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South Carolina interviews USF head coach Willie Taggart

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USF coach Willie Taggart, who was fighting to keep his job early in the season, may have his eyes on others on his own.

According to multiple sources, Taggart interviewed for the vacant South Carolina job Friday. The Gamecocks have also interviewed Auburn defensively coordinator Will Muschamp. South Carolina is expected to interview former Bucs’ coach Greg Schiano and Arizona State head coach Rich Rodriguez.

Taggart is in the third year of a five-year contract that pays him $1.2 million a year. It contains a $40,000 buyout.

It is difficult to judge how interested the Gamecocks might be. Muschamp is a former SEC coach. Schiano coached in the NFL. Rodriguez has coached in the Big 10 and Pac 10.

This year, however, Taggart was better than them all. His team won seven of its last eight, and it expects to go to its first bowl in five seasons.

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