Oregon hires Willie Taggart as their new head coach

The Oregon Ducks have found their man.

The Ducks fired Mark Helfrich, who took over after Chip Kelly left for the NFL, and who had a record of 37-16 (24-12 in conference) over the last four years. Helfrich led the Ducks to a division title in 2012, a conference title in 2013, and went 9-4 in his third season, but in 2016 only managed a 4-8 season.

Clearly that is not good enough for Phil Knight’s team and the Ducks moved on.

Replacing Helfrich is Willie Taggart, who turned around a South Florida team that went 2-10 in his first season in 2013 to 10-2 this year. His overall record at the school is 24-25 (18-14 in conference). He has improved the school’s record year-over-year and is one of the top up and coming coaches in the country at the age of 40.

Taggart’s overall record is 40-45 as he spent three years at Western Kentucky before moving on to South Florida.

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