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Willie Taggart was the top option to fill Florida State’s first coaching vacancy in 40 years, but the Oregon coach is staying in Eugene for a second season.

Taggart announced his return in a tweet on Saturday night.

Taggart led Oregon to a 7-5 mark in his first year on the job — the Ducks were down to their third-string quarterback at one point — which, combined with his 18-7 finish at South Florida and his Sunshine State roots, made him the top option for Florida State.

Oregon offered Taggart an extension to stay, but that offer has sat on his desk for a week and, as of this writing, remains unsigned.

With Taggart out of the mix, Florida State will open up its first coaching search since the program became fully realized under Bobby Bowden. FootballScoop reported last week former Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin could be a target with Taggart out of the mix and the other name in the wind has been Justin Fuente.

As always, stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest.

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