Willie Taggart leaves Oregon for FSU, Cristobal named interim head coach

EUGENE, Oregon ( KMVT / KSVT ) Just 12 days until the Las Vegas Bowl and Oregon head coach Willie Taggart is leaving the Pacific Northwest for the Atlantic Coast.

The Florida native is returning to the Sunshine State to coach Florida State.

Taggart spent three years at Western Kentucky and four at South Florida before landing at Oregon.

He has a 47-50 overall record as a head coach. Co-offensive coordinator Mario Cristobal will lead Oregon in the bowl game against Boise State.

Oregon went 7-5 during the regular season, as the Ducks lost starting quarterback Justin Herbert for five games.

But he returned just in time to become bowl eligible.

Taggart started at Oregon about one year ago and according to The Oregonian, is the first Ducks football coach more than 70 years to last just one season.

Here's defensive back Brady Breeze, "we kind of had to come together as a team and say hey, we need to focus on this bowl game and not let the coach situation take us down."

The 41-year old succeeds Jimbo Fisher, who left for Texas A&M Monday after 11 seasons with FSU, including eight as head coach. A Bradenton, Florida native who grew up a Florida State fan.

Taggart is just the third head coach in program history since 1976. That's when the legendary Bobby Bowden first took over in Tallahassee. Some fun facts about the Ducks' interim head coach.

Cristobal joined Oregon in January. Prior to that, he spent four seasons at Alabama as the assistant head coach and offensive line coach, helping the Crimson Tide to the CFP National Championship following the 2015 season.

From 2007 to 2012 he was the head coach at Florida International. He coached at Miami as the tight ends coach prior to that and spent three years at Rutgers in the early 2000's. The Miami graduate signed with Denver in 1994, then played in NFL Europe.

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