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Analysis: Oregon will be just fine without Willie Taggart

Three different Oregon coaches have won 10-plus games and a conference title this century. Taggart might well have been the fourth had he stuck around another year or two, but it will happen again, likely very soon.

Willie Taggart is gone, headed home (to Florida State) after less than one year … Dec. 7, 2016 to Dec. 5, 2017 … in Eugene.

He left behind thousands of angst-filled fans and a single lesson, which we’ll get to in a moment.

First things first, Duck fans: Calm. Down.

The program is bigger than Willie Taggart, much, much, MUCH bigger.

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That’s no knock on Taggart. It’s simply 15-plus years of evidence.

Three different Oregon coaches have won 10-plus games and a conference title this century. Taggart might well have been the fourth had he stuck around another year or two, but it will happen again, likely very soon.

The program’s foundation is solid enough to withstand Taggart’s departure. It’s not the community support or the Nike glow or the Knight cash or the sensational facilities or the cutting-edge culture.

It’s all of that, and this: Oregon, perhaps to a greater extent than any school in the Pac-12 except USC, has an all-in philosophy for football.

By all-in, I mean the athletic department, the academic side, the university development side … everyone.

There is a campus-wide understanding of the value of a winning football program and a concerted effort by all branches to work toward that end.

Athletic director Rob Mullens surely deserves some of the credit, but the ethos pre-dates Mullens — it was in place during the Mike Bellotti era, and not merely in the final years.

Jeff Tedford talked about Oregon’s all-in/same-page culture when he took over Cal and tried, unsuccessfully, to unify the Berkeley factions. (A task not fit for a mortal.)

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