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Have Ducks cooled off on Taggart?

USF coach Willie Taggart reportedly interviewed for the same job at Oregon last week.

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USF coach Willie Taggart reportedly interviewed for the same job at Oregon last week.



Because plenty of dominoes still could fall in this dizzying period of upheaval on the coaching landscape, Bulls fans have reason to remain anxious about Willie Taggart's future at USF.

But it's appearing less likely that Oregon will represent his next rung on the coaching ladder.

Published reports indicate Ducks athletic director Rob Mullens has moved his search to New York, where he's working in conjunction with an Atlanta-based search firm for another round of interviews. The latest names mentioned: Penn State's James Franklin and North Carolina's Larry Fedora.

That news comes a full five days after Taggart reportedly interviewed with Mullens. Former Bucs coach (and current Ohio State defensive coordinator) Greg Schiano and Boise State coach Bryan Harsin also reportedly have interviewed. 

The fact that Mullens' search continues in earnest naturally prompts the question of whether Taggart resides atop the Ducks' wish list. The Tampa Bay Times has learned Taggart recently informed his staff that "right now" nothing is happening with the OU job.

Meantime, Taggart didn't address his future during USF's football awards banquet Sunday evening, according to several in attendance. A potential reason: It may remain as unclear to him as anyone.

If Fedora were to leave the Tar Heels, some have indicated UNC would represent an ideal next step for Taggart on his career climb. Similarly, he might be considered a candidate at Penn State if Franklin leaves. Get the idea?

At any rate, Taggart is set to appear at a Birmingham Bowl function in the host city on Thursday, where he's expected to face the media for the first time since interviewing with Mullens. 

[Last modified: Tuesday, December 6, 2016 1:46pm]


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