Some Oregon players are taking exception with the notion that Willie Taggart was “always open and honest” with his players.
That is what Taggart said this afternoon, when being introduced as the new head coach at Oregon.
Taggart went into detail about how difficult the decision was, and admitted to lying about the time frame of his contact with Florida State to reporters.
He was, however, honest with player and athletic director Rob Mullens. From The Register-Guard:
“It was horrible because nothing had happened and I had to sit in front of the media and answer questions I could not necessarily answer at least in the way they wanted me to because there was nothing there,” he explained. “I went to practice and had to deal with it with my players and being out recruiting, I had to deal with it there. I was always open and honest with my players and open and honest with Rob.”
He went on to apologize for leaving Oregon after a year. Evidently, not every Duck is ready to accept it.
Linebacker Troy Dye and safety Nick Pickett both called Taggart a liar on Twitter.
He lied straight to my dads face in my living room Thursday night. He didn't keep his word to me Monday. Lost all my respect. https://t.co/JIcv7j6YG7
— Troy Dye (@Tdye15dbTroy) December 6, 2017
Cuh is a liar then gone cry if front of the team like we gone feel bad for em. ✌🏽 https://t.co/99J9qqtRW5
— 16 (@NLMBNICC) December 6, 2017
These things happen in coaching transition, but it definitely isn’t a good look for Taggart, given his comments earlier today.