Friday, February 23, 2018
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Willie Taggart leaves Oregon after one year. How rare is that?

Willie Taggart is leaving Oregon after only one season to become the new coach at Florida State.

The move means Taggart will be coaching at his fourth school in seven seasons (Western Kentucky, USF, Oregon and FSU). It also means he'll be part of a very small list of coaches who have left major jobs after only one year.

By my count, Taggart becomes the eighth coach (excluding interims) in the last four decades to leave a Power Five program voluntarily after only one season, and one of only four to do so for another college job. The list, starting with the most recent:

Todd Graham: Went 6-6 at Pitt in 2011 before bolting for Arizona State. The Sun Devils fired him this offseason.

Lane Kiffin: Didn't sing Rocky Top all night long during his 7-6 Tennessee tenure. He took over USC before the 2010 season and was famously fired at the airport.

Steve Mariucci: Finished 6-6 at Cal in 1996 and jumped back to the NFL as the 49ers head coach.

Howard Schnellenberger: Resigned from Oklahoma after a 5-5-1 season in 1995. He didn't become a head coach again until Florida Atlantic's inaugural 2001 season.

David McWilliams: After leading Texas Tech in 1986, he left to become the head coach at Texas – where he had been an assistant before his brief stint in Lubbock.

Sam Wyche: Coached Indiana in 1983 before becoming the Bengals head coach (and eventually leading the Bucs).

Rod Dowhower: Left Stanford after a 5-5-1 season in 1979 to become the Broncos' offensive coordinator.

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