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Expect a Willie Taggart-Florida State decision today

By Matt Baker
Published: December 5, 2017 Updated: December 5, 2017 at 08:33 PM
Could the coach on the left replace the one on the right? We might find out soon. OCTAVIO JONES | Times

Update, 3:30 p.m.: Our Joey Knight reports that a Oregon has called a team meeting for 4:30 Eastern time. Presumably, this is a precursor to Ducks coach Willie Taggart announcing his future.

Taggart, the 41-year-old former USF coach, reportedly met with Florida State yesterday and is the Seminoles' top candidate to replace Jimbo Fisher. Nothing has been officially announced yet, but expect official word to come soon after that meeting.

Our original story from this morning is below.

As of late Monday evening in Oregon, Willie Taggart was still the Ducks' coach.

That could change today.

Florida State has pursued Taggart, the former USF coach, and reportedly met with him Monday. Taggart hasn't met with his team, and Pinellas Park High alumnus Jordon Scott is one of the Ducks waiting to know whether Taggart will become the Seminoles' next coach.

Wont believe tell i hear it from @CoachTaggart

— Jordon Scott (@Fat_Mac34) December 5, 2017

If you want to start reading tea leaves – or Twitter follows – check out the recent people followed by one of Taggart's top lieutenants, David Kelly.

David Kelly, Oregon's Assistant AD of Football Recruiting Operations most recent follows on twitter...

— Kevin Wade (@KwadeSays) December 5, 2017

None of this means Taggart is taking over the Seminoles and replacing Jimbo Fisher, who was introduced Monday as Texas A&M's new coach. Nothing is official until the paperwork is signed. The contract is still being negotiated, and there are some potential sticking points that could derail the process and keep Taggart in Oregon.

If things fall through with Taggart, a 41-year-old Palmetto native, other potential candidates include USF coach Charlie Strong and Purdue coach Jeff Brohm.

Stay tuned.