Has Oregon hired a football coach?


Taggert expected to switch from the Bulls to the Ducks

There is no official word yet, but the Oregonian/Oregon Live is reporting South Florida football coach Willie Taggart will take over the Oregon Football program.

The University is expected to make an official announcement later today.

Taggert led the Bulls to a 24-25 record in four seasons.  Before that he was 16-and-20 at Western Kentucky over three seasons.  At both stops, the former Stanford assistant undertook “ground-up” rebuilds and left the Hilltoppers and the Bulls better than when he began.  In his first season with South Florida, the Bulls were winless… this season they won ten games.

He will replace Mark Helfrich who was fired last week by Oregon A-D Rob Mullens.  Taggert will be the first Oregon coach in more than four decades who comes directly to the position from outside the organization.

Preps basketball

Destinie Tatum scored 20 points and pulled down 18 rebounds, but the Newport Cubs edged the Siuslaw Vikings 47-39 in a girls’ non-league basketball game last night in Florence.  The Lady Vikings are oh-for-three on the season… they’ll be in Junction City Friday evening where they’ll take on the Tigers.

In Mapleton last night, the Reedsport Braves downed the Lady Sailors 55-17.

For the boys… In Newport, the Cubs downed the Vikings 62-53, handing Siuslaw their second straight loss.  Next up for the Vikings will be Junction City Friday evening.

In Mapleton, Hunter Simington had eight points, Gabe Simington had seven, but the Reedsport Braves came out on top 85-23.

Mapleton boys and girls had been scheduled to be at Falls City-Kings Valley Friday evening, those games have been moved to Saturday evening.