he has accepted the head football coach position at another institution," Oregon said in a press release.

Mullens appointed co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Mario Cristobal as the interim head coach.

Oregon has launched a nationwide search for a new head coach.

“We thank Willie for his efforts at Oregon, and we wish him and his family all the best in the future,” said Mullens. “I am grateful to Mario Cristobal for his willingness to step up and lead our program through our upcoming bowl game. The University of Oregon is a high-caliber academic institution with one of the premier college football programs in the country, and we are confident that we will find another outstanding coach to lead our tremendous group of student-athletes into the future."

Oregon introduced Taggart as head coach on December 8, 2016.

The team held a meeting at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday amidst widespread reports Taggart would take the job at Florida State.

Next up for Oregon: Picking an interim head coach for the Las Vegas Bowl against Boise State.

In terms of a replacement for next season, former Oregon head coach Mike Bellotti offered his take:

Taggart, a 41-year-old Bradenton native, coached at South Florida for four seasons before going to Oregon.

Fisher resigned Friday to accept the opening at Texas A&M.

Taggart has a 47-50 career record, including 7-5 this season, but is known as a rebuilder.

Florida State is 6-6 this season and will face Southern Mississippi in the Dec. 27 Independence Bowl

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