Is Willie Taggart a 'strong' Oregon candidate?
As you read this, Willie Taggart's name continues to ricochet off each coast -- Pacific and Atlantic -- of cyberspace.
Speculation about the fourth-year Bulls coach's future intensified Wednesday evening when Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman tweeted that Taggart has emerged as a "strong" candidate to replace Mark Helfrich at Oregon.
Frankly, we don't see it happening (neither do some program insiders to whom we've spoken). And if you recall, Taggart interviewed last season at South Carolina (in what some skeptics deemed a leverage move to sweeten his deal at USF).
And a vague tweet issued Thursday by Taggart himself may have offered a glimmer of hope to Bulls fans praying he'll remain in Tampa.
Time decides who you meet in life, your heart decides who you want in your life, and your behavior decides who stays in your life. Go Bulls!— Willie Taggart (@CoachTaggart) December 1, 2016
Still, far stranger things have happened in the collegiate stratospher. And Taggart's up-tempo offensive philosophy, surreal resuscitation of USF football, and connection to the West Coast (three years as Stanford's running backs coach) has given Feldman's tweet some traction.
Meantime, oregonlive.com listed 11 possible Ducks coaching candidates, three of whom currently are Division I coaches in this state.