Is there anything more fluid than a coaching contract in college football? It seems as though no matter how many years or dollars remain on a contract, there is always the possibility someone will be hired or fired on a whim.
Less than a season into his tenure as the head coach of the Oregon Ducks, Willie Taggart could be leaving Eugene for the sunny shores of Florida.
Well, it’s Gainesville. There aren’t really any “sunny shores” in the middle of the state of Florida, but the SEC is definitely a superior conference to the PAC 12.
A report has surfaced that since splitting ways with coach Jim McElwain on Sunday, Florida athletic boosters are wasting no time in trying to find the right person to fill his spot. They want to make a splash, regardless of what it is going to cost.
Willie Taggart is being discussed as a very real candidate to fill the position.
Taggart makes sense for a lot of reasons. On top of being a native of nearby Bradenton, Florida, he coached in the Sunshine State for a number of years. He was chiefly responsible for legitimizing the USF football program.
If he can recruit like that in Florida with USF, imagine what he might be able to do with the Gators.
But still, a buyout from his contract with the Oregon Ducks isn’t going to come cheap. They’re barely halfway through one season on a five-year contract worth $16 million.