My friends, we will have fewer official written articles per week beginning this week, but we are also beginning a new type of article that is simply meant to initiate discussion and get your opinions. The readers engage now on this site like never before, and it is fun to learn from others and see how fellow Duck fan weigh in on major topics.
Thus we will begin an occasional article that is short–sometimes only a paragraph or two–as I don’t have enough time to write out a full article, but the subject is current … and interesting. Since this site has almost become a message board in the comments, why not expand upon it and as a group ponder the current topics at Oregon athletics?
I have not come up with a name for this type of article yet and welcome your input into that as well; the objective is to simply get it started and get your feedback on the topic. Remember that we have Rules of Commenting and that means that you will be protected from the trolls as I will delete all posts that have belittling, insulting, name-calling or profanity within them immediately. Disagreement is fine, but I will insist that everyone do it in a civil way as before.
Let’s have fun with this! Charles Fischer
Does he stay or does he go?
I have relationships with the two major Oregon websites where I can use old information after it is out for a while and considered “dated” to their subscribers, but it still fresh for many of us on the free sites. Justin Hopkins at ScoopDuck.com (who does a superb job with recruiting) has stated about a day ago that Coach Willie Taggart and Phil Knight were going to have a meeting to hash out the new contract, and this would imply that Taggart is staying put.
But other Florida State sources say that the delay is really working out the contract details between Taggart and the Seminoles, and is taking more time than thought. Which is it?
The rumor is that Willie wants some funding in the Duck budget for additional programs to benefit student athletes that existed at South Florida, but not Oregon. (Not related to his salary or contract) We can all agree that the longer this drags out–the worse it is for Oregon, and this is not a good look for Taggart, as everyone will be a bit more wary around him–even if he stays at Oregon.
Tweets from Florida State seem to imply that Taggart is their major target, and it simply a function of ironing it all out.
Another aspect of all of this is Taggart’s agent, Jimmy Sexton, who is skilled at keeping his clients’ names in the news as candidates at coaching openings. (as he did for Jimbo Fisher) Florida State is weary of dealing with him, and may not relish ongoing haggling with him and thus continuing with Coach Taggart negotiations. This “hassle factor” for both Florida State and Athletic Director Rob Mullens at Oregon might be another factor in how far both sides are willing to proceed with Taggart.
I have come down with stating that I believe he stays at Oregon ultimately, but heck–it is a 50/50 guess!
Does he stay or does he go? Tell me your thoughts and why you feel that way.
Charles Fischer (FishDuck)
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Charles Fischer has been an intense fan of the Ducks, a season ticket holder at Autzen Stadium for 35 years and has written reports on football boards for over 23 years. Known as “FishDuck” on those boards, he is acknowledged for providing intense detail in his scrimmage reports and in his Xs and Os play analyses. He and his wife Lois, have a daughter Christine, reside in Eugene Oregon, where he was a Financial Advisor for 36 years and now focuses full-time on Charitable Planned Giving Workshops for churches and non-profit organizations.
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