The college football world is abuzz this morning over the news of Willie Taggart accepting the head coaching job at Oregon, including his current batch of players at USF.
247’s Josh Newberg tweeted out at around 8:30 that Taggart called a team meeting to inform his players of the decision, but most had found out the news before then. Here’s some of their reactions:
Nothing but love for this dude! Brought a group of guys together and made us believe. pic.twitter.com/dPTJ7cyHtE— Devin Abraham (@DAbraham20) December 7, 2016
The last 4 years Coach Taggert has taught me so much. He brought USF back to the top. I can't do nothing but respect him. Wish him the best.— Nate Godwin (@_NG36) December 7, 2016
Man we still got one game left, we still have 11 wins to get!— Nate Godwin (@_NG36) December 7, 2016
Gotta respect everything he did here though— Kofi Amichia (@black_likcoffee) December 7, 2016
Gonna be a long bowl season boii— Tyré D. McCants (@T_McCants8) December 7, 2016
Let me throw a couple more millions at you and see if you at your current job— BAYES_TOO_LIVE #⃣4⃣ (@JIMMYBAYES4) December 7, 2016
Just cuz you day 1 don't mean you A1— 37Savage (@Nate2Ferguson) December 7, 2016
College Football is more business than football.— Marquez V-S (@MVS__11) December 7, 2016
Any good head coaches looking for a job? We got a spot at South Florida.. and we are a pretty good football team— Marquez V-S (@MVS__11) December 7, 2016
It's a business and I have hell of respect for this man. Keep chasing your dreams. Appreciate everything you done for me along the way. pic.twitter.com/dN5GVpQ8sG— Marquez V-S (@MVS__11) December 7, 2016
Bye.— Billy Atterbury (@billyatterbury) December 7, 2016
Appreciate everything coach! Go #DoSomething in Oregon. Happy for you @CoachTaggart— Brett Kean (@bkeanqb4) December 7, 2016
Couldn't wait til after finals week— Bruce Hector (@BigBabyRondo) December 7, 2016
Bruce Judson, USF’s Four-Star Class of ‘17 QB Commit
I have the Most Love for @CoachTaggart that's my Guy and I'm Proud of him as a Black African American, the things he's doing much RESPECT❗️— Bruce Judson Jr™ (@4way_lilbruce) December 7, 2016
Plies (the tailgate liar)
If what I heard this morning is true @CoachTaggart taking the Oregon job I'm Happy 4 him and his family. He's An Amazing guy that earned it— Plies (@plies) December 7, 2016
Overall the players seem to be taking it in stride. Fortunately we don’t have a mess on our hands where Taggart said X, Y, and Z in public about staying and Finishing What He Started. Everyone knew this was a possibility, so it’s not too surprising that it came to pass.
More to come later. We’ll add to this post as more tweets come in.