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Oregon Players Call Former Coach Willie Taggart A 'Liar'

A picture of a green Oregon Ducks helmet.

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - JANUARY 09: A helmet for the Oregon Ducks is displayed during a press conference for the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game against the Auburn Tigers at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn on January 9, 2011 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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.

These things happen in coaching transition, but it definitely isn't a good look for Taggart, given his comments earlier today.

[Bleacher Report]