Taggart 'chasing greatness' for UO
With a class ranked as high as No. 16 nationally, Oregon coach Willie Taggart had reason to be happy with his 24 signees last week.
He had done something with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind and enjoyed many great days even as some of you out there might not have wanted to enjoy great days. (We're encapsulating his catchphrases here).
Taggart classified the recruiting class as "good," but added "that we're always chasing greatness."
Hired in December after the firing of Mark Helfrich, Taggart hired an entirely new staff, and even brought in his own football strength and conditioning coach (Irele Oderinde) to replace the esteemed Jim Radcliffe. (Radcliffe returned to the position after the well-publicized training incidents that led to Oderinde's suspension, with Taggart losing supervision of football strength and conditioning).
Taggart, previously the head coach at Western Kentucky and South Florida, says it was enjoyable and somewhat easier to recruit to Oregon, given the program's notoreity. Recruits recognized the colors and "O". Taggart says he felt like "the man" wearing the colors and representing Oregon. And, Oregon's facilities helped him recruit.
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