After a week of searching for a new head coach, Oregon has hired South Florida’s Willie Taggart for the role.
Oregon made their official announcement on Wednesday and will officially introduce Taggart at a press conference Thursday morning.
Taggart will replace Mark Helfrich, who was fired last week after going 4-8 overall this past season.
Taggart was considered one of the finalists for the position alongside Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen.
This past season was a huge step up for Taggart, who led the USF Bulls to a 10-2 season, their best record in school history. Taggart spent four years at South Florida, improving the team record each year.
USF’s co-offensive coordinator T.J. Weist was named the interim head coach for the Bulls as they head to the Birmingham Bowl.
The west coast won’t be a new scene for Taggart as he held an assistant coaching role at Stanford from 2007 to 2009.