Willie Taggart leaving USF to coach Oregon

U.S.F. football coach Willie Taggart

TAMPA, FL (WFLA) – University of South Florida’s head football coach Willie Taggart is leaving to take over the University of Oregon program.

Taggart will replace Mark Helfrich at Oregon. Helfrich was fired about a week ago.

Taggart, a Palmetto native, is credited with turning around the USF football program. He has been with USF since 2012.

This year the Bulls have a school record of 10-2.

USF released a statement saying the school “will immediately begin a national search for a new head football coach following the resignation of Willie Taggart after a record-breaking season.”

The Bulls play the South Carolina Gamecocks in the Birmingham Bowl in Alabama on Dec. 29.

“We are pleased to announce that T.J. Weist, one of our co-offensive coordinators, will be our interim football coach for the rest of the 2016 season,” USF Director of Athletics Mark Harlan said. “We will work quickly, but with careful thought and discussion to find our next football coach. We have the outstanding support of our community, and are confident that we’ll soon find the best and most qualified coach to lead our Football program. I want to thank Willie Taggart for the leadership, energy, and excitement he brought to our program over the last four years.  The achievements of our football program both on and off the field speak for themselves.  We wish Willie and his family the very best.”

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