PORTLAND, Ore. — The University of Oregon has offered head coach Willie Taggart a new contract, according to a report, as rumors continue to swirl around the Ducks' first-year coach and a coaching position at Florida State that may soon be vacant.
Jimbo Fisher, the current head coach at Florida State, could leave soon for the same job at Texas A&M, according to multiple reports. If Fisher leaves, Taggart could be a candidate to replace him at Florida State.
The new contract from Oregon, according to Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples, would pay Taggart more than $20 million over the next five years. If Taggart were to leave Oregon for Florida State, he has a $3 million buyout with Oregon, according to Staples.
USA Today Sports national columnist Dan Wolken reported Tuesday that "Florida State officials have started doing background work on ... Taggart" in case Fisher leaves. Taggart has ties to Florida. He grew up in Bradenton and was the head coach at South Florida before Oregon hired him last December.
Source: Florida State officials have started doing background work on Oregon coach Willie Taggart in preparation for the possibility Jimbo Fisher takes the Texas A&M job.— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) November 29, 2017
Meanwhile, back in Eugene, Oregon's athletic department is "doing due diligence on its own candidates" to replace Taggart if he leaves, according to a report from FootballScoop.com college football writer Zach Barnett.
Barnett writes that Oregon doesn't believe current Central Florida head coach and former Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost is available, but that the Ducks are "doing diligence on other sitting Power 5 head coaches."
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