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Fennelly: It's USF West as Taggart, Leavitt getting the band back together in Eugene

Then-University of Colorado defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt on the practice field  October 27, 2016. [Andy Cross | The Denver Post]
Then-University of Colorado defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt on the practice field October 27, 2016. [Andy Cross | The Denver Post]
Published Dec. 15, 2016

Willie Taggart and Jim Leavitt.

Sure, why not.

It's like something that might have fallen off late Oregon native Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters' bus.

Look how the green and gold shimmers!

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Hire.

Oregon coach Willie Taggart has hired former USF coach Jim Leavitt as his defensive coordinator.

That's right.

Now we wait to see what Skip Holtz will do.

Holtz has a good job, right? Head coach at Louisiana Tech.

How can that be any kind of match for USF West?

They're getting the band back together.

Taggart and Leavitt for starters.

True, it would have been worse for USF fans if Taggart had lured Charlie Strong to Eugene.

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Instead, Strong took the USF job.

He'll be introduced today.

I'd keep him under guard until then.

Anybody out there confused yet?

Maybe puppet master Jim Harbaugh is behind it all. Taggart and Leavitt both worked under Harbaugh, who is taking Michigan to the Orange Bowl to face Florida State.

You never know with Harbaugh.

If I'm FSU, I make sure Jimbo Fisher gets on the right bus after the game.

If only USF was playing Oregon next season.

Strong didn't go to Oregon, so Taggart turned to Leavitt, who started and grew the USF program.

Leavitt to Oregon after a two-year rebuilding, turning Colorado's defense from one of the worst in the country to one of the best.

Coached his tail off.

Maybe it's easier to get a head coaching job out of Eugene than at Colorado.

And probably there is more money. Leavitt reportedly be the highest paid defensive coordinator in the Pac 12. Four-year deal.

And this, too: Leavitt and Taggart have always had a good relationship.

Give Taggart credit.

He needs big help with his defense. Oregon allowed 41.4 points per game in 2016.

That's why he wanted Strong.

That's why he hired Leavitt.

It's still weird.

Half of the head coaches in USF football history out among the tall firs.

I'm just waiting for all the old Bucs head coaches to get together. Tony, Jon, Raheem, Greg, Lovie and Ringo.

Let's start small.

Willie and Jim, together at last.

What a trip.