Willie Taggart's strong Southern connections always made him a candidate to leave Oregon.
It took just one year for it to unfold. After a 7-5 campaign in Eugene, Taggart, known for his Sunshine State recruiting prowess, bolted for Florida State after the departure of Jimbo Fisher to Texas A&M.
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Oregon is now the latest major program looking for a new coach this offseason that has already seen the carousel swing around to Florida, Tennessee, UCLA, Texas A&M, Florida State, Arizona State, Arkansas, Nebraska and others.
And with Chip Kelly, the architect of Oregon's powerful run of a few years back, now settled in with a Pac 12 foe in UCLA, that makes this hire all the more important as the afterglow of that era has now worn off.
Reports indicate that the Ducks plan to move quickly on this hire with the newly-instated early signing period just a couple weeks away.
Market-setting offshore sportsbook BookMaker.eu has created odds for who the Ducks will turn to next, and it includes several intriguing candidates with big-time program experience:
Odds for who Oregon's next full-time head coach will be (via BookMaker.eu):
Bryan Harsin +175 (Wager $100 to gain $175)
Mario Cristobal +200
Justin Wilcox +350
Mike Leach +500
Jeff Tedford +750
Jim Leavitt +1000
Kevin Sumlin +1500
Steve Greatwood +2500
Jim McElwain +3000
Pick: After getting burned by Taggart, expect the Ducks to stay closer to home this time.
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California head coach Justin Wilcox knows the Pac 12, played at Oregon and would likely be willing to make the jump from the Golden Bears to the Ducks even though he's been in Berkeley for just a year.
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