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USA Today Names Oregon The 'Biggest Loser' Of CFB Coaching Carousel

Oregon players celebrate a Dwayne Stanford touchdown.

EUGENE, OR - SEPTEMBER 10: Dwayne Stanford #88 of the Oregon Ducks celebrates a touchdown against the Virginia Cavaliers at Autzen Stadium on September 10, 2016 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

The Ducks filled their vacancy from within.

The college football coaching carousel spun with great force for a few weeks before coasting to a stop.

Now that the dust has settled USA Today's Paul Myerberg released his 10 takeaways from silly season. On the list was the 'biggest loser' of the coaching carousel

Myerberg cited Oregon, which lost Willie Taggart to Florida State and replaced him with offensive coordinator Mario Cristobal, who drew tremendous support from Ducks players.

Nothing against Mario Cristobal, who is a fine coach and might very well do a great job in Eugene. But for the Ducks, it has to hurt that Willie Taggart made them look like a stepping-stone in bolting after one season while Kelly went to UCLA and Frost ended up at Nebraska. For Oregon, it was simply a matter of bad timing and rotten luck. Taggart probably wouldn’t have left for any job but Florida State, and had the dominoes fallen differently he could have enrolled a highly ranked recruiting class this season and stayed there for a decade. Had Kelly known Oregon was going to open, it’s certainly possible he would have held out to go back to the place where he made magic from 2009-12. And if it weren’t for Nebraska being open, you have to think Frost would have had his eyes on Oregon, where he was an assistant from 2009-15.

In fairness to Cristobal, Myerberg did list some reasons why the hire might work: Cristobal's revival of the FIU program, his tenure on Nick Saban's staff at Alabama, his recruiting success at Oregon and the return of quarterback Justin Herbert.

Still, he also added that Oregon "got a dose of reality about its place in the pecking order over the last few weeks."