Report: Oregon decides on South Florida's Willie Taggart as next coach


Oregon has decided to hire South Florida coach Willie Taggart to take over in Eugene, according to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy.

Taggart was both a record-setting quarterback and offensive assistant under Jack Harbaugh at Western Kentucky before a short stint with Jim Harbaugh at Stanford. He moved from the Pac-12 to taking over as coach at Western Kentucky, bringing the Hilltoppers from 2-10 to a bowl game in just three seasons.

The Bradenton, Florida, native then replaced Skip Holtz at USF. He quickly rebuilt the Bulls, too, going from 2-10 (again) to 10-2 in 2016, his fourth year with the program. It’s the best record in South Florida history.

Considered one of the brightest young offensive coaches in college football, Taggart has been a popular target for several jobs after setting a program record for wins and breaking several single-season offensive records with the Bulls in 2016.

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