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Would Strong seriously consider joining Taggart?

Former Texas coach Charlie Strong, being pursued by USF for its coaching vacancy, also reportedly is being courted by former Bulls coach Willie Taggart to serve as his defensive coordinator at Oregon.

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Former Texas coach Charlie Strong, being pursued by USF for its coaching vacancy, also reportedly is being courted by former Bulls coach Willie Taggart to serve as his defensive coordinator at Oregon.

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As it stands, Charlie Strong is being courted heavily by no fewer than two suitors: USF and USF's former coach.

Strong, believed to have landed in Tampa (in a private plane) Friday afternoon to speak with Bulls officials about Taggart's old job, reportedly is being pursued by Taggart himself to serve as Oregon defensive coordinator.

If those in fact are Strong's two best options, the decision seems easy, at least on the surface. Strong presumably would earn more as Bulls coach and would remain overseer of his own program.

But could his difficult experience at Texas -- a 16-21 tenure rife with staff overhaul -- prompt him to want to step back and simply be a coordinator again, if only for a year or so?

Wouldn't be unprecedented. Coaches dismissed from a school -- with or without cause -- have served in other capacities elsewhere before getting another head coaching shot. Rick Neuheisel, Will Muschamp and Butch Davis did, and some of those guys carried far more figurative baggage.

Just something to ponder as the Strong watch lingers.

[Last modified: Friday, December 9, 2016 1:59pm]

    

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