Following the post-stress abandonment issues that the Duck community was feeling following the departures of Chip Kelly and Mark Helfrich, Oregon needed to find someone who would stick with the program through thick and thin.
Willie Taggart was an exciting prospect for the football program. He was young, energetic, and had a great offensive mind.
The Ducks had finished their previous season at an abysmal 4-8, falling well short of qualifying for a bowl game.
When Taggart was announced as the 33rd head coach of the Oregon football team, he held a 40-45 record in seven years as a head coach. He quickly got to work with the Ducks and nearly flipped their record around, leading Oregon to a 7-5 overall record in 2017.
However, Taggart was quick to jump ship and left the Ducks hanging for their upcoming bowl game as he accepted a new head coaching position at Florida State.
While he may have helped realign Oregon’s winning ways, Taggart abandoning the program before even finishing the season was detrimental to the stability of Oregon’s head coaching position for years to come.
Kelly, Helfrich, Taggart, Mario Cristobal. The holy quartet of Oregon’s abandonment issues, but at least the other three finished the seasons they started.