Willie Taggart made a name for himself the hard way in coaching – taking teams that were traditionally overlooked nationally and giving them a name and national recognition.
His first head coaching job was at Western Kentucky. He started his tenure there going 2-10, but then led the team to consecutive seasons of 7-5, building a winning program for the school. He then moved to Florida where, in his four years as head coach of the South Florida Bulls, Taggart amassed a record of 24-25, which included a record of 10-2 in 2016. This caught the attention of the Oregon Ducks, who signed the coach to a five year, $16 million deal. Coach Taggart went 7-5 in his first season with the Ducks, but now the school might have to play defense if the college football coaching carousel makes a turn in Tallahassee.
With rumors swirling that Seminoles’ coach Jimbo Fisher might be leaving to take the job at Texas A&M, the Ducks want to lock up their coach and have reportedly offered him a new five-year deal worth over $20 million. Taggart has not accepted the offer as of yet, as he awaiting Fisher’s decision, but either way it looks like Taggart is in a great position.
More to come as the the college football coaching carousel continues to move.