Oregon Ducks athletic director Rob Mullens appeared on the Bald Faced Truth radio show Monday, hosted by Oregonian columnist John Canzano, and talked about a variety of things, specifically the future of current defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt. It’s been reported that Leavitt will follow former Ducks head coach Willie Taggart to Florida State, though no official
You can hear the full interview below:
On the future of Jim Leavitt:
“He does want to be a head coach. He’s passionate. Boy, has he had a tremendous impact on our defense and our team. We’d love to have Jim stay… we’ll do everything we can. We’ve showed our commitment last year when we paid $1.15 million. It’s funny, I spoke at a luncheon today and the first question I got was, ‘Pay him whatever he needs to keep him,’ and I said, ‘That’s interesting, I came here a year ago you said how can you pay $1.15 million for a defensive coordinator and know you’re telling me to do whatever I have to do. We want to make sure we do everything we can to convince Jim to stay but in the end, it’s obviously his choice.”
Mullens also spoke candidly about the circumstances of Willie Taggart leaving Eugene after just one year.
“You see a lot more [coaching] movement today than you used to. There’s a lot more invested from a facilities, salary standpoint, so I do think there’s much higher expectations. And given the importance of football in most programs, not just the University of Oregon. You need to produce some results. At the same time, you don’t see very many one-and-dones. So I think that’s rare.”
He continued, talking about when the coaching dominoes started to fall.
“You don’t know that Florida State is going to come after somebody with a 47-50 (overall) record but you understand the recruiting prowess, what had happened here over the past year, so you’re attentive to it.”
He also touched on something that irked fans and outsiders alike, the fact, answering if he was irked by Taggart essentially using the company jet to interview for another job while under the guise of being on an Oregon recruiting trip.
“I don’t know. You know. Yeah. Obviously I’m disappointed in a lot of pieces of this. I’ll leave it at that.”
You and us alike, Mr. Mullens. You and us alike.
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