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Willie Taggart Could Be Emerging As A Real Candidate For The Florida Job

The Ducks' coach could be emerging as a serious candidate.

The next head football coach at the University of Florida might be a guy who left the state for a new job a year ago.

Oregon's Willie Taggart appears to be emerging as a real candidate for the Gators' gig, which came open on Sunday when the school "parted ways" with Jim McElwain.

Taggart, 41, is in his first year leading Oregon, and while the Ducks are just 5-4, there's reason for optimism in Eugene, Ore.

FootballScoop has noted that Taggart's buyout is low enough to make him a viable option.

Another report says Taggart has already been contacted.

Taggart is a Florida native, born in Bradenton, and he spent four seasons as South Florida's head coach, going 24-25, including a 10-2 season in 2016.

Some believe that if Taggart had stayed at USF for one more year, he'd be a lock for the Gators' job.

It's likely still too early to really know anything about Florida's search, though.

Mississippi State's Dan Mullen, UCF's Scott Frost and Memphis' Mike Norvell are also believed to be potential candidates.