Willie Taggart was met with raucous applause and acceptance on Wednesday when the new head coach of the Florida State Seminoles arrived in Tallahassee to greet the masses. While that is not at all unusual for a man tabbed with leading a blue blood program, Taggart elected to leave the Oregon Ducks without a head coach and, apparently, that is not going over well with everyone.
First, Taggart was called out by Aaron Fentress of NBC Sports Northwest for misleading folks in Eugene by failing to disclose that he was in contact with Florida State before he actually said he was originally.
From there, Oregon linebacker and leading tackler Troy Dye took things a step further, laying out a scenario in which Taggart misled his family and directly calling his now-former head coach a liar.
In the grand scheme, it is not overly surprising that Taggart was not honest but that won’t help to assuage any frustration or disappointment on the Oregon side. It is helpful to remember both sides of the equation when a coach bolts for seemingly greener pastures and, in this case, at least one former Oregon player believes he was personally wronged by Taggart’s exit. From the outside, it would be impossible to tell him he’s wrong.