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Willie Taggart leaving Oregon for Florida State

Oregon head coach Willie Taggart walks off the field after the Ducks fifth loss of the season. The Oregon Ducks fell to the Washington Huskies 38 - 3 on a cold and rainy night in Seattle, Washington. Oregon opened the game with a field goal on their first drive and was held scoreless from then on. Photo by Austin Hicks, Oregon News Lab

(Courtesy: GoDucks.com)

University of Oregon Director of Athletics Rob Mullens announced Tuesday that head football coach Willie Taggart informed the university he accepted a position at another institution.

Mullens appointed co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Mario Cristobal as interim head coach, and has launched a nationwide search for a new head coach. Mullens will be available to the media at 4 p.m. today in the press conference room on the third floor of the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex.

"We thank Willie for his efforts at Oregon, and we wish him and his family all the best in the future," said Mullens.

"I am grateful to Mario Cristobal for his willingness to step up and lead our program through our upcoming bowl game. The University of Oregon is a high-caliber academic institution with one of the premier college football programs in the country, and we are confident that we will find another outstanding coach to lead our tremendous group of student-athletes into the future."

Mullens plans a 4 p.m. press conference Tuesday. | WATCH LIVE

Reports have surfaced indicating defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt may be heading to Florida State with Taggart.

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