Three different Oregon coaches have won 10-plus games and a conference title this century. Taggart might well have been the fourth had he stuck around another year or two, but it will happen again, likely very soon.

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Willie Taggart is gone, headed home (to Florida State) after less than one year … Dec. 7, 2016 to Dec. 5, 2017 … in Eugene.

He left behind thousands of angst-filled fans and a single lesson, which we’ll get to in a moment.

First things first, Duck fans: Calm. Down.

The program is bigger than Willie Taggart, much, much, MUCH bigger.

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That’s no knock on Taggart. It’s simply 15-plus years of evidence.

Three different Oregon coaches have won 10-plus games and a conference title this century. Taggart might well have been the fourth had he stuck around another year or two, but it will happen again, likely very soon.

The program’s foundation is solid enough to withstand Taggart’s departure. It’s not the community support or the Nike glow or the Knight cash or the sensational facilities or the cutting-edge culture.

It’s all of that, and this: Oregon, perhaps to a greater extent than any school in the Pac-12 except USC, has an all-in philosophy for football.

By all-in, I mean the athletic department, the academic side, the university development side … everyone.

There is a campus-wide understanding of the value of a winning football program and a concerted effort by all branches to work toward that end.

Athletic director Rob Mullens surely deserves some of the credit, but the ethos pre-dates Mullens — it was in place during the Mike Bellotti era, and not merely in the final years.

Jeff Tedford talked about Oregon’s all-in/same-page culture when he took over Cal and tried, unsuccessfully, to unify the Berkeley factions. (A task not fit for a mortal.)

The lockstep ethos in Eugene affects every aspect of the football program, from recruiting to academics to fundraising, and it creates a foundation that’s able to withstand setbacks.

On-field recovery unfolds faster at Oregon than just about anywhere in the conference because there are so many hands providing support — some of it obvious, some subtle; some direct, some indirect.

As a result, the Ducks have more margin for error with a coaching hire. The pool of candidates capable of winning 10-plus games and a conference title is larger than anywhere else else except Trojanland.

The Ducks can screw up the hire, sure. But the chances of screwing up are slim because the margin for error is so much larger relative to their peers.

That goes for recruiting, too. Taggart had a terrific class lined up, and it’s now likely in jeopardy.

But again, there remains plenty of reason for top prospects to sign with Oregon. They signed with the Ducks before Taggart and will sign with the Ducks after Taggart.

The Mark Helfrich era is proof of the strength of the Oregon lockstep.

No, it didn’t work out. But the window of wreckage opened and closed ridiculously fast: The Ducks were 9-4 (7-2 Pac-12) in 2015, the start of the slippage, then cratered in ’16.

That downturn never saw Year Three. The Ducks surely would have won eight or nine games had Justin Herbert been healthy.

Transpose the recruiting mistakes and rotting culture that took place in the 2013-16 span onto any other program (save USC), and the downturn is deeper and longer-lasting.

Some of that credit goes to Taggart and the staff he assembled, except that Oregon itself provided the resources for Taggart to hire Jim Leavitt and Co.

Those resources are part of the all-in ethos.

The Ducks aren’t guaranteed to hire a 10-win coach, but you have to like their chances.