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With Mario Cristobal and Jim Leavitt, Oregon football is believing again

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — When Willie Taggart left for Florida State, Oregon football players took a vote and decided they wanted offensive line and co-offensive coordinator Mario Cristobal to take over. They got their wish. “First time [Cristobal] came in the room, I could see the smile on everyone’s faces,” redshirt …

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Oregon to promote Mario Cristobal to head coach

Mario Cristobal was named Oregon football’s interim head coach after Willie Taggart decided to leave the Ducks for Florida State on Tuesday. Oregon confirmed Cristobal’s promotion on Friday afternoon after it was first reported by NBC Sports Northwest in the morning. As Oregon’s co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach under Taggart, Cristobal …

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Mullens ‘disappointed’ with Taggart’s exit as the search for Oregon’s next head coach begins

For the second time in as many years, Oregon is searching for a new head football coach. In the wake of Willie Taggart’s departure for Florida State, which became official on Tuesday, Oregon Athletic Director Rob Mullens held a press conference to discuss Taggart’s exit and where Oregon’s football program …

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Social media reactions to Taggart’s decision to leave Oregon for Florida State

On Tuesday, it was reported  that after one season as head coach of Oregon football, Willie Taggart would leave the Ducks to become the head coach at Florida State. Following several days of speculation and two interviews where Taggart would neither confirm nor deny his intentions, the news broke out …

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Willie Taggart leaving Oregon to become head coach at Florida State

After one season as Oregon head football coach, Willie Taggart will leave the program to take the head football coaching position at Florida State. On Tuesday, multiple reporters, ranging from the Oregonian’s John Canzano to Fox’s Bruce Feldman and former ESPN staffer Brett McMurphy, all cited sources who confirmed Taggart’s exit. Oregon confirmed the news in …

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Reports: Oregon to offer Taggart new contract in wake of Florida State rumors

On Wednesday, USA Today reported that Oregon head coach Willie Taggart could be headed to Florida State if the Seminoles’ current head coach Jimbo Fisher leaves for Texas A&M. Then, Sports Illustrated reported that Oregon offered Taggart a new contract in hopes of retaining him if the FSU job opens. The …

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Royce Freeman’s historic career approaches its end

After the Ducks’ 38-3 loss at Washington in early November, Royce Freeman spoke to the media with a football tucked under his left arm. “Coach [Donte Pimpleton] makes us carry it around,” Freeman said. “It’s my duty to carry it until I get back to Eugene.” If anyone has carried …

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Taggart says that Herbert is “getting really close” to being back

It has been over six weeks since quarterback Justin Herbert fractured his collarbone against California, and one question remains unanswered: Will Herbert be playing on Saturday against Arizona? According to head coach Willie Taggart on Monday, he’s “getting really close,” but Taggart jokingly said he won’t make an official decision …

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Ducks dampen Darren Carrington’s return to Autzen

Autzen Stadium is known for getting loud. The loudest it got on Saturday might have come when former Duck Darren Carrington II was hit and fumbled the ball, which Ducks’ cornerback Ugo Amadi scooped up and returned for a touchdown in Oregon’s 41-20 win over Utah. “That was big time …

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Practice Report: Turnovers are key when Ducks face UCLA

After the second straight Pac-12 loss, the Oregon Ducks look to get a much-needed win against the University of California, Los Angeles on Saturday. For a Bruin team that hasn’t had its expected share of successes this season either, sitting at 1-2 in conference, it’s a must-win for both teams. …

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Willie Taggart’s competitive homecoming

When Oregon travels to Stanford this weekend, it will be more than just another Pac-12 matchup for Ducks head coach Willie Taggart, who will go head-to-head with one of his old colleagues and best friends. While in the process of being interviewed at Oregon, Stanford head coach David Shaw spoke …

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Taggart reflects on inability to run against WSU, prepares for Bryce Love and Stanford

The Oregon running game was lacked luster against Washington State and now the Oregon offense not only has to improve its running game, but the Oregon defense must stop the Pac-12 leader in rushing yards, Bryce Love. The Oregon backfield rushed for 132 yards against Washington State. That is less …

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Ducks “locked in” during Sunday practice following ASU loss

The Oregon football team “responded well” during Sunday’s practice following the 37-35 loss to Arizona State on Saturday. Oregon rallied against the Sun Devils after a bad first half to lead by one point with 6:41 to go, but Arizona State drove downfield and made a 41-yard field goal to …

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Takeaways and quotes from Taggart’s press conference

The Ducks did about as well as any coach or fan would’ve hoped in the 77-21 decimation of Southern Utah. Fixing a few things here and there, and they just about had a perfect game. “I think all the problems we did have, they’re all coachable,” head coach Willie Taggart …

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Oregon’s offense explodes in record 77-21 win over Southern Utah

Head coach Willie Taggart could not have asked for a better start from his offense in his first career game at Oregon. The Ducks scored the most points in a game in 101 years, breaking the Autzen Stadium record, which stood at 72. On a hot and smoky Saturday in …

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Taggart discusses depth chart, expectations ahead of season opener

It’s finally game week for Oregon football. During Monday’s press conference, head coach Willie Taggart previewed the 2017 season opener set for Saturday at Autzen Stadium against Southern Utah. Taggart appeared positive ahead of his first season in charge, and he is weary about the Ducks’ first opponents. “Southern Utah …

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Taggart believes Royce Freeman compares to another Pac-12 great he coached at Stanford

The Ducks enter week three of training camp ready to build from a scrimmage on Saturday. By head coach Willie Taggart’s account it was good, but there were some things that needed to be fixed before the season starts. “We had a lot of penalties with the refs being out …

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Schooler switches from safety to wide receiver on day four of fall camp

The Ducks got closer to full pads and full contact on day four of fall training camp by wearing shoulder pads for the first time. Now the practices get more physical as the dog days of camp loom. “We’re going to thud it up a little bit, not take anybody …

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Football season begins as Ducks take the field for first fall practice

The 2017 Oregon football team held the first practice of the season as fans and media watched its every move. There were no pads, just helmets, and it was primarily individual drills focusing on fundamentals. The freshman, with some exceptions, were split into a separate practice before the rest of …

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Pac-12 media days: Return to Autzen looms as Carrington transfers to Utah

HOLLYWOOD — When Oregon plays Utah on October 23 at Autzen Stadium, there will be an underlying storyline: Darren Carrington’s return. Carrington, a star wide receiver for Oregon over the past three seasons, was dismissed by head coach Willie Taggart following a DUII arrest in the early hours of July …

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Takeaways and top quotes from Ducks at Pac-12 football media days

HOLLYWOOD — With so many questions heading into the 2017 season for Oregon football, head coach Willie Taggart, quarterback Justin Herbert and linebacker Troy Dye had lots of time in front of a microphone at Pac-12 media days in Hollywood. It is a city famed for its glamour and showmanship, …

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Herbert, Dye highlight changes within Oregon football at Pac-12 media day

HOLLYWOOD — A lot is changing for Oregon football, and it was all the buzz at Pac-12 media day on Thursday. The team is led by young talent in sophomore quarterback Justin Herbert and sophomore linebacker Troy Dye. Star wide receiver Darren Carrington was dismissed and has since transferred to …

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Report: Darren Carrington transferring to Utah

Former Oregon wide receiver Darren Carrington is transferring to the University of Utah, according to a report on UteZone.com. Neither Carrington or the university have officially confirmed the report but Carrington reportedly visited the Utah campus earlier in July. The move comes less than two weeks after new head coach Willie Taggart …

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In his first season, Willie Taggart is building what could be Oregon’s greatest recruiting class ever

Amidst a football season that was, to put it mildly, disappointing, November 12, 2016 carried a particular sting for the Oregon Ducks. The team suffered a crushing home loss to Stanford, and four-star legacy recruit Elijah Molden committed to Washington, the team that hung 70 points on the Ducks. Many were …

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Practice Report: Moving depth chart affecting every player on Oregon football

Oregon football players are competing for every starting position this spring, even the quarterbacks. Head coach Willie Taggart’s ever-changing depth chart is in full effect. Every day, the players learn how they performed in the previous practice based on where they stand on the practice’s individual depth chart. “It motivates us …

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With Freeman forgoing the NFL, Oregon football strives forward

Week two of Oregon football spring practice began on Monday and there is one thing that both coaches and players can agree on: They are happy that athletes like Royce Freeman and Darren Carrington, who were on the edge of declaring for the NFL, are back and ready to get the …

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Practice Report: Oregon football trains at high tempo with a positive spring outlook

In Oregon football’s second spring practice, tempo was fast, spirits were high and players looked eager to get going. The Ducks were going in and out of drills at a quick pace at high intensity given that it is only the first week of spring practices. As head coach Willie Taggart …

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Willie Taggart talks quarterback depth and team goals ahead of spring practices

Willie Taggart spoke to the media for about 30 minutes on Tuesday afternoon ahead of the team’s start to spring practices. Taggart discussed topics ranging from GPA to senior leadership to whether Justin Herbert will be the starting quarterback again next season. The former South Florida head coach appeared thrilled to …

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State of Florida makes its mark on Oregon’s recruiting class

Most Duck fans were asleep when Oregon commits faxed their National Letters of Intent from the East Coast. For Oregon, seven of eight from the eastern time zone came from Florida. It makes sense. New head coach Willie Taggart and much of his staff coached in the state for a number of …

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Report: Oregon to hire Mario Cristobal as co-offensive coordinator and o-line coach

Willie Taggart is one step closer to completing his staff. Alabama’s Mario Cristobal will be named as Oregon’s co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, according to 247Sports.com. USA TODAY also reported the hiring, though University of Oregon has not confirmed. ESPN reported that Cristobal will share the offensive coordinator position with former …

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