Taggart takes a loss — off the field

In his only year as the University of Oregon’s football coach, Willie Taggart implored his players to “do something.”

This month Taggart did something with his former Eugene house: He sold it at a loss of nearly $200,000.

Taggart likely isn’t losing sleep over the transaction. His Florida State University contract will pay him $30 million to coach the Seminoles football team for the next six years.

Taggart and his wife, Taneshia, recently sold their colonial-style house in the North Gilham area for $850,000 to Kelly Beckley and Christine Storment, according to a deed filed in Lane County.

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Beckley, an attorney in Eugene, didn’t immediately return a phone call Friday.

The Taggarts listed the house earlier this year for $935,000.

The Taggarts paid $900,000 when they bought the house in April 2017 from ex-Oregon assistant football coach David Yost. The Taggarts then spent $140,000 to remodel the 17-year-old, four-bedroom house.

Together, the Yosts and Taggarts pumped a combined $360,000 into a complete remodel of the home’s interior, Taggart’s real estate agents said when they put the house on the market in January.

Yost and Taggart both ended up owning the 4,239-square-foot Metolius Drive house for just a year, selling as they accepted jobs in other cities. Taggart in December spurned the UO after one season to take a head coaching job at Florida State University in Tallahassee.

The half-acre property had an estimated market value of $818,000 in 2017, with annual property taxes of $13,668, according to the Lane County Assessor’s Office.

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