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Is Willie Taggart a 'strong' Oregon candidate?

USF coach Willie Taggart has been linked to the coaching vacancy at Oregon.

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USF coach Willie Taggart has been linked to the coaching vacancy at Oregon.

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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.

 

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.

[Last modified: Thursday, December 1, 2016 11:51am]

    

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