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USF’s Willie Taggart a ‘strong candidate’ for Oregon job


South Florida Bulls coach Willie Taggart may have parlayed a surprisingly successful season into a job at the University of Oregon. After going 10-2 this year, Taggart established himself as a coach on the rise and appears to be a likely candidate early on in Oregon’s search.

Taggart has improved every season while at the helm at South Florida. His 24-25 record over four seasons includes going 2-10 his first year. While coaching at Western Kentucky prior to South Florida, Taggart likewise went from 2-10 his first season with the Hilltoppers, then 7-5 in his second season.

While the list of coaches who could be on Oregon’s list of potential targets could be endless, Taggart is one of the first names we see emerge as sharing mutual interest in the position. Having fired Mark Helfrich a little over 24 hours ago, we could still be a ways away from knowing who the next coach at Oregon will be.

Taggart will take over a program that is struggling and look to turn it around quickly, just as he has twice before.

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