Report: Taggart met with Oregon AD
In recent days, Twitter has been rife with photos of USF prospects posing with Bulls coaches during in-home visits. Shaun King, T.J. Weist, Alonzo Hampton and David Reaves all have popped up in these smile-centric snapshots.
One coach conspicuously absent: Willie Taggart.
Oregonian columnist John Canzano, citing an anonymous source, reported Saturday via Twitter that Taggart met with Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens in Texas. The Ducks are seeking a replacement for Mark Helfrich, dismissed after four years in the immediate wake of a 4-8 season.
USF athletic director Mark Harlan declined comment when asked by the Tampa Bay Times if anyone from Oregon has requested permission to speak with Taggart, saying he doesn't address personnel matters of that nature.
Taggart, who has won 17 of his last 21 games as Bulls coach, has been widely considered a strong candidate for the job.
Atlanta-based Parker Executive Search reportedly is assisting Oregon in its search for Helfrich's replacement. The state of Oregon has a "Rooney Rule" that requires at least one minority candidate to be interviewed for the job.
USF's Willie Taggart met w Rob Mullens in Texas on Thursday night, per source. Today feels like a big day for this search. Candidates ahead.— John Canzano (@johncanzanobft) December 3, 2016