Ole Miss will soon be looking for a permanent replacement for interim coach Matt Luke, and Oregon’s Willie Taggart could be a possibility, according to one analyst.
Taggart, who is in his first season in Oregon, has denied reports that he’d look around at other jobs after this season. He’s spent most of his career in the south, either at Western Kentucky or South Florida.
ESPN’s Gene Wojciechowski thinks Taggart could want to get back closer to his roots:
ESPN's Gene Wojciechowski on today's College Football Live: "There's been talk of Willie Taggart wanting to get out of Oregon." pic.twitter.com/PFSn91vfl5
— Kevin Wade (@KwadeSays) November 17, 2017
“There’s been talk of Willie Taggart already wanting to get out of Oregon,” he said. “If you can get him out of there, I mean he hasn’t even coached a full season yet.”
The Ducks are 5-5 in Taggart’s first season, but just 2-5 in the Pac 12. A win over Arizona or rival Oregon State would make the Ducks bowl eligible for the first time since 2015. Oregon hasn’t missed back-to-back bowls since 1988.
If he did decide to leave, Taggart would theoretically also be a candidate at Florida. The Gators fired Jim McElwain in late October.
Ole Miss is not bowl eligible this season due to sanctions but could reach six wins as early as this weekend vs Texas A&M.