USF is looking for a new head football coach, reports say.
Bulls’ coach Willie Taggart will be named the new head coach at the University of Oregon, the school confirmed Tuesday.
Taggart, who guided the Bulls to a 10-2 record this year, their best ever, is moving a long way away to Oregon, but Oregon is considered one of the schools where a coach can win a national title. However, Taggart will be leaving behind quarterback Quinton Flowers and running back Marlon Mack.
According to ESPN, Taggart and Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen were the finalists.
At USF, which plays in this year’s Birmingham Bowl against South Carolina, speculation immediately began about the new coach. Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin’s name surfaced, possibly because of the work his father Monte did as defensive coordinator of the Bulls. Former Bucs’ coach Greg Schiano – now the Ohio State defensive coordinator – came up.
Also to be mentioned were Texas coach Charlie Strong, Alabama line back Mario Cristobal and d\USFS co-offensive coordinator T. J. Weist. Weist will coach the Bulls in the Birmingham Bowl against South Carolina.
There was no word on how quickly Taggart would leave or if he would coach in the bowl.