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SI: Oregon offered Taggart new 5-year, $20M contract

Oregon head coach Willie Taggart walks off the field following Oregon's third consecutive loss. The Oregon Ducks fell to the UCLA Bruins 14-31 after being shut out during the second half at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California. This marks the third consecutive loss for the Ducks, dropping their record to 4-4 on the season. Photo by Austin Hicks, Oregon News Lab

EUGENE, Ore. - The University of Oregon offered first-year football coach Willie Taggart a 5-year, $20 million deal in an attempt to keep him in Eugene, Sports Illustrated reports.

Sports Illustrated did not cite a source.

If true, the move may comes as hedge against talk of Taggart returning to Florida.

Taggart came to Oregon from South Florida.

Taggart has previously denied interest in other coaching jobs.

Some college football watchers identified Taggart as a possible candidate for the head coach job at the University of Florida. The Gators have since hired Dan Mullen.

Sports Illustrated notes Taggart would be a possible candidate for the head coach job for the University of Florida Seminoles, should the coach there leave.

Football Scoop has said Taggart is "shockingly available" based on his current contract with Oregon.

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