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Willie Taggart has become known for rebuilding programs at Western Kentucky and South Florida. His next endeavor will be much more high profile, trying to turn around the struggling Oregon Ducks.Oregon announced Wednesday that it had hired Taggart to take over following a disappointing 4-8 season and the dismissal of coach Mark Helfrich.Taggart has been coach at USF for the past four seasons, guiding the team from a 2-10 record his first year to a 10-2 mark this year and a spot in the Birmingham Bowl.Before he arrived in Tampa he spent three seasons at his alma mater, Western Kentucky, inheriting a winless program that he turned around with back-to-back winning seasons.Willie places an emphasis on ensuring a positive student-athlete experience and on winning, and his previous stops have proven his success at both, Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens said in a statement. We have a very bright future under his leadership.A news conference to formally introduce Taggart was set for Thursday.Taggart, 40, is the first coach Oregon has hired from outside the program since 1976. The Ducks previous three coaches, Mike Bellotti, Chip Kelly and Helfrich, were all assistants who were promoted.Taggart will also be the first black head football coach at Oregon. The length and terms of his contract with the Ducks were not immediately released.Oregon has a strong national presence and a proud recent history of playing among the nations elite, and I look forward to the challenge of upholding the excellence, Taggart said in a statement. I cant wait to get started.Taggart was 16-20 at Western Kentucky, taking over when it was first transitioning to FBS. He went 7-5 in his last two seasons with the Hilltoppers and then moved to USF, not far from where he grew up in Bradenton, Florida.It took two seasons and a change in offensive philosophy from more pro-style, West Coast schemes to a spread, but he now has the 25th-ranked Bulls rolling. They finished second in the American Athletic Conference East Division to Temple and will play South Carolina on Dec. 29 in the Birmingham Bowl.Wednesday was the second straight day the AAC has lost one of its best coaches, and the third the conference has lost since Thanksgiving weekend. Temples Matt Rhule was hired by Baylor on Monday and Tom Herman left Houston for Texas on Nov. 26.Taggart had support from former NFL player and broadcaster Tony Dungy, whose son Eric played at USF in 2014 after transferring from Oregon.Taggart served as running backs coach for Jim Harbaugh at Stanford from 2007-09 and is credited with helping to recruit Andrew Luck. Harbaugh had recruited Taggart, a quarterback, to play at Western Kentucky under father Jack Harbaugh from 1995-98.After taking over when Kelly left in 2013, Helfrich went 37-16 in his four seasons as head coach of the Ducks. He signed a contract extension in early 2015, and had an $11.6 million buyout.Just two seasons ago, Oregon went to the first College Football Playoff championship game, led by Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Marcus Mariota.But the Ducks struggled this season with a five-game losing streak -- the programs longest since 1996 -- and finished at the bottom of the Pac-12 North with just two conference wins.In a statement after his dismissal, Helfrich thanked his own family, the campus community, the fans, and his coaches and their families.Finally, to the players -- thank you, and I love you, he said. The future is bright for this young, talented team, and we will be supporting them and their new leadership.Mullens also reportedly interviewed Boise States Bryan Harsin and Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano before settling on Taggart. Kelly, now with the San Francisco 49ers, had said he was not interested in the job, as did former offensive coordinator Scott Frost, now at Central Florida.Taggart leaves USF with four seasons remaining on a five-year, $9 million contract. The deal he received last winter included a provision for a $1.7 million buyout.For the immediate future, Taggart will need to reach out to Oregons recruits. Defensive back Deommodore Lenoir and defensive end Langi Tuifua both previously withdrew verbal commitments. Offensive lineman John Vaka said he was no longer committed via Twitter on Tuesday.---AP College Football Writer Ralph Russo contributed to this report.---More AP college football: Air Max 98 Wholesale. -- The proud fathers huddled near the Dallas Stars dressing room, smiling, laughing and telling stories while wearing replica green sweaters of their sons team. Air Max 98 Clearance. But what about the officials? Every sport has officials and they also have stories about hard work and sacrifice but their accomplishments are seldom recognized by anyone outside their inner circle. LOUIS -- Lance Lynn was one of the more enthusiastic participants as the St. Wholesale Air Max 98 Cheap. Luis Suarezs double powered Liverpool to a 4-0 victory over Fulham, and Southampton easily overcame Hull 4-1 to continue the south coast clubs impressive start to the season. Liverpool and Southampton sent Chelsea down to fourth place as the west London club was held to 2-2 at home. Air Max 98 For Sale. Just as Montreal was settling into the first full working week of a new year, the Impact announced the appointment of their new head coach. CHICAGO -- The winning rally lacked a signature hit, and that was just fine with the Chicago Cubs. To them, Wednesdays comeback was a testament to the teams collective resolve.Matt Szczur scored on A.J. Ramos wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning, capping a three-run rally that gave the Cubs a 5-4 victory and a three-game sweep of the Miami Marlins.Chicago tied it when Ramos (1-1) walked Ben Zobrist with the bases loaded and two outs.I think weve got a good group, Cubs starter John Lackey said. A group that keeps fighting.Chicago manager Joe Maddon also credited those among the Wrigley Field crowd of 41,147 who stayed until the end.They had so much energy, Maddon said. It was a long day and it was hot out there and we have to get on the road. All those different mental factors, and our fans picked us up.It was Ramos second blown save in 33 chances this season.Miguel Montero started the rally with a leadoff double and went to third on a single by Javier Baez. Szczur was pinch-hitting when he drew a walk from Ramos that loaded the bases. Dexter Fowler made it 3-2 with a sacrifice fly, and all the runners advanced.Kris Bryant struck out looking on a 3-2 pitch for the second out, and Anthony Rizzo was intentionally walked to load the bases again. The strategy backfired when Ramos, who threw just 13 strikes in 35 pitches, walked Zobrist and then unloaded a game-ending wild pitch with Willson Contreras at the plate.My job was to get Zobrist out there and I just didnt execute, Ramos said. I was trying to go for the strikeout or get some weak contact. But I couldnt get it in the zone where I wanted to.It was just one of those days, I guess.Zobrists teammates credited him for resisting the temptation to go out of the zone for a walk-off hit.With Zobrist, hes not going to swing (just) to swing, Montero said. (Ramos) was nibbling.Chicago cut it to 4-2 in the eighth when Fowler scored on Fernando Rodneys wild pitch.Jeff Mathis hit a two-runn homer for Miami.dddddddddddd Christian Yelich also connected and drove in two runs. Tom Koehler tossed six strong innings to help the Marlins take a 4-1 lead heading to the bottom of the eighth.Mathis drive snapped a 1-all tie in the seventh and was just the second of the season for the backup catcher.Justin Grimm (1-0) pitched the ninth inning for the win. Chicago has won seven of eight after slumping early last month.Koehler gave up five hits and one run while striking out seven.Lackey allowed seven hits and three runs in seven innings while striking out eight.GREAT EXPECTATIONSWith the Cubs surging again, Lackey was asked what fair expectations are for this season. Fair expectations? Were trying to win the World Series, he said. I didnt come here for a haircut. I came here for jewelry.FRIENDLY CONFINESYelich, who was 3 for 4, has hit safely in all 12 career games he has played at Wrigley Field. He is 21 for 51 in those games for a .412 batting average.ICHIRO UPDATEIchiro Suzuki lined out softly to shortstop as a pinch-hitter in the seventh against Lackey. Suzuki remained at 2,998 career hits, two shy of becoming the 30th player to reach 3,000.TRAINERS ROOMMarlins: 1B Justin Bour, out since July 3 with a right ankle sprain, is expected to return Friday at Colorado.Cubs: RHP Jason Hammel was placed on the bereavement list and Grimm was recalled from Triple-A Iowa. Hammel is expected to make his next scheduled start on Tuesday.UP NEXTMarlins: Following a day off, RHP David Phelps (5-5, 2.65 ERA) makes his first start of the season Friday in the opener of a three-game series at Colorado. LHP Jorge De La Rosa (7-7, 5.51) goes for the Rockies.Cubs: They are off Thursday before opening a three-game series at Oakland on Friday. LHP Jon Lester (11-4, 2.95 ERA) faces LHP Dillon Overton (1-2, 9.33) in the opener. Wholesale Jerseys ' ' '
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