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It’s Bowl Selection Sunday, but that’s not the only topic on the minds of Oregon Ducks alumni and fans as Oregon’s first-year head coach remains in limbo. 

It’s finals week in Eugene and Oregon has another game 13 days from now, returning to the Las Vegas Bowl against Mountain West champion Boise State on Dec. 16. 

“I can’t control what anyone else thinks or wants to say. I told you guys the other day, I can’t give you something that I don’t have,” Oregon Ducks football coach Willie Taggart told reporters during a news conference Sunday afternoon. 

Football is a business but Taggart just wants to talk about the business of football. 

“We are excited about the Vegas Bowl, baby! Another ball game,” he said. 

Two days after dancing around “rumors” of his interest in Florida State and FSU’s intrigue in bringing the Bradenton, Florida native home to lead the Seminoles after the departure of Jimbo Fisher, Taggart, like Friday, played the same song. 

“There is no decision to be made. What are we talking about? I am clear and talking to our recruits and our players and we don’t make it bigger than what it is,” Taggart said. 

And how about the many levels of interpretation from Taggart’s tweet on Saturday night?

“I got more followers after that happened off of that tweet,” he said. “That’s pretty cool. I think I was at 56(K) and after that tweet I was at like 59! I was like, geez. Again, that’s social media. You can’t do anything about it. I don’t really get how anyone can get anything other than what I tweeted. They can get anything else out of that… look where we are at, at a press conference talking about the bowl game, like, what are we talking about? It’s sad. It really is, but it is what it is.”

Couple Taggart’s less than clear future with Oregon’s early bowl game on Dec. 16 and it tosses a wrench in the works for the Ducks’ final recruiting push ahead of the NCAA’s new early 72-hour signing window opening up on Dec. 20. 

“It’s not ideal for us,” Taggart said. 

None of this is ideal for the Oregon football program or the recruits Taggart was set to fly out and meet with late Sunday night. 

“It’s really not that hard and complicated,” Taggart said. “You just tell them the truth like I tell you guys the truth. You ask me a question, I am going to answer it for you. Probably don’t answer it the way you want me to, but you just answer the question and be open and honest with them.”

So should we expect Coach Taggart on the Oregon sidelines in Las Vegas?

“Why wouldn’t I? it’s the same thing… Nothing has changed,” Taggart said. 

It’ll be another night of rough sleep for Duck fans. 

“Have a great day if you want to!” Taggart said. 

As for the Vegas Bowl against Boise State on the 16th, it will kick off at 12:30 p.m.  This will be Oregon’s 12th bowl appearance in the last 13 years, with their third appearance in the Las Vegas Bowl. 

Boise State won both previous matchups: 2008 at Autzen and the Blount punch on the “Smurf Turf” a year later.  

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