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Florida State officials meeting with Oregon's Willie Taggart

Florida State officials meeting with Oregon's Willie Taggart

At his press conference on Sunday, Oregon coach Willie Taggart was asked about the Ducks' matchup against 25th-ranked Boise State.

We're told the Monday afternoon meeting is happening in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Taggart would replace Jimbo Fisher, who left on Friday to accept a reported 10-year, $75 million contract to become the head coach at Texas A&M.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, the two sides are negotiating a deal and a formal announcement of Taggart becoming Florida's State's coach could come on Tuesday.

This is developing story.

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Last week it was reported that OR made an offer of a little over $20 million for five years to keep Taggart away from FSU, which would be a little bit over $1 million raise per year. His base salary this year was $2.9 million.

The Oregon Ducks will play the Boise State Broncos in the Las Vegas Bowl on December 16 at Sam Boyd Stadium.

Meanwhile, the Oregon Ducks have a 7-5 record overall and a 4-5 record within the Pac-12. Their 16-year bowl streak is the sixth-best nationally, behind Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma, and Virginia Tech.

If Taggart leaves, OR will be owed a $3 million buyout, plus the bulk of the $1.7 million that was paid to buyout his South Florida deal. Whether that was simply to attract talent across the country to OR, to set himself up for a job back in his home state OR a little bit of both, it makes sense that eyes in Tallahassee are on the 41-year-old budding coaching superstar.