New coach Willie Taggart wants Oregon to continue to be a creative and different football program.
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Oregon has found a coach who "cared about our student athletes, yet pushed them well beyond their potential" in Willie Taggart, AD Rob Mullen said.
Chantel Jennings ESPN Staff Writer
Willie Taggart opening statement. He says that the best athlete in his family is his 17-month-old daughter.
Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer
Oregon president Michael Schill opened the press conference to introduce new coach Willie Taggart with a joke (but it's not really a joke): "I told him I can only give him one bit of advice which probably everyone in the state of Oregon can give him, which is: Go find a great defensive coordinator."
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Get to know new coach Willie Taggart
Oregon head coach Willie Taggart was recruited by Jim Harbaugh at Western Kentucky and coached under Harbaugh at Stanford. He led South Florida to 10 wins.
New Oregon coach Willie Taggart has proved that his teams show consistent improvement, but will that be enough for Ducks fans expecting 11 wins?
Willie Taggart has a brand familiar to recruits, but Oregon's flash and facilities won't be enough to rebuild the Ducks.
David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer
New Oregon coach Willie Taggart is part of the growing Jim Harbaugh coaching tree. Taggart coached running backs under Harbaugh at Stanford from 2007-2009. He's credited with developing Heisman runner-up Toby Gerhart. The Ducks obviously place great emphasis on running backs.
Ivan Maisel, Chris Low & Doug Kezirian weigh in on Oregon's hire of Willie Taggart, the mass exodus of coaches from the American and more. Plus, they remember Rashaan Salaam.
Matt Rhule faced the question every successful Group of 5 coach has to answer: If a Power 5 opportunity occurs, should you always jump at it? That debate, plus coaching carousel news and notes.
Oregon has hired South Florida's Willie Taggart as its next football coach, the school announced.
Oregon is among the nominees
Mark Schlabach nominated Oregon as the season's most disappointing team. Schlabach ultimately chose Notre Dame as the "winner." What do you think? Vote now!
Ted Miller ESPN Staff Writer
With Baylor hiring coach Matt Rhule away from Temple, Oregon is now the only remaining open Power 5 job. As Rhule was also a candidate for the Ducks, you wonder if a hiring is imminent. Or if Oregon can pause, with little competition remaining, other than perhaps Houston, and re-evaluate its options.
The Pac-12 gets a matchup with an SEC juggernaut when Washington faces Alabama in the CFP semifinals in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.
Ex-NFL coach and Tampa resident Tony Dungy told Oregon officials that USF coach Willie Taggart would be a "good fit" in Eugene. Boise State's Bryan Harsin is also in the mix for the vacant job.
Mark Helfrich, fired Tuesday as Oregon's football coach, said he reached out to former coach Chip Kelly a couple of weeks ago when Helfrich's seat heated up, asking Kelly to return to the Ducks.
Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer
Jim McElwain asked if he's flattered or insulted to be mentioned as a possible candidate for the Oregon opening. He basically laughed through his answer: "I think it's pretty cool to have people like you. ... Anytime someone takes notice, that's pretty cool." McElwain added that someone might have thrown that rumor out to get a recruiting edge over him and Florida. Also said he's happy to be a Gator
It's that time of year. Coaching changes, indecision or cold feet have recruits on the verge of flipping their commits. That includes No. 3 Najee Harris. Will these elite players decommit?
History is on Huskies' side, too
Were it not enough that No. 4 Washington is a 7-point favorite to beat No. 8 Colorado on Friday night to win the Pac-12 championship, there's the matter of the league's North winners never losing in the league's previous title games.