Oregon has decided to hire South Florida coach Willie Taggart to take over in Eugene, according to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy.
USF’s Willie Taggart will be named Oregon’s coach, a source told @ESPN
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) December 7, 2016
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.