The Florida head coaching search turned on its head on Friday as it was reported that Chip Kelly is no longer in the running for the Gators position.
With Kelly out of the picture, the Gators are seemingly narrowing its eyes on UCF head coach Scott Frost, who has led the Knights to a 11-0 record so far this season with their game against USF currently ongoing at this time.
For ESPN college football analyst Booger McFarland, it doesn’t make sense that the people in charge of the decision in Gainesville would have more interest in Frost than Oregon head coach Willie Taggart.
So if ur Florida – if u like Scott Frost Shouldn’t u love Willie Taggart ? Serious question
— Booger (@ESPNBooger) November 24, 2017
Taggart, who took over at USF in 2013 and helped turn the Bulls program around, including a 11-2 season in 2016, is currently in his first season as head coach at Oregon. The Bulls job is the only one he has held in the Sunshine State, but he is a native of Bradenton, Fla.
The only obstacle to hiring Taggart away from the Ducks would be money. While UCF could never match the salary that the Gators would offer Frost, Oregon is one of the richest programs in the country and has the backing of Nike CEO Phil Knight. Florida would most likely have to throw a number at Taggart that would be absolutely staggering even in this age of coaches earning millions a year.