Late Wednesday evening Pacific time, Willie Taggart landed in Eugene, Oregon, and reality set in for him and USF Bulls fans: he’s officially the Oregon head coach.
Taggart agreed to a multiyear deal with the Ducks in the early hours of Wednesday to leave USF after four seasons and that will raise his salary to more than $3 million per season. He will be introduced formally at an 11 a.m. Pacific time news conference today.
However, the Oregonian newspaper in Portland wasted no time and got the scoop on where Taggart would be arriving and scored the first on camera interview with the new head Duck.
Check that out here:
Video: New Oregon coach Willie Taggart lands in Eugene. In 13 hours, he'll hold his first official presser. https://t.co/wZghdUemlc
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Understandably, it’s been a whirlwind for Taggart who spent part of Wednesday meeting with his now former players in Tampa in an emotional good bye at the USF football facility before eventually departing for the Pacific Northwest.
We will be curious to see the tenor of Taggart’s introductory news conference in Eugene. We fondly recall his introduction at USF and him using the metaphor of “the bus” and encouraging everyone to “Get on this Bus with Coach T.”
That actually became a marketing tool in his first season with the Bulls. Unfortunately, it fell flat, as “the bus went over the cliff” and USF went 2-10. Luckily for him, “Coach T” was given the time and the chance to rebuild and just led the Bulls to their best season ever at 10-2, which of course, put him in position to be in Oregon today.