Stanford assistant taking over at WKU

Stanford running backs coach Willie Taggart will be named the new head coach at Western Kentucky, the AP is reporting.

A news conference is scheduled for later today.

Taggart, a former Western Kentucky player and coach, would replace David Elson, who was fired two weeks ago but agreed to finish the season. The Hilltoppers are 0-10 and have lost 18 straight games dating to last year, the nation's longest active losing streak.

Taggart is in his third season at Stanford.

This probably not a big issue for the Cardinal as it finishes up its regular season on Saturday vs. Notre Dame. Toby Gerhart doesn't need much coaching between now and a bowl game.