The Oregon Ducks have found their man.
USF’s Willie Taggart will be named Oregon’s coach, a source told @ESPN
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) December 7, 2016
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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