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Oregon Football

Bad Timing

December 6, 2017

There's never an ideal time to lose a head coach. Specifically one that only stays a year.

And go figure, the one job Taggart would leave Oregon for opens up for the first time in over 40 years.

I know for many of you the departure of Willie Taggart is still a stinging subject. And ultimately it's not really the actual loss of Willie Taggart that hurts, it's the loss of the potential that was dumped by the wayside.

Once again I'm not a doom and gloom guy but a couple things strike me. This (was) the best coaching staff in the country. I would literally pit them against any other group in the country and feel confident they compete. Both in recruiting and ability. Give Taggart credit, he assembled an all-star cast.

The No. 1 ranked recruiting class will now take a hit. The final toll has yet to be determined, but Oregon isn't finishing No. 1. It can still be salvaged, don't lose hope, but don't be unrealistic.

We wondered how the new early signing period would impact things? Well you are living it. 

Right now that early clock is going to work against Oregon in a bad way. The early enrollees likely won't enroll early now. Which was a key to adding more than 25 recruits in this class. Which was pivotal to keeping this team full of talent. There are a lot of holes to fill and the only way to do that is through recruiting. (And some transfers)

The bad timing continues with the Dec. 16 bowl game. Oregon has a week to recruit, prepare and hire a coach all while getting ready for Boise State. That's a tough trio of tasks to accomplish in a real tight window. How crazy is it Oregon got this game all because UW finished ahead of TCU in the final rankings?

Bad timing.

What really hurts? 

Oregon's two major coaching targets from last year took jobs within the last two weeks. Oregon was close to hiring Chip Kelly, closer than most want to admit. He was announced as UCLA's head coach on Nov. 25, just about two weeks ago.

Dan Mullen, who's been trying to get out of Mississipi State for years, finally got to Gainesville. On Nov. 26, he was announced as Florida's next head coach.

At the current moment, those would have been two attractive options for Oregon to interview. 

Alas here we are. The Ducks are scrambling for a new head coach with a bowl game just 10 days away, the early signing period just 14 days away and a whole lot riding on the line.



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