Jul. 15, 2015
Colorful Ducks Add A Little More Color To Coaching Ranks
The Oregon Ducks football team is known for their colorful uniforms, with literally dozens of dazzlings displays of rush colors in recent years. Now, the Ducks will have a little more color on the sidelines, too. Oregon has named former University of South Florida coach Willie Taggart as the university's head football coach.
Taggart replaces Mark Helfrich, who was fired following a 4-8 season. The hiring of Taggart is significant in regards to diversity in college coaching. There were only 12 black coaches out of the 120 coaches at FBS programs in 2016, down from 17 in 2011. Recently, Texas fired head coach Charlie Strong after three seasons. The opportunities for black coaches to lead power conference programs simply don't come often. For more on the hiring of Willie Taggart click here.