Report: Oregon offers Willie Taggart new deal worth $20 million amid Florida State rumors

Amid reports that Oregon head coach Willie Taggart may be targeted by Florida State if coach Jimbo Fisher leaves for Texas A&M, the Ducks have offered their coach a massive new contract.

Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples reports that Oregon has offered Taggart five year deal that is worth in excess of $20 million.

Oregon has offered coach Willie Taggart a new contract with the hope that he’ll stay in Eugene even if a coveted job in his home state opens this weekend, has learned. If Taggart accepts, the new deal would pay a little more than $20 million over five years. But Taggart has reason to wait. If Jimbo Fisher leaves Florida State for Texas A&M, Taggart could be a candidate for the Seminoles’ job.

Taggart is 7-5 in first season in Eugene and has the No. 6 rated recruiting class, according to 247 Sports.

Taggart is 7-5 in his first year as the Oregon head coach and has built one of the best recruiting classes in school history. Before getting the job at Oregon, Taggart has previously served as head coach at South Florida and Western Kentucky.

The Oregon coach is from the state of Florida, so it is natural that his name would come up in conversation as Florida State officials begin the process of even thinking about replacing Fisher. Fisher won a national championship at Florida State in 2013.

Taggart’s name has come up in conversation regarding the openings at Florida, Tennessee and Texas A&M so far, though Taggart has not interviewed for any of those positions and has not commented on those rumors. However, Florida State is a big name in his own state and seems to be interested in him. If Fisher leaves, Taggart may have to decide whether he wants to return to the southeast or if he wants to continue building in Eugene.

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